Skiing in Bad Gastein

Skiing in Bad Gastein

While there are slopes for every level, Bad Gastein caters best for the confident beginner and less experienced intermediate skier, with 63 per cent of its soft, smooth slopes marked as red and blue. The best runs for these levels are within the Schlossalm area where there are some descents of up to 8kms.

While there are a plethora of intermediate trails to choose from, there is often little to set apart the red and blue runs in Bad Gastein, though none of the runs are particularly difficult. However, nervy skiers should note that below the tree line the snow can get a little thin by the end of the day, so it’s best to start the day on the lower runs and progress to the higher ones as the day wears on.

Bad Gastein is very snowboarder friendly, with every slope open to riders. Again, the area is best-suited to intermediates as it lacks diamond runs, terrain parks and any natural snowboarding challenges.

There are five mountains with four separate areas to choose from. Each includes slopes running above and below the tree line. Dorf Gastein is one of the best areas for a wide selection of runs, including steep descents and exciting carving.

If runs don’t appeal, Bad Gastein has 70kms of marked cross-country networks in the area, which should be enough to keep even the most avid skier happy. Due to the size of the town, the queues for the funicular out of Bad Gastein can be lengthy. Hopping on a bus to Angertal and heading into the mountains from there can be a handy way to make the most of valuable ski time.

Sport Gastein, at 2600m, is often regarded as having the best snow in the area. Though it’s a small area, the runs are well-connected allowing visitors to ski them all a couple of times throughout the day.