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Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein Ski Resort Guide

Bad Gastein, Austria

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall 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

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.

Summary

The Austrian ski resort of Bad Gastein is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 1,050m3,445ft, with 250km155 miles of marked runs.

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.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Bad Gastein?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm1in, expected on 1 December.

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Ski Area Stats

Bad Gastein Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
12
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
4276km47 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1837km23 miles
Downhill
Total Length
250km155 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
90km56 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
16

Gastein Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
28
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
107
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
43
Downhill
Total Length
205km127 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
50

Altitudes

Bad Gastein Ski Area Heights

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

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Bad Gastein
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

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.

 Notable Ski Runs

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

Skiing

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

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.

Location and Map

Where is Bad Gastein?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Gastein, Salzburg.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Bad Gastein is Klagenfurt, 90 minutes drive away.

Salzburg, Ljubljana, Linz, Munich and Innsbruck Airport airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 45km28 miles of ski runs, with 590 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Bad Gastein open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Bad Gastein Piste Map
Bad Gastein

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Bad Gastein, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Bad Gastein Tourist Office for the latest.

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Bad Gastein Webcams

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Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in 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.

Bad Gastein