By Becki Enright (Borders of Adventure) as part of her #YearInAustria
Anywhere blanketed in snow is spectacular, but when four areas of the Austrian Alps come together to make one enormous sugar bowl, the winter activity options become endless.
You’ll see mentioned the four regions of Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn, which are better known as one – Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. They all came together to form one gigantic winter adventure playground. So big, it now has 70 lifts that take you up into altitudes reaching 1,914 meters, and 270km of powered slopes that get you back down.
So when you find yourself in one of the largest ski areas in all of Austria, where do you even begin? As the name suggests, Skicircus is quite the winter production.
The area is ideal for beginners, with 140km of blue slopes. With a private instructor (which you can choose from one of five ski schools) you could be ready to take these gentle descents on within two or three days. There’s also enough incline to tempt the more advanced, with a further 110km of red slopes and 20km of black to cut fresh tracks in.
Although ski may be Austria’s national sport, with immense pride taken in the endless kilometres of fresh power slopes, there are alternative ways to enjoy the winter off-piste. The Salzburg mountain range is no exception to this demand – it lays claim to 150km of cross-country trails, seven ski-touring routes, a handful of high-adrenalin activities and a dedicated ‘Nordic Park’.