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Bad Gastein Ski Resort

Bad Gastein Resort Guide

Bad Gastein, Austria

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Bad Gastein Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length250km155 miles
Highest Lift2,700m8,858ft
Resort Height1,050m3,445ft
 Nearest AirportsKlagenfurt and Salzburg
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Bad Gastein at a glance

A historic and rather grand spa resort located in one of Austria's largest ski areas. It has more sophisticated après ski than many resorts and the world renowned skiing includes many delightful wooded trails.

 When will it snow in Bad Gastein?

The next notable snow forecast for Bad Gastein is 3cm1in, expected on 16 July.

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Bad Gastein Facts, Stats and Ratings

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Ratings for Bad Gastein
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Bad Gastein?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Bad Gastein
Highest Lift2,700m8,858ft
Lowest Piste1,100m3,609ft
Resort Altitude (Bad Gastein)1,050m3,445ft
Max Vertical1,650m5,413ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Bad Gastein Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Bad Gastein
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
4276km47 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1837km23 miles
Total Length
250km155 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
90km56 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Gastein Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Gastein
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
205km127 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Bad Gastein Summary

The Austrian Ski Resort of Bad Gastein is part of the Gastein ski area with access to 205km127 miles of downhill skiing, with 178 marked pistes, served by a total of 50 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Bad Gastein itself (250km155 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Gastein ski resorts of Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein, Graukogel and Sportgastein.

With ski lifts as high as 2,700m8,858ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Bad Gastein Piste Map

Bad Gastein Piste Map
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Bad Gastein Overview

An international resort of town-sized dimensions, Bad Gastein in the Hohe Tauern mountains has a long history of tourism pre-dating winter sports by many centuries. Today it is a town of grand appearance with classically designed hotels with shades of white and pale yellow cutting up in to the skyline. The town grew up, as its name might suggest, on 17 natural healing thermal springs which still rise directly beneath it as they have for the past 3000 years. After a hard day skiing the 250km (170 miles) of trails on the Gastein Valley Pass it's possible to bathe in the open air in the rock swimming pool complex filled by the hot natural springs.

Bad Gastein's spa treatments were recognised as far back as the 13th century, but its skiing potential only came to light in the 1950s after the first cable car in Austria was opened here in 1950 and the Ski World Cup of 1958 subsequently drew further attention. However the resort remains as famous for its curative abilities as it does for its winter sports facilities, with the healing powers of the Gastein Thermal Gallery particularly highly praised. This was created by miners digging for gold who discovered that, despite the hard work, their rheumatic pains were getting less, not greater.

The sense of the importance of water to Bad Gastein - be it bubbling up through the rocks below or turned to snow on the mountains above, is everywhere, and emphasised most visibly perhaps by the spectacular waterfall that cascades down by the town.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'B3 - Toni Sailer Strecke', which is 2km1 miles in length.

Skiing in Bad Gastein

The Gastein ski area, one of Austria's largest, is separated in to four areas, served by three resorts and several small additional lift base areas. The ski area is centred on Bad Gastein, the biggest settlement in the valley. The largest of the ski areas begins on the Stubnerkogel mountain above Bad Gastein and is more-or-less lift-linked, via the Angertal Ski centre, to the skiing on the Schlossalm above Bad Hofgastein. A second lower area, reached by train or bus down the valley, links Grossarl (in the next valley) to Dorfgastein at the bottom of the Gastein Valley, over the Kreuzkogel Mountain (2027m). The third and highest ski area is the small sector above Sport Gastein which has a base at 1600 metres and a snow-sure top lift at 2685m on the Kreuzkogel mountain. The off-piste powder trails down from here are particularly highly regarded.

Bad Gastein has a second ski area of its own, on the Graukogel from which the Toni Sailer descent is a popular run for good local skiers. The Ski amadé ski pass covers all of the resorts in the Gastein Valley and most of the surrounding areas too, with trains and bus services linking the various ski areas between 8am and 6pm so long as you use these when skiing or snowboarding.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Bad Gastein

Not your typical 'boarder's resort off-the-slopes, Bad Gastein does, however, have plenty of terrain to attract 'boarders, particularly those from intermediate level up, with good natural terrain features. It is also a host venue of the Snowboard World Cup.

When is Bad Gastein open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Bad Gastein.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Bad Gastein.

Snow Making

Bad Gastein is able to make snow, on 45km28 miles of ski runs, with 590 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 16 ski lifts of Bad Gastein are able to uplift 70,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Bad Gastein?

Bad Gastein is in the Austrian Alps in Gastein, Salzburg, Austria.

How can I get to Bad Gastein?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Bad Gastein are Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Ljubljana. There are six airports within three hours drive.

Bad Gastein Webcams

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Off the Mountain

Bad Gastein Aprés Ski

The night life of Bad Gastein is more sophisticated than at most ski centres with theatre, concerts in the Kongresshaus, public reading room and ballroom dancing on offer as well as a wide range of bars, restaurants and night-spots. The Casino Bad Gastein also offers a wide range of gambling opportunities.

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