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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 17-01-19 20:35
Replies: 794
@Raven, just my view but leogang whilst sharing the same skiing is a totally different animal to saalbach or hinterglem more family orientated and less full on. The difference between staying in saalbach or hinterglem is again totally different in each albeit with easier i.e not as much retracing tracks and access to the same pistes . Problem is central accomodation in saalbach which would be my choice if possible is usually at highish premium if not booked early. Even with the good bus system out lying accom is a pain as you end up paying but not getting the full benefit of the resort
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Tue 15-01-19 20:46
Replies: 28
I would try searching for accomodation asap as think you may struggle in saalbach you may be lucky in soll ,says it all. At this short notice and with the current snowfall .
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Sun 13-01-19 20:29
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its a conundrum, but having been to both several times over the years I would without a shadow of a doubt go ski circus and stay in saalbach .if you cant get accom in saalbach my choice would be between hinterglem circus or soll ski welt or possibly westendorf for the links none of the skiing is really difficult in any but lots of mileage , presuming you are on holiday out to enjoy the whole experience.and as for length of piste your thighs will burn whichever run you take from top to valley floor
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Sun 13-01-19 20:13
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ribblevalleyblue thats 2 of us burgis is usually fun and friendly either in a group or not, esp after skiing down from an hour or so in the hinterhag and bergeralm, the problem is getting back to hotel and showered before dinner. weve being going to her bar for a few years and as you walk/stagger up the steps on the first night of your hols to be recognised and have your usual tipple on the bar is great service and appreciation of your custom
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Sun 6-01-19 7:00
Replies: 38
@NewSki, Im not surprised what with the amount of snowfall and the time being 5.am of your post plus you are in the wrong village, and before any transport will be running even if they get the road cleared/secured , but I sit here uk in envy of your choice of weeks as could well be awesome once everything gets back on track , cheers
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Sat 5-01-19 8:42
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@SteveM, thankx weve been to dolomites a couple of times yrs in the past in fact wifes first ski hol was in selva some 40 yrs ago the skiing suits us esp the various full day adventures. just not so sure about campitello due to having to get the lift down which is a pain at the end of the day , the shortage of apres is a bore but our friends have a good deal in a nice hotel so with a bit of planning having looked at the timetable skibus and taxis should enable us to get the most out of the area and mainly we would be using the 4 1/2 days skiing as a warm up for the main event in march, saalbach which is our favorite
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Fri 4-01-19 20:23
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campitello, friends have booked a week and have asked us if we would like to join them , we i.e myself and wife can only go for 5 days but we can get reasonable flights and train transfer to within striking distance, would appreciate views on what the town has to offer as a quick search doesnt come up with a lot of info other than it links but by lift both up and down to the sella ronda. has anyone been and how did it go is really my question
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Wed 26-12-18 17:38
Replies: 14
how about sat to sat then move hotel for a couple of days or try another town for a look see seems to be plenty on booking .com in saalbach, depends on your likes and needs and of course budget,though either 3 or 4 x comes up and not overly exp considering and got to take into account vfm and location
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Wed 26-12-18 14:25
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If its any help we drive to saalbach and the route for us is north sea crossing to rotterdam , then a full days 10 hrs drive would get you into resort in time for dinner or we have overnighted preferably south of munich and passed the innsbruck junction (just book a room when travelling) to get into resort mid morning to be able to ski and not be tired plus its usually cheaper accom for the first night
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Wed 26-12-18 14:12
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its been a while since in westendorf and would happily go back as theres loads of skiing with the access to both soll and kitzbuhel, went to gastein area for a few days last year and whilst we enjoyed the area wasnt that impressed, found the town and buses hard work with limited apres, wouldnt rush back esp for more than a short cheap trip. Saalbach to stay in not hinterglem would be and is my and my wifes favorite this last few years, good skiing, excellent uplift, big area, well maintained pistes , plenty to keep you skiing whatever the weather without retracing same routes all the time and whatever sort of apres you like you will find along with an international friendly crowd. some very good hotels esp those on the main street with almost ski in ski out and we are going back later in the season for 9/10 days as we have this last few years and I can hardly wait even though we are having a short dolomite trip mid jan
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Sat 22-12-18 21:28
Replies: 27
sweeny ,42 years ago took my then girlfriend on a ski hol. At the time with a view that if she liked skiing I would ask her to marry me, needless to say she took to skiing like a duck to water and since then we have only missed one year skiing due to offspring, so having survived together so far take her to austria is my advice . over the years been to most places but austria comes out on top and we will be there again in 2019 ,twice if I can oh and weve done most french italian and swiss places over the years including those mentioned above
