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Austria in early march

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Hi all

Looking for a bit of advice here. Trying to book a week long holiday for a group of 13 or so for the first week of March. Ability ranges from a couple of advanced skiers who enjoy hard red and blacks to absolute newbies who have never put skis on before.

last march a few of us went to mayrhofen, skiing was great so was the all round atmosphere (only problem being the trek to the gondola in the morning!) so we are looking to go back to Austria again. I'm looking for somewhere with good apres, close to the slopes(preferably being able to ski back into town) and most importantly not too expensive!

Anyone got any ideas?

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Saalbach
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Saalbach/Hinterglemm, Zell am See, or the Skiwelt (though bus to the lifts) are the most obvious places. Zell has limited advanced skiing, but what it has is good, and the scenery is great. But overall, Sallbach/Hinterglemm for the variety, ease of access to the slopes (ski in/ski out if you choose your place carefully), good apres, and not too expensive.
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Screechmeister wrote:

I'm looking for somewhere with good apres
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Anywhere in Austria or Germany Very Happy Very Happy
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Saalbach.
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Kitzbühel/Kirchberg deserves a mention. Ticks all the right boxes for you IMO.
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Thanks guys

Looking overwhelmingly in favour of saalbach! Im a little worried about the snow coverage though as it's such a low resort, for those that have been what are the general snow conditions like at that time?
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@Screechmeister, you're very unlikely to have issues with the snow - early March is normally when the snow pack is at its deepest.

Actual conditions could vary from deep powder to corn and slush to frozen wind-scoured hardpack and everything in between, just like the rest of the season. I wouldn't consider Saalbach "such a low" resort though, or worry about its altitude in terms of snow anyway; it gets lots, has a good snow record, and an extensive network of cannons as a back up.
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@Screechmeister, Saalbach isn't low - the weather in the eastern Alps is very different from that in the west, and you can typically add 600-800 metres to the altitude to get a comparison with France, which is why those who've never ventured further afield are sometimes put off. Plus you've been to Mayrhofen, at 600m, and the main part of that area tops out at 2200m, so you already know what it can be like.

At 1000 metres above sea level, the village is not quite like Tignes at 2100m, but then it does have the advantage of skiing mainly below the tree line (1000-2100m) and to a traditional looking village rather than on a wind-blasted bare and featureless rocky peak above a characterless concrete monstrosity, and you'll almost never lose a day's skiing to high winds, plus you'll rarely need snow chains to get there.

Take a look at https://www.j2ski.com/snow_forecast/Austria/Saalbach_Hinterglemm_snow_history.html and bear in mind that the pistes are pasture in summertime, so 10cm of snow is enough to ski on rather than the 1 metre necessary at higher levels just to cover the rocks. Conditions in January-March are at their peak, and while there will inevitably be years of lower coverage, the high percentage of north facing slopes and the excellent snowmaking mean that there is very little risk of poor skiing.
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Thanks for the replies guys, all looks really good, when booking for a big group you don't want to get there and look a bit of a tit! Fingers crossed I can get it booked asap.
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We've skied Saalbach and plenty of lower resorts/areas well in to April. Absolutely no worry with snow cover at all.
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@Screechmeister, If you'd like a copy of my comprehensive guide to Saalbach, covering just about anything you're likely to want to know, PM me your email address.
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