Leogang is a famous stop on the downhill worldcup tour, but there is no need to be scared there are also plenty of trails for beginners and intermediate riders. There is one thing you should be scared of however, this place will get you HOOKED!
The trails in Leogang are linked to the trail network of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, this however requires a bit of pedaling.
The Big 5 challenge takes you past the highlights of the area, this is a one day tour.
Some trails are natural with rocks and roots others are machine built with big berms and jumps.
Almost all of the trails start and finish directly next to the lift.
Mountain biking in Leogang
- New trails for 2019!
- Trails for all abilities and tastes
- Combined with Saalbach it’s the biggest bike park in the eastern alps
- Fast gondola’s
- Mountainbike Mecca
- Enough to do for your non-cycling family members.
- The easier trails were getting abused and it was impossible to keep up with maintenance, hopefully the new trails have solved that problem.
- The Löwen Alpin Card doesn’t give you the same unlimited use of the lifts as the Joker Card in Saalbach does.
It’s hard to describe the village, as it is actually more a couple of very small villages and farms stretched out along the main road. So it’s great if you want some rest, but if you’re looking for bars and restaurants, you’re more likely to enjoy Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Or Saalfelden which is a larger town near Leogang. The larger area including Zell am See will provide anything you might need to enjoy your holiday.
Hotels & apartments
When you are choosing an accommodation make sure it comes with a Löwen alpin card, which will give you limited use of the lifts for free!
The Joker Card in the Saalbach valley will give you unlimited use of the lifts in that valley, so that should be a better deal for most bikers.
There are 3 campgrounds in the area:
- You can camp in the parking lot of the Leogang Asitz lift. This is ok if you are staying for 1 or 2 nights, but it is not the family friendly option. During the day the parking is usually very crowded.
Camping costs €7/person/night, there are coin operated showers in the lift building, this building closes about an hour after the lifts close.
- camping-neunbrunnen.at this is probably the best option for families or if you plan on staying longer in the area, although it is a couple of km’s away from the lifts.
It is in between Leogang and the Saalbach-Hinterglemm valley, in the same valley as Zell am see, this makes it a suitable basecamp to explore the wider area. Also this valley is a bit wider, so bad weather will not hang around as long as in the narrower valleys of Leogang and Saalbach.
The camping has a nice restaurant on site and is situated in a quiet location with it’s own small lake.
- glemmerhof.at this is a smaller camping in the Saalbach valley, it has 30 places, so it’s best to make a reservation if you want to stay here in the high season. It is in between a noisy main road and a small river, if you are right next to the river you won’t notice the traffic. The sanitary is a bit dated, but clean and functional.
It’s about 30 mins slightly uphill cycling to the lifts in Saalbach and then a nice roll down at the end of the day.
Please note: most (but not all!) hotels and apartments come with Joker card or Löwen card lift tickets, so if you are travelling with more than 2 bikers it’s probably cheaper to find a cheap apartment in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, than to stay at a campground, unless you already have lift tickets, like the Gravity card.
Hangman 2 is the easiest trail in bike park Leogang, it is a flow trail with large berms and table jumps you can easily go around, it has some sections that are to steep/fast for beginners and that is why it usually has a lot brake bumps.
Hot shots is also an easy flow trail it is faster and the jumps are bigger than Hangman 2.
The Flow link, brings you from the bottom of Hot shots and Hangman 1 to the middle station. It is an easy flow trail with step down jumps to the side.
Hangman 1 is a more technical track, with a mix of roots in the forest and fast berms in the field. The roots get slippery in the wet and there are also some steeper sections.
Flying gangster is a freeride line with a lot of berms and jumps, intermediate riders can take the easy lines, experienced riders go for the big jumps and wallrides.
Speedster is the famous Worldcup track, in the top part you will find some gnarly rock gardens and down in the forest the big roots welcome you.
You can go around some of the most difficult parts, but even then you will need to bring more than basic skills.
Bongo Bongo When it’s dry and you know the easy lines it might be a red line, but if it’s just a little bit wet it becomes more difficult. Expect roots, mud, northshores and a lot of fun.
New for 2019:
The Steinberger Line is an easy flowing trail that runs from the top of the Asitz and Steinberg lifts to the bottom of the Steinberg lift. And that is the really exciting news: the Steinberg lift will be opened in summer too! hopefully this will mean that there will be more tracks build in this area in the future.
Antonius Trail is an intermediate natural singletrail that starts at the bottom of Hangman 1 at the start of the Flow link. And ends in the Steinberger line.
The dirt jump area just above the Asitz bottom station has been revamped with a big pump track and new jump lines.
Just outside the bike park you will have to pedal up for two new enduro trails. The Schwarzleo and Forsthof trails are natural singletrails, with tight corners, northshores and a lot of flow.
Books and maps
You will find free and up to date maps of the trails at all lift stations.
Mtb trailmap & GPS
Bike shops/Bike guiding/Mountainbike rental
Sportmitterer will help you with all of these in the Asitzbahn lift building.
Tips and tricks
Most accommodations in the Leogang/Saalfelden area come with the Löwen alpin card, which will give you one free ascent and descent per lift (Asitz- + Steinberg lift) daily as well as max. 4 rides in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Accommodations in Saalbach-Hinterglemm come with the Joker card which gives you two free rides per day in Saalbach-Hinterglemm or Leogang or a 30% reduction on the lift pass.
It’s best to contact the accommodations before booking to check what card you will get and how much of use it will be for you.
(and also check if they have secure bike storage)
Gravity card This season ticket gives you access to 20 bikeparks.
Bike park Leogang
Saalbach-Hinterglemm These trails are linked to Leogang and together they form one of the mountainbike mecca’s of Europe.
Sell am see and Kaprun Mostly Xc trails and one long lift accessed enduro trail on the Kitzsteinhorn.
Wagrain A smaller bike park with everything from easy flow trail to technical roots and also a partner of the Gravity card.
The size of the Saalbach/Leogang bikepark is unique in the eastern alps, if you want similar large areas you should check out these locations in France:
Portes-du-soleil The biggest bike park of Europe, you need to have been here.
Les-deux-alpes A large bike park with mostly flow trails and an epic long descent down to Venosc.
Alpe-d’Huez This large bike park is close to Les deux alpes, but the trails are not linked. Alpe d’Huez has more natural enduro trails. and is famous for hosting the Megavalange