A Guide to Freeride Skiing in the Skicircus Saalbach, Austria

Ana RosbergMarch 02, 2019

You might not find clowns in the Skicircus Saalbach, but you will be able to enjoy some powder snow acrobatics on amazing freeride areas in this winter sport dreamland in Austria.  The Skicircus Saalbach is located over the Glemmtal valley in the Kitzbühel Alps in Salzburg (birthplace of Mozart and where The Sound of Music was shot). It is called a ski circus because it is laid out around the valley which means it has great access to many of its most stunning spots for freeriding.

Because Skicircus Saalbach centers its activity around winter sports, it is an ideal area for ski enthusiasts, both for the surrounding ski options as for the overall ski culture. With 70 cableways and lifts you will enjoy a great access system to the mountain. Furthermore, it features numerous snow parks, a freeriding park, floodlight slopes and toboggan runs, and offers more than  60 cosy ski huts to return to when the fun is done for the day.

Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an advanced skier, you will find a program to suit your preferences, and plenty of thrilling freeriding opportunities in Skicircus Saalbach. In order to discover the top spots of the region, and get to the most delectable, untouched, pristine powder, going with a seasoned guide is a must. Find the perfect freeride skiing trip in Saalbach for you, and read on to learn everything you need to know before planning your adventure!


3 reasons to go Freeriding in the Skicircus Saalbach


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1. One of the biggest connected ski areas in Europe


Skicircus Saalbach is one of the biggest connected ski areas in Europe and boasts 270 km of ski runs including 140 km blue, 112 km red and 18 km of black slopes! This equals great access to different slopes and runs, top quality Austria style. You will be able to enjoy amazing untracked terrain to leave your imprint on, including tree runs, free slopes and steep couloirs, and we all know variety is the spice of life! It doesn’t hurt that the landscapes are drop dead gorgeous too!

2. A supportive freeride environment


The Skicircus motto is “Easy up – Wild down”, which means you won’t have to work so hard to get to the top of the run you want. This is because there are 70 modern lift facilities that give access to the region’s top freeride spots. Additionally, there is great information, a freeride park and avalanche safety provided by the Skicircus for freeriders.  And, those that are not so experienced can begin to get a taste of what freeriding is all about in a safe and friendly environment.

3. Apres-ski fun


Because Skicircus Saalbach is also home to many international winter sporting events, the ski culture in the area is superb, both on the mountain and off. You will have the perfect combination of pure white powder runs during your freeride outings and then also enjoy meeting ski pros and enthusiasts on your time off, while enjoying the delicious Austrian cuisine, the vibrant nightlife and sleigh rides, toboggan runs and even the world’s longest zipline!

Where to go Freeriding in the Skicircus Saalbach?


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Saalbach-Hinterglemm is southwest of Salzburg and has great freeride options in the Schattberg, Bernkogel, and Spieleckkogel mountains. Plan the perfect itinerary for your level on one of these flexible Saalbach-Hinterglemm guided freeride programs and enjoy the best of the backcountry in this renowned area of the Skicircus Saalbach.



One of the great things about Leogang is its freeride park. The idea behind it is to combine freeride and freestyle skiing, which involves dealing with obstacles on the way. So if you’re into pirouettes and jumps, make sure to check out this unique spot near the Asitzmulden lift in Leogang.



Fieberbrunn or “fever fountain” gets is quirky name from legend that says that a countess was once cured from fever from drinking from the town’s fountain. This stunning spot is located in Tyrol and is famous for hosting international snowboarding and skiing events, including the famous Freeride World Tour. Explore the famous backcountry of the Wildseeloder, Marokker, and the Hasenauer Kamm mountains from this point of the Skicircus and more on this Saalsbach-Fieberbrunn guided freeride adventure!

Nearby, you may also enjoy a backcountry skiing adventure in the stunning Sonnspitze or ski touring in Staffkogel!

What’s the best time to go there?


Photo courtesy of Andreas Gassner

The best time of the year to go skiing in Saalbach is during the winter season, which spans from December to mid April. However, to get the best snow, January and February are the best months as there is more snowfall. The perks of going towards the beginning or the end of the season is that prices are generally cheaper.

How much does a guided trip cost?


The cost of a guided trip in Skicircus Saalbach ranges between €85 and €95 per person per day, in terms of guide fees. 1-day ski tickets for adults range between €33 and €55, depending on whether you go during the peak season or towards the beginning or the end of the ski season. Accommodation, food and personal ski equipment is not contemplated in these fees.

Getting to Skicircus Saalbach


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The nearest airport to Skicircus Saalbach is in Salzburg, which is around 90 minutes, 85kms away. Otherwise, Munich is around 220km away from Saalbach-Hinterglemm.  You can also take a train to Zell am See, which is approximately 18kms away, and from there you can take a regular bus to Saalbach.


Whichever way you decide to go, don’t miss the chance to discover this amazing ski Mecca in the Kitzbühel Alps where the hills are certainly alive!

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