Guidebook

Top Freeride Lines at Skicircus Saalbach

The freerider’s mecca has arrived and it’s called "Skicircus."

Description

When Skircircus formed, connecting Saalbach with two other villages, freeriders around the world probably let out a collective “amen!” The ski area is one of the largest in Austria and about as large and impressive as its official name, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunnski. It boasts 270 kilometers of pistes as well as several freeride parks.

Saalbach, Skicircus’s largest town, is known for its scenery and events while Saalfelden Leogang is known as a place of relaxation. Meanwhile, Fieberbrunn, the smallest and youngest village, is known for its gnarly backcountry terrain. It’s considered a freerider’s paradise. So, with its unofficial motto, “Easy up, wild down!”, need we say more?

Sources:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/freeride-skiing-in-austrias-skicircus/
https://www.sport-conrad.com/blog/en/limitless-freeride-fun-in-saalbach-hinterglemm-leogang-fieberbrunn/
https://saalbach-hinterglemm.at/en/ski-freeride.html
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/feb/20/austria-off-piste-ski-resort-fieberbrunn-winter

Saalbach - Marxten
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Saalbach - Marxten

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
877 m32°S4 m3.2 km
Long descent through open terrain
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Stemmerkogel West
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Saalbach - Stemmerkogel West

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
925 m39°W70 m4.2 km
Great long descent
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Schattberg Ellmau
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Saalbach - Schattberg Ellmau

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
923 m38°N18 m3.4 km
Long 1000m descent
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Dillinger Eck
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Saalbach - Dillinger Eck

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
946 m39°S64 m3.3 km
Popular Saalbach freeride descent
Difficult
Private
Saalbach - Hochalm, Spieleck
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Saalbach - Hochalm, Spieleck

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
851 m28°SW67 m3.9 km
A 900m fun and gentle descent with only 50m ascent
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Penhab Nord
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Saalbach - Penhab Nord

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
1,044 m38°N144 m3.4 km
Impressive scenery, but only for experienced riders
Difficult
Private
Saalbach - Lieneralm
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Saalbach - Lieneralm

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
600 m38°N20 m1.9 km
Great long descent towards the Tyrol lift
Moderate
Private
Saalbach – Kastelstein West
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Saalbach – Kastelstein West

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
621 m42°NW18 m1.7 km
Fairly easy route from Hinterglemm to the next valley
Easy
Private
Saalbach - Hochalmspitze Nord
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Saalbach - Hochalmspitze Nord

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
751 m39°N12 m2.1 km
Saalbach descent with great choice of lines
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Rosswald
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Saalbach - Rosswald

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
555 m34°SW0 m1.7 km
Great descent, especially for freeride beginners
Easy
Private
Saalbach - Stoffenalm
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Saalbach - Stoffenalm

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
808 m40°N181 m3.4 km
Slightly lesser known descent
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Vogelalmgraben
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Saalbach - Vogelalmgraben

Saalbach Hinterglemm and Saalfelden Leogang
644 m38°N10 m1.9 km
Nice easy descent until Lengau
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Gerstbodenalm
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Saalbach - Gerstbodenalm

Fieberbrunn
676 m38°W34 m3.2 km
Great descent with one tricky section
Moderate
Private
Saalbach - Hartlalm

Saalbach - Hartlalm

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
951 m28°10 m3.7 km
Without any effort, great, relatively avalanche safe southern slopes to the main road can be driven on. There you have to walk about 300m on a sidewalk to a bus stop. Be sure to check the timetable before departure!
Easy
Private
Saalbach - Rosswald

Saalbach - Rosswald

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
821 m27°14 m4.4 km
Very nice, flat slopes that can be safely used even at higher avalanche warning levels. The whole descent leads on alpine meadows so that hardly any stones have to be feared under the snow. Special attention should only be paid to barbed wire and fence posts. Orientation is very easy, as slightly wooded ditches point the way. The slopes are south-facing and so - especially in late winter - a good timing is crucial to find good snow quality. In high winter - especially during heavy snowfall - an ideal downhill option.
Easy
Private
Leogang - Sommerau
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Leogang - Sommerau

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
886 m32°S33 m3.4 km
Relatively avalanche free Leogang descent
Easy
Private
Leogang - Sappmais

Leogang - Sappmais

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
954 m34°9 m5.1 km
Relatively avalanche safe descent in forest and meadow terrain. Ideal in high winter with lots of fresh snow. With the new Steinbergbahn, it makes sense to ride on the variant several times!
Moderate
Private
Pletzergraben

Pletzergraben

Fieberbrunn
1,252 m36°122 m7.8 km
wide, medium-steep pleasure slopes with over 1000 meters of altitude descent
Moderate
Private
Henne
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Henne

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
826 m33°SE12 m3.0 km
A varied descent for experienced riders
Difficult
Private
Fieberbrunn - Wildsee

Fieberbrunn - Wildsee

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
669 m42°19 m2.9 km
A long slope crossing leads to this descent. Since this descent is a bit hidden, you still have untracked northern slopes here days after the last snowfall. The middle station of the new gondola lift can be reached comfortably without a counter climb. The views of the freeride competition area are also impressive.
Difficult
Private
Fieberbrunn – Jufenhöhe

Fieberbrunn – Jufenhöhe

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
1,456 m39°207 m10.6 km
After the slope crossing into the "Seenieder" saddle (1933m), an ascent awaits the pre-summit of the Wildseeloder. From there it's a fantastic 900m over great alpine pastures to the "Unteren Grubalm", from where the approx. 6km long way back begins via a flat forest road through the Pletzergraben to Fieberbrunn to the bus stop "Aubad". On this forest road there is usually an ascent track for tour hikers, which makes the way back a little easier.
Difficult
Private
Fieberbrunn - Reckwand

Fieberbrunn - Reckwand

Saalbach-Hinterglemm
966 m37°20 m5.3 km
A long slope crossing into the saddle "Seenieder" (1933m) leads this descent. Since this descent is a bit hidden, you still have untracked slopes here days after the last snowfall. In the valley, after a small forest, you come to the mostly prepared forest road, on which the marked ski routes F34 and F35 lead to piste F13, back to the intermediate station of the TirolS-Bahn. Due to the TirolS-Bahn, the short ascent at the end of the descent is no longer necessary, which makes multiple trips a good idea.
Difficult
Private
Fieberbrunn - Lärchfilzkogel Ost

Fieberbrunn - Lärchfilzkogel Ost

Fieberbrunn
839 m38°33 m4.0 km
On this descent several great slopes are lined up next to each other. In between you cross the ski slopes no. 1, 6A and 1C several times. The upper slopes are mostly groomed due to their easy accessibility. If there is a danger of avalanches, do not drive on it because runway no. 1 crosses the first slope!
Moderate
Private
Fieberbrunn – Reckmoos Nord

Fieberbrunn – Reckmoos Nord

Fieberbrunn
502 m37°4 m1.9 km
Reckmoos Nord is actually more of a large, very complex freeride area than a single descent. The variant presented here (and also the GPS track) is an easy way to reach the lower, flatter part. The upper, steep and rocky part should only be used by very experienced freeriders.
Difficult
Private