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 200km 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 52 pit stops in the shape of very tempting mountain restaurants! It's little wonder it's known as The Ski Circus to regular visitors.
The chalet-hotel Christina is one of very few chalets in Saalbach. It's modern, well equipped and very comfortable as well as being located just 5 minutes 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, though 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 should you want to stock up on the latest snow fashions.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
Expect to ride large, arcing, well groomed pistes 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 boarder; reds and blues dominate the piste map. Thankfully, you won't have to do much chopping and changing between chair lifts because Saalbach's pistes are well-linked and the lifts and gondolas high-tech. Some of them even have heated seats, so you can warm your backside on the way up to the mountain's peak.
With so much to do in the snow, it's easy to work up a healthy appetite. Thankfully, the area boasts 52 restaurants and bars, all of them with easy reach of a chair lift. You can pick between live music venues with sweeping, panoramic views of the mountain, 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-Hotel Christina's salubrious lounge area, but if you do fancy an afternoon/ early evening drink, Saalbach is renowned for it's apres ski. Check any ski guide and you'll spot the word "rowdy" in the town's reviews; it's regularly voted "Europe's Best Apres Ski Resort". Certainly the town is big on noisy bars, and they start early, too - from three o'clock, locals sing along to Austrian pop tunes and rock hits in GoaB 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 takes place at 3.30pm. Head to Bobby's Pub which has a buzzy atmosphere and is a pub sports heaven, featuring pool darts and bowling. And don't worry if you fancy a quiet night, Saalbach has it's quieter enclaves and boasts 68 restaurants to chose from. That means you'll have a wide variety of food to choose from on the Wednesday, when our chalet staff have a day off. Make a night of it!