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Saalbach Resort Info
Saalbach-Hinterglemm, like Ischgl, is one of the biggest lift-linked resorts in Austria, with 200km of runs. It combines an attractive Austrian village with the convenience (excellent lift links and good piste maintenance) of French resorts. There is skiing/boarding for all abilities, particularly better intermediates. For advanced skiers, there is slightly less appeal, with limited expert-only terrain (the Glemm Valley is an exception). There is an excellent ski school and good nursery slopes for beginners. But, as with many of the pistes, they are south-facing - receiving a lot of sun and marginally poorer snow conditions. The other runs favour second weekers rather than absolute beginners. Boarders are spoilt, with 13km of boarders-only pistes, as well as a specialist park and half-pipe. For kids, facilities are better at Hinterglemm.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm has top après-ski and nightlife, although it can get rather rowdy with hordes of young Dutch, Brits, Scandinavians and Germans flooding the villages' bars and clubs. Saalbach and Hinterglemm are 4km apart, with the former being the more attractive and traditional, as well as being traffic-free. Both offer slope-side accommodation, while the cuisine tends to be largely local. Mountain restaurants are varied and enjoyable and, because there is plenty of sun, they tend to attract the 'tan merchants' en masse. As for other things to do besides skiing, there are usually weekly competitions and ski/boarding demonstrations to watch, but beyond that not much. Unless you like bars and clubs…
Overall, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a top Austrian destination that has good skiing, a traditional village and fun après-ski.
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Saalbach Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 12 Dec 2013|
|Last snowed|| 07-Dec-2013|
|Fresh snow||15 cm|
|Lower slopes||30 cm|
|Upper slopes||70 cm|
|Runs to resort||Packed|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Good skiing on firmly packed runs|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 12-Dec-2013)
Austria has some of the best conditions in Europe at the moment after moderate snowfall at the weekend but some resorts are experiencing spring conditions with warm, sunny weather.
Temperatures rose to around 7C in Ellmau (10/50cm) and Westendorf (10/55cm) in the Ski Welt area on Thursday 12th December. The best skiing at could be found on well-groomed runs on the upper slopes.
The best conditions are still currently at our featured glacial resorts where there is excellent skiing on-piste. Hintertux (20/185cm) enjoyed sunny skies yet again on Thursday and great skiing up high. There are also great on-piste conditions in Pitztal (89/199cm) which has the strongest base of all our featured Austrian resorts.
St Anton (20/60cm) has enjoyed a sunny opening week of the season is offering good skiing on firmly packed runs but patchy conditions in the off piste.
European Weather Outlook
There is little sign of new snow this week in Europe with the sun set to continue warming the slopes. However, towards the end of the week cloud cover could return in France and bring some precipitation.
Light snow is also predicted for next weekend in Austria and Switzerland. Andorra is also expecting some light snowfall, around 5cm, next weekend but newly opened Borovets and Bansko in Bulgaria have no fresh snow forecast.