What to Do in Winter Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
Let me begin by saying Saalbach Hinterglemm guarantees 100% snow; snow making equipment all over the mountains see to that.
Interactive perks for skiers and snowboarders? Free WiFi hotspots at numerous lift stations; a Skicircus App for i-Phone, Android, and BlackBerry gives the ability to call up your own personal skiline and ski movie (altitude, meters skied, etc.) Since it appears that everyone else in the world is totally wired except ex-Marine and myself, skiers were seen on mountain tops, surfing away at free hotspots.
Saalbach Hinterglemm has: a snow park; race course; night skiing; and illuminated toboggan runs (rodelbahns). There are 55 cable railways and lifts, 200 kilometers/125 miles of ski runs (pistes).
Lift Tickets are extremely reasonable compared to U.S. lift ticket prices. For comparison sake: Saalbach, 67-84 Euros ($84-109 U.S.) for a 2-day ticket; Aspen, $146-206 (111-157 Euro); depending on Season.
Buy a Sun Card, what we did. The Sun Card allows guests, without ski equipment, to use the gondolas: a 7 day ticket is 68.50 Euros ($90 U.S.). We would snowshoe up the mountain and take one of the cable cars down. Walkers and other guests took a gondola up to the top, ate lunch, had drinks, and sat in the sun.
Kilometers of groomed, walking trails cover the mountains, and valley. A 3.5 kilometer/2 mile promenade safely connected Saalbach and Hinterglemm. The Saalbach Hinterglemm Tourist Office has a brochure called, “Sport Unlimited,” detailing all the walking/hiking possibilities: where to begin, end; altitude gained; length; and approximate time to complete the walk. Cross country ski, take a snow shoe tour, ice skate, curl, hire a sleigh, tube; endless activities and not enough time to do everything.
Winter or Summer, Saalbach Hinterglemm was definitely one of the most enjoyable resorts we’ve ever visited. Go and see for yourself!