Since the merger with Fieberbrunn, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn boasts 61 lodges and restaurants within the ski area. As it is possible to ski down into the valley from anywhere here, nothing stands in the way of staying cosy in the lodge until after the lifts close. The variety of different options available here is pretty much unparalleled. From small umbrella bars through to vast après-ski temples with live music and all the hits, there is something for just about every après-ski fan here. Celebrities are even known to put in an appearance. The prices within the lodges can be considered satisfactory. A mug of mulled wine or a glass of white beer cost in the region of €4, a shot of spirit around €2.50 and a glass of pils around €3. Not cheap by any means, but within the normal price range for a ski area.
Après-ski in Saalbach
Saalbach is probably the most low-key part of the ski area in terms of après-ski. The Maisalm, Asteralm and Ederalm are all located near the middle station of the lift on the way up to Kohlmaiskopf, and all three offer generously-sized sundecks. This is perhaps not the best spot for dedicated après-ski fans, as visitors here are mostly families and hungry skiers. Further up the hill, below the 6-person Panorama chairlift is the Panoramaalm, which offers up sumptuous panoramic views from the sundeck. If you are looking for a real party hotspot on the Kohlmaiskopf, head for the Berger Hochalm. In addition to offers like “Drink two, pay one” during the happy hour between 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM, the dedicated party area “magic 66” offers live music and loud beats.
There are another three lodges to choose from on the eastern side of the Schattberg. In addition to the smaller lodges Simal Alm and Limbergalm down from the Limberg 4-person lift, the Sky Rest at the 2020 m summit of the Schattberg is another attractive destination. Après-ski fans can look forward to an umbrella bar, deck chairs and incredible views here. Just off the bottom of the trails and in the heart of Saalbach is Bauer’s Schi-Alm, with daily après-ski sessions and numerous special events throughout the season.
And if you want to keep going after the lifts close for the day, look no further than Saalbach itself. There are numerous small bars and pubs here, such as Bobby's Pub, Otto's Bar, Ötzi Bar, Taverne and Schwips, as well as clubs like Castello in the Saalbacherhof or the Underbar in Dorfstraße. If table dancing is your thing, head for Kings & Cat Walk Table Dance. Hinterglemm is, however, in a whole other league when it comes to après-ski.
Après-ski in Hinterglemm
Hinterglemm is without doubt the après-ski capital of Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, you’re clearly not looking hard enough. There is a lodge or après-ski bar by just about every lift here – whether you are on the Reiterkogel or on the other side of the valley on Schattberg West. No other part of the ski area is so densely populated with places to drink and party. In addition to mountain lodges like the Wieseralm and Sonnalm, which offer a slightly more sedate brand of après-ski, Hinterglemm is also home to renowned party hotspots like the Goaßstall by the Reiterkogelbahn and the Hexenhäusl at the valley station of the Zwölferkogelbahn. Thanks to their locations within the valley, these are great places to party until way after the lifts close for the day. If you want to get the ball rolling during the day, there are plenty of places to do so on the slopes above Hinterglemm. We recommend the Wieseralm and Sportalm on the Reiterkogel side as well as the Xandlstadl and Bergstadl on the Schattberg West side.
If you can’t get enough après-ski during the day, Hinterglemm has you covered with bars, pubs and, primarily, clubs well into the night. The Après Ski Paleis has live events featuring Dutch après-ski stars like Jan Smit and De Lawineboys, making this a Dutch-dominated destination. If you’d prefer to dance the night away, head for AprèsWorld in Dorfstraße. There’s also a good cocktail bar in the five-star Hotel Alpine Palace. And the Lounge Table Dance, the local table dance club, rounds out the offering. Finally, if you’d prefer a more low-key evening to conclude a day on the slopes, the Piccadilly Pub in Pfefferweg is a more sedate sanctuary.
Après-ski in Leogang and Fieberbrunn
The smaller areas of Leogang and Fieberbrunn are substantially quieter and more laid-back. There are some five lodges on the mountain in Fieberbrunn, all of which are ideal for rounding out the day on the slopes in an umbrella bar or on the sundeck. The Enzianhütte, S4 Alm and the Biwak are probably the places to head for. At the mountain station of the F1 Streuböden gondola, make for the lodge of the same name close to the slopes below the Ferchlstadl lift or the Wildapflgatterl on the F14 Gatterllift. There is also an umbrella bar directly by the Lärchfilzhochalm at the mountain station of the F4 Lärchfilzen 4- person chairlift, which is probably the best place to head for in Fieberbrunn for full-blown après-ski on the mountain.
Leogang is similarly quiet. In the valley, the Kralleralm is next to B3, both of which are the first ports of call for après-ski after the lifts close. At the mountain station of the Almbahn or the middle station of the Asitzbahn, you can check out the Steinadler, a proper après-ski hub. At the mountain station of the Steinbergbahn and Asitzbahn lifts, Asitzbräu is a popular spot by virtue of its large sundeck. The après-ski highlight in Leogang, however, is just a stone’s throw away: The Hendlfischerei, a mountain club which offers astonishing views across the valley. The huge bar serves just about every type of drink imaginable, while the sound system provides groovy rhythms from in-house or guest DJs.
Overall, it would be fair to say that the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn offers après-ski fans just about everything they could possibly want. Whether on or next to the trails, low-key or turned up to 11, everywhere and at any time you can always find some après-ski action here. As a result, our Skigebiete-Test.de team can confidently award the ski area 10 out of 10 in this category.