Bad Hofgastein Ski Holidays
Bad Hofgastein along with Bad Gastein and Dorfgastein form part of the serene and peaceful Gastein valley. The Gastein valley takes its pride in being a self-styled “winter sports paradise” that offers a ton of skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing possibilities. The Gastein Valley and all the ski areas within it are part of the massive Ski amadé region in Austria which has up to 760 kilometres of slopes across 356 pistes which are all interconnected via a 270 lift network. The local Gastien ski area has an impressive 198 kilometres of pistes; most of which are wide open long runs. Beginners and intermediate skiers get a large share of the slopes but advanced people need not worry as there are a number of challenging blacks and several off-piste opportunities. The connection to the Ski amadé ski area also opens up an insurmountable number of possibilities for more advanced pistes across the ski area.
Bad Hofgastein was the first settlement in the area and is where the ski areas in the valley originally spread out from. It is now a lovely charming community with snowsports valued at its core. Perfect for a family holiday, it has a wealth of activities both on and off the slopes and is also reputed for its numerous spas and wellness centres. Its reputation as a spa resort is well-deserved thanks to the Alpentherme wellness centre as well as the Thermal Hotels located in Bad Hofgastein.
It is also surrounded by stunning mountain views and is very popular for the hiking trails that lead all through the region. With most of the hiking taking place in the warmer months, the area still boasts an exciting selection of winter trails through the winter wonderland of the Gasteinertal, some of which are great for families as well.
The resort has a calm and relaxed feel to it. It is filled with an authentic Austrian charm which is accentuated by its old traditional buildings and cobbled streets within the resort centre. In comparison to other resorts in Austria, the Apres ski is a lowkey affair made up of bars, restaurants and cafes but there is still a lot of merrymaking in the village.
The ski area in the Bad Hofgastein area is on the Schlossalm which also has lift connections with Bad Gastein. The ski area within the Gastein area is also linked by an efficient bus service that can transport skiers to Bad Gastein, Dorfgastein and the Grosarl ski area. The Sport Gastein is an additional ski area within the Gasteinertal ski area, and it has the highest slopes in the area peaking at 2,686 metres altitude.
Beginners are best off starting on the gentle nursery slopes at Angertal ( They can access the Angertal via shuttle bus) which is designated for new learners and skiers still trying to improve and gain confidence. If they are feeling up for the test, they can head over to the Schlossalm or Stubnerkogel and try out the easy long blues.
Intermediate skiers have a ton of fun at Bad Hofgastein and the Gastein Valley in general. Home to the longest ski run in the Central Eastern Alps, the Hohe Scharte North is a long red that stretches 10.5 kilometres with a starting point at 2,300 metres. It’s a sharp descent and curve just below Sclossalm’s Kleine Scharte before leading all the way back to the resort; an inviting challenge to any intermediate skiers visiting the region. Try the long reds on the Stubnerkogel or even head over to Kreuzkogel on your Ski amade ski pass for high altitude fun at 2,686 metres.
Advanced skiers will naturally gravitate towards the Graukogel for its challenging black runs. There are also a number of challenging steep reds on Kreuzkogel as well as fantastic off-piste opportunities; but please remember to take a guide on off-piste routes.
The Gastein Valley is a haven for snowboarding with the FIS Snowboard World Cup Race taking place annually in Bad Gastein with up 100 pro snowboarders taking part. Terrain speaking, it's great! Freestylers should take the mountain lifts to the Funpark ``Boarder's Paradise" on the Dorfgastein - Grossarl link, you will find it on the Grossarl-side, near to piste number 9. The terrain here is also perfect with wide blues and reds some of which cut through forests or other on open slopes. Conditions are usually stellar with fantastic powder. It's perfect for beginners and intermediates with long runs to practise some wide carves.
The area has so much to offer as there is a good amount of variety for snowboarders from Sportgasteins high altitude Schareck run from the Molltal glacier, open pistes on the Stubnerkogel.
Snow Conditions in Bad Hofgastein
With a modest resort height of 857 metres altitude, Bad Hofgastein and the Gasteinertal ski area have a fantastic snow record thanks to their high altitude slopes and excellent snow making capabilities which can cover up to 85% of the slopes; although rarely called upon. The slopes at the Sportgastein in particular are well known for their snow reliability.
Bad Hofgastein is generally laid back and its apres-ski is rather relaxed; however, there are still a number of bars and restaurants that offer a great evening of fun and excitement. With a pedestrianised resort centre, Bad Hofgastiens bars, restaurants and cafe’s lay within proximity of each other, which makes it an easy and fun evening of visiting a number of bars and restaurants close to each other. We have selected a few places in Bad Hofgastein where you can enjoy a lively and vibrant apres-ski evening.
Girardi Piano Bar
Located in the Grand Park Hotel in Bad Hofgastein, the Girardi Piano bar has a lovely, calm atmosphere. Its wood themed interior and leather bar and sofas give it an up-market, high-brow ambience of a plush whisky oak room. It may not particularly be the place for a loud, party-fuelled apres ski evening, however, it's perfect for a mellow, cosy evening drink.
Ice Cube Cocktail Bar
The lounge is located on the roof of The Alpentherme Gastein hotel and is an ideal place for an evening apres-ski with music, exotic cocktails and a fantastic view. Surrounded by large floor to ceiling glass panels that allow panoramic 360-degree views of the village, you can watch the sun go down as the lights in the resort illuminate below. The music here is chilled out lounge music giving the Ice Cube Cocktail Bar a rather chic, cosmopolitan feel. Certainly the ideal place for an evening cocktail and conversation.
