Run free - Winter Trailrunning
The concept of fitness and exercise in the fresh air are rightly enjoying a boom these days and confirm the mindset of trail runners and runners who do not want to limit the sport to a specific discipline. A multitude of activities are on offer and carried out in Saalbach, perhaps somewhat in the shadow of the fun on the slopes. Still, nevertheless, they have always been there.
With more than 140 km of signposted winter hiking trails, the Salzburger ski resort reveals a totally different side. It entices motivated runners and trail runners to enjoy unforgettable outdoor experiences. Of course, winter hikers also get their money's worth, but the cleared trails are a paradise for vigorous strides and a runner's high.
Power from on high
For ambitious runners, winter is the time to work on their basic fitness. Besides the opportunities to demonstrate stamina on the cross-country ski trails or to gain vertical metres on ski tours, running on winter terrain provides some of the very best training for the trail running summer. The snow-covered trails emulate the stony, loose ground along the mountain ridges, and running on the winter trails involves a feeling for footing and as a result, finely tuned motor skills. Not to be overlooked is the altitude of the location at over 1,000 metres above sea level and thus the positive effect on endurance training.
In addition to the benefits of altitude training, a gondola ride to the winter hiking trails further up, such as on the Reiterkogel, is highly recommended. The relatively demanding trail stretches from the Reiterkogel towards the Rosswaldhütte. Rather than being over-enthusiastic, you should take a break for at least a selfie; after all, up here you have a panoramic view of the whole valley and the surrounding mountains.
For those aiming for the sky, the winter trails to the new 12er KOGEL middle station are highly recommended. Once you have reached the top, you can take the modern gondola lift back down to the valley - and experience the somewhat different "skier's high".
The winter sun also shines down in the valley
Another highlight of winter trail running in the valley is the Sonnseitpromenade (Sunset Promenade). This is where narrow routes through the forest alternate with wide forest paths. Runners can enjoy the sunny view from a slightly elevated position above the valley.
Trail runners can really delve into the winter wonderland in the Talschluss (valley end) of Saalbach. Some people are familiar with the area from their Alpine ski tours or the countless trails in summer: Staffkogel, Tristkogel, Geißstein, ... the summits are lined up in rows. For those who are not ski touring, these white giants enhance the breathtaking scenery at the end of the valley.
At the end of the Glemmtal, the beautiful winter hiking trail to the Lindlingalm and the "Treetop Trail" oozes charm. The slightly ascending path amid the trees is particularly suitable for a snappy session. Virtually parallel to this winter trail, the cross-country ski trail winds upwards. It rewards cross-country skiers with a picturesque view. Those who take the time to visit the Treetop Trail will genuinely experience a change of perspective among the treetops on the wooden boardwalk.
In summary, there are many winter activities to experience in Saalbach. From fun on the slopes to conquering the summits on touring skis to endurance trail runs. The common factors are unforgettable experiences and a large dose of happiness. The new platform saalbach.com/winter-sun-active offers information regarding winter hiking trails, trail running routes and other winter activities.
Length: 8.8 km
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins
Ascent/descent: 163/163 m