Saalbach has earned a reputation as a resort with an extensive area of well-connected skiing for all abilities. You'll be very impressed by the excellent lift system, which allows you to discover over 270km of groomed runs, many tree-lined, leading to adjacent villages.
This resort offers breathtaking views and snow thrills for skiers and snowboarders, as well as over 50 pit-stops in the form of very tempting mountain restaurants! It's little wonder it's known as the 'Ski Circus' to regular visitors.
The Chalet-Hotel Christina is actually one of very few chalets in Saalbach. It is modern, well-equipped and very comfortable, as well as being located just 5 minutes' walk from the main lift area and the centre of town, where you have the choice of cosy bars or more active nightlife. Saalbach (and the Chalet-Hotel Christina) has something for everyone!
But there's more to Saalbach than just the mountains! Apres-ski is a part of life here and the town is packed with lively bars and intimate restaurants, although come midnight the town can take on a relaxed party mood. A pretty, pedestrianised town centre also has a wide range of shops and boutiques, so bring a credit card in case you want to stock up on the latest snow fashions!
ON THE MOUNTAIN
Expect to ride large, open, well-groomed pistes for most of the day. There's plenty to excite the advanced rider - Saalbach was a one-time Skiing World Cup venue - but this is a resort more in tune with the intermediate skier or snowboarder, as red and blue runs dominate the piste map. Thankfully, you won't have to do much chopping and changing between chairlifts because Saalbach's pistes are well-linked and the lifts and gondolas are high-tech. Some of them even have heated seats, so you can stay warm on your way up to the mountain's peak.
With so much to do on the snow, it's easy to work up a healthy appetite. Thankfully, the area boasts over 50 restaurants and bars, all of them within easy reach of a chairlift. You can pick between live music venues with sweeping, panoramic views of the mountains, or cosy ski huts with a traditionally Austrian menu and a roaring fire. Whatever you fancy, a Ski Miquel guide will happily lead you to the best tables on the mountain.
There's plenty of relaxing to do in the Chalet Christina's salubrious lounge area, but if you do fancy an afternoon or early evening drink, Saalbach is renowned for its apres-ski. Check any resort guide and you will see that it is often voted 'Europe's Best Apres-Ski Resort'. The town has several busy bars, and they start early too - from around 3pm, locals sing along to Austrian pop songs and rock hits in the Goat Stall, a buzzing bar at the foot of the mountain and the hottest afternoon hangout in town.
Elsewhere, make the most of the Saalbach Happy Hour, which usually takes place at 3:30pm - Head to Bobby's Pub, which has a buzzy atmosphere and provides pool, darts and bowling. And don't worry if you fancy a quiet night, as Saalbach has its quieter enclaves and boasts around 70 restaurants to choose from, which means you'll have a wide variety of food to choose from on the Wednesday night when our chalet staff have a day off, so you can make an evening of it!