Visitor reviews for Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Resort

Saalbach Hinterglemm Ratings

Overall: 4.3. Based on 31 votes and 45 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.1

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.4

(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.

Off-piste: 3.6

(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.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.1

(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.

Accommodation: 4.8

(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: 4.9

(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: 4.6

(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.

Childcare: 4.3

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.6

(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.

Shelter: 4.3

(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: 4.2

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(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: 4.7

(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: 4.7

(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.

Beginners: 4.2

(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.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Saalbach Hinterglemm, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.0

(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.

Cross-country: 3.7

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 4.0

(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.

Eating: 4.9

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.8

(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: 4.1

(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.

Entertainment: 4.0

(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: 4.5

(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): 4.4

(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.

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January 01, 2012
Brian from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
My wife and I visited Saalbach Jan 2011. There was enough snow - just - but the temperatures were usually too high for the snow cannons. However, we had a very good time - just be careful towards the end of the day if you are not too good at water-skiiing!! Hotel etc - excellent. Time from hotel to hitting the snow - 5 mins max - excellent Ski hire and support - (we broke a ski) - excellent Our skiing ability - reds no problem, easy blacks - just our age - shh, older than you might think!! We are coming back in 2012 so we must have enjoyed it!!
November 30, 2011
lee from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Saalbach this year in March. It's a nice resort but it hadn't snowed for a few weeks and the days were warm and sunny. So most days the snow was knackered by dinner time. So if you're going later in season make sure you're up early.
February 06, 2011
Brom from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I like Saalbach/Hinterglemm, don't get me wrong, but it is not a great snowboarding resort. The sunny pistes don't hold the powder for long, and the groomers bash the life out of the snow that is there, leading to hard pack and ice only a few days after a big dump. The few black runs are mainly north facing and don't hold the snow well and also end up very icy and gnarly. I would say that about 90 percent of S-H visitors are skiers and they are not very snowboard aware, regularly skiing close into your blind side leading to a number of accidents that I witnessed. The lift system is very good and access to the mountain is quick and easy. The ski bus is good too. Enjoyed my trip but would not visit again.
November 02, 2010
Jackie from Westerham from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We are a family of 4 and have been to Hinterglemm (Saalbach Hinterglemm) for the past 3 years running, usually in February but this year we are going at Christmas and can't wait, hopefully slightly less busy than half-term. The skiing here is absolutely fantastic, the higher runs are wide and treeless and as you ski down you're skiing beautiful tree lined runs. There are mountain restaurants dotted all over the mountains so you're never far away from drinks, food and toilets! The Austrians know how to party so come 3.30 the apres-ski bars at the bottom of the runs in both Hinterglemm and Saalbach are pumping out the music and once the gluhwein and beers start kicking in everyone is dancing inside the bars and outside in the snow. Nothing beats skiing down at the end of the day, stopping in a bar with a hot gluhwein in hand whilst standing outside dancing with the snow falling! The runs are mostly long and wide but I would say not for complete beginners - go to Neiderau to learn for a couple of years and then hit Hinterglemm. Not too expensive either - you can get a huge pizza, big enough to share for about £5 in the centre of Hinterglemm village or you can eat expensive too - it's up to you. The lifts and runs all link nicely - the only queue we're ever in is the T-bar in the centre of Hinterglemm in the morning. You need to get there before the ski schools start and you'll be fine, no queueing anywhere else and anyway they have replaced that T-bar with a gondola; new for this season 2010/11 so now no queuing at all. Also there is a floodlit run with massive fun park and this is lit every night 'til 9.30 with a bar by the lift so you can go in there while the kids are on the fun park - perfect. Go to Hinterglemm - you won't be disappointed.
March 21, 2010
Natasha & Martin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi, We were in Saalbach (Saalbach Hinterglemm) mid March this year. We were lucky with the snow, it absolutely dumped a massive amount for 2 days, followed by glorious sunshine. We were able to play in powder through the trees and off-piste for those 2 days of snow and the following day of sunshine. After that the sun was too strong, and at such a low altitude by the end of the first day of sunshine, the snow was heavy, and slushy. The rest of the week was lovely weather but the snow was just slowly melting away. The slopes around the resort are good: long distances, fun and are quite steep with some challanging parts. The skipass tracks your journey and lets you know your distance travelled in a day/week and vertical metres overcome, quite a cool gadget and keeps you entertained. The resort also has snapshot places where you can have a photo taken on the top of a mountain, then download it and send as an e-card. Apres-ski was very good, loud Austrian music bringing a good atmosphere and everyone is always in a happy mood. I could not say a bad word about the Austrians: good skiers, always in a good mood and ready to party. In all, Saalbach Hinterglemm is a good resort but you need to ensure you have the snow, so we would suggest going in Jan/Feb time. Regards, N&M
March 12, 2010
Jay from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
Saalbach Hinterglemm has great skiing, even greater aprés-ski. I love it.
March 25, 2009
Nicholas Jones from Ski Austria Austria
I live at Saalbach Hinterglemm and Hinterglemm is the best. It is the greatest ski resort with the best slopes. The snow is amazing with some perfect late March skiing. I travel and have experienced skiing all over the world and nothing compares to Saalbach Hinterglemm. If you are planning on visiting Saalbach Hinterglemm soon or next year, winter or summer, please mail me for advice and help. Regards, Nick.
January 18, 2009
Megan from Ski Austria Austria
Hi, my name is Megan and I live in Hinterglemm, just by the Hochalm gondola. My husband and I moved here 5 years ago and cannot believe how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful part of the Alps. Our daughter also lives here and owns and runs her own small hotel in Saalbach. The winter is a fairytale wonderland with excellent skiing and boarding. The summer too is beautiful with the grass covered Pinzgau Mountains adorned with wild flowers and the ever present sound of a cow bell somewhere in the distance. The many hill walkers and mountain bikers return every year to the warm welcome from the local village people. Described by the German and Austrian Automobile Associations as one of the best ski resorts and the number one apres-ski resort in the whole of Austria. The many new lifts and gondolas installed over the past 3 years makes this a skiers paradise. Future planned installations are the new gondola from Jausern to the top of the Schattberg and the old Bergokel 3-man chair and T-bar being replaced by a modern fast gondola. This will greatly improve the ski circus making it skiable in both directions. It just keeps getting better. For more info on accommodation and the resort please feel free to e-mail me meganbusby@hotmail.co.uk
October 17, 2008
Geoff from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We stayed at Hinterglemm in February 2008 and will return next year. We found the facilities at this resort excellent and the local people friendly and very helpful. The infrastructure of the resort was superb and the skiing first class. The ski school instructors all spoke good English and catered for all levels. Some of the slopes were a little challenging but there is plenty for all in the area. Due to the layout of the ski lifts one could follow different routes each day. We would recommend this resort for beginners and intermediate skiers
September 04, 2008
Gary from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We stayed in Saalbach for our first winter Christmas and it was amazing. This was my second trip to the resort and it did not let me down. This was my girlfriends first ski holiday and she was not looking forward to it as she did not know what to expect. We stayed at the Reiterhof in the centre of Saalbach which made the whole trip a little easier. The hotel is right next to the ski school so for my girlfriend wearing ski boots for the first time did feel to uncomfortable. The snow was fantastic and by mid week she was flying down the blue runs. The night life and ski instructors were brilliant. we were never let down by the free shuttle buses once. This truly was a magical Christmas and can't wait to go there again soon.