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 bby 42 lifts ranging from 1,080m up to 2,230m. Each of the four ski mountain towns are interconnected by 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, which is popular for it's glades and challenging B6 run.
The town of Bad Hofgastein provides access to Schlossalm (2,050m) which is popular with beginners and easy intermediates. It does connect with 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, especially Ski Route Nord from the Kreuzkogel summit (2,686m) that leads down to the road where you can catch a bus. The pistes on Stubnerkogel usually have good powder. If you are looking for glades, check out Graukogel near the B3 and B6 pistes.
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 Jagerhaus.
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 Worgl into Bad Gastein.
Overall, Bad Gastein is the 17th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 52 snowboarding resorts in Austria.