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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 24-03-18 15:54
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just had a look on webcam and looks as if major works have started at the bottom of kohlmais , still seems to be a fair amount of good piste available everywhere with few folks about
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Tue 13-03-18 14:25
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@Whitty,sat at home having lunch just thinking about the fun we had in saalbach last week . im presuming you will going back up and of to claim your spot early doors on the balcony at the hinterhag,
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Wed 7-03-18 9:26
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tuesday, was a day of forecast rain which never came and despite the low cloud we were able to ski over to leogang where the visibility was better and slopes fairly empty ,lunch at forsthofalm on the way to the bottom of astiz was first class in terms of both food quality and comfort if a tad pricy . I wouldnt worry too much about the snow so long as temps keep low as the piste preparation team are first class and will make the best of conditions , at the moment there is plenty in fact a lot more than ive seen same week in previous years (run 68 is open)so long as temps keep low. Had a fun time on the apres as got mixed up with a few belgians , proves there are more than poirot or tin tin. No plan for today will take it as it comes but looks a better day and sun just trying to break through at breakfast wednesday foggy or skiing through cloud high up so ended up in the wallegam for a longer than usual lunch and manic disco going on in the place with the chap who recorded the johnny depp depp song as the star attraction. Once we left skiing home was a challenge but the snow falling made up for the cloud and from hotel window this morning it is sunny and crisp so of we go where to I know not thursday and friday both excellent skiing particularly over hinterglem almost as good as it gets on piste in march sunshine. All pistes with full snow cover none we came across had any bare patches just a little soft after lunch. The mountain restaurants here have all been good and the pre dinner apres is epic and not overly priced but beware taxis reckon they are at least twice the price of uk. Today saturday 10th march is our final day skiing and the sun this morning is just starting to try and shine through the high cloud so looks promising.We will be sorry to leave but no doubt will return as its been superb all round. The sun didnt come out and though the cloud was above the peaks it was a shame that the high humidity made the pistes hard work in places but we manged to ski until 3,30 before leaving the resort as it was just starting to drizzle, ah well its only 50 and abit weeks till next time, hope those still going this season have a good a holiday as us
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Tue 6-03-18 8:34
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yesterday over to fieberbrun for a variation in terrain, spent the morning taking out the runs, returned anticlockwise around hinterglem before final descent down shatberg,great day with north facing and most pistes in fast conditions other than the lower south facing bits which in the afternoon sun is to be expected, my old thighs were burning and I needed or rather had a fair bit of rehydration by the end and from the look of the snow falling out of hotel window this morning a good job we pushed on. will see what today brings later
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Tue 6-03-18 8:08
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@hedley, eurowings or jet2 combination to/from salzburg
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Mon 5-03-18 7:18
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arrived saturday and skied over towards leogang courtesy of the 3pm pass extension. ,yesterday down68 never done it on previous trips due to snow shortage, was almost perfect in lovely weather, empty piste and good snow other than the last soft bit ,we had lunch at the hecherhutte which was good other than the table reservation system which meant everyone was bunched up whilst surrounded by empty tables to which no one arrived . The bus worked spot on it leaves from near the burgerbar at the end of a little track between buildings,it does not pick up at the main bus stop on the main road which caught some folks out although the driver waited until they ran round and also picks up at the bottom of the nursery slope 5mins to lift back up. ended up in the hinterhag, as usual great fun with a happy crowd and evi the eccentric owner you just have to go with the flow
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Sat 3-03-18 7:50
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On our way ,very rough and 4hour delayed ferry cross yesterday due to the beast from the east ,no problem on the journey down through holland and germany .was aiming to get to rosenheim for stopover but time and hunger has meant we are in augsberg but should still make it to saalbach around lunchtime sat
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Fri 2-03-18 23:03
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@schnitzel_skier, does it have to be munich why not salzburg or innsbruck ?
