SAALBACH and Hinterglemm, neighbours with a large, shared circuit of skiing in the amiable Austrian mountains near Kitzbuhel, merged their identities a few years ago in preparation for jointly hosting the 1991 World Championships. Saalbach always comes first (first in their shared double-barrelled name, first as you drive up the valley), yet Hinterglemm would be my preference. Saalbach has the better nightlife, but Hinterglemm has direct access to the excellent north-facing skiing on Zwolferkogel, and less queue-prone access to the rest. Its nursery slopes get less sun than those of slightly lower Saalbach, which is an advantage for most of the season. And the construction of a tunnel removing valley traffic from the village centre has made it a much more pleasant place to stroll around. To clinch the matter, prices here are lower than in more fashionable Saalbach.