Ski Holidays in Bad Gastein
Bad Gastein is an old spa town known for its natural hot spring spas and is situated at a height of 1080m. Part of an unknown and large ski area, Stubnerkogel, as well as the surrounding Gasteiner Valley such as Dorfgastein and Bad Hofgastein which collectively has over 200km of pistes to ski.
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Skiing in Bad Gastein
There are two local areas in Bad Gastein - Stubnerkogel and Graukkogel which offers cruising runs that favour intermediate skiers the most. Situated on opposite sides of the resort, these areas aren’t linked together. Because of this it is seen as a fragmented ski resort and area so visitors do have to rely on bus services to get around. The Stubnerkogel area is however linked to Bad Hofgastein’s Schlossalm and Dorfgastein is also linked to the pistes in Grossarl in the nearby valley. Other areas include Sportgastein which lies beyond Bad Gastein at the head of the valley.
The area isn’t the best for beginners as its easy slopes make up 25% of the resort and they are scattered across the area as well as the fact you’ll have to take a bus to the lifts and back.
Advanced skiers will enjoy the off-piste runs in Kreuzkogel as well as the World Cup downhill.
There are 90km of cross country skiing trails in the area, with the highest trail sitting at 1,600m and offers beautiful views across the valley.
Snow conditions in Bad Gastein
Bad Gastein valley has an impressive altitude for Austria, up to 2,686m and also has 800 snow making machines that cover 85% of its slopes.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Bad Gastein
Bad Gastein is known for its few popular bars in resort for a lively apres ski atmosphere, nightlife is generally relaxed and low-key. The resort vibe is aimed more on convivial dining experiences followed by relaxed drinks in hotel bars. The liveliest bar is the Silver Bullet Bar and the resort also has a grand casino and a few small nightclubs.
Non skiing activities in the resort include toboggan runs which are floodlit in the evenings, horse riding excursions, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice climbing, curling, as well as relaxing at either of the two thermal spa centres - the Felsentherme Spa in resort and the Alpentherme Spa + ‘Relax World’ in neighbouring Bad Hofgastein.
Transfer times to Bad Gastein
Salzburg (SZG) - 1 hr 40 mins
Innsbruck (INN) - 3 hrs 30 mins