Two mountain bikers in Saalbach Hinterglemm
The ultimate freeride test: the Big-5-Bike Challenge

The Big-5 Challenge – the legendary freeride test in the Bike Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm

5 mountains, 5 cable cars, a 5,000-metre difference in altitude: The figures alone show what sort of summer adventure is waiting for you here in Saalbach Hinterglemm in the shape of the Big-5-Bike Challenge! The Big-5-Challenge is a unique biking adventure that promises maximum fun, enjoyment and adrenaline, all in one day. Are you ready to confront this ultimate freeride challenge?


The cable car lines are an important helps as they deal with most of the altitude difference. The freeride pros have to cope with "only" 500 metres, the rest is left to the cable cars.

Logo Big 5
A true challenge

The XXL tour through the Salzburg summer

You are free to tackle the Big-5-Bike Challenge all summer long. You can complete the XXL tour as often as you like, but here's a word of warning: The entire round with all five summits will take up almost the whole day - to keep up with the best, speed is of the essence! And it wouldn't be a real challenge if there wasn't a trophy waiting at the end of it. At the end of the season, all successful challenges take part in a fantastic prize draw! So join in the fun - it will be worth your while!

Five summits

The mountain bike challenge takes you up to the summits of the five most popular freeride mountains in the bike Eldorado that is Saalbach Hinterglemm:

  • Schattberg (2,020m)
  • Reiterkogel (1,500 m)
  • Asitz (1,780 m)
  • Kohlmais (1,780 m)
  • Zwölferkogel (1,884 m)

All cable cars are suitable for transporting bikes.

Please note: The 12er KOGEL gondola lift takes bikers only as far as the middle station!

Mountain biker out and about in Saalbach Hinterglemm
On the trails of the Big-5

Big-5 trail, checkpoints & online portal

The entire tour is signposted with the Big-5-Bike logo and takes you past 13 checkpoints in total, where participants can register their performance and progress using their key card. Every turnstile at the valley stations of the cable car lines also functions as a checkpoints. The remaining checkpoints are spaced along the trail. At some of the checkpoints, you should prepare to smile - they include a photo station that automatically takes a picture of every biker, against the breathtaking mountain panorama of Saalbach Hinterglemm. The picture is then uploaded on the Big-5 online portal where it may be accessed by the challengers, shared with friends or on social media.

Discover your favourite mountain or try to set a speed record for the individual trails. Whatever you decide, the Big-5-Bike-Challenge offers lots of fun and unforgettable moments to all mountain bikers. 

Secure your place at the Das Zwölferhaus now - your ideal starting point for the Big-5-Bike Challenge. You'll be staying right at the heart of the Bike Circus. Bring your own bike or use our in-house bike rental service and start looking forward to your holiday in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Send us your non-binding inquiry now!