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Wed 28-02-18 23:32
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thats good news if 68 is open. as with luck one day next week will be in with a chance of giving it a go as never been open in previous trips . Just need this so called beast from the east to relent so we make the ferry on time(roads are shut /blocked round home atm) and they run on time along with a reasonable clear journey across germany to arrive sat in time so we can take advantage of the 3pm skipass bonus
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Sun 25-02-18 6:35
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@ski for fun, Maishofen is the name of the village at the end of the Glemm valley thanks, and that is where I will be turning right next week on our final approach to saalbach, not long now and conditions look great and forecast reasonable but very cold this coming week might even get to ski 68 this time
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Sat 24-02-18 15:56
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@Bobhb,the bus from fieberbrunn lifts departs to leogang at 14.31 the next one gives no time to return to saalbach on skis but does connect to zell or the village at the end of the valley whos name I forget which then connects to a bus to saalbach so is doable if stuck and far cheaper than a taxi but obviously longer in time. It is possible to catch the 14.31 then uplift out of leogang and make it to the bergeralm on the way back to saalbach under normal conditions as we did it last year having spent longer on the lower slopes of fieberbrun than intended the timetable is available on line. One point to note the leogang to fieberbrun way is not really practical due to the times being early morning or late afternoon unless theve changed
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Sat 17-02-18 16:51
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looks like tatman will have to ski every run in every condition including snow depth, type of snow,temperature, weather, morning or afternoon, time of day wether in sun shade or has been etc to regrade all the runs either blue light blue dark blue ultra marine or whatever shade of blue ( same for red) it is that particular day and . surely folks have to be a little more savvy and be aware that conditions at the time have as much if not more influence of the run last time I skied 2 it was mush in parts frozen in others mogulled to hell and strewn with folks in difficulty including me yet the morning before early it was bliss, ah well should keep him busy for the next few seasons and no time for the chicken man or happy hour at the bergeralm (just joshing ho ho)
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Sat 17-02-18 13:00
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@poppyb, reckon you could be a tad underwhelmed if you are thinking the places you are looking at compare in any way to those youve been to, having said that we enjoyed a few days in gastein valley earlier this season good skiing but found the bussing about a real pain and the limited apres was quiet to say the least. Im not sure any of the others would compare favorably due to size as its a long time since I visited and was with a young family of beginers which suited very well at the time but the only place you mention that I would be unlikely to return to would be zell am see no particular reason just didnt enjoy the place although the upcoming connection to saalbach in a year or two would help to change my opinion
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Sat 17-02-18 10:31
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@Gustavobs, Its not a pleasant feeling realising you have had your leg lifted even worse when you get to resort and find the folks on the next table have paid several hundred pounds less than you as it makes your holiday unpleasant dont let it get to you as you may feel you have wasted alot more than a couple of hundred £, I reckon the practice is one of the biggest reasons that self sorting has become more popular, but there are a lot of factors which need considering such as currency movements, demand, T/O reading a particular market trend wrong 18 months or more in advance etc etc. The approach we use is to use the T/O upto date price as a starting point then see if we can get exactly what we want wether it be dates standard of hotel resort transport etc to match or improve upon the T/O in more ways than just price.Over the last few years have ended up organising everything ourselves. In most instances although it has not always worked out cheaper just better value especially if booking a long time in advance booking( we booked our march ski trip last sept diy} 1or 2 weeks in advance the T/O is often a good choice due to these discounts allowing for a compromise in resort or hotel but for short breaks diy is best .hope you enjoy your hols despite all and bear in mind that room allocation is often where the discount is
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 16-02-18 12:36
Replies: 50
@sheffskibod, yep and same with others( crystal etc) and not all in the smaller places such as alpach with some 30% off for this weekend zell am see mayrhofen even st anton im starting to think there will be some real bargains into march if these snow conditions last
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Wed 14-02-18 20:07
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@Chick, we had a short break in bad hof in jan and could have written your review ,exactly as we found the area we had fun but the lack of apres would put us off going back for more than a few days and the constant bussing here and there but we did enjoy the ski areas and the italian restaurant if you mean the one in the corner of the square is as you say very good both food wise and value
