WINTER IN SAALFELDEN LEOGANG
With a huge variety of winter attractions to choose from, "The way I want" is the motto of our guests. From ski slopes to cross-country skiing trails, from ski jumping to snowshoe hiking, from luxury hotels to apartments for families, from rustic farm fare to fine dining and from jazz days to sports events, Saalfelden Leogang has it all.
The SKI ALPIN CARD provides access to a vast range of skiing facilities: In total 408 km of slopes, 121 lifts and cable cars and countless attractions are available to winter sports enthusiasts. In addition to the slopes of Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, the ski pass also includes the ski resort Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun glacier ski resort.
Three fantastic ski areas and a glacier – the Ski ALPIN CARD, the new ALPIN CARD NAVIGATOR and measures for a safe 2020/2021 season
Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is situated around 70 kilometres south-west of Salzburg and refers to itself as "Home of Lässig" (home of laid-back). For good reason. The sheer size of the area covered by the Ski ALPIN CARD is as impressive as it is laid-back. In addition to the 270 km of slopes that make up the Skicircus, card holders also have access to the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski resort in Kaprun.
Thus the combined ticket opens the doors to 408 kilometres of downhill runs, 121 lifts and cable cars and numerous ski huts – a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. For guests staying in Saalfelden Leogang, having access to the ski resort on the glacier at Kitzsteinhorn mountain in Kaprun is a great advantage, especially at the beginning of the season. This means guaranteed snow throughout, at no extra cost. During the main season, the 3-day Ski ALPIN CARD costs €169 for adults (adolescents €126.50, children €84.50) and the 6-day card is €292 (adolescents €219, children €146).
New this year is the ALPIN CARD NAVIGATOR. Following the slogan "the app is the map", the NAVIGATOR acts as a guide across the entire area covered by the three premium ski resorts. The app also provides information on ski runs, lifts and cable car journeys as well as bus connections, and offers guidance on the degree of difficulty of the desired skiing route. This means visitors can get the very best out of their ski resort.
The 2020/21 ski season has some special conditions attached to it. All resorts included in the ALPIN CARD combined ticket for Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Schmittenhöhe Zell am See and Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun have adapted well to the altered situation resulting from COVID-19, thereby ensuring guests can feel relaxed and safe. The catalogue of measures encompasses structured queuing areas, sanitizing measures, information signs and much more. The situation is continuously evaluated, with measures adjusted accordingly.
For more information, visit https://www.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/region-experience/ski-and-snowboard/Getting-through-the-winter-safely-together
Sustainability on and off the slopes
Sustainability and skiing – can the two go together? At Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn we continue to implement initiatives to make this combination possible. These include the co-heating partnerships between the Leoganger Bergbahnen cable car company and the adjoining hotels and mountain inns. The partnerships allow adjacent rooms to be heated through heat recovery from the cable car motors. Furthermore, the snow cannons and cable car systems have been hydraulically and electrically optimised to increase their efficiency. "These measures have enabled us to massively reduce our energy consumption," says Kornel Grundner, managing director of Leoganger Bergbahnen. "The Steinbergbahn gondola lift now consumes around 245,000 kilowatt hours less per year, equating to a saving of €23,500, while the Asitzbahn gondola lift has achieved a saving of €38,500 annually." The efforts have been recognised: Leoganger Bergbahnen was bestowed the "Umwelt Blatt Salzburg" sustainability award in 2017 and credited by the Austrian Ministry of the Environment for its commitment to climate protection in 2018. In 2019, Leoganger Bergbahnen was also the first ski resort to become a partner of the "Climate and Energy Strategy Salzburg 2050".
This means it's even more fun to explore the 140 km of blue runs, 112 km of red and 18 km of black runs, as well as the 60 homely mountain huts, the snow parks, freeride parks and floodlit pistes, the speed, racing and SkiMovie courses, and the funcross, snow trail and snow tubing facilities in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn.
Wide range of winter sports, such as cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice skating and winter hiking
"The way I want" is the motto for winter guests in Saalfelden Leogang. The region also offers plenty of winter fun for those who prefer not to ski. For example on the cross-country skiing trails: Around 150 km of cross-country trails covering the full spectrum of difficulty levels are waiting to be explored. There's even two night-time cross-country tracks – the Ritzensee lake trail and the Grießen high-altitude trail.
Those who want to find out if they can keep steady and aim well after cross-country skiing can also try their hand at biathlon in the Nordic Park by Ritzensee lake. Younger cross-country skiers will find plenty to amuse them at the Fun and Snow Park, where they can learn how to move with speed and confidence on the thin skis.
With its well-tended natural ice, Ritzensee lake itself is ideal for ice skaters. It's a wonderful location for gliding along as you admire the panorama of the winter landscape.
