Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm/Leogang -
Saalbach and Hinterglemm, two neighboring villages which hosted the World Alpine Skiing Championships in 1991, share their facilities to provide long runs for skiing and breathtaking views.
Skiing can be found on both sides of the valley. The runs on the north side – make that the sunny side of the valley (south-facing side) tend to be preferred by visitors due to their sunny disposition.
The pistes on the south side of the valley (north-facing side) are normally in the shade, so they likely will have better snow cover, particularly in late season. Much of the off piste skiing is found on the north side.
Here's a plus: Saalbach-Hinterglemm also features six- and eight-person chairlifts with heated seats and retractable covers for use in bad weather. The best snowpark will be in the adjacent valley in Leogang. You can ski around without getting into a car.
There are 54 lifts, including 15 gondolas, 16 chairs, and 23 surface lifts.
The main street of Saalbach is traffic free, a lingering benefit from a congestion-easing tunnel built 17 years ago for the World Alpine Championships. They were in Austria again recently (2001) in St. Anton in the Arlberg region.
Don't fret about bad weather: Salzburg will be an enchanting city to visit during any weather.
Gateway airports include Munich (180 km) and Salzburg (100 km). Driving? Lofer-Saalfelden-Saalbach to Bischofshofen, Schwarzach, Zell am See. Take the train via Bischofshofen to Zell am See, hourly bus to Saalbach. A skibus runs between the villages.