Saalbach is a beautiful, character-filled village with traditional style (though modern) buildings huddled around the town church. Like many Austrian ski towns, the après here is lively and it is not uncommon to see people stumbling around in ski boots late into the evening. Just 4km away you will find the village of Hinterglem which is slightly less picturesque, but every bit as bustling.
Saalbach is an easy 1hr 20min drive from Austria’s second largest airport – Salzburg.
Saalbach is a perfect resort for beginner and intermediate riders, with 270km of well-groomed pistes to explore. The pistes themselves are quite spread out, giving a huge struggle to find any truly challenging runs, as there are only a few black pistes. The lift system is one of the best in Europe, and the snow-making facilities cover 90% of the runs so the low altitude and sunny aspect is never a problem.
Whilst famous for its skiing, Saalbach attracts thousands of visitors in the summer months. By far the most popular activity is hiking, and 400km of marked trails make exploring the area on your own safe and easy. Mountain biking is the go for adrenaline junkies, and the 30 huts scattered around the peaks make mountaineering and multi-day hikes possible. Children are particularly well catered to in the summer with biking workshops, ‘kinderfests’ and kid friendly adventure hikes.