We stayed at the end of Feb 2013, which was great weather for the slopes. The hotel was very comfortable with modern and clean rooms. There wasn't much noise at night, so we could get plenty of sleep and be ready for the next day of snow!
The food was delicious every night, however it would have been better if it had been more authentically Austrian food. But you can't knock good food! The staff were very friendly and accommodating, especially with food allergies. The dinner staff changed about midway through the week, so we did have to let the fresh staff know again. The drinks were very reasonably priced, especially for a hotel bar. Breakfast was just what you would expect - great tasting bread, meat and cheese! Cereals, yoghurts, pastries, eggs and bacon were also available as well as a coffee machine, a selection of tea and fruit juices.
The ski-room is great, especially the heated boot racks. The room is secure and only accessible from inside or outside the hotel with a room key. This put our minds at ease that our equipment was safe. Be aware that there is only enough space for 6 snowboards to hang on the wall, so if you come back later in the day you may need to find an empty corner to lean your board against. Most of the other boarders seemed unable to use the rack properly, so most of the time I had to re-arrange the boards to fit a full 6 in.
The wellness area is good, but after being harshly reprimanded by another guest for wearing shoes and clothing I didn't venture back. Maybe a sign on the door to say no shoes would be a good idea.
The location of the hotel is pretty good. There's a beginner slope with a T-Bar right outside, which is good for a warm up each morning. You can ski to some of the other main lifts on the same side of the valley from there, but it's a pretty flat traverse from the top of the T-Bar. I preferred to just walk about 5 minutes to the Reiterkogelbahn on the other side of the valley. There is also a free skibus which stops very close to the hotel, but we only had to get it back to the hotel once.
The Skicircus is a fantastic resort with varied terrain and something for every level of skier/boarder. I found that the grading was a little on the harder side (some blues should be reds and some reds should be blacks), which made it difficult to know which runs would be within my skill range. There is a lot of terrain to cover and in a week it was impossible for me to go everywhere. There were also some routes I'd like to have done again, but there wasn't enough time without sacrificing other runs that I hadn't covered.
I'd love to come back to Hinterglamm and I would stay at the Almrausch again, but there are too many other resorts to visit. Maybe one day...
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