South of Salzburg, the Ski Gastein region consists of four loosely connected ski mountains centered around the town of Bad Gastein. The Ski Gastein region has 62 pistes totaling 200km served by 42 lifts accessing a maximum vertical descent of 1000m. The terrain in each of the four ski areas is ideal for solid intermediate riders and there are a few ski routes to keep the advanced riders interested. Each of the four ski mountain towns are interconnected by free regular ski buses.
Bad Gastein provides access to the popular Stubnerkogel (2,246m) on the west side of town and also to Graukogel (2,492m) on the southeast side of town. The pistes on Stubnerkogel usually have good powder. If you are looking for glades, check out Graukogel near the B3 and B6 pistes.
The town of Bad Hofgastein provides access to Schlossalm (2,050m), which is popular with beginners and easy intermediates. And, the pistes of Schlossalm connec through the ski centre of Angertal all the way over to the town of Bad Gastein.
The town of Dorfgastein has Skischauel Dorfgastein-Grossarital with about 12 lifts accessing 830m up to 2,022m at Kreuzkogel. It has the only terrain park in Ski Gastein with a half pipe and two quarter pipes.
At the far southern end of the valley, the Sportgastein village has limited base facilities but good powder. It has only a two-stage gondola and a drag lift. There are two off-piste ski routes, including Ski Route Nord from the Kreuzkogel summit (2,686m) that leads down to the road where you can catch a bus.
After a morning of snowboarding, try locating the Bellevue Alm hut for lunch.
At the end of the day, a good authentic local place for dinner is the Jagerhausl.
If you are looking for nightlife, try checking out the Silver Bullet Bar or Gatz Music Club at the Salzbergerhof. Also, try the Haggblom Bar, and the Piccolo Ice Bar in Bad Hofgastein.
To reach the snowboarding in Bad Gastein, the best access is by train from Salzburg into Bad Gastein. While Bad Gastein is historically the center of this old spa region, the town has a very urban feel to it and the streets have a steep tiered layout that can be challenging in boots. It may be worth considering staying in the more quaint, pedestrian-friendly Bad Hofgastein.
Overall, Bad Gastein is the 15th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 67 snowboarding resorts in Austria.
Local Contacts: Ski Gastein 0043(0)6432-3393-560; Gasteinertal Tourismus 0043643233930.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Pension Kurhaus Orania
Luxury Loding: Park Hotel, Bad Hofgastein; Salzbergerhof; Klammers Karten, Bad Hofgastein
Breakfast Restaurant: Cafe Weitmoser
Reference Source: click here http://www.skigastein.com/
GPS: 47.110407, 13.131505
Date Published: 1/4/2016
Date Updated: 1/2/2018
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