SEASON START & END: Open early December to mid April
SKI ALTITUDE: 800m-1914mm / Vertical Drop- 1114m
PISTES: 60% Beginner / 34% Intermediate / 6% Expert
LIFTS: 10 local (Gondola-2 / Chair lift-4 / Drag lifts-4) 70 lifts over Saalbach area.
SLOPES: 17 Pistes in Leogang, 118 pistes with Saalbach totalling 270km of piste.
SNOWMAKING: 90% of pistes in the Saalbach area are covered by snow cannons.
LIFT TICKET 2022/23 Ski Pass: Adult: from 60.50 Euros – 1 day / from 329 Euros – 6 days
AIRPORT: Nearest airports are Salzburg 69km (1:10 hours) / Munich 191km (2:30 hours)
TRAIN: Nearest station is Leogang station with two other local stations. Trains run from Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich and Klagenfurt.
BUSES: The bus system around the Leogang is free.
SKI FACTS: Leogang is part of the vast skiing area ‘Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn’ which covers 140 km blue, 112 km red and 18 km of black slopes and 60 cosy ski huts.
A traditional mountain settlement, Leogang delivers the cosy, pretty and picturesque Alpine village feel but with very modern facilities and great connections into the Saalbach Hinterglemm ski area. It has a mix of old and new buildings that work well together. Situated 70 kms south west of Salzburg, the local area has the motto ‘Home of Lassig’ which translates as ‘home for the laid-back’, which totally suits the vibe here and which is why we keep returning to the area. If staying in Leogang, it is all about Ecology and working with nature here, so we recommend staying at the beautifully designed Forsthofalm Holtz Hotel for ski in/ski out access and phenomenal food or the beautiful Hotel Puradies with its stunning architecture and delicious organic cuisine and plans to become 100% self sufficient concerning its energy requirements very soon. If you want to explore more of the local area, book a horse drawn sleigh ride with Hermann Mitterlechner who will take to the Zieferhof farm where Bernhard Perwein the farmer will teach you all about his local organic produce and let you try some of his delightful products too. One dining experience that we absolutely cherished was the “hutessen” at Huwi’s Alm up at Priesteregg, where one can cook your own food on what looks like a tin hat! The surroundings are cosy architectural bliss and the food is utterly delectable.
The skiing of Leogang is fabulous. Directly linked via super modern lifts to the huge ‘Skicircus’ area which covers 270km (Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Saalfelden Leogang and Fieberbrunn), with the ski ALPIN CARD one can explore a total of 408km of pistes and 121 lifts in the Schmittenhöhe area in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier resort in Kaprun, making it one of the larger ski areas of Austria. There is skiing to suit all standards of skiers and snowboarders. The surrounding mountains are stunning with the Pinzgauer mountains and the Kitzbühler alps and the area tends to have a great snow record considering its altitude. It only takes 12 minutes to get from Leogang to the top of the mountain due to the rather fast 8 person gondola. Because Leogang is at one end of the Skicircus it tends to have less traffic, making for quieter pistes and more peaceful surroundings; however, if one craves a little more take the day to ski the Skicircus’ ‘The Challenge’, a route constituting of 65km of piste, 32 lifts and 12,400m of altitude, roughly a 7-hour marathon so you better have your legs ready and fresh wax on your planks.
There are several mountain huts to eat, drink and be merry in. We had a fabulous time during the White Pearl Mountain Days celebrations at the Hendl Fischerei with DJ, live musicians, hearty mountain food, lots of Champagne and an altogether awesome vibe. The modern architecture is also pretty cool, with stunning views from almost everywhere you sit. For something a little more traditional there is the Alte Schmiede with its vast timber building, the interiors are that of classic Alpine antiquity and the verandas are vast. The restaurant serves a multitude of classic Austrian dishes, you will certainly not be disappointed. For some extremely fine dining on the mountain, ski over to Hinterglemm to check out Wieseralm with its very local produce, the cows graze the surrounding slopes in summer!
Leogang has a good selection of nursery slopes situated around L10 and L11 lifts. Once beginners establish their ski legs, one can venture up the mountain to explore the various blue pistes.
About 90% of the ski area is suited to intermediate skiers, so consider the whole mountain as your playground. Having access to the rest of the of the Saalbach Hinterglemm area is a big bonus with its huge amount of pistes.
Despite most of the Leogang being relatively easy to ski for advanced skiers there is still a lot of fun to be had. The main black slope is near the bottom of the valley, otherwise head over to the Saalbach Hinterglemm side of the mountain to the black pistes of the Schattberg and Zwolferkogel.
– OFF PISTE –
The Saalbach Hinterglemm provides some great Freeride access from special routes that are signposted to pistes that have been left unprepared. There appears to be something for all levels of off piste skiers from those making their first tacks into the off piste to the advanced powder heros! Check out the local Freeride section of the Saalbach website for more information. Do not forget to take a mountain guide with you to find the best snow and keep safe.
LEOGANG – 11 Blue /4 Red /2 Black
Leogang has some great pistes and some of them remind me of pistes in the USA, especially some of the beautiful tree lined pistes, great if the visibility is bad. I particularly liked the very long slopes of 212/211 and 206/205/203 back down to Leogang. The final descent, piste 205 back to the Forsthofalm Hotel was always a fun way to end the day followed by a cocktail on the veranda. Of course it is worth skiing over to Saalbach to discover the treats that await you there as well.
ECOLOGY & SUSTAINABILITY
-The Leoganger Bergbahnen cable car company has been drawing heating from the nearby biomass heating plant since 2006; this includes a co-heating partnership with neighbouring hotels.
-The Stocklalm restaurant, groomer workshop floors and the whole Asitzbahn middle station are all heated via heat recovered from the drive motors of the Asitzbahn cable car middle station.
-During Spring the new Asitz II reservoir fills up with melt water so snowmaking water does not need to be pumped up the mountain from the valley.
-Snow cannons and cable cars systems have been hydraulically and electrically optimised to increase efficiency enabling huge reductions in energy consumption, for instance the Steinbergbahn gondola consumes 151,000 kilowatts less per hour.
-Leogang has been awarded: “Umwelt Blatt Salzburg” sustainability award in 2017
-Credited by the Austrian Ministry of the environment for its commitment to climate in 2018.
-In 2019 Leoganger Bergbahnen was the first Ski resort to become a partner of the “Climate Energy Strategy Salzburg 2050”.
-In many local hotels, electric cars are made available to guests and nine of the hotels now have In-house biomass heating plants, wood chip heating systems and composting plants.
-Many of the Snow Grooming machines are fitted with snow depth gauges enabling the drivers to spread snow efficiently and make it last longer.
-In 2004 the “Respect You Limits” initiative was implemented, whereby huge areas of the mountains were dedicated to nature, banning all types of skiing.
-Leogang has the most organic farmers and shops in all of Austria.
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