Leogang | Ski Resort Review

6 Sep 202312 min
By Stefan Boettcher
Skilift cart with colourfull skis packed on the outside in Zell Am Ziller, Austria. Photograph by Kipras Streimikis, Unsplash.

Nestled at an altitude of 788 metres in a picturesque valley basin in Austria's SalzburgerLand, the ski resort of Leogang is flanked by the Leoganger Steinberge mountains and the Kitzbühel Alps. This location makes it an exceptional choice for an idyllic ski holiday in the heart of Pinzgau.

Leogang - Overview

Situated in the enchanting Pinzgau region of Salzburg, Leogang is an enchanting traditional village. Framed by the majestic peaks of the Austrian Alps, it is seamlessly integrated into the wider Saalfelden-Leogang area, renowned for its natural splendour and abundance of outdoor pursuits.

The village's charm lies in its harmonious blend of historic and contemporary structures, thoughtfully blended in a layout loosely centred around the village church with its onion-domed tower that exudes character.

Leogang is a haven for those who appreciate the great outdoors. When winter blankets the landscape, it becomes a haven for skiers and snowboarders, with remarkable slopes to conquer. With the arrival of summer, the village becomes a haven for adventurers, inviting visitors to indulge in the joys of hiking, mountain biking and various other exhilarating sports.

For those seeking an escape from the overdeveloped modern ski resorts, but still want the amenities of a substantial contemporary destination, Leogang offers a double benefit. It offers the warmth of a cosy, charming village while maintaining a convenient link to the vast Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski circuit.

This renowned ski empire offers an impressive 270 kilometres of varied pistes. Taking advantage of its elevation, the resort enjoys a commendable snow record and is easily accessible from Salzburg.

Within the embrace of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski area, Leogang achieves a harmonious balance between two distinct realms. It embodies the charm of a delightful small village with superb beginners' slopes, while at the same time offering the option of a vast interconnected ski domain for all levels of ability right on its doorstep.

Leogang's accommodation landscape is characterised by numerous hotels that pamper guests with tranquil wellness and spa facilities. This additional facet makes the village an ideal haven for relaxing and rejuvenating both body and soul.

Despite its focus on outdoor activities, Leogang still retains the enchanting essence of Austrian charm. Architectural enthusiasts can delve into the local architecture, traditional shops invite exploration and the delights of regional cuisine await indulgence.

Leogang also comes alive throughout the year with a medley of events and festivals. These range from lively music festivals to thrilling outdoor sporting events and vibrant cultural celebrations, all of which contribute to the dynamic tapestry of the village.

Ski Resort Highlights

Ski area
Apres ski
Ski area: 270km
Summit: 2020m
Resort height: 788m
Altitude range: 788-2000m
Vertical drop: 1070m
Parks: 1
Salzburg (1h 10min)
Innsbruck (1h 50min)
Train stations:
Leogang (5min)
Saalfelden (15min)

Leogang - Ski Map & Pistes

Leogang's local ski scene is defined by the commanding presence of the Greater Astiz mountain. The journey to its summit has been cut to just 12 minutes, thanks to a speedy 8-seater gondola lift. This modern lift replaced an antiquated chairlift from the early 90s, which used to take over an hour for the same journey.

When you reach the top of the gondola, you have a tantalising choice. Either revel in the vast sun-drenched bowl above the trees, nestled between Leogang's slopes and the start of the Saalbach Hinterglemm Circus, or embark on one of the glorious long blue runs that take you through the sheltering trees on the north-facing slopes back to Leogang itself. Leogang's local skiing prowess is also appreciated from the vantage point of Saalbach Hinterglemm.

For those who want to explore further afield, the distance from Leogang to the furthest point at the Zwölferkogel in Hinterglemm is 16 kilometres (10 miles). A strong snow record graces the resort, bolstered by the introduction of new snow cannons along the return route below the Asitz gondola.

Much of the terrain is best suited to leisure skiers, with almost 90% of the pistes classified as easy or intermediate - a haven for those with two to three years' experience or more. Close to the village, a handful of lifts serve picturesque areas that are ideal for beginners or those looking to squeeze in a few runs during the morning or afternoon hours.

For the more experienced, the black runs of the Schattberg and Zwölferkogel are just as tempting as the prospect of hiring a guide to navigate the vast off-piste powder fields. For cross-country enthusiasts, there are 150 kilometres of local trails of varying degrees of difficulty, all meticulously groomed as soon as the snow covers the landscape. Equipment can be hired locally and the trails weave seamlessly through the village for easy access. And for the more adventurous, ski touring is an option.

