The family ski resort area Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is better than a big top for family fun. The region offers variety, freedom and plenty of space for family skiing fun! Of its 270 km of pistes more than half are blue runs – perfect for skiing kids, mini-racers and small carvers!
Numerous attractions such as kids clubs, snow parks, snow trails or race & speed tracks provide heaps of fun, action, and diversity on and off the slopes. With the free miniAlpini Card, the Junior XPLORE CARD, or the Easter Bonus, children can enjoy attractive discounts or go free of charge in the coolest ski area in the Alps.
Where is the Skicircus and how to get there
The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is the name given to the winter sports area 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 experts can use 140 km blue, 112 km red and 18 km of black slopes. With 70 cableways and 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.
Why take a family ski holiday in the Skicircus?
So much about the Skicircus is geared towards family ski holidays. Friendly ski schools with special areas for kids and ski kindergartens turn learning into joy and help your little ones make their first turns in the snow. Plus, with more than 60 mountain hut restaurants serving everything from hearty local dishes to gourmet cuisine, no one will go hungry!
And it’s off the ski slopes that the Skicircus comes into its own. Family-friendly activities galore will ensure that young adventurers and old explorers alike will have fun. From toboggan rides to trekking with llamas, you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family happy in the Skicircus. A new challenge for families, the Kids Winter Challenge, combines the highlights for a family winter holiday in Saalbach.
The six best family activities in the Skicircus
From winter hikes and snowshoe walks to sleigh rides and ice-skating rinks, there are many ways to turn your family ski trip into a hatful of memories.
Here are five of the best:
Kids Winter Challenge
This new challenge for families brings the successful Kids Hiking Challenge from the summer months to the winter and rewards all active winter adventurers. Kids can punch the coveted symbols onto their play pass at the Treetop Trail, the Fairytale Forest, on the illuminated tobogganing and tubing runs as well as on the mountain peaks. They can also collect points on the numerous Funslopes and Snowtrails.
On presenting the completed pass at the Tourist Office, children will receive a cool medal as a reward for their hard work, as well as some unforgettable memories.
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Golden Gate & Treetop Trail
The highest tree-top trail in Europe is situated at the end of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm valley. This unique project combines the trail with an Alpine “Golden Gate” suspension bridge.
The natural circular tour runs for a length of 2 kms over meadows, mountain fields and through the forest. The one kilometre tree-top trail starts at the Lindlingalm and includes the 200 metre long Alpine Golden Gate Bridge. In winter it is a glorious walk through a wonderful winterland, or alternatively a beautiful drive in a horse-drawn sleigh.
The Golden Gate Bridge is up to 42 metres high and offers a breathtaking panoramic view across the mountains and also over the high-rope park. The most promising and spectacular views however are from the 600 metre long tree-top trail. It is a massive construction in larchwood - up to 30 m above ground - with steps, towers, platforms and bridges.
There are loads of toboggan runs throughout the region, each one unique in its own way. On the Spielberg toboggan run, for example, you even get taken to the top of the ride on a piste basher!
On the other hand, the 3.2 km track at the Reiterkogel can be reached easily by taking the Reiterkogel lift. For a slightly different tobogganing experience, try out Timoks Coaster in Fieberbrunn. Whizz down on a two-seater toboggan and take a comfortable ride back up the mountain again.
With their fun twisters, banked turns and waves, the Funslopes Zwölfer and U-Bahn turn every day on the mountain into an unforgettable experience. And the best thing is that every guest – no matter if beginner or experienced skiers or snowboarders – finds an exciting alternative to the carving fun on the wonderful slopes of the Skicircus. The Funslope U-Bahn is also floodlit so the fun doesn't stop when the sun sets.
The fantastic Leos Kids Area in Leogang is also a great place to combine fun on the slopes with learning to ski. The area offers six magic carpets leading to child-friendly slopes, a practice chairlift and a practise gondola to get the little ones prepared.
Timok's Alpine Coaster
Operated in both summer and winter, Timok's Alpine Coaster is a great experience for the whole family. Located at the F1 Streuböden mid-station, the coaster is 1,160m in length and sends you whizzing down the mountain before bringing you back up safely and easily.
Free to ride to anyone with a valid ski pass, it's both a thrilling ride and a great way to take a tour of the surrounding snowy landscapes.
One for the youngest family members - at the fairytale forest in Hinterglemm, you’ll meet your favourite fairytale characters, such as Little Red Riding Hood, and experience mystical times. They may bring back memories of your own childhood.
The entrance to the fairytale forest can be found right next to the Sports Centre in Hinterglemm. The fairytale forest is part of the kids winter challenge, and includes lantern walks.
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