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Luxury in Saalbach-Hinterglemm: Good skiing, a traditional village feel and fun après-ski

Saalbach-Hinterglemm is situated in the Glemm Valley, which is within the Zell am See region in the Austrian Kitzbühel Alps. International fame came to the combined ski resort of "Saalbach-Hinterglemm" thanks to the World Skiing Championship, held there in 1991. Since then, the skiing season is busier in the "Skicircus" travel area than ever before, and the town ranks among Austria?s most touristy places. After more than €300 million was invested since the year 2000, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is now one of the best equipped ski resorts in terms of lift facilities and snowmaking. The resort controls more high capacity gondola and chairlifts than any other on the planet, capable of lifting an astounding 100,000 guests per hour. All this upgrading has not killed the resort's soul. Picturesque rural Austria is still evident when strolling around the village bases. At one end is Saalbach, a fairly large classic Austrian village with a compact centre, cobbled streets, onion-domed church and an energetic nightlife. About 4km away is the smaller and more relaxed village of Hinterglemm. Together, the pretty Tyrolean style villages create a youthful, upmarket area that successfully mixes heritage with modern infrastructure, challenging terrain, chalets and sleigh bells adding to the charm. Accommodation ranges from cosy mountain huts, comfortable Wellness hotels, our luxury private ski chalets for rent, apartments as well as children friendly hotels, all which contribute to a perfect holiday.

The resort is a municipality in the district of Zell am See (Pinzgau region), in the Austrian state of Salzburg. A three piste network comprising of Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Leogang is found in the municipality. This awe-inspiring landscape is framed by immense ridges such as the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner, and the Kitzsteinhorn. Evidence of the oldest first settlements in the area stems from 1222 and the name Salpach first showed up in 1350. Before 1410 there was a church in the town and in 1489 archbishop Johann Beckensloer gave the town market rights. In 1987 Saalbach's name was changed to Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Tourism is the town of Saalbach's primary concern. Most of the inhabitants' jobs are either directly or indirectly reliant on this industry. Recently Saalbach-Hinterglemm has worked hard on the development of an infrastructure that will ensure the growth of winter tourism in spite of global warming and other obstacles. Eight major ponds were built that supply around 470 snow guns with water to generate artificial snow. These facilities are continuously developed and modernised and even work at temperatures above zero.

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Various "hip" events are organised in the area in order to emphasise its position as a ski resort that attracts young people. These include the "Rave on Snow" party and the "Mountain Attack", a hiking and skiing competition. Heritage House with its attached Ski Museum is in the village of Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Under expert guidance you can enjoy a trip from the early stages of the village to the present day. In 1994 the Steinach Häusl was faithfully restored and is now used as an exhibition of 200 exhibits of the history of skiing in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Also visit Bergkristall Museum in Saalbach. Attractions nearby are limited, but with a car you can get around fairly easily. Zell am See is close by and across the border to Bavaria, the National Park Berchtesgaden has some very scenic spots. The town of Werfen is famed for its ice caves and the local fortress. National Park Hohe Tauern is full of inspiring Alpine landscapes including special attractions like the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (a panoramic road) and the waterfalls of Krimml. Kitzbühel, across the border to Tyrol, is fairly close as well as the very pretty town of Kufstein.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski resort has one of Austria's biggest ski areas on its doorstep with some of the finest intermediate pistes anywhere in the Alps. These ski slopes are located on both sides of the Glemm Valley, which enables skiers to easily complete a circuit of what the resort calls its ‘Ski Circus' in a single day. With over 200km of the best ski slopes, many primed cross-country ski trails, carving or freeriding routes, snow parks, as well as floodlit pistes and toboggan runs, this area is one of the most thrilling winter sports destinations in the Alps. There is a small snow park in Hinterglemm, but experienced snowboarders and skiers prefer to head to the snow park in the adjacent valley in Leogang, which boasts superior kickers, as well as rails and jibs. The ski season in Saalbach-Hinterglemm runs from early December until early April.

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