Discover Germany, Issue 57, December 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Travel  |  Winter Destination Austria

A paradise for every winter sports enthusiast With 270 kilometres of ski slopes, fantastic landscapes, and more than 60 cosy mountain huts, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is one of Austria’s largest and most exciting ski regions. TEXT: NADINE CARSTENS  |  PHOTOS: SAALBACH.COM

Whether you are an experienced winter sports enthusiast or have never put on a pair of skis before, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn (short: Skicircus) enchants visitors from all over the world with its great variety of ski slopes, splendid landscapes and diverse offerings on and off the pistes. While beginners can make their first skiing experiences on 140 kilometres of blue runs, 112 kilometres of red slopes are available for more advanced skiers. And on top of all this, professional skiers can career down 18 kilometres of black runs. By linking up Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang with the Tyrolean ski area Fieberbrunn, the Skicircus became one the biggest ski regions in the country. It connects three areas, which all stand out 68  |  Issue 57  |  December 2017

due to individual attractions. Saalbach Hinterglemm, on the one hand, is known for its breathtaking mountain scenery located in the midst of the Pinzgauer Grasberge, the southernmost crest of the Kitzbühel Alps, and a lively après-ski. On the other hand, Saalfelden Leogang offers plenty of leisure activities where you can simply relax or enjoy sporting and cultural events. With the addition of Fieberbrunn, the Skicircus turned into a real hotspot for freeriding. Here, the Skicircus comprises deep-snow skiing in various freeride parks and numerous freeride routes with different levels of difficulty. Skiers love this feeling of freedom. Hitting freeride slopes and exploring untouched landscapes, while the only thing you can hear is the sound of the snow crunching beneath your skis.

After an adventurous day, tourists can warm themselves up in one of the 60 ski huts that offer hearty meals such as ‘Kasnock’n’ and ‘Kaiserschmarr’n’. Afterwards, they can head to a bar, a pub, or a disco, as Saalbach Hinterglemm is known as one of Austria’s top après-ski destinations. In the coming weeks, numerous events will be taking place. For example, in December, the two-day ‘BERGFESTival’ will excite visitors with concerts by big-name acts on top of the mountains, as well as in different locations in the valley. Fans of electronic music, on the other hand, should not miss the ‘Rave on Snow’ festival where more than 70 DJs and live-acts head the stages. Those who are interested in the history of Leogang should visit the Knappenadvent in the historical Schaubergwerk. Families who love encounters with animals can also visit Fieberbrunn. There, llamas will accompany hikers on a trekking tour. #saalbach