BAD HOFGASTEIN, AUSTRIA
Ski Holidays in Bad Hofgastein
Bad Hofgastein is an old spa resort in the heart of the extensive Gasteinertal ski area, one of the largest in Austria, with the resorts of Bad Gastein, Schlossalm and Stubnerkogel. The ski area offers over 200km of slopes.
The attractive town of Bad Hofgastein has bustling centres and excellent amenities, not to mention the famous spas known for its thermal healing water.
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Skiing in Bad Hofgastein
Skiing above Bad Hofgastein is based on Schlossalm which is linked by lifts to Bad Gastein. This also transports skiers to the largest ski area on Stubnerkogel above Bad Gastein.
There is a second lower area down the valley which can be accessed either by train or bus which links up Grossarl, located in the next valley, to Dorfgastein at the bottom of the Gastein valley.
The third area is a small sector above Sport Gastein reaching altitudes of 2685m on the Kreuzkogel mountain. It is here that advanced skiers will find some excellent off-piste runs. Guided tours will also allow you to make the most of the area. There are also some black runs on the Stubnerkogel where you can also find some off-piste terrain down from Kreuzkogel mountain.
Beginners will need to take a bus from resort to get to the beginner friendly Angertal area which they’ll likely start off from.
Snow conditions in Bad Hofgastein
Due to the resorts high altitude terrain plus its extensive snow making capabilities, the resort is very snow sure and poor snow conditions is rarely an issue.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Bad Hofgastein
There are so many places to eat out in Bad Hofgastein with many offering Austrian cuisine and even some reflect the resort’s history and sophistication such as the Mozart Cafe in the Hotel Astoria and the Gasthof zur Alten Post by its church.
Its pedestrian centre has a cluster of bars like Girardi piano bar and Röck bar. But apres ski doesn’t have to be about the bars! Bad Hofgastein has a number of non skiing and alternative apres ski activities such as tobogganing, ice climbing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, horse riding, ice skating, curling, paragliding, bowling as well as relaxing in one of its spa centres. The Alpen Therme in resort has 6 worlds of spa heaven with beauty treatments, indoor and outdoor thermal pools, steam rooms, saunas, relaxation rooms and a separate ‘Children’s World’ so there is something for all the family.
Visitors can also combine their ski holiday with a city break to Salzburg.
Transfer times to Bad Hofgastein
Salzburg (SZG) - 1 hr 20 mins
Innsbruck (INN) - 2 hrs 50 mins
Bad Hofgastein Reviews
We stayed at Das Alpenhaus in Bad Hofgastein for a week. Unfortunately while we were there we had two days of high winds and heavy snow during which the lifts did not operate to the main skiing areas so we lost two days of skiing - we were able to claim a refund on our lift pass for one of the two days. I don’t know how common this is in this resort. We did however have four days of good skiing and there were plenty of long red and blue runs. The long run from the top of the Schlossalm was good fun with spectacular scenery. Had we had a full week’s skiing then we might have found that the amount of slopes was more limited. The hotel was pretty good - very convenient location for the slopes so we didn’t need to use the bus. The spa facilities were excellent. The food was mostly good - excellent breakfast buffet and a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian main courses each night for evening meal - as well as soup, salad and a starter and dessert so we could have had a five course meal each night if we’d wanted to. A couple of the evening meals were not to our taste. I don’t think you go to Bad Hofgastein for great apres Ski but we found a couple of bars to have a drink or two on our way back from the slopes. It was a pleasant holiday if not exceptional and our opinion was definitely affected by not being able to ski for two days.
Apres Ski: 3/5