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Destination guide: Saalbach, Austria

Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a municipality which is famous for its skiing and other winter sports in the district of Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria.It offers a network of three piste which comprises of Hinterglemm, Saalbach, and Leogang that is in its municipality. This brings the resort closer from Salzburg Airport.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm falls in the Pinzgau region which is located in the Saalbach Valley. The region falls into the Kitzbüheler Alpen and Spielberghorn which is 2,044 m high is the highest point in the north and in the south we have Hochkogel which is 2,249 m high.

Saalbach comes among Austria’s most finest of the ski resorts, that offers a numerous runs, extensive ski piste, and the icing on the cake is that receives ample of snow. The valley has two sides and thus skiing is practiced on both the sides. However, norther side runs of the valley that faces towards the south is preferred by visitors because of the sunny weather.

The southern side piste of the valley that face towards the north are generally in the shade, so they render a better snow cover, more specifically in the late season, and is also covered by more trees. Those who wish to go for off piste skiing can to the northern side, where you get thigh-deep, unfettered powder which is situated only certain metres away from many of the pistes.

Apart from this you can also have fun at small snowpark at Hinterglemm, however skiers and snowboarders who like adventure prefer to visit the snowpark which is adjacent to the valley in Leogang, which offers superior kickers, along with jibs and rails. Saalbach-Hinterglemm also comprises of 6 and 8-man chairlifts that have retractable covers and heated seats that can be used in bad weather.

Alpine Ski World Championships 1991

In 1991, the Alpine Ski World Championships was held between 22nd of January to February at Saalbach Hinterglemm. That was the biggest international event in the region that offers incredible weather conditions that helped the event to make turn into a big success. It has also been chosen as a venue for the British Royal Air Force championships and the British University Snowsports Championships (BUSC) at times.

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