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Wed 14-02-18 9:15
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just had a look at the webcam/weather looks as if love is in the air skiing wise at least this valentines day
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Mon 12-02-18 13:56
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I wouldnt return to any purpose built resort or big french station and definitely not in a chalet or self catering nothing to do with the skiing more an age thing on my and oh part. When younger with a young family in tow found them great but now older much prefer a nice hotel run by a family who have lived in the place for years and appreciate their village and my custom
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Sun 11-02-18 21:32
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Sun 11-02-18 10:17
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it seems to me that there is a bit of a 2 tier market for package hols ,im talking austria as thats where we go, which for price and ease at the bb end with late offers and a bit limited choice of resort are unbeatable.The higher end hotels specific resorts and times can be booked direct early and with arranging your own travel there is not a lot of difference nowadays , can often be below T/O even if a late offer comes along as with more airlines travel isnt such a problem ,the real advantage the t/o has is in the transfer from airport, but the last trip or 2 weve used the train/bus if not been self drive and that has been both cheap and reliable, what really puts me of t/o is the waste of time getting to and from the resort often if doing it yourself its fairly easy to gain a 3/4 day skiing at both ends
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Sat 10-02-18 21:30
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@tatmanstours, thanks for the update, piste 68 has always been shut on our previous later season visits and before my knees finally give in im hell bent on getting down it one day and especially now son and dil having taken your and mine advice have done it a couple of weeks ago so its now a must do
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Sat 10-02-18 14:23
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been a quiet few days on here just when im searching for every nugget, now in to final countdown less than 20 days to go before we set off , wonder if 68 will still be open by the time we arrive as I think it has been shut the last few years beginning of march.
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Sat 10-02-18 14:23
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been a quiet few days on here just when im searching for every nugget, now in to final countdown less than 20 days to go before we set off , wonder if 68 will still be open by the time we arrive as I think it has been shut the last few years beginning of march.
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Sat 10-02-18 8:59
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just looked on main tour operator site before breakfast and some substantial reductions for next week 17 feb particularly for france 40% austria 20% from brochure price as advertised, amazing really given its meant to be high season
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Fri 9-02-18 21:50
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for some reason this year post xmas whenever ive looked there has been reasonable discounted availability on the big companies sites, either a few days or a couple of weeks or more forward to a fair range of places, makes me wonder about why book early especially if you consider that this year the conditions in the main are superb so why the discounting even from regional airports? having said that ive booked independently as did other family members for reasons of timing and flexibility am still happy with our choices. Im just wondering if the ski market has peaked as to me there doesnt seem to be as many youngsters either kids or young adults about this last couple of years
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Thu 8-02-18 14:34
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@mauddib, we did bad hofgastein short break january used the train similar to outlined above in my previous post re saalbach . the airport hotel on last night suited an early flight out (eurowings 7.10 am),worked fine and low cost, the awkward bit in hof and gastein was using the ski buses, we wasted a lot of time the first day or so sorting which one where and they finish early . Apres other than the silver bullet in gastein was quite and that wasnt overly exciting, the skiing was good and varied, just use the austrian railway site, will come up with train/bus times ,the bus ( or use a taxi) from the airport runs every 10-15 mins and takes about 20min and picks up directly opposite arrivals across the road near the multi storey and it took us about 15 mins to leave plane and collect baggage on a non weekend day, personally would plumb for saalbach if you can sort accom
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Tue 6-02-18 22:17
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@mauddib, Saalbach would be my choice transfer @17 euro ew ,airport bus (line2)to main train station on to zell am see, bus, think its (680) from zell or taxi to saalbach should get you there before 3pm if out of airport 12.30 ish to take advantage of the free from 3pm skiing with a 2 day pass then late sun evening return journey to airport hotel as the one on the airport is fine for a bed but doesnt keep the bar open late . We did this in jan , son has just done it to saalbach worked well, try the tourist office website for accom but try to stay in saalbach not hinterglem imo the craic s better
