Bad Hofgastein in Austria Resort Guide
The Gastein ski area, one of Austria's largest, is separated in to four areas, served by four 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 small 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 Kamikaze descent is a popular run for good local skiers. The Gastein Super Skischein (Super Ski Pass) covers all of the resorts in the Gastein Valley and the trains and bus services linking the various ski areas between 8am and 6pm so long as you use these when skiing or snowboarding. Bad Gastein is one of the first resorts to offer the Power Pass, an electronic ski credit, which is charged with a certain value, which is debited automatically each time a lift is used. The Power Pass can be used in different ski areas including all of the Gastein Valley and on far flung attractions such as the famous big wheel in Vienna.
Salzburg (SZG) - 1 hr 20 mins
Innsbruck (INN) - 2 hrs 50 mins
Accomodation & Après Ski
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.
|RESORT HEIGHT||870||VERTICAL DESCENT||1435||OPENS||Dec - April|
|TOP STATION||2295||DRAG LIFTS||6||EXPERT RATING||6|
|BOTTOM STATION||860||CHAIR LIFTS||5||INTERMEDIATE RATING||7|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : €53.5
- Adult Six Day Pass : €286
- Child One Day Pass : €27
- Child Six Day Pass : €143