Saalbach-Hinterglemm, as the name suggests, are two separate villages that have expanded, evolved and merged into one. They still retain semi-separate identities, though both service the same ski resort as well as forming a large part of the Ski-Circus area.
Located to the east of Innsbruck and south of Salzburg, visitors will have a choice of airports to fly into. It’s 152km and takes 2 hours and 30 minutes from Innsbruck, and 106km and just shy of 2 hours from Salzburg. Munich is also just 177km to the north and 2 hours and 30 minutes away, too, if flying into Germany is easier. This all makes Saalbach-Hinterglemm very accessible, and one of the most popular resorts in Austria. In fact, they say that it’s the second most tourist-visited place after Vienna!
You’ll find a large number of Germans, Dutch, and English at Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which only adds to its multicultural charm. Seen as somewhat of a mountain party town, Saalbach-Hinterglemm carries the torch for Austrian apres proudly forward, offering a lively and raucous escape from everyday life for those who seek it.
However, that’s not all that’s to be had here, as the outlying hotels and chalets are nestled in the foothills of the valley sides, and offer tranquillity and solace, making Saalbach-Hinterglemm a solid choice for anyone who wants to explore the Ski-Circus area. And with a pedestrianised centre, exploring the beautiful village is just a joy, no matter whether you’re looking for quiet cafes or bouncing bars.
Saalbach is the slightly more rambunctious of the two villages and should be the aim for those looking to partake in the nightlife, while Hinterglemm is home to larger, more upmarket hotels and should appeal more to those looking for a ski-focused or relaxed getaway. Though there’s still plenty of fun to be had in both.
The villages have a rich skiing heritage and hosted the 1991 Alpine World Championships. Despite the relatively low altitude and vertical, they boast a good snow record. But even if you’re going late or early season, you can rely on its Austrian infrastructure. With such reliance on tourism, you’ll find a fast and efficient lift network, as well as plenty of snow-making facilities should the clouds be unkind. Though they rarely are.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm highlights: A choice of upmarket and quiet, or loud and fun, these twin villages are two sides of a coin that offers amazing skiing, regardless of what you like to do when the sun goes down.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is best for: Families or adult groups who want to stay in a lively town with plenty of food and drink options, and who also want a large, accessible ski area.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Saalbach-Hinterglemm:
Saalbach-Hinterglemm doesn’t have the vertical of some of its Austrian neighbours, but the Ski-Circus has a lot of varied terrain and plenty of kilometres to keep you occupied.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm alone has 200km and over a kilometre of vertical, as well as a great mixture of runs. It has 64 groomed pistes in fact, serviced by 52 lifts, as well as 12km of cross country thrown in for good measure.
The beginners among you will have more luck in Hinterglemm than Saalbach, and will find that the entire area to the left of the town looking up the valley will offer great nursery slopes. A series of drag lifts service these and will always be packed out with learners. Moving a little further down the valley will give you access to the 36 and 37 drags, which offer up gentle, but slightly longer blues to provide good progression.
For those graduating from the nursery runs, heading up the Zwolferkogelbahn gondola will give you access to some easy blues than run top to button, as will travelling up the other side of the valley. The slopes on that side are gentler and blues are accessible off every lift.
For those with dreams a little more daring, heading up the Westgipfelbahn to the Schattberg West peak opens up some great off-piste and tree runs, and traversing across to Schattberg Ost gives you the chance to take the number 1 black all the way down to Saalbach. There’s also an amazing blue that carves down to Vorderglemm from here, though the traverse back up to Saalbach can be lengthy. Still, if you’re wanting to explore the whole area, this is a must.
A new and fast gondola runs up from Saalbach to the Kohlmaiskopf peak and gives access to some great reds and blues, as well as some powdery off-piste, though if long technical descents are what you’re chasing, you’ll have to plan your route a little more carefully.
Getting down the back of Reiterkogel is worth the trek as the most sought after off-piste and advanced terrain is accessible from the connecting gondolas and chair that ascend to the Henne peak, offering the best non-pisted runs in the Ski-Circus, as well as some tasty reds and blacks.
All in all, there’s plenty to sample here, and no one should be left wanting, no matter their skill levels. There’s also night-skiing and plenty of snow parks to enjoy.
First-time and beginner skiers: Getting to grips with the nursery slopes above Hinterglemm is a great choice for new skiiers before heading up on the gondolas. It doesn’t really matter which you choose as they all feed into gentle blues. But going up towards Hasenauer Kopfl will give you a choice of lots of blues and fun traverses to new areas.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will find themselves having fun at every turn. Long blues and short reds are intermingled perfectly, giving a variance of terrain and demand as they descend. And for those more intrepid among you, some great fun can be had from the Schattberg peaks as well as further afield into the Ski-Circus area.
Expert skiers: Experts will want to get out of the throng of families and beginner and head for the peaks. Blacks and reds often drop parallel with blues, so while you may find the ascents filled with learners, you’ll have plenty of breathing room once you’re on the snow. The Zwolferkogel offers a great red and black all the way to town, as do the Schattbergs. And of course, out towards Henne you’ll leave all but the most daring behind and find yourself alone with the elements with nothing but gravity and powder to keep you company.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Saalbach-Hinterglemm
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Saalbach-Hinterglemm:
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Saalbach-Hinterglemm
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Saalbach-Hinterglemm (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Saalbach-Hinterglemm
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Saalbach-Hinterglemm
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Saalbach-Hinterglemm can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Saalbach-Hinterglemm
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Saalbach-Hinterglemm
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Saalbach-Hinterglemm designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!