Saalbach is a pretty village located in the Glemmtal Valley which together with its near neighbour Hinterglemm offers an amazing two hundred kilometres of pistes in the surrounding mountains. Saalbach has a long history and this traditional village, now reliant on tourism, offers a warm and friendly welcome to its guests. Lifts from the village take skiers to both sides of the valley giving a wide and varied terrain that satisfies all levels of ability in skiing and snowboarding. There are ski schools providing comprehensive tuition in both skiing and boarding from the ages of four and nine respectively.
Saalbach has a good range of accommodation catering for most budgets. They include first class hotels and apartments, chalets and B and Bs. There are also many restaurants providing a diverse cuisine that caters for all tastes and pockets. There are shops for holiday essentials as well as sport’s clothing and equipment. Nightlife is lively with a large number of bars and pubs.
A Saalbach ski holiday also offers a variety of recreational activities including ice skating, ice karting, bowling, swimming, sleigh rides and tobogganing.
Why Go To Saalbach?
Saalbach is a charming alpine village offering great ski holidays. With a variety of terrain offering great skiing and boarding, good hotels and restaurants, a range of recreational facilities and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Saalbach attracts many loyal visitors who return each year.
Who Is Saalbach Popular With?
A Saalbach ski holiday is popular with a wide variety of winter sport enthusiasts. Family groups as well as novice and intermediate skiers have a wide range of suitable terrain and there are some demanding runs for advanced skiers. The lively nightlife and the range of affordable accommodation attracts groups of young adults.
When To Go To Saalbach
The Saalbach ski season extends from the beginning of December to the end of March. This beautiful village is also popular in the summer months with walkers, climbers and mountain bikers.
Saalbach - The Place
Saalbach in the stunning Glemmtal Valley is one of the most popular ski resorts in Austria. Clustered round its old church, it is a charming village which in spite of its tourist development manages to retain its traditional atmosphere. Car use is discouraged in the resort and the centre of the village is pedestrianised. Skiing in Saalbach is extensive as both sides of the valley are connected to the resort by lifts. A total of two hundred kilometres of pisted runs provides ample skiing for all levels of ability. Many visitors prefer the south facing slopes as they enjoy skiing in the sun. However these slopes can suffer from a paucity of snow at both ends of the season although snow cannons help to overcome this problem. Over ninety percent of the slopes are suitable for intermediate and novice skiers leaving less than ten percent for experts. There are however some testing black runs. Advanced skiers may wish to ski off-piste and there are some excellent guided trails with challenging skiing. There are also trails for cross country skiers. The ski schools provide good tuition in both skiing and boarding and accept children from the age of four and nine respectively. Guides are available from the schools for off-piste skiing. The terrain is great for snowboarding and there is a snow park two miles up the valley in Hinterglemm. A larger snow park with more challenging ground is located in Leoland in the adjacent valley.
The range of accommodation and restaurants cater for all budgets and Saalbach’s reputation for lively nights is well-founded. Saalbach also offers a wide variety of recreational activities including sleigh rides, tobogganing, snowmobiling, ice karting, swimming, tennis, ice-skating and archery. It is also possible to view the spectacular scenery of the valley from above when paragliding.
A Saalbach ski holiday offers fun filled days followed by vibrant nights.
Saalbach is noted for its lively après ski scene with thirty-five bars, pubs and discos pulsating into the night. Celebrations normally begin as skiers descend from the hills and drop into hostelries on their way home. They then continue into the early hours of the morning with karaoke and dancing.
Saalbach shopping is fairly limited with shops providing holiday essentials and sport’s equipment for sale or for hire.
Saalbach has almost seventy restaurants which serve a wide variety of food including international cuisine and fast food outlets. It is possible to dine in style or grab a quick bite to eat in a low cost café or bistro.