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Overview of Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein is quite a unique ski resort. Sitting at a modest 1,080 metres altitude in the Gasteiner Valley, it is surrounded by the neighbouring resorts of Dorfgastein and Bad Hofgastein. The Gasteiner Valley is a popular tourist attraction thanks in part, to its breathtaking scenic backdrop of the mountain ranges. What is even more interesting about the Gasteiner Valley is that it forms part of the relatively unknown but impressively large, Ski amadé ski area in Austria which has up 760 kilometres of slopes, stretching across 5 ski regions and 25 ski resorts. The ski area in Bad Gastein is mainly around the Stubnerkogel and Graukogel mountains respectively. The slopes here range between 859 metres and 2686 metres altitude, providing a combined 200 kilometres of pistes to cover. Although not joined together and sitting at opposite ends of each other, connections between both ski areas can only be accessed via shuttle bus.


Bad Gastein is more than just your typical ski resort. It also doubles as a world-renowned spa village that is known for its natural hot springs and therapeutic caverns which produce some sizzling temperatures. It has always been historically known for its spas and welcomed visitors who came specifically for its thermal baths way before the village was recognised as a ski destination and before the lifts were built. Bad Gastein has since developed into a classy resort that is set within very impressive surroundings. Its culturally relevant structures depict a Belle Epoque theme that it very much keeps up with currently.

The village is also an aesthetically pleasing sight for nature lovers. From its waterfalls and gorges which cut through the village to its old quarter, elegantly dotted with cafes, shops and restaurants. Although it is small and relatively calm, Bad Gastein does have a simmering atmosphere helped on by its several bars and lounges which all offer a very decent evening out on the town. It is a great resort for both young and old couples on a romantic retreat filled with pampering and self-indulgence. The accommodation in Bad Gastein is mostly made up of boutique hotels and modern chalets, a classy reminder and an elegant reflection of the general theme of the resort.

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Bad Gastein is flanked by Stubnerkogel at 2,251 metres and Graukkogel at 2,492 metres with Kreuzkogel at 2,686 sitting further north of them. There are no lift connections between Stubnerkogel and Graukkogel with both these mountains sitting opposite each other on either side of the resort, however, there are modern lift facilities connecting Stubnerkogel to the rest of the Gastein Valley including Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein and the ski areas of Schlossalm at 2,050 metres and Hohe Scharte at 2,300 metres.

Skiing in Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein has 2 local ski areas on opposite sides of the resort and are only linked via shuttle bus; the Stubnerkogel ski area and the Graukkogel ski area. The Gastein Valley however, forms part of the Ski amadé ski area which is one of the largest ski regions in Austria and a ski pass that grants access to over 700 kilometres of pistes across 25 ski resorts. If you are skiing locally, the pistes around the resort and in the aforementioned Stubnerkogel and Graukkogel are best suited to confident intermediate level skiers.

Beginners are best off heading to the nursery slopes at the bottom of the Stubnerkogel gondola lift. There is also a beginner area at Angertal close to the kids’ area. Stay on Stubnerkogel after you master your early ploughs and turns, it has the best blues for beginners with some long and gentle slopes perfect for gaining a bit of confidence.

Whilst we’re on Stubnerkogel, there are some challenging reds sure to peak a few advanced skiers' interests, however, Graukogel at 2492 metres has a few steep black and reds. They also have fantastic off-piste opportunities especially between Kreuzkogel to Heilstollen; however, as always, we will recommend hiring a local guide.

Intermediates arguably have the most fun at Bad Gastein with several long winding reds both on Stubnerkogel and Graukogel offering some exciting options from tree-lined forest cruises to challenging blacks coming down Kreuzkogel at 2,686 metres.

Snowboarding in Bad Gastein

The QParks snow park is Bad Gastein’s fantastic snowpark perfect for all ski ability level snowboarders. With the majority of the slopes and terrain not suitable to beginners in general, the QPark is a haven for beginning snowboarders visiting Bad Gastien.

Intermediate to advanced free-riders have a run of the manor and can pick and choose where to go at Bad Gastein.

Freestylers will find the best hits within the park with a good amount of rails boxes and kickers. On the slopes, however, hits are few and far between but still just enough to get the blood pumping.

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Snow Conditions in Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein has very good snow conditions with both Stubnerkogel and Graukkogel sitting at 2,251 and 2,492 metres respectively. Kreuzkogel also sees very good snow conditions at 2,686. The resort can also rely on its efficient snowmaking facilities which cover over 80% of its pistes. Over the last 10 years it has averaged 198cm each year and with its largest single snowfall averaged at 20cm.

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Apres Ski in Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein has a buzzing apres-ski scene and is arguably the nightlife capital out of the Gastein Valley and the other resorts of Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein. It has an interesting range of nightspots from fancy cocktail bars and chic lounges, to sports bars and Alpine taverns.

Silver Bullet Bar

There’s only one place to start at Bad Gastein, which is its busiest bar, the Silver Bullet. It is a large Alpine bar that stands two floors high and features a North American and Canadian theme. Popular with both locals and visiting tourists, it has a very lively atmosphere and is constantly filled with friendly and merry patrons. Throughout the winter season, it features live music and visiting bands from around the area. The Silver Bullet has once been voted amongst the top 3 apres-ski bars in Austria! It serves a wide range of drinks from beer and it also has a tasty food menu. Interestingly, its sausage bar is open until 2 am every day and is a favourite amongst merry drinkers heading off back to their accommodation. It can host up to 300 visitors and has been the venue of some of the biggest parties in the Gastein Valley with Redbull Play Street parties as well as the Snowboard World Cup parties hosted there.

Bellevue Alm Gastein

Sitting at 1,265 metres altitude, Bellevue Alm Gastein is a large umbrella bar located on the slopes. Featuring a breathtaking panoramic view of the Gastein Valley, Bellevue Alm offers both indoor and outdoor sitting with a wide range of drinks and a tasty food menu. A friendly Alpine bar with a traditional wooden interior and a cosy atmosphere, Bellevue Alm is a great place to start your apres-ski if you are coming off the slopes.

Haggblom's Bar

Haggbloom Bar is a contender for party central. Open every day until the early hours of the morning, Haggbloms offers everything from themed party nights, live DJ sets, international live music acts and so much more. It is popular with young crowds and party animals at Bad Gastein and if you are looking for tabletop dancing and loud singalongs, look no further than Haggbloom bar.


Translates as Leather Trousers but we still haven’t worked out the cultural reference! It’s Bad Gastein’s smallest bar but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in substance. Lederhosenbar is renowned for being one of Bad Gastein’s most crazy and legendary bars. It’s loud, crammed full with people due to its popularity and has an indoor mezzanine but it also features some great live music and DJ sets and offers some very memorable nights. Open till early!

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Facilities in Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein is very well equipped with more than enough facilities to ensure all visitors to the resort are catered for both on and off the slopes.

Facilities for Children in Bad Gastein

Whilst its reputation for being a world-class spa village might precede it and create an impression of being a self-indulging ski resort, Bad Gastien is also perfectly set up with great facilities for young children. There are several fun-filled engaging activities as well as child care facilities that cater to children ranging from very young ages to young teenagers.

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