Open every day from 9 am, Piccolo is your traditional Alpine bar and lounge located in the heart of the resort and sits over 2 floors high. It's a great spot to meet for a mid-day coffee and some snacks but an even better meeting spot after a long day on the slopes with a few beers and some nibbles. It has traditional pub games such as billiards and darts and the drinks menu features an impressive selection of beers, wine and spirits. The overall atmosphere here is friendly, Alpine ski pub, helped on by great music and loud chatter.
Gastein Alm Bar
A very traditional Austrian pub and restaurant located in the heart of the resort. It is favoured by both locals and holidaymakers at Bad Hofgastein. It has a very authentic Alpine interior made up of wood and stone and very well blended with modern designs of high ceilings and large glass window panels and a very stylish looking bar. The stones and wood beams are very impressive and the stone is very impressive giving the bar a cosy yet elegant ambience. It seats 100 people and also has a separate event venue in the Alm im Tal which is reserved for private parties and celebrations.
Bad Hofgastein has an adequate selection of facilities across the resort to ensure that all needs are catered to both on and off the pistes. From modern and upgraded lifts to quality shops, cafes, wellness centres and more, there are more than enough facilities to ensure that holidaymakers in the ski season are very well taken care of.
You will find a number of ski equipment hire and rental shops across the resort from where you can walk in and rent ski equipment. However, you can save yourself a great deal of hassle if you are visiting Bad Hofgastein and hire your ski equipment through us directly to form part of your customised ski holiday package. We have established trusted and long-standing relationships with top ski rental companies across the Alps, including Bad Hofgastein. Hiring from us is very simple and can be completed within seconds with your equipment ready to pick up on arrival at Bad Hofgastein. See our ski hire page for more information.
Your ski pass for Gastein Valley and the Schladming Dachstein ski area can be purchased at any of the lift machines or ticket offices at the resort. If you are making your ski holiday booking with us directly, you can also pre-book your ski pass for any of the areas directly with us; the price will be added to your overall booking. It is by far the easiest and most convenient way to secure your ski pass at Bad Hofgastein. Leave the hassle to us and travel in peace of mind knowing that you and your family’s ski passes have already been secured. For more information on how to secure and pre-book your ski pass with us, check out our ski pass page.
A relaxing spa session is only one of the best ways to unwind after a long day, hurtling down the mountainside. Wellness centres and swimming pools are a very common and popular method of relaxing across the European Alps with an emphasis on spas and saunas, especially in the winter months. Most wellness centres can be found in hotels in the majority of the resorts across the Alps, however, in Bad Hofgastein, the Alpentherme Gastein is a class on its own. The self-styled “wellness paradise” is spread over 36,000 square metres and is well equipped with state of the art spa, sauna and swimming pool facilities to cater to all groups of people from young and old, families, couples or singles visitors. Amongst its numerous attractions, are eight different saunas and steam baths which each offer a variety of temperatures and settings to suit the various needs of spa visitors. There is also a large, 600-metre wellness room with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and resorts. Visitors to the Alpentherme can also look forward to the saltwater grotto and its 40°C temperature and high humidity. The Alpentherme also has 4 different “worlds” which offer a customised approach to the highlighted theme. The Sauna World, Family world, Relax world and the Ladies, Ladies world. The possibilities are endless. Another additional option for swimming pools and spas in Bad Hofgastein would be the very highly rated Thermenhotels Gastein; Hotel Norica and Hotel Alpina, both 4 star rated hotels with incredible spa facilities that rival any other hotels with the Gastein Valley.
For its relatively small and modest size, Bad Hofgastein has a sufficient number of shops to adequately accommodate visitors and the locals throughout the ski season. As is quite common in the majority of ski resorts, Bad Hofgastein has a selection of ski and snowsports shops, cafes and bakeries, a small grocery shop and restaurants.
Bad Hofgastein is a family-friendly resort with plenty of activities for kids of all ages – see details below
There is a good selection of ski schools in the beginner area in Bad Hofgastein and indeed across the Gastein Valley. If you plan on visiting the resort and indeed the Gastein valley this season, book your ski lessons with us directly as part of your overall holiday booking. We partner with some of the best and most highly rated ski schools in the Alps which mean securing your ski lessons with us guarantees that you will get some of the very best lessons available anywhere. Booking your children's ski lessons with us is super easy and can be completed by simply adding lessons to your overall shop cart.
Bad Hofgastein and indeed the Gastein Valley is great for the entire family. It has a great selection of entertainment for children both on and off the slopes. Most of the ski schools also have ski clubs for children which aim to keep them entertained and engaged. There are a lot of fun activities for children and the family to enjoy here. Ice skating is a favourite among families and is sometimes a welcome change for children who often appreciate the change of pace and intensity of skiing. The rink is surrounded by the stunning views of the Hohe Tauern peaks adding a magical touch to the event. There are also husky sled adventures and horse-drawn sleighs through snowy trails which are sure to form lasting memories. Away from the snow and cold winds outdoors, take the children for a warm splash at the Alpentherme in the resort. There Family World offers more than just a swimming area for children but also has an amazing “speed slide” water slide, where you slither down the slide at exciting speeds. The Family World also has the multimedia dome which has large projection screens which show childrens and family rated films and some nature documentaries that you can enjoy while lying in the thermal pools. In addition, there is also a separate pool area for toddlers.
Bad Hofgastein has a good selection of childminders and child care. A lot of which is offered by some of the ski schools. There are also a few independent creches at the resort. Contact the tourist offices for additional information.
The main ski mountain at Bad Hofgastein is the Schlossalm which peaks at just over 2,000 metres. The Ski Centre Angerta sits lower at 1,175 metres. A significant amount of the slopes are north west facing allowing for great conditions on the pistes. The terrain on the Schlossalm is a mix of wide open slopes and forest runs.