Climate Change demands diversification away from winter sports, but viable alternatives are far from obvious – nor straightforward

With 40 fewer days of snow cover than 60 years ago, the alpine regions of Austria are not only losing the very element on which its leviathan winter sports sector relies upon, but also the use of melted snow that impacts river flow, hydroelectric capabilities, and the ability of farmers to harvest precipitation to water…

Saalbach Hinterglemm retrospective

My final alpine retrospective turns to Saalbach Hinterglemm, where skiing doesn't get in the way of partying through the winter months, whilst mountain bikers and hikers seek an uneasy coexistence during the summertime. As is common with many of my initial visits to resorts in the mountains, the first impressions I gained of Saalbach and…

Zell am See retrospective

It is now several years since I last stayed in Zell am See, one of Austria's most famous lake resorts. Its proximity to Saalbach Hinterglemm and Kitzbuehel coupled with excellent public transport links have though enabled me to visit it on several occasions since. Framed by majestic peaks and on the cusp of the Tirol,…

Ski Circus coalesces Fieberbrunn and Saalbach Hinterglemm

Weeks of searing heat interspersed with atmospheric volatility bordering on the extreme even for alpine climes have enabled construction crews tasked with extending the Ski Circus winter-sports area to meet scheduled targets and remain firmly on course for a December unveiling.Straddling the Salzburgerland and Tyrolean frontier the project links both regions and connects Saalbach Hinterglemm(SH),…

Saalbach Hinterglemm: a brief pictorial overview

Below are some photographs of my recent visit to the Glemmtal area of Salzburgerland, the Austrian region abutting the German frontier and containing some of the country's most picturesque scenery. Despite a relative absence of the raw, rugged terrain more redolent with the Tirolean resorts of Obergurgl, St. Anton and Galtuer, a surprising amount of…