Pre-Christmas skiing such as the Sport 200 Winter Opening (6-9 December) give skiers the opportunity of trying the latest boots and skis or from the 13-16 December there is the Swatch snowmobile skidoo race through the streets of Hinterglemm.
Little wonder then that Saalbach Hinterglemm's Skicircus area is attracting so much interest from British winter sports enthusiasts keen to try the resort's 200km of pistes, making this Austria's largest connected ski area with 55 lifts. Whether you are a teenager, member of a family group or a "single", you will have hours of great skiing and fun at this resort.
Last winter new lifts at the resort vastly improved the comfort of skiers. The Westgipfel chair has been replaced by a modern and fast 8-person gondola (Schattberg Sprinter) and the Karlift and Weissbachlift (both drags) have been replaced by a 6-person chair with heated seats and "bubbles".
For the coming winter the network of snow-making for the Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang Ski Circus has been extended and modernised with the latest technology.
The resorts of Saalbach and Hinterglemm are but a "snow-ball" throw from each other yet they differ in character in so much as Saalbach tends to be the lively and fashionable "in-place" whilst Hinterglemm is smaller and quieter.
Yet both are joined for skiing and offer a choice of cable cars, gondolas, chair and drag lifts to serve the 200km of pistes with their 72 individual runs.
This is one of the most extensive skiing areas of Austria with a good selection of slopes on both sides of the valley. It is recommended for all grades of skiers. Out on the mountains, skiers will find no fewer than 40 "cozy" hunts for snacks, lunches and warm drinks.
There is the flood-lit slope at Unterschwarzachift Hinterglemm and Schantelift Leogang as well as a flood-lit fun park for boarders who can also enjoy the Big-Airs, obstacles and jumps.
Salzburg Super Ski Card
This offers over 2,200km of freedom and pure skiing enjoyment on virtually all slopes in the SalzburgerLand. The Card is accepted in all of the 23 major ski regions and neighbouring areas so skiers can take advantage of season passes or you-pick-the-day option available between November 2008 and 3 May, 2009 which enables you to get out and ski whenever the mood takes you and the weather permits. Skiers can also save bunches of money when compared to purchasing individual day passes and you can also enjoy passing through the lift turnstiles using the very latest hands-free card technology.
With bargain airlines and the Holiday Shuttle which runs 5 x daily, you can travel to Saalbach Hinterglemm quickly and for a reasonable price. With HLX, RyanAir, SkyEurope and Co many Winter Sports people land at Salzburg Airport, which in the last year was the hub for Low-Cost Carriers in the whole of Europe. Around twelve airlines are offering bargain prices from all over Europe to destination Salzburg. From Salzburg Airport you can travel with the new Holiday Shuttle directly to your hotel door in Saalbach Hinterglemm for 35, over the virtual Taxi Stand www.holiday-shuttle.at you can book a transfer before your arrival. The valley lies about 70 miles south of Salzburg but can be approached from the Innsbruck side via Kitzbuhel and Zell am Zee. Driving is not difficult to the valley with no high alpine passes to cross although snow chains should be carried in the car boot. Flight connections are usually via Salzburg with a 90-minute transfer.
Apres ski life here is very good with a choice of squash, bowling, curling, skating, sleigh rides and a leisure centre with swimming and indoor tennis. For those with a keen eye for shopping, a good selection of shops can be found whilst those more intent on finding a bar or restaurant will have no problem. There are nightclubs and discos.
kids for free in Saalbach-Hinterglemm Now there are no more excuses: Its time to head out with your entire family for a skiing vacation in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. For each adult booking, one child up to age 14 stays free with their parents. Each additional child receives a 50 % discount. Children, born in 1990 or later, even receive a free ski pass when one parent purchases a ski pass good for 3 days or longer. When an adult books a ski course or rents ski equipment, the child also receives these same services for free. Now vacations are truly childs play! The 2007-08 season will open at the beginning of December and continue until mid-April, 2008.
Please visit the Salzburgerland Website.