Bad Gastein

Ski resorts in Austria
Bad Gastein includes Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein/Grossarl, Graukogel, Schlossalm-Angertal-Stubnerkogel, Sportgastein

Once upon a time, Bad Gastein was a spa town whose casinos attracted both royalty and European jet setters. The valley has been known for hot springs and beautiful hiking trails for several hundred years. Since the middle of the last century the main focus in the winter has been skiing, and hiking is the most common activity in the summer.

The valley has four different ski resorts and each one has its own special characteristics - everything from the wonderful spruce forest in Dorfgastein and Grossarl which you can get to through old racing hills on Graukogel to high alpine Sportgastein in the south. Stubnerkogel is the name of the mountain located closest to Bad Gastein itself and there are lifts connecting it to Schlossalm, which is above Bad Hofgastein. These two mountains represent the largest and most versatile ski region in the valley. There are ski buses going between all the systems throughout the entire day.

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james
james (Guest)
27/03/2009
Just Got back from this sleepy little austrian resort, well , if you want great snow and untracked powder head here, i went beg of march 09 and the snow was great, no lift qs, and untracked powder to be had all over, not much night life , best bar here is silver bullet, mostly nice big hotels so i pressume people stay in and enjoy there big bling hotels at night and chil out, best runs are head over to angertal then as high as you can go , then take the red off the back of the mountain, its like a 15k run, super fast and tree lined but best bit is theres loads off piste at side to dive into, only go to sportgastein on a bluebird day as its higher and open to the wind, but good motorway pistes here, big wide open ones, bad hofgastein also got some sic terrain for jibbing , loads trees here all over for playing in, dont go to bad gastein to party, but if you want a chill out and good ski in the day then its lovely place indeed, with a big waterfall the centre of attraction in the town, check out the red bull playstreets course whilst ya there its sic, the rail over the roof of restaurant is super sic.

kaido
kaido (Guest)
05/01/2009
I have had great piste and off-piste at Sportgasain: wide, fast and well-kept pistes and at least one very good (mindblowing for me) off-piste left from the Kreuzgogel.

Per
Per (Guest)
01/06/2018
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Like Gasteinertal and the variation available. Valid in both winter and summer. December and April my favorite months for skiing if the weather and snowfall are correct. As the season 2017-2018.


Korv
Korv (Guest)
09/03/2018
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Bad Gastein is a nice ski resort that is easily accessible and attracts many tourists.
Positively:
Very large area if you count together the gastein with Dorfgastein-Grossarl, Kreuzkogel and Sportgastein. But each area has its own style and is not too big so it's easy to find.
- Good signage which makes it easy to find.
- Weather and snow proof, when I visited, there were several meters of snow on top.
"Despite 201 km of piste, everything is very good pistachio, better than the Swedish and Norwegian mountains at this point.
- The spikes are long and suck the mustard out of the legs. Most importantly, H1, H2 and H2a, which yields more than 10.4 km of piste.
- Extremely good lift system absolutely world class, no lift queues despite many people.
- Better food than Swedish mountains and much more affordable.
- Easily accessible 1h to Salzburg.
- The areas are not assembled, but ski buses run continuously and it does not take very long to transport between the areas.
- Nice staff and well structured.
- Nice mountain village
Sportgastein is a real gem with amazing nice views and alp feeling, a few backs.
- Nice and easily accessible offpiste in all areas, especially sportgastein.
- Dorfgastein is an underestimated area that is at least as good as the bath gastein. However, a little nicer backing with better carving possibilities.
"Bad Gastein is the core and has very long and demanding slopes, perfect if you are driving a height meter, but there are also fun ski crosses and slalom bombs like in Dorfgastein-Grossarl.
- Very varied skiing in several winds and the lift system is incredibly well thought-out. Dorfgastein-Grossarl is the best area.
- Many restaurants and housing opportunities.

negative:
- SO MUCH SWINDS AND DANISH USCH. DO NOT BE KNOWN AS YOURSELF. IT'S SO MISSING AS YOU SELL.
- Hotel Crown offered discreet food.
- There is only one way home from angertal to bad gastein. The slope is narrow and always crowded with humps and people. Had been good with more options.
Many people in the bath gastein the other areas are absolutely perfect with some people.

Total: a strong four.

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A (Guest)
31/01/2018
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OK backing. A lot of fun for the kids (not my thing). Sportgastein and the old Grand Slamack are the best. Very, very Swedes. Like Åre in the Alps.

