The Gastein Valley is in Salzburgerland, in Austria’s South Jap Alps. The highest altitude is 2685 metres at Kreuzkogel. Comprising 4 ski zones – Dangerous Gastein, Dangerous Hofgastein, Sportgastein and Dorfgastein – with entry to Grossarl, it falls underneath the Ski Amadé area.
The Gastein Valley is steeped in Austria’s imperial previous with the therapeutic spas a lot liked by Mozart’s mom, Romans, Paracelsus and even Kaiser Wilhelm. Within the final 70 years a contemporary ski resort has grafted itself onto the spa remodeling Gastein into must-go ski space. In live performance with Grossarl, there are 208km of pistes together with exceptionally lengthy top-to-bottom runs the place you get 10km of uninterrupted snowboarding.
The resort is as well-known for its Radon Caves (Heilstollern) and Spa services (therefore the Dangerous in Badgastein) as it’s for its snowboarding with the 2 going hand-in-glove as the perfect vacation spot for a ski-spa break. Skiers adore it as a result of it may be relied on to ship fabulous snow circumstances at Sportgastein.
Extra ski guides in Austria:
- Ischgl, Tyrol
- St Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol
A sensible choice for households and skiers travelling with non-skiing companions because it gives 100km of winter strolling trails, curling and ice-skating.
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Snowboarding is in 4 essential areas over 218 km of pistes for all requirements of skiers and boarders: 50 ski lifts present easy accessibility to 64km blue (newbie), 118km purple (intermediate) and 24 black/itinerary (knowledgeable) runs, snow parks and powder enjoyable on the unmarked itineraries. 66% of slopes are coated by snow-making services and lifts open from the top of November to April. The tranquil Kotschach Valley is a paradise for cross-country skiers and winter walkers.
The M-shaped space between Badgastein and Badhofgastein gives good nursery slopes within the centre, lengthy pistes on the perimeters (together with the Hohe Scharte Nord) and the most recent gizmos together with a snowpark with jumps, rails and a half-pipe, a self-timed slalom observe and a knee-trembling suspension bridge throughout the void from the highest carry station – not for the faint-hearted.
Sportgastein is on the head of the valley providing excessive altitude slopes for dependable circumstances and thrilling off-piste.
Graukogel, the unique ski space in Badgastein, performed host to the 1958 World Championships since when the downhill racing pistes have misplaced none of their chunk.
Why go there?
The problem: The Hohe Scharte Nord (10.four km and 1440 m top-to-bottom drop) is likely one of the longest – and most lovely – downhill runs of Europe’s Jap Alps: ski continuous on the finish of the day for a well-earned soak in one of many two public pure spas, Alpentherme in Dangerous Hofgastein or Felsentherme in Dangerous Gastein. Badgastein’s Heilstollen Caves are one for the bucket-list: a 2 km journey into the guts of the mountain stopping at ever more and more scorching caves (37° to 41°) and 100% humidity is surprisingly enjoyable (not for victims of claustrophobia, nonetheless).
Proximity: All 4 ski areas are well-linked and most lodging gives easy accessibility to lifts: the biggest ski zone is concentrated between Badgastein and Badhofgastein for distinctive piste snowboarding and powder between 860 and 2300m.
To flee from the throng: Graukogel, Badgastein’s authentic ski space is value a visit on a busy morning for its sweeping forest pistes. Alternatively head additional afield for the picture-pretty neighbouring Grossarl Valley through the skischaukel – an over-the-mountain hyperlink from Dorfgastein. Mountain huts are plentiful and well-groomed intermediate pistes provide skiers a leisurely cruise by pleasant Alpine surroundings.
The X Issue: The Grillparzerstrasse (silver bullet) is one in every of Dangerous Gastein’s hottest Apres Ski Bars for stay music into the small hours and boys toys (flying fox, slack line, climbing wall and extra). For evening life Eden is numero uno and Ginger n’ Gin at Resort L’Europe is occasion, occasion, occasion providing a choice of greater than 130 completely different gins to pep up your tonic. For a wonderfully ready conventional meal in a comfortable ambiance, Bertahof Restaurant in Dangerous Hofgastein matches the invoice and undoubtedly find time for the Feng Shui pilgrimage to Restaurant Unterbergerwirt in Dorfgastein – the feng shui will need to have introduced fortune to the kitchen as a result of the meals is outstanding. Lastly, don’t depart the Gastein valley with out tasting the native specialities: Apfelstrudel, Kaiserschmarrn and Sachertorte. Each tea room has its personal recipe for these Austrian masterpieces, and each one is sweet.
A variety of lodging to go well with all budgets and tastes is obtainable, costs from €35 per particular person per evening b&b and from €48 per couple per evening in a self-catering studio/condo. For luxurious and magnificence, Grand Park Resort in Badhofgastein takes some beating; near the ski lifts, ½-board charges in January are from €171 per particular person per evening or search under for weekly packages.
Tips on how to get there
Fly to Salzburg, transfers are 1½ hours by bus or by rail. Alternatively rent a automobile and drive, there's loads of parking with most accommodations/lodging.