Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
Produced in Partnership with SalzburgerLand
What distinguishes the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn from any other ski region? The answer is easy. This is not your classic ski holiday; this is a ski holiday the ‘Lässig’ way, as the Austrians say. What’s Lässig? ‘Cool, laid back’. Lässig.
The numbers add up: 270 kilometres of piste and 70 state-of-the-art lifts make it one of the most varied ski areas in the Alps. And with the new Ski ALPIN CARD that extends to Schmitten in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun, those numbers shoot up to 408 kilometres of piste and 121 lifts, plus views of Lake Zell and a glacier.
But it’s the variety of Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn that visitors comment on most; both on the slopes and off. During the day, you can make your turns on the perfectly-groomed pistes or find the perfect run on the untouched freeride slopes in the backcountry.
On the piste, there is something for everyone: snow parks for all levels of ability, fun slopes and snow trails can be found throughout the entire area. Those who are new to the sport can learn from expert instructors from one of the numerous ski schools, getting you high in the mountains in just a few days.
Endurance sports enthusiasts and lovers of nature will find themselves returning to the many cross country trails around Saalfelden Leogang and Fieberbrunn or climbing to the mountain peaks on touring skis.
There’s plenty for non-skiers too. Visitors can enjoy a day on snowshoes, explore the numerous winter hiking trails, or walk through the snow-covered forests with llamas (really) in Fieberbrunn. Romantics can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride at the end of the Glemmtal and enjoy the panorama from the viewing platform on the Treetop Path.
For a little more action, the Flying Fox XXL in Leogang sees visitors zoom down one of the longest steel cable slides in the world at speeds of up to 130km/h. Or perhaps head to the Timoks Alpine Coaster at the Streuböden middle station. Toboggan fans can indulge their love late into the night on the illuminated run.
And then it’s time to eat. The typical Austrian Alpine cuisine is abundant and tasty. Being pampered is all part of a ski holiday. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is, after all, the ‘Home of Lässig’. Cool.
Three villages, two provinces, one common ground
Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn connects three regions in the provinces of SalzburgerLand and Tyrol to make up one of the largest ski resorts in Austria. The three resorts couldn’t be more different, so there is something to suit everyone. Saalbach Hinterglemm impresses with its unique character and an extensive roster of events throughout the winter, while Saalfelden Leogang offers guests a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Fieberbrunn is the youngest community of the three, a freeride hotspot among the Kitzbühel Alps, attracting skiers to the free, deep snow, as well as being well suited for families.
Freeride: pleasure in powder snow
This is skiing in its original form. True to its motto ‘easy up – wild down’, the freeriding in Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is some of the best in the world, and easily accessed with often little more than a gondola ride away.
Long pistes covered with fresh powder can be found near the lifts, as well as on the exposed flanks of the 2,199-metre Wildseeloder, the location for the annual Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn. Experienced riders will find numerous backcountry spots among the gnarled Alpine peaks. State-certified guides can teach freeride rookies the necessary basics.
Safety first, as ever, is the motto. There are camps and workshops, checkpoints and LVS search fields for practice with the expertise of local ski schools. There are plenty of opportunities in Fieberbrunn for free-riders of all ages and ability to prepare themselves for off-piste skiing. Sound knowledge of the conditions in the backcountry is just as necessary as having the correct avalanche equipment. Freeriders will also enjoy the Nitro Snowpark in Leogang and on the fun cross tracks, fun slopes and snow trails.
Ski holiday for the family
This is where those family memories are carved. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is very family-focussed. Toddlers, mini racers, young sliders will feel safe at the dedicated ski schools, complete with children’s area and ski kindergartens.
Kids love the illuminated toboggan run on the Reiterkogel in Hinterglemm, ‘Leo’s Kufengaudi’; in Leogang or the natural toboggan run ‘Diretissima’ in Fieberbrunn. The two-seater descents of the Timoks Alpine Coaster is a wild thrill for all ages. Several ice rinks also invite youngsters to perfect their skills, and who wouldn’t love the winter hiking experience with llamas?
There are several family packages too, which bring the cost way down. Offers include the Family Hit package, the miniAlpini Card and the Family Card.
The Skicircus is a diverse winter sports region. The Nordic Park on Lake Ritzensee in Saalfelden Leogang is the perfect starting point for all those interested in Nordic sports. Even youngsters can get to know the basics of cross-country skiing in the Fun & Snow Park. Fieberbrunn, the ‘snow hole’ of the Kitzbüheler Alps, impresses with its perfectly prepared cross-country network, with routes of varying degrees of ability. The area caters for classic or skating style, beginner or professional.
Fine cuisine on the mountain
Whether it is a rustic 300-year-old mountain hut, a traditionally furnished café, or a gourmet mountain restaurant, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. There are more than 60 places to eat across the mountains of the region, serving Austrian classics including kasnocken and Kaiserschmarr’n, as well as hearty locally sourced dishes.
Ski ALPIN CARD
This winter, the Ski ALPIN CARD, brings together three regions of Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun under one ticket and available from October to May.
Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is already one of the most diverse ski regions. Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See has some of the best views and a gorgeous mountain town. The Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun, meanwhile, is SalzburgerLand’s only glacier ski resort and offers 100% guaranteed snow conditions coupled with a high-Alpine nature experience.
Photography: © Copyright Skicircus Saalback Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
Photographers: 1: Christian Wöckinger // 2: Peter Lintner // 3: Foto Bause // 4: Saalfelden Leogang Touristik GmbH // 5: Mirja Geh Photography // 6: Foto Bause // 7: Sandra Birklbauer // 8: Robert Kittel
From the start of the 2019/20 season, the zellamseeXpress will unite Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See with Saalbach, laying the foundation of the most extensive and most varied ski region in Austria. There is also a connection to Viehhofen. A free ski bus operates across various routes within the region.