News from the snow
Leogang is a pretty, traditional village with a strong cultural identity. Located in the Pizgauer area of Austria the mixture of old and new building have been tastefully integrated and are loosely centred on its village church with its onion-domed tower. For skiers looking to escape from over-developped modern ski resorts but still wanting the facilities of a big modern resort it offers the twin benefits of being a cosy, picturesque little village but well connected to the huge and popular Saalbach Hinterglemm ski circus. It also has a reputation for being far more reasonably priced than its larger neighbours. The resort has a particularly good snow record for its altitude and is easy to reach from Salzburg.
Sharing the Saalbach - Hinterglemm ski area, Leogang offers the best of both worlds - a delightful little village with excellent nursery slopes, and the option of a huge lift-linked ski area, suiting all standards, on the doorstep.
If you wish to go further afield it 's 16km (10 miles) from Leogang to the furthest point at Zwolferkogel in Hinterglemm. The resort has an excellent snow record, boosted in recent years by the introduction of new snow cannons on the home run back to the resort under the Asitz gondola. Much of the terrain will suit recreational holiday skiers best with nearly 90% of the trails graded easy or 'intermediate' - for those who have skied two or three years or more). These include a few small areas served by half a dozen lifts right next to the village which are ideal for beginners or anyone wishing to just make a few runs in the morning or afternoon.
Experts should try the black runs of Schattberg and Zwolferkogel or take a guide on the extensive off-piste powder fields.
Cross country skiers have 38km of trails locally to try, ranging from easy to very difficult, and they are prepared as soon as the snow falls, equipment may be rented locally if required and there are access points throughout the village.
The hotel Krallerhof is an ideal choice for families being home to the day-care mentioned above, as well as a swimming pool and offering cable TV and a nursery slope with drag lift of its own.
The fun normally continues with toboganning, rafting or sleigh rides, a couple of late night spots in the hotels are usually open past midnight, sometimes with music.
Saalbach has a fun park with halfpipes and has even developed new instruction techniques in snowboarding on reserved snowboard learning slopes. Annual contests in the Circus include the Continental Open which attracts international experts each January.