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Sat 3-02-18 9:09
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son and dil(mid30s) returned from their 4and1/2 day trip to saalbach and have had a ball, came home yesterday full of their plans to go back next year en famille so are now going to be looking at the options. They report the hotel 85euro pn pp h/b to be good ,skiing to be brilliant, pistes excellent the nightlife great and the enviroment wonderful along with the craic ,so I feel well justified in ensuring they went. only the last afternoon thursday was not sunny and a bit restricting visibility but according to their skiline report in the short time there they skied almost40,000 vertical mts travelled on 106 lifts and travelled 224 piste kms which included 2 days over 60 km , fieberbrun ,leogang route 68 and all the lift system in saalbach is truly amazing and they took advantage. They enjoyed all the apres and like me found the crowd from many countries to be friendly and diverse, full on in hinterhag and bauers, fun in little burgis more refined in eva alm .Didnt stay long in in one place due to the profanity of the dj , (takes all sorts,) though it must have been bad for son to leave as he is not noted for refinement. All the mountain huts and restaurants were good and the prices in most being affordable/value and nowhere did they feel ripped off . so all in all another well satisfied and returning visitor. They have now set mrs sfn and myself a mileage challenge in march but im nowadays more in to longer lunches in the sun and later starts and an early happy hour but hoping to get to round the ski circus challenge and not miss a lift out as they did one day only 25 to wait now.
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Wed 31-01-18 20:29
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@Whitty, have via the power of the internet suggested to them (son and dil) that they are not living up to the standards expected of saalbach regulars, however they tell me that they did venture out again last night and eventually got back t hotel just before midnight and then today according to skiline have skied 62 km and 10790 vertical without venturing to fieberbrun and only did 1lift twice( the ski area in saalbach is truly amazing), however as they stopped in the bergeralm for happy hour the bit after time from there to hinterhag is not recorded from which I presume they were on route to before bauers or burgis
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Wed 31-01-18 14:16
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@Poshprop, im totally biased but if I was taking my wife on her first ever ski trip I would try to get a trip to austria with a discount from tour operator (crystal)seems to have availability atm on offer and reasonable prices if not needing luxury, Reason being we went on her first ski hol with wife then girlfriend on her first ever ski hol and have skied together every year since 43years and without a doubt having been to most of the names in the alps wether france italy switz or austria austria is the total experience, you dont need to go to one of the major places at first others will no doubt disagree but those that enjoy skiing together stay together ive proved ,
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Tue 30-01-18 22:18
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son and dil enjoying to the full their trip to saalbach arrived sunday and were skiing by 1pm full day monday and according to their skiline report have today tried to follow the full circus trip but missed magic 6 on the way from leogang to saalbach so only manged 31 lifts 11700 mt uplift and 63km travelled in a total of 7hr 46mins including a stop for lunch and a drink or 2 en route this means that when we get out there in 27 days 13hours and 27mins,not that im counting, have a target, however yesterday they managed route 68 which in several trips to saalbach thus last few years have never managed due to conditions oh and they have been entertained in hinterhag, bauers, burgis, eva alm, and various other hosteleries on the apres before retiring to their hotel and not venturing out after dinner, The youth of today just dont have the staying power like us oldies!!!
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Mon 22-01-18 9:32
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Short break, just spent the weekend helping organize trip to saalbach next week28th for son and dil. Relatively easy and not as prohibitively expensive as feared, they work most sat and every other sunday so normal tour op are not practical just now and thought they may have had to miss out this year, plus child care to sort (granny). Flights out early from manchester jet 2 sunday return friday am eurowings(free skis) incl bags and skis£165 pp. Transfer taxi euro saalbach as train/bus timetable doesnt fit, return to airport does so total cost to allow 4 and1/2 full days skiing95 euros pp.Landhaus hotel 1/2 board booked through tourist office 85 euro/night pp close enough to centre and final night airport hotel 50euro pp room only as early check in but gives full day skiing and time for meal leave @ 7.30pm. So if they get there on time sunday which is possible need a 4 1/2 day pass or if late 4 day and take advantage of the 3 pm free , cost wise @£ 600 or £135/day pp skiing plus lift pass which for saalbach seems reasonable esp if compared to my trip booked for march !! . we did give tatman a shout(thanks) but all s/c gone.
