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 connect through the ski centre of Angertal all the way over to the town of Bad Gastein. Bad Hofgastein is smaller and more quaint than Bad Gastein.
The town of Dorfgastein (linked by 8km ski bus) 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 (liked by 10km ski bus) 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 (1400m) to the road where you can catch a bus, or south into Weisssenbachtal that winds back to the lift base.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Ski Gastein has a couple terrain parks to session. The QParks is located on Stubnerkogel just above the Stubneralm restaurant. It is served by the Burgstall drag lift. There are three lines to explore for beginners, intermediates and experts, respectively, and has 30 terrain features overall. The other terrain park is located on Schlossalm near the Senderleiten lift. This park is more family friendly with easy features and banked curves. There are rolling waves and some tunnels.
After a morning of snowboarding, try locating the Bellevue Alm hut for lunch. When it comes to apres ski, you'll definitely want to head over to the Aeroplanstadl, which is about 400m vertical above Bad Hofgastein. At the end of the day, a good authentic local place for dinner is the Jagerhausl in Bad Gastein. 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 and picking a place that's as close as possible to the Schlossalm funicular.
PRO TIP: if you are staying for a week, make sure to get the Ski Amade Pass which includes access to SportWelt, Schladming, and Hoch Koenig.
Overall, Bad Gastein is the 13th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 79 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 https://www.skigastein.com/
GPS: 47.110407, 13.131505
Date Published: 1/4/2016
Date Updated: 11/3/2021
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