Ski Resort of the Week: Saalbach Hinterglemm

Following a short silence we’re back on track with presentaion of what’s new in Alpine ski resorts. A few weeks ago we covered Livigno ski resort. Today, we go with Saalbach.

New in Saalbach Hinterglemm!
New for summer is the Tauern mountain bike path. Saalbach already has an extensive mountain biking circuit for summer use, and they have now connected into the famous trail which runs for 270km along the Salzach and Saalach rivers, taking in castles, palaces and cities along the way. This latest extension of the trail is making Saalbach Hinterglemm one of the best mountain biking regions in Austria. In the 2011/2012 winter season, Saalbach also replaced two old chair lifts with a gondola (Bernkogel) and a heated-seat, six-man chairlift (Reiterkogel-Ost) with a bubble hood.
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Thermal Baths and Spas in French and Swiss Alps

All that skiing, biking, trekking and mountain climbing can wear a person out. But don’t forget that the Alps are home to some wonderfully relaxing natural springs, thermal waters and spas. Some have been used as health retreats for the wealthy for over a hundred years, some are the most modern standard of luxury and decadence, while still more are small, intimate and friendly. Here is our comprehensive list of thermal baths and spas in the Alps of France and Switzerland, and what they can do for you after a hard day on the slopes.

Perfect rest after a day of skiing. This picture shows natural spa in Leukerbad, Switzerland.

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Highest Golf Courses in the Alps

Playing golf up a mountain is a rather special experience, with amazing panoramic views galore and varied and challenging golf courses. Here is a collection of our favourite highest golf courses up in the Alps – you shouldn’t quite get altitude sickness, but you’ll definitely be putting more effort in than usual! Unsurprisingly, France and Switzerland take most of the prizes for golf clubs at altitude, though Italy gets an impressive look-in with Europe’s highest 18 hole golf course…


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Cycling around the Dolomites with Dolomiti di Brenta Bike

Picture by: Ronny Kiaulehn

Mountain biking through jaw-dropping scenery is a wonderful way to experience a country. Working up a sweat pushing your way uphill to be rewarded by flying downhill runs makes you feel like you’ve earned your enjoyment and exhilaration. The Alps have vast facilities and opportunities for cycling in the mountains, and there are a few deals on at the moment with Dolomiti di Brenta Bike for biking in the Italian stretch of these mountains.
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Golf in the Alps

One of Alpine golf courses - source: Wikipedia
One of Alpine golf courses – source: Wikipedia


Oh, no, it’s not just skiing. It’s not just snowboarding. It’s even not just hiking, trekking and mountain biking. Nope, the sporting world of the Alps extends to that most genteel of sports, golf. Spread out across Italy, Switzerland, France and Austria is a plethora of golf courses of varying size, style and exclusivity just waiting for you to try them out.
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