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Saalbach - Hinterglemm - Leogang - Fieberbrunn 2021/22 Official Unofficial Thread

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@turms2, taxi's are inexpensive, so don't worry about it just do it! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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I've gone ahead and booked the Linzerhaus, it's free cancellation and no payment until the end of December, so I can always change it around if needs be.

Google maps suggests a 20 minute walk to Hinterglemm and 30 minute to Saalbach, so that's always an option too for evening meals.
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@swskier, yes, the Linzerhaus is somewhat in the middle of nowhere. I’ve always had the personal opinion that location is, as ever, all-important, when choosing accommodation in Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
Much of the accommodation is strung out along the valley, which is not exactly ideal, but at least doable, as long as you don’t mind being reliant on buses and taxis.
It is far better to be located in the upper part of the village, either slopeside, or at least a short walk from the Kohlmaisbahn, or the Bernkogelbahn.
Focusing on Saalbach (which most people prefer to Hinterglemm), if you stay down by the main road, you are likely to avoid slogging up through the village, by using the Schattberg Xpress gondola (which you wouldn’t necessarily want to have to do every day), or catching ski buses to the Schönleitenbahn, Zwölferkogelbahn and/or Hochalmbahn.
At the end of the skiing day, you will face a few dilemmas that can be avoided by staying in the upper part of the village, such as whether to come down the Schattberg North black run, so as to be closer to your accommodation, the ski bus stop, or the taxi rank. Or whether to linger on the “sunny side”, where most of the après-ski action can be found, and then face a walk down through the village, to get a bus, or take a taxi from Schiliftstrasse.
And then later in the evening you’re likely to have the dilemma of whether to call a taxi, or have a long walk to and from your accommodation.
As I say, it’s all unnecessary hassle if you choose your accommodation wisely. I spend all season in Saalbach and can count on one hand the number of times I walk for more than 50 yards in ski boots, or catch ski buses (except to get between the villages quickly, with a deadline to meet). In 15 years I have caught the 680 bus maybe once or twice. And there is plenty of accommodation within 100 yards or so of both of the gondola stations mentioned above.
In Hinterglemm you could stay near the Reiterkogelbahn, the Westgipfelbahn, the Unterschwarzachbahn, or the Zwölferkogelbahn, but the ski bus doesn’t go through the centre of the village (it passes through a bypass tunnel), and the village is somewhat more spread out than Saalbach, which I suspect would entail more walking, unless you want to use the same gondola every day.
There is accommodation at Hochalm and Jausern/Vorderglemm, but these are isolated outposts at either end of the valley. Okay for accessing the skiing, but not the facilities and atmosphere of the main villages.
My thoughts will not be shared by everyone. I’m sure that people have enjoyed their holidays in less convenient locations. To some extent I’m influenced by the convenience of having apartments that are just across the road from the Kohlmaisbahn, and a stone’s throw from the village. However I do also listen to the comments of friends and acquaintances, who often say they wish they were staying in a more central and convenient location.
If however you do book accommodation down by the main valley road (bus route), the timetable of the 680 bus is on the Saalbach website, and it’s downloadable.
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@tatmanstours, appreciate the response, and agree location isn't ideal at the Linzerhaus. I'd rather be in a more central location, but there's not much available even remotely close in price.

Looking at €1.3/1.4k minimum for a place central in Saalbach via the tourist office website. Likewise booking.com you're looking at £1.4k, where as the Linzerhaus is £730! Have found a reasonably priced apartment on Vrbo at a similar cost to the Linzerhaus that's in Casa Alpina on Florianiweg, so might book that instead, as it's a much better looking location.
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@swskier, the Linzerhaus is in a position which provides a compromise between cost and location. It can provide an entirely satisfactory holiday as long as you are OK with either a bus or a walk in the morning to get to the lifts, and with a longer walk or a taxi to get back from an evening meal out.

The ski bus stop is outside the Hotel Austria on the main road. From here, the bus can drop you at the entrance to Hinterglemm before the tunnel (not by a lift - 75m to the Bergfriedlift T-bar), or at the bottom of the road to the Zwolferkogel (150 metre walk to the gondola), or at the base of the Hochalmbahn. If you want to use the Reiterkogelbahn, then you have to walk through town.

In the opposite direction, you can get the bus to the Schattberg Xpress or Schonleitenbahn. If you want to use the Bernkogelbahn, or Kohlmais lifts, you need to walk up through Saalbach anyway.

If I was staying there, I would use the Mitteregg lift in the morning, which is about a 300m walk away, or take the bus to Hochalm if you want to be on the other side of the valley. At the end of the day, I would either get the bus back from wherever you end up, or take the access blue runs from Westgipfel to get back to the Mitteregg lift, or if coming back from the sunny side there's a skiway down from Sunliner to the back end of the Hotel Theresia which then is a 500m walk back to the Linzerhaus or 1-2 stops on the bus.

If you decided to finish in the centre of either village, have some apres beers and then eat a meal and get a taxi back, you wouldn't be the only people in ski gear at that time. If however you must have a shower before heading out again, then you have to accept that the location isn't the most convenient. A taxi back from Hinterglemm or Saalbach will be about €10-15 in total and there are always taxis waiting in the centre of Hinterglemm and Saalbach. Almost all of them are VW buses, capable of carrying 7 people plus ski kit. I'd build that into your plan, unless you feel you benefit from stretching your legs after a long day. The walk into and back from Hinterglemm is just about flat, but the walk to Saalbach is slightly downhill on the way there, and rises gradually on the way back.

If you didn't fancy the hassle of going that far, you can eat at Hotel Austria next door, or at Hotel Theresia towards Hinterglemm, or at the Barbarahof towards Saalbach.
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@swskier, I may be able to help you; I‘ll send you a P.M.
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Hi all,

Any guidance on finding self catered accommodation in Saalbach (or Hinterglemm) for 14 people... ideally a large chalet style... understand this might be difficult given it's more of a France thing. Had a look at the tourist board but seems to be a struggle to find anything in Saalbach itself.
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@pa1641, not sure if self catered for that many in a single unit exists, I do know someone who manages a number of rental properties who might be able to help, will DM you his details.
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@pa1641, Brain wasn’t full in gear ! https://www.blackriverlodge.at/en/
It’s not in a bad location pretty close to the bus stops and refurbished about 5 years ago.
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