Skimap of the ski resort Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn in AustriaSkimap of the Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn in Austria. Click here or on the image to go to the big ski map.

Leogang - Off-Piste, Backcountry & Ski Touring

Leogang, an integral part of the renowned Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski area, is an alpine paradise that beckons adventurers seeking the thrill of off-piste skiing, the excitement of backcountry exploration and the exhilaration of ski touring. Embrace the beauty of untouched slopes, carve your own path through pristine powder and make unforgettable memories in the heart of the Austrian Alps.

Popular routes

Start your journey with the convenience of lifts such as the Asitz Gondola and Steinbergbahn. These transport hubs give you access to the untamed terrain of off-piste skiing and the fascinating world of ski touring routes.

Then venture into the greater Asitz area, a realm of off-piste splendour waiting to be explored. Ascend to its heights via the Asitz Gondola, where you'll find a spectrum of terrain - both challenging and rewarding - to serve as a canvas for your skiing prowess.

Dive into the exhilarating 'Steinberg Run', a backcountry run near the Steinberg gondola that promises a multi-faceted experience. For those with an appetite for ski touring, Birnhorn is a prominent nearby peak that offers a canvas for conquering its slopes.

Safety first

Off-piste skiing, backcountry exploration and ski touring all carry inherent risks. Put safety first and equip yourself with avalanche safety equipment - beacons, probes and shovels. These tools are your lifeline in the unpredictable outdoors.

The vagaries of nature are part and parcel of mountaineering. Be prepared for changing weather conditions and adjust plans as visibility and safety considerations dictate. Put safety first.

Take a guided tour

Going for the first time? Let local expertise enhance your adventure. Join a guided tour led by a local expert who will give you invaluable insight into the best routes and conditions. These guides will enhance your trip and turn it into an immersive exploration.

If you are new to these exhilarating pursuits, consider taking a course or seeking guidance to gradually build up your skills. Ski schools and tourist offices are on hand to provide tailored information on conditions, routes and guided tours in the Leogang area.

A snowboarder's paradise

For snowboard enthusiasts, the neighbouring Saalbach side promises an oasis of camaraderie. Revel in the most boarder-friendly attitude in the Alps, where a 12-kilometre (7-mile) stretch of slopes is reserved exclusively for snowboarders. This innovative approach has made Saalbach a coveted hub for the fashionable snowboarding community. Don't miss the fun park with half-pipes and pioneering snowboard teaching techniques designed to fuel your passion for the slopes.

Annual competitions, including the Continental Open in January, add an international flair to the Saalbach Hinterglemm circus, attracting snowboard experts from all over the world. Embrace the spirit of adventure and join the ranks of those who dare to explore, conquer and embrace the untamed splendour of Leogang's ski wonderland.

Leogang - Family Skiing

Despite its modest size for an Austrian resort, Leogang stands out for its exceptional family-friendly facilities. Families are welcomed with a range of amenities that cater for every member of the family, young and young at heart.

There is a remarkable non-skiing nursery for children as young as 2. For budding skiers, the ski kindergarten provides a lively start from the age of 4, fostering a nurturing environment to ignite their love of the slopes.

The younger adventurers, up to 7 years old, are treated to free lift tickets to ensure their journey is as memorable as it is fun. A special rate is available for children up to 15 years of age, reflecting the resort's commitment to making family skiing accessible.

The Hotel Krallerhof is a welcoming haven for families. Not only does it house the aforementioned crèche, it also has a swimming pool for water fun. There's also cable TV, so there's something for everyone. To complete the experience, there is a children's slope with its own tow lift right on the doorstep.

Leogang truly redefines family skiing, where every detail is designed to create cherished memories and share the magic of the Alps as a united family.

Leogang - Restaurants, Bars & The Town

When you venture beyond Leogang's adrenaline-charged slopes, a world of enchanting diversions awaits. Set off on snowshoe hikes through breathtaking scenery or experience the thrill of tobogganing down snowy slopes. For a touch of timeless romance, experience the magic of horse-drawn sleigh rides through picturesque countryside. And for the brave at heart, the Flying Fox zip line promises an exhilarating adventure high above the ground.