Daniel Haraldsson
Daniel Haraldsson (Guest)
20/12/2017
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A wonderful cozy village, located only 1 h by bus from Salzburg. The village has something for the whole family, skiing in wide, gentle slopes to steep slopes for those who like to stand on the whole days. Then do not forget the H1 / H2 in Band Hofgastein, one of the longest slopes of the Alps (14,4km). The Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein lifts are so easy to get there. If you are more interested in offpiste, there is an extremely good off-piste ride, with an easy bus ride to Sportgastein, you have a high-heeled mountain with very easy-access offpiste. Those famous rivers: the North and the South that attract people from all over the Salzburger Land.


klassy
04/07/2016
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I spent a total of 1 month in the Gastein Valley (Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein and Sportgastein) the season 15/16 and it was absolutely magical.

I was really lucky with the weather, either it was snowing or it was sunny. The bluebird days were unreal.

If you want to have a forest, there is a nice ride in both Dorfgastein and the back of Stubnerkogel. There were some nice hidden trails that were nice all day after snowfall, but hard to find untouched several days after snowfall.

If you want high-alpine skiing there is enough in Sportgastein. If you drive without avalanche equipment and want to be close to the lifts, you can ride on the right, left and between all the slopes to find untouched all day after snowfall.

Do you know what you're doing, run the back of Sportgastein, more about what you can read in other reviews and scratches.

The worst of all the mountains is the Schlossalm above Bad Hofgastein, where it was crowded with bad tourists and kids, but for your families, it's okay, but you would still recommend the other mountains to escape all the people and yet there are child-friendly backs.

There are really many, very many huts to have a cozy lunch or drink some cold.

The disadvantage of Gasteindalen compared with other resorts is that you need to go bus between all the ski areas. If you have chosen an area, it will be difficult to change to another during the day, except between Schlossalm and Stubnerkogel.

Are you a family of children looking for good slopes and ski instructors, it's a good place, you're a party walk who likes to soak up and go skiing, so it's a good place. Are you a prosecutor and want to go for a leisurely slope and dense forest and Gastein nothing for you.

Many Swedes, residents are good in English. Very tourist friendly.

Torfy
12/02/2016
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We were a bunch that was down in BG v 4 2016. Unfortunately, we had a bad snow (and a lot of sunshine) but I got a pretty good impression of BG anyway. We went through all the systems in the area and I was quite impressed by what nice lifts it was and what good bus communications were there. However, the slopes were not as good as it was snowy. In principle, we had spring skiing in the afternoons at Sport Gastein. But what I could see was that there were very big areas to go on the piste offpiste at ease.

Furthermore, I would like to emphasize that afterskin was a little pale if compared to Mayrhofen. We tested both Silver Bullet and Haegblomms. Silver Bullet looked like some kind of dance band. Say DJ and there was no pressure.

As for food and drink, I want to beat Rossalm. Food in star class at great prices. Very nice atmosphere. In BG, they do not seem to know how to do Jägerte. In most places, it tastes chemically in addition to Hartlgut or the Farmer as it should be hot according to seasoned ones.

Likes that it's so easy to go straight to BG. Took 4 h (and 8 beers) from Munich Airport.

Kristofer
Kristofer (Guest)
19/11/2015
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I seasoned in Bad Gastein (or as we seasoners say "BG ") the winter 13/14 and it was amazingly good!

It's a rather big system, I think with a lot of varied driving from steep slopes to a bit more ice-skating and slippery slopes! Many of the slopes are hilly - which I personally thought was fun! A little less fun the days you were completely dead in the legs though!

The slopes in Bad Gastein on Stubnerkogel itself are not much to cheer for if you are a beginner or have your children - quite steep and partly narrow. But in Angertal and Schlossalm there are many really lovely and long runs !!

Sport Gastein is a gem you must visit in fine weather! Taking 15-20 minutes by ski bus oh is definitely worth it!
You can also go to Dorf Gastein, which is also a very nice ski area with many slopes and great restaurants!

The park in BG was not much to cheer for - so you who want a grim park should think twice!

Nightlife I did not think so much about writing - BG is the most famous for its party life, but it's crazy to go to BG - but who goes to the Alps with the biggest focus on party? ;-)

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Very good ride for most!
Sport gastein sunny days!
Nice mountain area with lovely views!
Ski passes are available in a UNITED KINGDOM area in Austria (tips for those who will be there for a long time - type seasonal tours to different piste areas on day trips and exploring !! This card does not cost extra if yes is correct.

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Many people go here sports week weeks = long queues!
Had a bad snow when I was there - but you're not sure!
A bit well very Scandinavian and in their places a little well "touristy "!

Pelle Andersson
Pelle Andersson (Guest)
16/07/2015
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We were in Bad Gastein v9 and had half weather and snow conditions / temperatures most reminiscent of v13-14
Have visited about 15 resorts in the Alps and Bad Gastein is one of the worst ski-in. Small variety and difficult bus transport system. However, it is much better, for example, Åre or Trysil if you want to compare with the Swedish / Norwegian mountains.

Have also been to Bad Gastein during the summer and walked and it was absolutely amazing. There we also stayed at the Saltzburger Hof with fantastic food which of course contributed to the overall experience.

/ Pelle

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