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Renowned as a family-friendly paradise, Austria's Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn has another side - as one of the leading freeride destinations in the Alps.

Skiers looking out across snowing mountainscape, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
Photo: Saalbach.com_Moritz Ablinger

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It's the ultimate in ski thrills: fresh snow, the ideal line, deep powder and the feeling of being totally free.

In the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, you will find numerous off-piste possibilities for freeride skiing combined with the breathtaking backdrop of the Kitzbüheler Alps. Legends are made from such events as the Freeride World Tour. Perfect lines are promised.

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn also has its own Freeride Park, countless freeride routes of varying grades of difficulty, info-point, LVS search fields & checkpoints along with a specially tailored avalanche warning report for the region.

The freeride routes are well-marked descents that are partially off slope. Some ski slopes are also marked in places as freeride routes as these slopes are not groomed for several days following a fresh snowfall.

The ski area hosts numerous freeride camps in which you can learn the necessary skills to make the most of the powder opportunities. Or, you can go along with an experienced freeride guide to discover the secret spots of the region, and be guided safely through the backcountry of Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn.

Top events, such as the Freeride World Tour or the Freeride Testival, round up what is on offer in one of the largest and most diverse freeride ski areas in the Austrian Alps, and some might say some of the best freeride skiing and boarding around. 

Want to know more about what this ski area has to offer? Take a look at our Seven Reasons to Ski the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn for the full lowdown.

Skier freeriding in backcountry, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

Where is the Skicircus and how to get there

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is located in the Austrian states of Salzburg and Tyrol. It extends on both sides of the valley over the mountains of the Glemmtal and has a link to Leogang and to Fieberbrunn, in Tyrol.

With 270 kilometres of ski slopes, it is one of the largest ski areas in Austria. Beginners, families and advanced skiers can use 140 km blue slopes, 112 km red slopes and 18 km of black slopes. With 70 cableways and ski lifts, numerous snow parks, a freeride park, floodlight slopes and toboggan runs, the Skicircus skiing region is one of the most diverse and best ski areas in the Alps.

Nearest airports for visitors from the UK are Salzburg (90km), Innsbruck (160km) and Munich (220km). You can book budget airport transfers directly from Salzburg or Munich Airport to your accommodation and the public bus link from Salzburg Airport to Saalbach Hinterglemm is a cheap alternative.

Getting round is easy with the Ski Alpin Card - one ticket valid for three areas, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See, the Kitzsteinhorn and Maiskogel in Kaprun as well as the Hinterreit lifts in Maria Alm and on the Naglköpfl in Walchen.

Photo: Saalbach.com_Moritz Ablinger

Why take a freeride ski holiday in the Skicircus?

Few ski areas have such a fully-rounded freeride offering. With nearly 20 freeride schools, regular freeride camps, and the prestigious Freeride World Tour stopping off in Fieberbrunn, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn bundles its freeride offers into a complete package which delights the elite, as well as being ideal for beginners entering the wider world of powder skiing. 

Taking the lift, or sometimes a short hike in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, brings you very easily into un-secured, un-patrolled terrain. Those who leave the safety of the secured pistes are taking on the responsibility for their own safety. Therefore, comprehensive training about off-piste skiing is essential.

The various camps and workshops, and lessons from local ski schools and mountain guides help freeriders of any age and ability prepare themselves for off-piste adventures.

Freeride Highlights

Fieberbrunn has ideal conditions for freeride, and the slopes of the 2,117m Wildseeloder were discovered by the up-and-coming freeriding scene some years ago. What they found was a ski area with wild contours, draped with extensive powder slopes.

It's also renowned for being easy to access - there are no long walks to reach the freeriding terrain. It’s no wonder Fieberbrunn has become a European competition hotspot.

Person freeriding down ski slope creating snow dust cloud, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
Photo: Moritz Ablinger

Freeride parks

If you are tempted to try freestyling but are still looking for the perfect park for your first jumps and slides, the Family Park U-Bahn offers the ideal setup for the whole family. Here, you get to take a dip into freestyle together with your kids, parents or grandparents.

In total, the park lets you enjoy 6 jumps for your airtime and 3 different slides that will have your creativity run wild. Right next to the Family Park, you find the Funslope U-Bahn with lots of exciting features that guarantee fun aside of freestyle.

Already a seasoned park-goer and looking for something a little more challenging? The fantastic Freeride Park in Leogang, located right next to the Muldenbahn eight-seater lift, is the first ski area in Europe which was created as a single package for both freeride and freestyle. 

Combining deep snow with specially-designed obstacles integrated into the terrain, this is a must-visit for off-piste lovers. 

Nitro Snowpark Leogang

The Nitro Snowpark is also located right next to the Muldenbahn eight-seater lift and has everything you need to improve your park skills and just have a good time. From the Easy Park and the Kicker Line to the Pro Line, there is something for every ability.

Best of all, the various lines can be combined in an individual and creative manner, with Reini and his shaper team ensuring that all obstacles are perfectly prepared. The GoPro bag jump enables you to try new jumps without the stress of a hard landing, and the Natural Freeride Park makes it possible to combine the pleasure of deep snow with the adrenalin rush of jumps and obstacles. If you are looking for a place to chill, the Adlerhorst features loungers and Wi-Fi.

Man freeriding down fresh ski slope, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
Photo: Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn | 8-18 March 2024

Fieberbrunn is the only stop of the Freeride World Tour in Austria and Germany. Since 2011, the steep and rocky north slope of the Wildseeloder has been a fixture on the FWT calendar, and it is here that the preliminary decision in the fight for the World Cup titles will be made.

The world's best freeriders have to climb about 40 minutes to reach the peak of Wildseeloder, where they drop down a slope of 620m from the start position at 2,117m altitude. There, they have to overcome a slope gradient of up to 70 degrees.

Spectators can be there live on the day of the competition (depending on the weather) to cheer along. While the spectacular runs of the world's best freeriders could only used to be admired from the Lärchfilzkogel, now there is a spectator area is located directly in the finish zone in the area of the Wildalm, where the Contest Village is located. This area can be reached on skis from the mountain station of the F2 Lärchfilzkogel lift.

And there's even more going on at the Event Village, at the valley station in Fieberbrunn. From Opening & Prize Giving Ceremonies and freeride parties, to ski tests and movie nights, you can experience the freeride vibe up close - and with free entry too!

The competition can also be followed by live stream (including on their website, Youtube, Bergbahn-InfoTV) from home.

Freeride Testival Saalbach | 9th - 10th March 2024

Want to try your hand at some freeriding and test out some top ski gear at the same time? Then the The Freeride Testival is the event for you! This weekend event gives you the chance to put some of next ski season's brand new gear through its paces on the mountain, take part in workshops, safety courses, meet and get advice from freeriding professionals and of course, get off-piste with a guide.

It's the perfect event to celebrate freeride, no matter whether you're a seasoned expert, or complete novice. 

For more information about the amazing freeride you'll find in Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, go to

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