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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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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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