Hinterglemm is a great place to find your feet
With Fieberbrunn, Leogang as well as Saalbach and Hinterglemm, visitors have four entry points to the Skicircus. Absolute beginners will find the best options in Hinterglemm. The nursery slopes on the south side of Hinterglemm are served by no less than four surface lifts – the Mitteregglift (37), Bergfriedlift (36), Funparklift (38a) and Oberschwarzachlift (39). There is also another small nursery slope close to the valley station of the Schattberg X-Press in Saalbach served by the Wallehenlift (19). However, please note that this lift is not always operational and the extensive beginner slopes in Hinterglemm impressed us much more.
Numerous blue trails on Saalbach’s sunny side
If you feel ready to graduate from the nursery slopes up to the mountain proper, the Hochalmbahn lift in the Reichkendlkopf area is probably a good place to start. From here, there is an array of easy slopes to explore all the way up to the summit of Großen Asitz (1914m), even allowing you to traverse over to Leogang. Another plus point: All of the slopes here are exclusively south-facing, allowing you to soak up some rays when skies are clear. Over half of the 270 km of runs in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang are straightforward blue trails. A glance at the trail map reveals that the entire ski area can, more or less, be explored on simple runs, with just a few minor exceptions (such as the area surrounding the Hochhörndlbahn in Fieberbrunn).
So what is missing at the Skicircus for beginners?
As we already mentioned, there are few ski areas that allow beginners to explore so much terrain as seamlessly as the Skicircus does in the area surrounding Saalbach. However, beginners should bear two things in mind:
1.) It is only possible to traverse from the Zwölferkogel to the aforementioned sunny slopes on the Reichkendlkopf via the black-rated Zwölferkogel-Nordabfahrt. We recommend that beginners instead opt to take the gondola back down into the valley before getting the lift back up.
In the season 2015/2016, the ski area joined forces with Fieberbrunn. Inexperienced skiers may also find the traverse over to Fieberbrunn challenging, as this means circumnavigating the red-rated runs surrounding the Reckmoos Nord gondola.