Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn might not be a name that rolls off the tongue, but it does give you some idea of just how vast this Austrian ski area is. As the name implies, it’s made up of four separate resorts, each of which offers a sizable ski area in its own right. The combined super-resort boasts an incredible 270km of pistes, making it one of the largest lift-linked ski areas in the world.
Between them, these four resorts have everything you could ever want from a skiing holiday – from off-piste gnarly enough to host the Freeride World Tour, to mellow beginner slopes, and everything in between. Known collectively as the ‘Skicircus’ because the ski lifts are arranged so that you can ski around the valley like you’re in a circus ring, you can rack up some serious ski miles without straying too far from the lifts.
Here are six reasons to visit the vast and varied Skicircus area this winter:
Perfect playground for families at the Skicircus
From the mellow, family parks with obstacles, to the snow trails and funslopes for older kids, Skicircus has something for mini-shredders of all ages and stages. Ski schools in all of the base areas are the perfect place for little ‘uns to learn, and when they’re old enough to head out on their own, there’s a four, massive mountains for them to explore safely. Oh, and did we mention, in the evenings, you can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or go walking with llamas?
A freeride paradise
Fieberbrunn enjoys a formidable reputation among powder lovers worldwide, thanks in part, to the fact that it hosts a stop of the Freeride World Tour every year. The comp takes place on the gnarly north face of the Wildseeloder, a 610 vertical metre descent which includes pitches of 70 degrees. Of course, in an area this size – it crosses into three regions and two Austrian states, Tyrol and Salzburg – that epic face is just the start of it.
The longest ski circuit in the Alps
Up for a challenge? Well, they don’t come any bigger – or longer – than the ski circuit of the Skicircus, known to locals not as a challenge, but as ‘The Challenge’. To complete the route, you’ll need to ski 65 kilometres of downhill runs, ride 32 lifts, and clock up 12,400m of altitude difference – that’s almost one and a half times the height of Mount Everest. Fit skiers can expect to complete it within seven hours. Reckon you’ve got what it takes?
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This snow-rich region on the Tyrol-Salzburg border is famous for the consistency of its snowfall, but the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn takes nothing for granted. Summer 2020 saw construction start on the brand new Rosswald Reservoir in Hinterglemm, a facility that, when completed, will hold 230,000 cubic metres of water to feed the ski area’s extensive system of snow cannons.
A vast variety of food
With more than 270km of trails and 70 lifts, it’s hardly surprising that the Skicircus has a huge variety of mountain restaurants – no fewer than 60, in fact. These range from 300-year-old, rustic alpine huts, to shiny, modern buildings offering fine dining. There is, quite literally, something to suit every taste, budget and palette here – and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the restaurants off the hill.
And there’s more...
As if the slopes on offer in the vast Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn weren’t enough, you can also further increase the ski area with the Ski ALPIN CARD. This super ski pass includes access to the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See and to Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun, giving you a whopping total of 408km of pistes, and 121 ski lifts. Whole new worlds to explore!
Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn in numbers
270km of pistes
60 mountain restaurants
To find out even more about what this outstanding ski area has to offer, go to skicircus.saalbach.com
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