Saalfelden Leogang Resort Review
GUEST POST FROM NADIA RACE
The article on Leogang has been written by our guest blogger Nadia Race, owner of Ferienhaus Sonnrain Apartments in Leogang. Nadia hails from Yorkshire, but has been in Austria since 2004. She has a passion for the wonderful area that she now calls home, and has found somewhere that more than gives God's own country a run for it's money.
LEOGANG - AUSTRIAN SKI CIRCUS 788m – 1914m
Connected with Saalbach/Hinterglemm/Fieberbrunn and now Zell am See/Kaprun/Kirzsteinhorn Glacier
Many of you have probably not heard too much about Leogang, but no doubt most will have heard about the famous Austrian Ski Circus.
This vast connected ski area now offers a total of 270km of prepared pistes, which consist of a good mixture of reds and blues, plus a few challenging blacks thrown in.
There are a total of 70 fast modern lifts, which with a huge annual investment are continually replaced and upgraded to provide a fast and efficient mountain experience.
The area as a whole is suited to almost everyone, with snow parks to please boarders, free ride parks for the off road enthusiasts, plus toboggan runs, snow shoe winter walking trails, cross country opportunities, with floodlit evenings for both alpine, ski touring and cross country alike.
The Circus is known as The Home of Lassig , which translates to cool and laid back, and the four villages each offers its own distinct style and character. Whilst Saalbach and Hinterglemm are busier, and offer après ski a plenty, Leogang by contrast is a quieter village offering a less hectic holiday. It is very well suited to families and those with small children especially enjoy Leogang.
It is also ideal to those who love a good culinary experience. There are an abundance of top quality restaurants, both in the village and on the mountain alike.
Fieberbrunn stands somewhere in the middle. It is a small with a relaxed atmosphere offering something for everyone. It is renowned as freeride heaven with some of the very best ‘back country’ around.
Experienced guides are available, they carry safety equipment and ensure the safest and most thrilling ‘off piste’ experiences.
Leogang is a great back door into the Circus. There are two fast gondolas to take you to the top, from where you can either choose to stay local and enjoy uncrowded pistes in great condition or you can decide to set of on a journey around the circuit, visiting Saalbach Hinterglemm and Fieberbrunn is a busy day out- but so rewarding to fit it all in.
There are 3 very good ski schools in Leogang who offer ski and snowboard lessons, or there is also a specialist Boarding school.
Children are really well catered for. Kinderland is situated down at the valley station. Children ( and adults ) start learning on short graded slopes, with the help of small travelators , then proceed to master the drag lift, before moving up the mountain to experience ‘real’ skiing with atmosphere and scenery in abundance.
Most children who stay with me, can usually manage the long blue run all the way to the valley after 5 days of lessons.
They are normally accepted at 4 years old, but I have known some joining a little younger. It does of course depends on the individual child. Younger children from 2 years can join the crèche, either for mornings only, or full day care.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available to suit all budgets.
In general bookings are made independently as there are no British tour operators offering Leogang in their programs.
Many options are on offer from self catering apartments, small guest houses to the large fabulous 4 star hotels.
Travelling independently is easy and I can help with transfers. Salzburg is 1 hour away, and Munich is 2 hours 30 minutes. Taxi transfers are available from both airports although many guests choose to rent a car. Cars usually comes with the required winter tyres .
Most people are pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to get around, and with a group of 4 or 5, it is also great value for money. Leogang also has two railway stations and there are good connections from both airports. A taxi can be arranged and waiting for you at the station.
From Salzburg the local bus is the cheapest transfer option at €12 each way and it stops right outside the terminal building . Once again a taxi can be arranged to meet you to bring you to your accommodation.
Apres ski is mostly centered around the bars at the valley station. The lifts are opened 3 nights per week for floodlit sking, touring or tobogganing. There is also 2 evenings of live music at the top station, with a fire and ice show every Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday evening in season and snow permitting it is possible to see the local ski instructors ‘hut jumping’ onto the roof of a local hostelry .It is a lot of fun, children enjoy this evening out very much. It is followed later by dancing with a DJ until the early hours.
Families can book sleigh rides in the daytime or the evening. Pre booking is essential is this is very popular pastime. A lovely way to see the village and surrounding area.
The Ski Alpin lift pass covers the whole Circus , together with nearby Zell am See, Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, all in all over 400km on 1 pass.
The new lift linking into Zell am See has opened up an even greater are of skiing. For families with children and teens, the Spring Special offers all children and teens travelling with adults a free lift pass. This is great value for money with big savings. The offer is usually from Mid March to season end, including the Easter holidays.
Leogang is very snow sure, the slopes face North /East/West so snow holds very well until late season. There are also a large % of snow cannons ensuring good snow cover in the early season, which usually starts at the end of November.
If you are interested in visiting Leogang , please feel free to contact me, and I will try to be of assistance with any specific questions.
I can be contacted on 0043 676 977 6219.
More info can be found on the tourist information web site.
If you would like information about staying in my apartments please get in touch. I have an old and rather tired web site which is currently being upgraded.
'images by; Bause, Mirja Geh, and Artisual'