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Towering snowy peaks and a slow-running stream set the scene for this laid-back ski resort. Sitting in the Alpine area known as Salzburgerland, Saalbach is a typical Austrian village with an onion-domed church as its focal point. Picture cobbled streets, stylish shops, quaint cafes and a legendary après-ski that is hard to rival.
As Saalbach is part of the 40km ‘Ski Circus’, which offers a staggering 60 runs, it’s no wonder skiers and snowboarders love it here. If you are a novice you can practise your skills on the nursery slopes, conveniently located by the main street; intermediates have pretty tree-lined pistes to conquer and confident skiers can tackle the lengthy black runs or brave it cross-country. Get close to nature and marvel at the picture-postcard snow scenes on a snowshoe hike. As the sun goes down, wander between tempting konditorei, quaint stuberls and lively bars, or dance till dawn in one of the fashionable clubs.
Saalbach has a reputation as one of the most family-friendly resorts, and apart from its diverse skiing opportunities, its three fun parks with a selection of obstacles provide hours of amusement. Speed demons should have a go at tobogganing - it’s one of the best things to do in Saalbach. There are several options in the area, with three open at night. Brave the 4.5km-long Simalalm toboggan run; it will have you screaming in delight. Away from the slopes why not enjoy a day trip to the beautiful city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.
There’s no shortage of mountain restaurants when you’re in need of a break from the slopes. For a sugar hit, treat yourself to germknödel (a sweet, doughy bread filled with jam and covered with warm vanilla sauce). If you’re travelling as a family you’ll find reasonable places to go in Saalbach, in the village centre serving American, Italian and Austrian classics; Hotel Haider’s pizzeria is always popular. All the major hotels feature superb restaurants and their prices are listed outside. For something special make your way to Wildenkarhutte mountain restaurant - its panoramic views over the Glemm Valley are mesmerising.
When it comes to après-ski, Saalbach is famous, and not just due to its large number of bars, lodges, discos and clubs, but for the friendly atmosphere. Pubs and bars dotted on the mountains provide a well-earned break for skiers and start to fill up from mid afternoon. If you ask where to go in Saalbach the locals will say Bauers Schi Alm - here you can dance the can-can and belt out your favourite tunes. If you’ve got energy to burn, The Alibi Bar and the ancient Zum Turn (a former jailhouse) are usually bustling till very late.