Best Places to Stay in the Skicircus

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Best Places to Stay in the Skicircus

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Where to Stay in the Skicircus

The question of where to stay in the Skicircus is made doubly hard because of the ski resort's sheer size, number of villages and range of lift base terminals. The villages of Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang (2 base areas!) & Fieberbrunn have a huge range of hotels, apartments & chalets. Each has their merits.

To confuse matters further, other quieter locations for Skicircus accommodation like Vorderglemm, Viehhofen & up-valley from Hinterglemm toward Lengau, will appeal to those less interested in party time. Nearby Zell am See makes a great base for short visits.

To simplify things, look at it this way:

  • For lively après & village surrounds, stay in Saalbach. If there is no availability, try do day trips from Zell am See, which has a fun centre of town.
  • If looking for a central location with a balance of ski-in ski-out access to the entire resort, plus a balance of lively & sedate apres ski, then Hinterglemm is for you.
  • Wanting quick access to the best off-piste & freeride terrain? Stay in Fieberbrunn.
  • For quieter ski-in ski-out lodgings stay near the lift base at Leogang.
  • Seeking a traditional Austrian rural stay, find lodgings on the margins near Vorderglemm or Lengau.

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Best Saalbach Accommodations

Whilst much of Saalbach is in shadow for winter, it is the absolute best place to stay to experience the Skicircus in all its glory. Three gondolas extend in all directions directly out of town and the amount of hotel & apartment accommodation, bars & restaurants is dizzying! The best of them include: Alpinresort Sport Hotel & Spa, Hotel Post & Hotel Saalbacher Hof. Some of the best apartments are at the ski-in Bolodges Apartments.

Hinterglemm Accommodation

Hinterglemm is sunny through the middle of the day in winter and most of the accommodation is 'ski-in' or damn close to it! On & off-piste slopes allow skiing right into the heart of town from both sides of the valley. Smaller than Saalbach, but still with a diverse collection of hotels, restaurants, bars, ski lifts and a few shops here and there, Hinterglemm makes a great base to explore the Skicircus. Try the Hotel GlemmtalerhofAlpin Juwel Hotel & the ski-in Adler Resort Apartments for larger groups.

Leogang Accommodation

Leogang has two separate Skicircus base areas centred on the Steinberg and Asitz gondolas respectively, with the Asitz area the larger of the two. A range of exceptional Skicircus Saalbach accommodation is available, some of it 'ski in'. Leogang is close to a railway station that occasionally services trains from Kitzbuhel and Zell am See. Try the Tarlack Apartments.

Best Fieberbrunn Accommodation

At Fieberbrunn, the sunniest of the four major Skicircus Saalbach villages, the best accommodation is near the gondola terminals above town. A range of hotels and apartments offer 'ski-in' convenience. Fieberbrunn is close to a railway station that regularly services trains from Kitzbuhel & Zell am See. Try the Hotel TUI BLUE Fieberbrunn.

Lodgings Away from the Villages

Several Skicircus accommodation options in the Saalbach-Hinterglemm valley are available away from the ‘major’ centres. Some require a bus ride to access the main lifts and piste, i.e. Viehhofen down valley at the end of the free ski bus route. Others have lift access nearby, i.e. Vorderglemm near the new Schoenleiten gondola.

Above Vorderglemm, the Mountainlovers Berghotel SeidlAlm provides an exceptional Austrian alpine lodge experience. Amazing views, food & hospitality, plus expansive views guarantee a memorable stay.

In the opposite direction, toward the head of the valley and off the ski bus route towards Lengau, are some choice ski in, ski-out accommodations near the Zwoelfer-Nord & Hochalm gondola. Additional accommodation is ‘randomly’ located along the road, much of it 'ski in' via the off-piste terrain. Try the Hotel Marten & Hotel Eder Michaela.

Staying in Zell am see

Zell am See is another option to use as a base to explore all the lift interlinked resorts including Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn. The bus trip from Zell am See to the gondola base at Vorderglemm takes only about 20mins or you can even use the lifts & pistes these days, made easier if you stay in one the mountain top hotels on Schmitten. The central part of town is beautiful & lively, plus the lakeside location delightful on a sunny day.

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Grand Hotel Zell am See
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The Grand Hotel Zell am See is a classic superior hotel on the sunny lakeside, close to the town centre and ski lifts, Every room has glorious views.

Hotel Tillerhof Zell am See
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The Hotel Tillerhof Zell am See is a 4-star hotel with comfortable and well-appointed rooms and suites near the centre of Zell am See. Short walk to ski lifts and in the heart of the action in town.

Hotel Neue Post
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Hotel Neue Post enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of the old town of Zell am See. Close to the ski lifts, bars, restaurants and shops, the hotel features a massive spa area and a wide variety of traditionally furnished rooms and apartments.

Alpenparks Hotel Apartments
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Alpenparks Hotel and Apartments offer modern rooms and fully self-contained apartments within walking distance to Zell am See ski lifts and town centre. The Alpenpark has a huge range of wonderfully appointed rooms and apartments for up to 10 guests.

Alpin Sporthotel
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Alpin Sporthotel is a ski in ski out Zell am See hotel near the bottom of the CityXpress gondola. The hotel has its own atmospheric slopeside après ski bar, indoor pool and room configuration for up families and couples.

Hotel Stadt Wien
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The Hotel Stadt Wien is a ski in option close to the CityXpress lift. This hotel has a huge range of wonderfully appointed rooms and suites for up to 6 guests plus a pool and spa area.

Several ski-in ski-out options exist at Zell am See. The best are high on the mountain, accessed by cable car. Others are along the base of the CityXpress gondola.


Berghotel Jaga Alm
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Wonderful ski in ski out traditional lodging perfectly situated alongside piste trail 20 above the main Zell am See cable car base area. Beautiful rooms, superb local cuisine, après and amazing views make it a great choice when skiing Zell am See.

Berghotel Schmittenhohe
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Perched atop the summit of Schmitten high above Zell am See. Accessed by cable car, the comfortable rooms, lively apres and amazing views make it the best ski in ski out position in the region, let alone Zell am See.

Berghotel Blaickners Sonnalm
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Perfectly located 1,400m above sea level on Schmittenhöhe mountain in Zell am See. Accessed via the Sonnalmbahn Cable Car, the hotel has ski in ski out convenience in a spectacular and traditional setting.

Pension Margarete
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Beautiful rooms at an affordable price. With ski in convenience and located next to the Schmittenhohebahn cable car and other lifts and services in Zell am See ski resort, the pension provides everything you will need for a comfortable stay.

Between Zell am See and Kaprun are some excellent lodging options. The best is the sensational Tauern Spa Hotel, halfway between the two towns.


Tauern Spa Hotel
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Unique hotel located a short distance between Kaprun and Zell am See. Beautiful rooms with balconies, complimentary beverages, access to 25 different pools, spas & saunas on site plus a buffet breakfast without equal makes it the area's stand out hotel .....
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