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Wed 17-01-18 20:41
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if its 52 for you whitty its only 45 for us looks and sounds brilliant atm, now I am counting not days or hours but minutes
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Tue 16-01-18 9:03
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have you thought about using the train and bus, it would be possible from the airport by bus to train salzburg, train then change onto local bus approx cost 14 euro/adult, kids under 16 1/2 price or less one way.It would all depend on your arrival and departure times taking about 2 hours30mins so a bit longer than private transfer but considerable saving and lovely views so long as it did not interfere with any potential ski time.weve just done bus train to gastein , it was seamless and 1/4 of the price for "loosing"1/2 an hour, having used private transfers in the past am now a convert. Times are available on austrian railway site and there was no problem taking baggage/skis
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Fri 12-01-18 22:16
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just got back via train to salzburg to gastein and used bus from airport to salzburg main station ,directly opposite exit from arrivals 2 euros, train to resort@ 15 euro pp I believe you will need to change train for zell but not a problem as most trains connect, times etc are on austrian railways site. From airport to station and vv under 1/2 hr including wait as bus runs at least 3 times /hr. Was quoted 160euro transfer one way for 2 so saved thick end of 240 euro and was no more than an hour slower if other options had been perfect, but there is also a direct bus at certain times can be found on salzburg airport website or austrian bus, why more folks dont use the train for those resorts with a near by station as even from munich its fairly straight forward to most resorts in austria although not so good for early morning departures
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Thu 11-01-18 21:43
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@Chick, went to the spa town of bad hofgastein on a 4 day short break last week . 3 things. 1. the lift pass ski map does not do the area justice we had a ball on long intermediate well groomed runs much more skiing and variation than it looked we skied dorfgastein grossal and the connected areas of bad gastein and hofgastein. 2. there is limited apres ski its not that kind of place although there is the silver bullet in bad gastein and a couple of umbrella bars at the bottom of the main lifts in bad hofgastein or dorf gastein, seems everybody scuttles back to their hotels at 4.30pm, there are only a couple of quiet non hotel bars up in the town area. 3. the ski bus/post bus timetable should be studied in the time before you go otherwise you could waste much time waiting or spend a small fortune on taxis, the town itself is a very pleasant and friendly place though not what I would call vibrant as it seems much emphasis is put on the thermal spas in the area. we enjoyed our trip , it was different to the usual ski austria experience
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Wed 10-01-18 22:20
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@Nitro, have you looked in to the train bus from airport to salzburg station 2 euros train to fieberbrun @ 20 euro approx time 2 1/4 hrs just done similar to ski amade gastein short break ,no problem and like clockwork, can also be done to zell am see then bus to saalbach just depends on flight times ,trains run frequently
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Sat 11-11-17 15:06
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eurowings are showing flights from manchester to salzburg
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Mon 6-11-17 19:05
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last year the time table only worked if you went fieberbrun to leogang think from memory it was about 2.30 pm arrive bottom of leogang 3pm so just time to get back over to saalbach but that was in march so think lifts maybe ran a bit longer ,but gave us a fair amount of time to mess around in fieberbrun and back to the bergeralm for last happy hour
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Sun 30-07-17 14:07
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To add an extra one to @quinton's, comprehensive list the Eva Village always looks nice. Never stayed there though. the eva village ticks all the boxes for us and will be returning again 2018 stayed here a few times as do a lot of returning guests, one of the best hotels in any ski resort we have stayed in, more a couples/older friends and family guest profile , very comfortable in all ways and welcoming
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