Winter adventures away from the slopes – tobogganing, winter hiking and horse-drawn sleigh rides
One of the attributes that make the Saalfelden Leogang region so magical is its abundance of panoramic views. With their jagged rock faces, the Leoganger Steinberge mountain range and the Steinernes Meer plateau are simply breathtaking. What better way to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery than during an extended winter hike or a snowshoe tour, for example at Asitz mountain. Anyone wanting to explore the pristine winter landscape on skis can go on a ski tour with a local skiing and mountain guide or join one of the weekly ski tour evenings on Asitz mountain.
Those who long for a more adrenalin-fuelled experience can head to "Leo’s Kufengaudi" toboggan run on Asitz mountain – on Tuesdays and Fridays it's even open at night. The six-kilometre natural toboggan run on Biberg in Saalfelden is open from Tuesday to Sunday and guarantees ultimate tobogganing fun, both day and night. From March 2021, the Flying Fox XXL will be in operation again, enabling visitors to soar above the treetops for 1600 metres. It's one of the longest zip wires in the world and reaches a speed of up to 130 kilometres per hour.
For those in search of a more romantic winter experience, a leisurely ride in a horse-drawn sleigh is just the thing.
Saalfelden Leogang Card – many advantages for those who prefer not to ski
Every guest staying in a partner establishment of the Saalfelden Leogang Card is handed a complimentary Saalfelden Leogang visitors' card. This provides access to a wide range of experiences. Non-skiers can take the Asitzbahn or Steinbergbahn gondola lifts, use the shuttle to go tobogganing on the Biberg, visit a museum for free and much more. The card is useful for activities on the mountain and in the valley, from guided hikes in the snow to tobogganing fun, and even opens the doors of Saalfelden's town buses.
Exclusive dining in Saalfelden Leogang – excellent cuisine with organic produce
Enjoying a perfect holiday in Saalfelden Leogang also means indulging your taste buds. That's guaranteed, as great importance is placed on the quality of food in this region. A key factor for this is the local sourcing of produce. This includes excellent meat and sausage products, as well as cheese, bread, honey, eggs and spirits, for which the region is well known.
"When it comes to food, it's not just about whether it's locally produced, we also like to ensure it's of top quality. That's why we introduced the quality seal 'ECHT.GSUND.GUAD' in 2014. This means the quality of our products can be ascertained at a glance," says Katharina Auer, project leader for Saalfelden Leogang Tourism.
This exceptional quality of the local produce is also mirrored in the region's gastronomy: With a total of 15 Gault Millau toques split between 7 establishments, the richly diverse Saalfelden Leogang region is no stranger to exclusive dining.
Our museums are well worth a visit
The Schloss Ritzen Museum in Saalfelden hosts an annual nativity scene. Famous nativity-scene builder Xandi Schläffer from Saalfelden, who designed the “Pinzgauer nativity scene villages” featuring the stable of Bethlehem at the centre and the Steinernes Meer plateau in the background, crafted many of the exhibited small works of art. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Mining and Gothic Museum in Leogang invites visitors to marvel at their expanded exhibition area, which doubled in size in summer of 2019.
New accommodation options in addition to tried and true oases of relaxation for guests
Rest and relaxation with a homely touch – that's the maxim of our first-class accommodation providers in Saalfelden Leogang. Numerous establishments place emphasis on sustainable holidaying. The use of locally sourced natural materials such as wood and stone in the interior décor also provides a relaxed atmosphere.
New hotels in Leogang include the Rivus, which is the first boutique hotel in Leogang, while the luxurious Senhoog holiday homes are also a brand new addition to the accommodation offer. Lots of renovation work has taken place in the Bergdorf Priesteregg mountain village, which now has another two villas as well as the Priesteregg Bad, a luxury wellness area with an outdoor infinity pool. At Hotel Der Löwe, several rooms and suites have been refurbished, while at Gut Brandlhof hotel and the affiliated brand-neutral car dealership around €1.2 million have been invested in renovation work.
Keen to unwind in an especially relaxing but also environmentally aware location? Good options in Saalfelden Leogang include the WaldSPA forest spa at the Forsthofgut hotel, the thermal pool of the Riederalm Good Life Resort, the Alpine Holistic lifestyle programme at the Ritzenhof lakeside hotel and spa and the Puradies hotel, with its top-flight spa offerings. Other particularly innovative hotels in the region include the Forsthofalm hotel, the Salzburger Hof hotel, which focuses on sports and wellness, the Rupertus hotel with an organic focus, the unusual and modern/traditional mama thresl hotel, and the 4-star superior Krallerhof hotel.
Event highlights (subject to change)
22–24 January 2021 “3 Days of Jazz” in Saalfelden Leogang
13 March – 4 April 2021 White Pearl Mountain Days