Saalbach. Ski your limit.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is an Austrian Alpine resort town, in the district of Zell am See (Pinzgau region), in the state of Salzburg.
The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, with its 270 kilometers of slopes, 70 ski lifts, and more than 60 mountain huts, is one of the largest ski areas in Austria.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of the regular venues for the Alpine Skiing World Cup. The ski resort had its premiere at the World Cup on December 19, 1972 with the celebration of a women's downhill event that was awarded to the Austrian skier Annemarie Moser-Pröll.
In 1991 it hosted the World Championships and the FIS Council awarded on October 3rd, 2020 Saalbach Hinterglemm as the venue for the Alpine Ski World Championships 2025.
With the addition of Fieberbrunn, in the neighboring region of Tyrol, the Skicircus has become a true mecca for freeride with miles of ski routes in the stunning scenery of the Kitzbühel Alps.
Fieberbrunn is one of the stops on the Freeride World Tour, the most important Freeride competition in the world. In 2020 the ski resort celebrated its 10th anniversary as the headquarters of the FWT.
Regarded as one of the toughest events on the tour, the "Wildseeloder face" at Fieberbrunn is often decisive in winning the title, taking place just before the Verbier grand finale.
Since last season, the new Ski ALPIN CARD pass allows us to ski in three areas: the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See, and Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun with a total of 408 kilometers of slopes and 121 lifts.
The Challenge. The largest Ski Safari in the Alps
"Ski your limit" is the slogan that describes one of the most demanding ski circuits in the Alps: "The Challenge". The figures speak for themselves: 65 kilometers of slopes, 32 lifts, 12,400 meters of unevenness and approximately 7 hours of skiing!
These dimensions place "The Challenge" above such famous circuits as the "Sellaronda", the "Weißer Ring", and the "Königstour".
The challenge can be started at any point. In the end, the only important thing is to get through the 32 ski lifts that comprise it.
But if we want to take it more calmly, we have the possibility of doing four different circuits that will allow us to know the domain in greater detail and pause.
Saalbach (19 km, 3,600 meters of elevation gain, 8 lifts, and the estimated duration of 2 hours).
This circuit is not exceedingly difficult and is a good way to get in touch with Saalbach at the beginning of our stay. At Kohlmais, you can go down the slopes where the Slalom and Giant Slalom events were held during the 1991 Alpine Ski World Championships.
Hinterglemm (26 km, 5,600 meters of elevation gain, 12 lifts, and the estimated duration of 2 hours and a half).
The Hinterglemm circuit is the one that proposes a greater accumulated unevenness and depending on the direction in which we do it, it may involve a greater or lesser difficulty. The most challenging version runs mainly on red slopes. This circuit also offers many opportunities to enjoy the mountain huts.
Leogang (26 km, 4,300 meters of elevation gain, 11 lifts, and an estimated duration of 2 and a half hours).
The Leogang Circuit is perfect for taking in the breathtaking panorama, on the east-facing slopes of Asitzmulde, followed by the gentle south-facing slopes of Schönleiten and Kohlmais towards Saalbach.
Tirol (22 km, 4,300 meters of elevation gain, 14 lifts, and an estimated duration of 2 and a half hours).
This circuit is designed for fans of skiing and runs mainly along demanding red slopes, accompanied by magnificent views of the Tyrolean mountains.