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Saalbach - Hinterglemm - Leogang - Fieberbrunn 2017/18 Official Unofficial Thread

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tatmanstours wrote:
@PeteMan, The building site opposite our apartments is a sight to behold! The whole lift station building is being torn down rapidly, and an enormous pit has appeared to the right of it, which is to become an underground car park for 100 cars. I beg to differ about that old, slow chair lift, which we hardly ever used, and I am more than happy about the prospect next season of being able to cross the road and get straight into a fast, relatively luxurious, 10-seater gondola (I can't really see how a chair lift would have been preferable).


The point is that many of us are used to walking up the steps at Bauers, catching the Turm lift then skiing down and to the left across towards your place and get the 3er up to the Kohlmais. We'll now have the faff of taking skis off for the gondola or walking on past Bauers and getting the lift there. But this is a first world problem and it's churlish to moan about a lift that would probably be the pride of most ski resorts. Of course in Saalbach, we're so used to new state of the art lifts that it's almost unremarkable.

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Enjoy your boating, and remember that it's only about seven months before the snow cannons are switched on again Very Happy


Thanks, fortunately the Med boating season starts at around the same time as Saalbach shuts. There is gap between boating and skiing in November that would allow a proper boating and skiing seasonaire time for a holiday!
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@PeteMan, It’s my understanding that you will in future have the option of walking another 100 yards past Bauer’s Schialm and entering the new lift station directly from the street (without climbing any steps), and then going up in a lift, like at the Bernkogelbahn and the Schoenleitenbahn.
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@franga, If you would like a copy of my comprehensive guide to Saalbach-Hinterglemm and a few suggested itineraries, PM me your email address.
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Does anyone know of good value accommodation in Hinterglemm near lifts and ideally with wellness? Definitely heading there in Jan, so potentially can get a last minute but not that easy when there’s a group of us and flying from Scotchland. Package deals all over £1k at moment which I’d rather not pay. Stayed at Rosentalerhof a couple of years which was good but a wee bit of a treck (not much admittedly)
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tatmanstours wrote:
@PeteMan, It’s my understanding that you will in future have the option of walking another 100 yards past Bauer’s Schialm and entering the new lift station directly from the street (without climbing any steps), and then going up in a lift, like at the Bernkogelbahn and the Schoenleitenbahn.


Thanks R, that's interesting. My only observation is that it could make the whole experience too sanitized but I will reserve judgement until I see it in action!
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it could make the whole experience too sanitized

I've heard nothing but positivity about it - people looking forward to sitting down in comfort in big cabins with padded seats and picture windows, rather than being herded like cattle into those infernal, cramped, coke can cabins.
By the way, when we left Saalbach yesterday (to fly back to the UK), the lift station had been entirely razed to the ground. The previous day I had been watching a workman operating the demolition machine - a large, mechanical digger with caterpillar tracks and a long, articulated, hydraulic arm, which for some reason put me in mind of the War of the Worlds. I can't recall having ever watched one in operation before. One of the tools that it could pick up to use at the end of its arm was like a massive pair of pincers, with which (with amazing dexterity) it bit large pieces out of the fabric (i.e. the remaining walls and roof) of the lift station - like a child biting pieces out of an Easter egg! It was obvious that the operator was so skilled and experienced that the articulated arm was being used intuitively and delicately, as though it were an extension of his own arm. If I'd been watching it as a small boy, I think I might have immediately decided on my choice of vocation - digger operator.
There is now an uninterrupted, northerly view from the Hotel Kohlmais, and from our apartment building next door, of the Kohlmais mountain - but not for long! The rate of progress is rapid - it would be interesting to watch a time lapse video of the construction work.
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@boabski, your post was in danger of getting lost in the noise, so here goes... We've never stayed in any of the hotels as we always self-cater and prefer apartments, but we've had feedback on several of them and sampled some of their facilities occasionally. In late January, they'll be busy but not necessarily full

https://www.hasenauer.at/en/ - has an excellent restaurant in the basement which we frequent on every visit. Central for everything, with easy access to the Reiterkogel, U-bahn, and Zwolferkogel lifts all about 150 metres away

https://www.unterschwarzach.at/en/ - right on the main slopes, 20 metres to the U-bahn, but I'm not sure it qualifies as good value, and it can be very noisy from 3-7pm as its the main apres venue for the south side of town

https://www.ellmauhof.at/en/ - on the edge of town and halfway up the hill, but it offers great facilities and easy access to ski in/ski out with the Bergfried piste on its doorstep and a trail down to the hotel which is reachable from the U-bahn. They also run a shuttle bus into town for ski school, kit hire, and I believe also for evenings out. Friends of ours have stayed there for the last 5 years with their family, and like the all-inclusive deal.

https://hotel-egger.at/en/ - very central with easy access to the U-bahn and to Reiterkogel, and has an excellent reputation.

http://www.oberschwarzach.at/en/hotel - no pool, if that's a concern, but does have a wellness area and is in a great location

All are 4*, and while they all charge accordingly, they're not in the same league as the Alpine Palace or Karawanserai.
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ousekjarr wrote:
they're not in the same league as the Alpine Palace


Nothing is! It's my favourite ski hotel, ever Very Happy .
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@ousekjarr, thanks. Have sent off a few requests
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I think some of you might like this....a lot!


http://youtube.com/v/1CR0QmCaMTs
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@PeteMan, Great Video - beats the Keystone Cops! I wonder why it says “police”, not “polizei” on the helmets?
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