Saalbach Hinterglemm Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Resort
February 11, 2016
Martin from United Kingdom
I've been itching to try Saalbach for years and finally made it here. On paper it seems like the perfect resort with an extensive piste map and with a very modern set of lifts. It feels churlish to moan about the snow as we went in an unusually warm week at the end of January so I'd hope it's not always like this. It gets plenty of snow but with most runs ending at just over 1000m, most seem to turn to slush quickly and in our oddly warm week, there were slush moguls at the summits from 10.30am.
While the lift system is modern, it seems to take an age to get anywhere if you want to travel about. E.g. from Saalbach up to the back of Hinterglemm on the right side of the piste map is an endless series of short up and downs to get anywhere. I know what you're thinking, that's just skiing right? True, but when you have in mind a destination at the other end of the map you spend far too long getting there.
It's a reasonably priced resort with a few good apres bars in town and more on the hill. We ate at a few good restaurants in town but nothing really special.
One final thing that was odd/un-nerving. If you go to a French ski resort, every street has a pharmacy. Saalbach only has one at the edge of town yet there seems to be demand for 3 lap-dancing bars! This may have explained the very male clientele in our hotel and around town.
Would I go back? I don't think I'd rush back and I'd be tempted to do a late deal when I knew it was going to be cold enough to keep the snow in shape. I'd stay in Hinterglemm too as the access to the snow seems to make a bit more sense up there.
Saalbach Hinterglemm Ratings
Overall: 4.3. Based on 26 votes and 40 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Saalbach Hinterglemm.
Public Transport: 4.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Saalbach Hinterglemm, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Saalbach Hinterglemm, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Saalbach Hinterglemm.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Saalbach Hinterglemm, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Saalbach Hinterglemm is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Saalbach Hinterglemm relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Saalbach Hinterglemm, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Saalbach Hinterglemm are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Saalbach Hinterglemm is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Saalbach Hinterglemm, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.1
(1) Saalbach Hinterglemm usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.6
(1) The staff at Saalbach Hinterglemm are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Saalbach Hinterglemm are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Saalbach Hinterglemm has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Saalbach Hinterglemm, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.1
(1) Not even a kicker at Saalbach Hinterglemm, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Saalbach Hinterglemm, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Saalbach Hinterglemm has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.6
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Saalbach Hinterglemm is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.3
(1) Overall, Saalbach Hinterglemm is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 31, 2016
Alero Cave from United Kingdom
Just returned from our second holiday in Saalbach. This is a great resort for all abilities and as a lower intermediate there were plenty of great blues and challenging reds to conquer. The ski area is extensive and beautiful and offers great traditional Austrian meals on the mountains and lively apres-ski at the end of the day. We have used the Snow Academy during each of our two visits to the resort, I would highly recommend the school-patient instructors with extensive language skills. We have also stayed at the Alpine Resort Sport and Spa on both our visits; we have received excellent service and hospitality.
January 26, 2016
Alex Turner from United Kingdom
Saalbach, though pretty, needs a complete piste reclassification; as one shopkeeper put it, 'the blues are reds, the reds are black and the blacks are impossible'. Not much difference between blues and reds, but what makes it worse is the overuse of snow cannons that leave pistes with snow resembling icing sugar especially since not prepared or bashed during the daytime. Edging on artificial snow is tricky, and Saalbach is not piste friendly to low intermediates. Go somewhere else!
December 29, 2015
Skier from United Kingdom
Loads of slopes for all abilities.
Loads of varied accommodation including ski in/out.
Loads of great on and off-slope restaurants.
Loads of great 'apres' bars.
Loads of fast comfortable lifts with no queues.
Loads of perfectly groomed piste.
Loads of snow cannons.
You can't ask for a lot more!
November 23, 2015
Steve Groome from United Kingdom
January 2016 will see my 14th season visiting Saalbach-Hinterglemm. I've been going there every year. sometimes twice a year, since 2003 when the British Police started having their race championships there (Ex cop). I've skied many other resorts, having been a BASI qualified instructor, but not yet found anywhere else to beat this resort. Excellent skiing for all standards, slightly harder slopes in Hinterglemm. Looking forward to using the Fieberbrunn slopes this winter as they merge with that resort. The lift company invest heavily every year, upgrading lifts, mostly heated, canopied 6/8 seater chairs. The groomers are always out. Apres-ski is a French term, but the Austrians do it so much better.
February 28, 2015
Julie Smith-Moorhouse from United Kingdom
I have been visiting Saalbach for over 4 years now and I think the maintenance of the ski slopes is very good. Yes, sometimes when it is snowing heavily they do tend to leave the piste bashing until the end of the day but more often than not the piste conditions are superb and well maintained.
The skiing is suitable for every standard and has some great lively bars on the slope. Night life is great in Hinterglemm & Saalbach.
When there I stay in a lovely traditional style apartment in the nearby Village of Viehhofen. The Apartment is called Gretl and it is located in Chalet Alte Bachmuhle; very competitive on price and an excellent location. It can be found on the internet easily.
February 01, 2014
Taffy joe from United Kingdom
Hi, we arrive in Saalbach on the 8th Feb and looking at the 9 day forecast i'm wondering if I'm going to need my wetsuite and waterskis this year.
I have been an avid user of this website for many years and always subscribe but iIm afraid this will be my last year.
Every year it gets (us skiers or boarders) hopes up in the 9 day forecast with predictions of heavy snow and within hrs its changed to minimal snowfall. It never changes for the better only for the worst so c'mon snow-forcast get your act together and just tell us the truth! No bull@!:t
I know the weather is what it is and nobody can change that but at least don't get our hopes up and then drop it like a stone.
Just the truth will do!!
Love Austria but when you only have 1 week to get it right maybe it's time to look higher!!
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January 27, 2014
Mike from Poland
Avoid Saalbach during snow falls. When it snows they just do not groom slopes at all. The best example was today (January 27, 2014). Horrible experience on 2a/2b slope for 48 Euro. Real circus. It looks like the last time this slope saw a snowcat was in April when it drove to the garage down the hill for summer break. The other slopes were not much better.
Congratulations to the preparation team and its management. You should learn your job from e.g. Stubai, Fiss-Ladis, St. Moritz and couple other preparation teams.
January 10, 2014
Jan Wood-Otter from Austria
To another reviewer:
Glad that you think that Saalbach is great. Yes, I think it gets better year on year. If you are coming back next year why don't you try this apartment. 600 metres from the Schattberg Xpress and town. our link - saalbachapartment.com
December 27, 2013
Phil Wilcox from United Kingdom
Jan 2014 will be our groups fourth visit in a row to Saalbach and it it just seems to get better every year! We have had mixed weather in January but, as we ski in almost any conditions, it takes a lot to confine us to resort. The last 2 years have seen plenty of snow. The lift system always seems to have a new or updated chair lift added each year and we rarely have to queue at the lifts, so it is easy to find the best pistes to match your level. We are intermediate/advanced and have never run out of good pistes.
The mountain restaurants are great. Traditional Austrian food is served by friendly staff.
If you have a chance, try a trip to Zell am See or Kaprun. There are plenty of shops to keep you busy and the village is very pretty.
Apres-ski is a must in Saalbach with plenty of bars at the bottom of the runs-try The Goat Bar at the end of the run into Hinterglem, there is a short 'swoosh' from the bar to the lift station so don't over do it!!
There is a great atmosphere in this resort and that is what makes it good for couples and families, we love it and having skied all over Europe, we think it has all we need and can't wait to be back there in Jan 2014!