Skiing and snowboarding are great, but sometimes it's fun to try out something new on holiday. We have put together a selection of the best alternative activities in winter.
Gliding through the snowy landscape
Cross-country skiing is one of the best sports for staying fit and healthy. It trains all the muscles in the body plus the cardiovascular system while at the same time placing relatively little strain on joints and tendons. There are several cross-country skiing trails in the Glemmtal Valley. Just 15 minutes away by car is the 200km network of trails at the Zelland Saalfelden Basin.
Cross-country trails in Hinterglemm:
Snowsure trail at the end of the valley (classic technique, 10km and 100 vertical metres)
Sunny high-altitude trail (skating technique, 4km) at Reiterkogel at 1450 metres above sea level
Winter walking is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful region of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, including the Glemmtal Valley and its many idyllic side valleys.
Your host, Marianne, will be happy to show you some of the best places in winter, including wide open meadows and cosy wooden huts. Once a week there is a guided winter walk up to a hut near the hotel.
There is no feeling quite like crunching through the snow on a cold winter's day with the sun in your face and a pair of snowshoes on your feet. We will be happy to introduce you to snowshoeing and show you some of the best places to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Alps. Guided snowshoe walks are offered every week from December until April.
Tobogganing is a great activity for all the family:
Reiterkogel run (3km) floodlit until 23:00
Spielberghaus (3km) in Saalbach
Maisalm (2km) in Saalbach
horse-drawn carriage rides
Clip, clop, clip, clop. There is no better way of enjoying the winter wonderland of Saalbach-Hinterglemm than wrapped up in the back of a horse-drawn carriage.
Horse-drawn carriage rides are available up to the Lindlingalm hut.
Pirouettes under a clear blue sky
The open-air ice rink in Hinterglemm is the perfect place to perfect your skills on skates. All the equipment can be hired at the ice rink.
Be Robin Hood in every weather
The local archery adventure centre is a great day out for all the family. It has a number of realistic animal models which can be "hunted" by children and adults. After a short lesson on how to use the equipment, guests are sent out into the forest to follow in the footsteps of Robin Hood and William Tell.
28 different targets
Colour-coded coursed for a range of ages and abilities
We recommend sturdy walking boots
Most of the courses are in the forest, but they can be used in almost all weathers
Snack station at half-way point
2-3 hours for a group of 4 people
Yes, I ski-dooooo!
Specially designed snowmobile trail in Saalbach
Helmets and gloves compulsory (helmets provided), we recommend wearing ski clothing but not ski boots
Instructions and riding tips provided at the centre
Drifting and driving with quads and buggies
Huge terrain park covering 60,000m²
Fun for adults and children (no driving license required)
Austrian sport with a long history
"Ice stock" is a traditional sport in the alpine region which is similar in many ways to curling. There is a facility open to the public near the Zwölferkogelbahn cable car in Hinterglemm. A fun activity for all ages.
treehouse trail & Golden Gate Bridge of the alps
The Treehouse Trail and the Golden Gate Bridge of the Alps at the end of the Hinterglemm Valley are also open in winter and are floodlit in the evenings.
Admire the region from above
The Glemmtal Valley is best viewed from a bird's eye perspective. Those with a head for heights can enjoy a tandem flight with an experienced paraglider. A unique opportunity to see our region from a totally new perspective.
Alternative winter activities
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions about any of the activities described above. We will be happy to help.