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Tue 18-12-18 9:05
Replies: 8
id go back to saalbach , its a different experience that early march skiing, longer days more time outdoor lunches in the sun and the last few years have certainly been excellent conditions
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Fri 30-11-18 7:40
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I’m off out to St Johann in Tirol in Jan for a few months and will be coming to Saalbach a fair few times I’d imagine as it’s not too far away by public transport or by car (which I will have with winter tyres) Is it free to park at all of the valley stations? Leogang Asitzbahn looks the nearest entry point by public transport for me, would you agree? there is a bus from st johan to leogang via fieberbrun which runs each way (times on website @ 20 mins to F plus another 1/2 hour to L) and provides the easiest connections. With a bit of planning you can go up at either and return from the other, whilst staying in saalbach we have done fieberbrun to leogang, also train is possible st johan to leogang but not as convienient for lifts. as for going round to saalbach for me the most practical way would be to drive as too many connections. I dont know about parking as not done it though believe there is a scheme linked to liftpass purchases in saalbach
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Thu 29-11-18 7:52
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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 27-11-18 10:08
Replies: 794
just looked on webcams and its all gone white, no great depth but its a start, and more forecast
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Mon 12-11-18 7:14
Replies: 794
hi, re snowfall ever the optimist here ,have to be, ive had a lifetime of weather watching as my livelihood and daily routine depends on it. Theres another reason to choose saalbach as the snowmaking is amazing if needed.
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Sun 11-11-18 12:51
Replies: 794
just had a look at the webcams not a dusting to be seen, oh well early days
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Sun 4-11-18 10:46
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here we go sorted. booked for another return to saalbach early march and cant wait, returning to the same hotel as the last few years,interspersed with a short break elswhere . Good job we are booked as accomodation seems to be getting a bit harder to sort when we were looking not that we intended moving hotels so my advice if you have fixed dates is get booked. Reckon the amount of positive reports and views on here must be increasing the demand.killing the goose that laid the golden egg ( ho ho) Now just got to sort travel arrangements and spend the next months looking at snow reports .Having been lucky enough to visit most of the mainstream alpine spots over the years we have come to the conclusion that as we dont do any serious offpiste nor want to race down thin icy blacks and enjoy the informality of the apres and the extensive skiing with lots of different itineries and the friendly crowd from other countries that make up most of the folks there, saalbach is as good as it gets for a ski holiday
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Mon 29-10-18 7:46
Replies: 9
.we went for a 4 day ski break last jan stayed in hof gastein the ski areas are good fun with some deceptively long runs, we enjoyed them plus good mountain huts. The downside is the busses that recquire a lot of forward planning, time can be lost if not careful getting to and more importantly getting back from the slopes and between the areas as they tend to stop at the same time as the lifts and taxis are extortionate .Gastein as someone above has said has some very steep streets so be careful where you stay. most folks seemed to return early to their accomodation and in the main apres ski was limited and not a buzz .I wouldnt rush back but nor would I put anyone off it just has a different feel to other places
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Sat 24-03-18 14:54
Replies: 633
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 13:25
Replies: 633
@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 8:26
Replies: 633
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 7:34
Replies: 633
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 7:08
Replies: 13
@hedley, eurowings or jet2 combination to/from salzburg
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Mon 5-03-18 6:18
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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 6:50
Replies: 633
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 22:03
Replies: 30
@schnitzel_skier, does it have to be munich why not salzburg or innsbruck ?
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Wed 28-02-18 22:32
Replies: 633
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 5:35
Replies: 633
@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 14:56
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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 15:51
Replies: 633
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 12:00
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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 9:31
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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
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Fri 16-02-18 11:36
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@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 19:07
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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 8:15
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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 12:56
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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 20:32
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Sun 11-02-18 9:17
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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 20:30
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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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