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Buckets of traditional charm, a buzzing après ski scene and masses of skiing for every ability - Saalbach really does have it all.

You'll find this awesome ski resort in the Austrian Alps and it forms part of the extensive Skicircus area. Linked to three other resorts by a network of modern gondolas, Saalbach ski holidays give you access to over 270km of powder-perfect pistes.

Saalbach resort itself is teeming with attractive wooden buildings housing great places to eat, drink and dance. It's connected to the neighbouring village of Hinterglemm, although you'll find Saalbach is a friendlier and livelier area to base yourselves in.

If you're short on time and want to book a Saalbach ski weekend, it's just about doable as the resort sits less than two hours from Salzburg airport. We can get you set up with flights and airport transfers, in addition to sorting out awesome accommodation for your entire group.

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Saalbach ski resort

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Nestled 1000m above sea level, Saalbach is your quintessential mountain town and even has a pretty river running right through it. Its pedestrianised centre is lined with charming wooden buildings, plus it has a few historic sites such as its landmark onion-domed church.

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The heart of the resort is shaped like a triangle and it'll take you no more than 15 minutes to stroll from one side to another. In the afternoons or evenings, you can take your pick of Saalbach's decent selection restaurants and its extremely popular après ski bars. There's also a few late night venues if you're keen to keep the party going...

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When it comes to Saalbach accommodation, you'll find hotels and cosy guesthouses in both the centre and around the outskirts of the resort. There are also more options 4km away in neighbouring Hinterglemm. The village is a little quieter than Saalbach, making it a better option for family groups or those solely focused on skiing.

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Saalbach après

As a resort that's been rated 5/5 in the ADAC ski guide for après ski, you can expect one hell of a party in Saalbach.

Dance in your ski boots at popular Hinterhag Alm that's located on the Kohlmais valley descent and known for its fantastic live music. Berger Alm is another great shout which boasts a 2-4-1 happy hour after 3.30pm. What's more, it's only an easy blue run back to the resort afterwards if you're a little worse for wear...

If you're skiing on the Hinterglemm side of the valley, don't skip having a few bevvies in Goaßstall. It's housed inside a rustic barn quirkily decorated with mechanical goats and it blasts out top tunes 'til late. Just make sure you have a plan to get back to your hotel afterwards!

Finally, groups keen to party within throwing distance of their accommodation will want to put Bauers Schialm on their radars. It's located right at the bottom of the Kohlmais gondola and split up into four separate drinking venues which are all renowned for their awesome après ski parties.

Restaurants in Saalbach

Saalbach and Hinterglemm have over 60 restaurants between them, making the area a real haven for foodies.

For cheap bites and an array of entertainment, Bobby's Pub close to the Schattberg lift is a good shout. Its menu mainly features burgers and kebabs, and you can play a round of table football, pool or darts while you wait for your food.

In the centre of Saalbach, traditional Hotel Peter is perfect for sampling local cuisine. Its specialty is Felsensteak, a meat dish made from local beef that you get to cook yourself on a hot stone.

Grill & Bar del Rossi at the other end of the village serves up delicious Austrian and Italian grub (don't miss the homemade tiramisu). A few doors down is the Hungry Deer pub which has some great vegetarian options and the added benefit of being right above the Crazy Deer après ski bar.

Saalbach nightlife

As well as its great après, Saalbach has an epic nightlife scene if you fancy staying out after the sun goes down.

Bobby's Pub, in addition to serving up moreish food, also has a great happy hour and always shows the latest sports matches on its flatscreens. Music fans will want to put Ötzi Bar on their Saalbach bucket list. It's situated at the top of the resort's main street and hosts brilliant live rock bands, in addition to hilarious themed games nights.

If you're keen to let loose on a dancefloor, Zum Turm is a great pick. It's lodged inside an old church tower and has a resident DJ who sets up shop inside an old gondola cabin. Alternatively, Castello at the Saalbacherhof Hotel has been the resort's premium clubbing venue since the 70s. It has an epic lineup of bands and DJs every night, plus its huge outdoor terrace is always buzzing in the early evening.

Mountain bites

In addition to dozens of restaurants in the resort itself, you'll also have your pick of amazing restaurants right on the pistes.

Wholesome soups and tasty Tiroler gröstl (fried bacon, onion and potatoes) are what's on offer at Thurneralm, a cosy chalet restaurant halfway down the Kohlmais piste 56. Asitz Bräu at the top of the Asitz cable car is also a good option if you want to try regional dishes. It's also a brewhouse, so expect an excellent beer selection.

If you're skiing closer to Hinterglemm, pop into welcoming Wieseralm for a lazy lunch. Typical dishes include wiener schnitzel and goulash, however, it also has fancier fare (think black truffle pasta and oysters) if you want to treat yourself.

Finally, if you love sitting on a sunny terrace as you dine, SkyRest at the top of the Schattberg X-Press lift has a huge menu and outstanding views.

Saalbach for non-skiers

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Beyond the pistes, non-skiers in your group will find plenty of things to fill their time in Saalbach.

Classic mountain activities like tobogganing, snow tubing and sleigh rides are all up for grabs. Alternatively, why not try ice karting (go karting, but on an ice rink) or check out the views from up high while paragliding?

The stunning snowy scenery can also be soaked up on foot while snowshoeing. There's also Saalbach's spectacular treetop trail - the highest trail in Europe which includes an epic 200m suspension bridge nicknamed the “Golden Gate Bridge of the Alps”.

If you'd rather stay indoors, you'll find a fun bowling alley at Bobby's Pub as well as the Saalbach Hinterglemm Sports Centre where you can learn how to curl, play tennis on an impressive indoor court or test out your skating skills on the ice.

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Ski Holidays in Saalbach

Most Saalbach accommodation tends to be hotels or pensions - family-run local guest houses which usually just offer bed and board.

Saalbach's relatively compact size means all its accommodation is within walking distance of the main street. Expect to find Saalbach hotels to suit every budget, from basic yet cosy picks like Hotel Schattberg to options closer to the town centre featuring outdoor pools and spas. If you'd rather self-cater, there's a handful of apartment rentals on offer including the units at LoriVita Residenz which sleep up to six people.

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