Austria

Saalbach – Hinterglemm: The best Après-Ski in Austria

Out of wet & foggy Luxembourg – and into sunny luxury Saalbach. After 100 hours (ok maybe 10 hours but it felt like 100) drive, we finally reached the ski region Saalbach – Hinterglemm. We have been twice to this area so far, one time in Saalbach, one time in Hinterglemm. We preferred Hinterglemm and hope, that our trip in 2018 will lead us to Hinterglemm again.

 

 

Hotel

Our booked Hotel Alpin Juwel was very close to the slopes. We were not aware at this stage, but so far this hotel has been the coolest hotel we have ever been to. Luxury (but not cheesy luxury) everywhere. The 4-star Hotel Superiour lacked nothing! Our room “Crystal” was made of light wood and made a very cozy impression. Well, cozy is almost an understatement, we did not want to move out ever again. The panoramic swimming pool didn’t make things any easier. We had an overwhelming view over the entire ski area!

The food was just wonderful. A solid breakfast, an afternoon snack and an evening course menu. Everything was cooked very well and with love. The best things for us, however, were the free beanies that we received upon arrival – pretty cool.

The hotel location was perfect. Just across the street you could find the Reiterkogelbahn which takes you onto the mountain.

 

Art & Ski-in Hotel Hinterhag

This hotel is located in Saalbach and on a hill, next to the Hinterhag Alm. Unfortunately we don’t have anything good to say about this place. The room was clean and ok but the staff was unacceptable and feckless. The majority of the guests just came for the party and used the hotel to behave like wild animals. The dining area looked like a cafeteria where drunk people walked around on their socks. Nobody from the staff said anything to them, despite us complaining. The hotel should be a 4-star superior hotel but we didn’t notice one thing that could be 4-star material. It was just wasted money for us which was a pity because the Hinterhag Alm next to it is pretty cool to go après-ski.

 

Skicircus Saalbach – Hinterglemm – Leogang – Fieberbrunn

 

The ski area is huge. Altogether there are about 70 lifts and 270 kilometers of slopes. The people split relatively well, and we didn’t face long waiting times at the gondolas, only at the valley stations. We recommend taking the first lift in the morning at 08:30 to get to the top of the mountain. They offer so called slope challenges, which means you ski the whole skiing area within a day. We tried it once but had to stop in the middle because it was too exhausting and we wanted to enjoy the huts and mountain lodges as well. The mountain lodge offer in this resort is very good. There are tons of huts and some can also make pretty good après-ski.

 

Ski huts

Walleggalm

Walleggalm – The Megaalm in Saalbach Hinterglemm is only reachable per chair lift Spieleck 6er. Good food, good music most of the time and always crowded. The reason was certainly not the embarrassing appearance of Micaela Schaefer. One day, when we came into the cottage, she had a “DJ” gig. Dressed in bra when -5 degrees. Well, the good lady needs to practice her DJ skills a little bit more, but she is totally aware of self-marketing.

 

Luis Alm

This hut is relatively new and doesn’t look like a traditional ski lodge. Luis Alm is located next to the mountain station of the Bernkogelbahn. The food can either be ordered by the waiter of via self – service at the self-service section. The hut is always crowded but this doesn’t affect the hard-working waiters, the food is served within time and warm. We used to benefit of the sunbeds while drinking our beer. This hut is an excellent choice for food or short breaks.

 

Thurneralm

Thurneralm is located on the sun side slope of Saalbach and could be reached via slope 56 departing from Panorama 6er. Pretty cool location, with good daily offers. We ate a “Bernerwürstel” and drank a big beer, and paid about 10€. Usually this hut is a little bit calmer than the others because it’s in the middle of a slope. Please check the time because it takes a while to ski to the valley station.

 

Après-Ski

Hinterhag Alm

Hinterhagweg 43, 5753 Saalbach

Although the hotel is bad, we would like to recommend this hut. It’s a perfect place for après-ski. They have life acts almost every day and people are just partying crazy. The hut closes around 20:00.

 

Goasstall

Reiterkogelweg 491, 5754 Hinterglemm

It was the paradise of Après-ski. We drank our way from bar to bar in Hinterglemm, starting at Goasstall. The Goasstall is a must for every après-ski fan. Located directly at the valley station, it’s the perfect place to shake. The sometimes goat-bleating moderator was a bit weird, but we were having super fun, and the drinks came very quickly.

 

Tanzhimmel

Dorfstraße 140, 5754 Hinterglemm

The best party in Hinterglemm. You can party really hard in the disco during the night.  Around 01:00, the doors will open and the dance floor is immediately filled with people. Super cool location, highly recommended!

 

We cried when we had to leave, both times. Our trip was too short, as usual. The après-ski was great and we could not complain about anything, the slopes were amazing and snowboarding was so much fun. We will come back or sure!

 

 

We felt very comfortable, and accepted in our hotel. There is probably no gay bar within 50km but it doesn’t matter because you don’t need it to have fun in Saalbach Hinterglemm.