Famous for its skiing, Saalbach Hinterglemm
holds some wonderful mountain bike secrets. A resort located near the German border and just over the mountain from Leogang, it might stand in the World Cup media shadow but boasts some world class bike park and trail riding. That coupled with it being a family resort means that there's plenty to do: exploring mountain lakes, walking, and many other activities. Saalbach is one of the go-to MTB destinations in Austria, which has seen great development and improvements in the last few years due to mountain biking's rise in popularity.
The resort has four different lifts and boasts over 400km of mountain bike trails, varying in difficulty and styles from bike park to alpine singletrack. The town is well equipped to deal with riders; there are loads of fully stocked shops, bike washes at the gondola stations and at many of the hotels, and most importantly, a friendly attitude towards mountain bikers.
We arrived in Saalbach for a week earlier in the year, with Lorenzo Suding from the Italian Alps, and Kathi Kuypers from Bavaria, Germany. The team had a lot of riding destinations under their belts and arrived with a critical eye, eager to see what Saalbach had to offer. By the end of the week, the only disappointment we faced was Lorenzo’s broken shoulder blade. We were all mega impressed with Saalbach's extensive trail network and world class trails, which seems set to expand and improve even further in the next few years after talking to a some of the locals. A few days of the trip we were guided by Vali Höll, a local youngster who we can expect to see on the world stage next year at the World Cups—a total pinner.
Vali, has a whole lot of style.
A nice little break, before dropping into Leogang Bike Park.
An alpine lake in the mountains, was a perfect way to finish of a day of riding.
Incredible views early in the morning from the top of the mountain.
Ready to drop in at 5:30, after taking in the views.
Kathi forages for breakfast.
Saalbach Hinterglemm mountain biking trails
Alpine cows seem to be some of the most friendly cows.