More than 90% of the ski area in Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski resort is rated intermediate or easy, so this is a place for letting the skis run through delightful tree-lined scenery on mainly south-facing slopes.
Taking on the Ski Circus circuit makes for a great day’s skiing, with lunch taken at one of the 44 mountain restaurants, including many delightful old huts.
Otherwise, it’s possible to concentrate on just one area – better skiers use Schattberg Ost, where the 4km (2.5 miles) Nordabfahrt is a fast, steep black with constantly changing conditions. The World Cup downhill on Zwölferkogel is enjoyable too, and it's here that good skiers can make their own fun on copious off-piste terrain.
There are also three terrain parks here, and the ski resort as a whole works well for snowboarders with the easy-to-ride lift network and a variety of runs for all levels.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is also a resort where skiers and boarders can get back up the slopes quickly. In fact, there are more comfortable, high-capacity gondolas and high-speed chairlifts here than any other single resort on the planet.
Although Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski resort is not high, an ever-increasing amount of snowmaking (now covering 90% of the slopes) keeps everything going so long as it’s cold enough for the guns to operate. Saalbach's south-facing nursery areas can get slushy at the start and end of the season, but Hinterglemm's slopes are north facing, ensuring greater reliability in snow cover.
The ski season in Saalbach-Hinterglemm runs from early December until early April.