Last year, I took Harrison to Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Fieberbrunn for the first time and he was simply blown away by the sheer size of the resorts which spans around several mountains and villages. Also, compared to the States, Austria’s famous Doppelmayr gondolas are much more modern and comfortable. Additionally, Austria as well as other European countries are known for their aprés-ski parties, which are not really a thing across the Atlantic.
Since that day, Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Fieberbrunn – or the “Home of Lässig” – is by far our favorite spot to snowboard. The resort offers 270km of slopes, 70 gondolas and lifts, as well as many backcountry skiing opportunities (if this is your thing).
This year, we took on the “Ski Circus” Challenge which is a loop to every single peak and every village around the resort (about 11,000m of elevation, 65km on the slopes). The whole loop will take a full day of serious skiing with a maximum break of 1 hour. We started off in Fieberbrunn around 8:30am and took a lunch break from 2:00pm – 3:00pm to enjoy the view and sun from one of the many mountain huts. Don’t miss out on one of the many typical Austrian dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn, Germknödel, or Kaspressknödelsuppe. I know, it won’t be an easy choice.
After our late lunch break we had to hurry up to make it back to Fieberbrunn, where our bus was leaving again. We heard from quite a few people before that the missed the last connection lift at 3:30pm and we also just got there with 5 min to spare. Don’t underestimate the time since some gondolas can really take a while to get you to the top. Should you miss your connection to your destination you might have to take a local ski bus in order to reach the other villages.
If you are not quite as adventurous and ambitious, you can also concentrate on a few lifts and enjoy the variety of slopes close by. We are sure you will find your favorite run!
How to get there:
The ski resort Fieberbrunn is about 2 hours from Munich and easily reached by car. We booked our day trip with “Studenten im Schnee” which we highly recommend. The organization is run by students and have a great service including cheap prices, snacks, and a fun crew to celebrate aprés ski before returning to Munich. We paid just under 60 Euros per person including ski pass, bus tour, and snacks and drinks on the bus.
You don’t have skies nor a snowboard?
No problem! You can easily rent the gear onsite at one of the two rental places. Harrison rented a snowboard at Sport 2000 for about 30 Euros.
What is your favorite ski resort? Let us know and leave a comment!