But it's the culinary scene that really shines in Leogang. A treasure trove of restaurants offer unexpected delights. The renowned Gasthof Kirchenwirt boasts an Austrian gourmet restaurant that has been awarded a chef's hat by the esteemed Gault Millau guide - a testament to its excellence. The Krallerhof, another jewel in the culinary crown, invites you to enjoy exceptional dining experiences in its four-star establishment.

Amidst the charming hotels that grace the town, dining options abound. Among these, the Hüttwirt stands out, offering culinary mastery at surprisingly accessible prices.

As the sun sets over the mountains, the après-ski scene comes alive. Alpine huts provide the perfect setting for post-ski revelry, creating memories imbued with the spirit of the mountains. And in the heart of the village, the Kralleralm serves as a welcoming haven where locals and visitors come together in a celebration of camaraderie.

So whether you're looking for thrilling adventures or gastronomic delights, Leogang invites you to embrace its diverse offerings and create unforgettable experiences in the heart of the Austrian Alps.

Leogang - Après Ski

After conquering the peaks and immersing yourself in the beauty of the backcountry, Leogang's après-ski scene offers the perfect respite. The spirit of camaraderie begins to stir, igniting a lively atmosphere that resonates both on and off the slopes.

Up on the mountain, a host of exceptional ski lodges beckon with their alpine charm. Highlights include the Alm Bar, formerly known as the Schnapperhut, and the welcoming Riederalm. Here you'll find a haven where fellow adventurers gather to swap tales of the day's exploits, surrounded by breathtaking mountain panoramas.

As dusk falls and the village becomes a tapestry of cosy lights, the Kralleralm becomes the quintessential off-piste meeting place. It's a convivial hub where locals and visitors alike come together to form a vibrant tapestry of shared experiences. (Note: the Krallereralm is different from the Krallerhof, a renowned establishment).

For those looking to extend the night's festivities, a handful of late-night spots in the hotels keep their doors open past midnight. Here you can dance to the rhythm of the night and celebrate the magic of Leogang under the stars.

Leogang - Ski Rental

In the village of Leogang, embarking on your skiing adventure is made effortless with convenient ski hire options right in the heart of the village. Local rental shops offer a range of equipment, from skis and snowboards to boots and poles, tailored to your preferences and skill level.

With attentive service and expert advice, you can choose the perfect equipment to enhance your skiing experience on Leogang's pristine slopes. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, these local rental shops will ensure you're equipped for an unforgettable time on the slopes.

Here are some recommended ski and/or snowboard hire shops in Leogang:


Leogang - Ski Schools and Guided Tours

Discover the art of mastering the slopes and unlock the full potential of your skiing experience in Leogang. Several local ski schools offer a range of lessons tailored to all levels, ensuring personal attention and expert guidance.

Below you’ll find a selection of ski schools in Leogang who are dedicated to improving your skiing experience with patience, expertise and a passion for the sport. Whether you're a beginner looking to conquer your first run or an experienced skier looking to explore new horizons, these reputable schools are your gateway to an unforgettable experience in the Austrian Alps.

  • SchneeSportSchule Asitz - Immerse yourself in the world of alpine skiing with Snowsport School Asitz in Leogang. Their certified instructors provide comprehensive tuition for beginners to advanced skiers. Whether you're taking your first steps on the snow or improving your technique, their patient and experienced instructors are there to improve your skills while ensuring safety and enjoyment.
  • Ski &  Snowboard School Deisenberger - According to skischool Deisenberger in Leogang skiing is simply exciting and just the easiest thing to do. They provide courses for beginners and the advanced as well as special courses such as New School and Freeriding, they have something for everyone. Or embark on an unforgettable skiing adventure with one of their private guided tours. Their guides combine in-depth knowledge of the local terrain with a passion for skiing. Join them on guided ski tours or snowshoe trekking tours that reveal the hidden gems of Leogang's slopes, promising breathtaking views and exhilarating descents.
  • Skischule Skizene Altenberger - The Skischule Skizene Altenberger believes that every skier has their own unique potential. Their experienced instructors focus on building your confidence, technique and love of skiing. From group lessons for social learning to private lessons for individual attention, they offer a range of options to suit your needs. Let them guide you to skiing excellence on Leogang's pristine slopes.
  • Snowboard School Leogang - The Snowboard School in Leogang is a school, shop and ski hire company in one. They have three locations within Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn area. They are the specialists for snowboard lessons and guided tours.


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