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Saalbach: a vibrant winter sport hot-spot

Saalbach is one of Austria’s premier ski resorts and probably one of the most popular and lively winter-sports holiday destinations in the Alps. It offers a wide range of runs and challenges for skiers of every level and a vibrant apres-ski.

Originally comprising two sides of the long Glemm valley the resorts Saalbach and Hinterglemm have been connected to include Leogang and Fieberbrunn both one valley across. And even a further extension to Zell am See is planned. On the basis of the resort's official figures, verified by consultant Christoph Schrahe, this is Austria’s second largest interconnected ski area (after Arlberg).

Diverse and exciting

There is a wide variety of terrain from easy beginners slopes to challenging blacks and pretty reasonable off-piste. This is a great resort for all abilities with mostly blues and reds, the odd long black run and some very pretty scenery including some lovely tree runs. Slopes are well-groomed, well-marked and most of them very wide. Many slopes are below the treeline which improves the visibility in bad weather conditions. Altogether, this makes Saalbach very suitable for beginners and skiers with medium skill.

Moreover, the ski area is well laid out with numerous access points allowing you easy access to 270 kilometres of world-class skiing. There clearly has been a lot of investment in the ski lifts in recent years, many of the older queue prone ones replaced by modern high capacity ones.

Written by skiweather on Sunday October 15, 2017
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Prolongued summer heat in the Alps decimates European Glaciers

Summer skiing on Europe's glaciers is severly limited at the moment after the exceptionally long period of high temperatures melted away a substantial part of the snow and ice cover and left exposed granite rock surfaces.

The Molltal glacier is now the third of seven Alpine glaciers -open for summer skiing- that has been forced to cease snowsports recently. The news from the Molltal follows the announcement last month from Austria's Dachstein glacier that it will no longer operate a terrain park due to climate change

The high temperatures that have hit central Europe over the past weeks have also taken their toll on Italy's glaciers, with a summer ski resort at the Stelvio Pass having to make the historic decision to suspend its activities due to worsening conditions at the Alpine glacier. However, it has since re-opened limited terrain following an unexpected break in the heat when glaciers received up to 35cm of fresh snow in mid-August.

Written by skiweather on Friday August 25, 2017
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10 best destinations in Europe for spring skiing

Skiing at the end of the season has many advantages. The weather is generally milder and sunnier, the days are much longer and the crowds have gone leaving quieter slopes to enjoy. It also means that there are many great ski accommodation deals to be had as resorts look to sell their empty beds at low prices.

Spring skiing in Lech Zurs
Spring skiing in Lech am Arlberg (Ski Arlberg)

Written by skiweather on Monday March 13, 2017
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Ski resorts kickoff ski season sooner than expected

Ski resorts across the Alps are opening their doors early this week after heavy snowfall powdered the Alps last week. November has seen the best snowfall for 20 years. Moreover the snowfall arrived weeks earlier than expected.

Since last weekend plenty of fresh snow has fallen in the Western Alps with temperatures remaining near or below the long-term average. The Trois Vallees and the Mont Blanc have welcomed well over a meter of fresh snow and are opening sooner than expected. The ski season in Switzerland and France usually doesn’t begin until late November or early December. Chamonix locals are even going as far as to say that this is the best early season they’ve seen since 2012. In many resorts across the north west Alps it is the best for two decades according to the experts. The north west Alps contain some of the main skiing areas including Val d'Isere, Tignes, Arc1950, Val Thorens, Courchevel, Meribel, La Plagne, Verbier and the resorts of the Portes du Soleil.

Written by skiweather on Wednesday November 16, 2016
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World-class ski Arlberg is going to get even bigger and better

The hottest news in the ski world is the long awaited creation of a link between the Lech-Zurs and Sankt Anton am Arlberg, cradle of Alpine skiing. Ski Arlberg just announced that the cableway will open in November 2016. In total four high-speed, ten-seater gondolas have been built to link  Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph, St. Anton and Schröcken Warth, forming Austria’s largest continuous ski resort with 87 railways and lifts and 305 km of ski pistes.

Written by skiweather on Sunday October 9, 2016
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Schladming offers a plethora of wide tree-lined, immaculately groomed intermediate slopes

Schladming is a small historic town located at the heart of the 4-Berge Skischaukel in the beautiful Dachstein Mountain region of the southern Austrian province of Styria

Set over 4 mountains, Schladming is one of Austria’s most well known resorts in eastern Austria which has attracted skiers of all abilities for many years. All 4 of Schladming’s skiareas are an intermediate’s paradise with red runs to challenge both early and adventurous intermediates. Basically the skiing is similar throughout the resort: fairly long, fairly steep gladed and immaculately groomed runs. Despite unremarkable heights the majority of Schladming’s slopes face north and keep their snow well ensuring conditions throughout the season remain good.

Written by skiweather on Saturday April 16, 2016
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Hauser Kaibling : most beautiful slopes in the eastern Alps

Hauser Kaibling is the local skiarea of Haus im Ennstal, nestled in the beautiful Schladming-Dachstein region. This corner of Austria resides somewhat under the radar of many winter sport enthusiasts but is definitely worth visiting.

Hauser Kaibling has not yet been discovered by mass-tourism which is remarkable considering it's close proximity to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. Residents of nearby Salzburg Stadt cherish this little gem as Haus im Ennstal provides them with an easy-accessible getaway. Although Salzburgerland has several attractive ski opportunities itself, Hauser Kaibling - in contrast - offers long and wide tree-lined slopes in a dramatic setting combined with modern infrastructure and great hospitality.

Dachstein mountains

Written by skiweather on Monday February 29, 2016
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Ski Arlberg is challenging French skiresorts in the league of legends

The Flexenbahn cableway will open in the winter of 2016/17 and will connect the skiarenas of Lech/Zürs-Schrocken/Warth with Sankt Anton/Sankt Christoph/Stuben. The new link between Zürs and Stuben/Rauz will make Ski Arlberg the largest contiguous skiing area in Austria with 305km of ski slopes served by 87 ski lifts.

The Flexbahn will be a gondola with cabins capable of holding 10 passengers on the 6 minute journey. It will have large panoramic windows to take in the spectacular views of the Arlberg Pass and it’s capacity will be 2.400 people per hour. Also, as a return route a 1.8 kilometre long piste descending 562 vertical metres will be created.

Written by skiweather on Saturday February 20, 2016
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Free-nature skiing is the real attraction in Lech-Zürs

Skiers and boarders have woken up to the fact that Lech-Zürs am Arlberg is the snowiest A-list resort in the Alps. Zürs gets close to ten metres on average every winter season -double the average of Val d’Isere-, and Lech manages a still-impressive seven metres. Is Lech-Zürs the Eldorado of deep powder?

Eldorado of deep powder
View from Trittkopf on the Flex Pass

Written by skiweather on Friday June 26, 2015
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