The old spa town offers stunning views and challenging mountains.
For skiing fans, Ban Gastein offers extensive groomed pistes to enjoy with runs to suit all experience levels.
If you are an experienced skier looking to face challenging routes, there is plenty on offer, particularly in some of the steeper areas. There are many ski options to suit all skill levels at Bad Gastein, including freeride and off-piste options for experienced skiers looking to try something new on their next trip.
Bad Gastein Resort
Visitors looking to take a break from the snow to go on the suspension bridge, which is the highest in Europe and provides stunning views over the landscape. There is also the Glocknerblick platform and the Rock Trail walking tour.
For further entertainment there is also a snowpark which you can enjoy freestyle skiing to show off your tricks, while there is also an igloo bar and a fun centre so that you have more options away from the slopes.
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Bad Gastein Ski Areas & Slopes
Bad Gastein is known for being a ski resort that is perfectly suited for experienced skiers looking to enjoy challenges runs. However, there is also plenty on offer for people looking to make their first attempt at conquering the slopes.
There is also entertainment away from the snow, with a fun centre offering free internet and activities for children.
This is one of the most well-connected areas of the resort, with modern cable cars and lifts available along many of the slopes. The Hohe Scharte Nord is a popular part for skiers, offering the longest downhill descents in the area.
Intermediate-Advanced: The long valley runs make this a popular option for people looking to enjoy longer skiing sessions and a high-adrenaline experience. More experienced skiers should head to the Hohe Scharte Nord if they are looking for a challenge piste. The adrenaline-filled route is the longest valley run in Salzburgerland
Beginners: There are over 30km of piste for beginners to enjoy at Schlossalm, while there is also a ski centre that gives both new skiers and children the chance to practice their skills. The Gasti snow park offers a setting for beginners and young skiers to practice and prepare for the bigger slopes. There are varied runs on the slopes that many skiers should be able to use after just a short period of training.
The highest skiing area in the valley, it offers good options for freeriders and skiers looking to go off-piste.
Intermediate: Much of the focus for Sportgastein is on slopes for intermediate skiers, with a total of 13.2km of red pistes available to enjoy.
Beginners: Despite having many areas for intermediate and advanced skiers, there are also options for beginners looking to step onto the snow. There are many pistes that are suitable for all skill levels.
This ski area offers a different skiing experience compared to other parts of the resort, with a lot pine trees present on the downhill runs. There are no lift connections to other ski areas, which does limit your mobility during the day if you are looking to travel between various areas.
Advanced: There are challenging runs to suit more experienced skiers, with many of them leading you through the forestry. This means that you are sheltered from the wind and they help you with orientation when the resort has poor visibility. The long runs provide an enjoyable level of difficulty.
This family-friendly area of the resort has runs to suit all levels of skier. There are modern cable cars and lifts, while there are also stunning views of the surrounding area when you travel to the peaks of the mountain.
Intermediate-Advanced: Skiers can reach the peak of the Schiscaukel, which provides stunning views as you make your way down the slopes. If you head to the top of the gondola ride, you can enjoy a range of challenging red runs, as well as the ‘adrenaline’ run that is sure to get your blood pumping.
Beginners: The pistes are well prepared thanks to the new snow cannons that are in place, while the slopes are quite wide, giving you plenty of space to ski at your own pace. There is a beginner’s lift near the base of the ski area, which will lead you to some enjoyable slopes.
Ski Holidays in Bad Gastein
Bad Gastein Ski Passes
Ski lifts at Bad Gastein usually open at 8.30 each day and then close at 16.15. The prices for the ski lifts vary depending on how long you plan to stay.
A one-day pass for an adult is €57, while children are €28 each.
Multi-day ski passes vary from €285.50 for seven days, to €443.00 for adults, depending on which slopes at the resort you want to use.
Freeride Gastein is a school at the resort that focusses on deep snow experiences and offers a private guide that helps prepare you for your first off-piste skiing. For more experienced off-piste skeirs, the guides can still help you find runs of untouched snow in the Gastein valley.
For beginners, there are three ski school sites across Gastein for the Schneesportschule. They are located close to the hotels at the resort, and they have different courses to suit you needs, whether it is for children or adults. Private skiing lessons are also available if you want to get personal training.
You can sometimes save money by hiring equipment ahead of your holiday, so it is worth checking online to compare prices so that you can get the best deal.
Family Fun in Bad Gastein
Bad Gastein is a family friendly resort with a large practice area at the Gasti Snowpark available for less confident skiers looking to practice before stepping onto the bigger slopes. The ski centre also includes teaching aids and carousels for children.
When to Go?
The ski resort maintains good levels of snow throughout the season, making it a good destination whenever you plan to travel during the winter and Autumn months.
Most areas within the Bad Gastein resort have high amounts of snow, but the skies typically stay sunny throughout the winter months.
Bad Gastein is usually open to skiers between November and April each year, with the opening times of 8.30-16.00.