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View of the Gastein valley

Bad Gastein Austria

Superb skiing in the beautiful Gastein Valley

Resort features

  • 5 different and diverse ski areas
  • 43 lifts
  • Historic spa town
  • Short transfer time (1.5 hours)
  • Classic Austrian skiing
  • Recent major lift upgrades
  • Longest run in the Eastern Alps!
  • Thermal spa baths
  • Lively après-ski

Connections

Airport
Salzburg (96km)
Train station
Bad Gastein (0km)

Altitude

Minimum altitude
1000m
Maximum altitude
2686m

Ski slopes

All ski slopes
200km
Blue slopes
66km
Red slopes
105km
Black slopes
8km
Itinerary runs
21km
The new lift at Bad Hofgastein

Sections

Why Bad Gastein?

An excellent snow record, great mountain restaurants and superb off-piste skiing

Skiing in Bad Gastein

Variety of skiing 5 ski areas on 1 lift pass

Five different ski areas - Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein, Sportgastein and Graukogel - all on one lift pass. Each area offers something different, so you can get great skiing whatever the weather!

Alpine Huts Great food & super value

With excellent and well-priced restaurants wherever you go in Bad Gastein, you'll be spoilt for choice. There are even gourmet ski huts on the mountain! Our ski hosts will reserve you the best tables for lunch.

Snowfall in Bad Gastein

Lots of snow! Renowned for heavy snowfall

Bad Gastein often receives the biggest dumps of snow out of all our resorts. This combined with the high altitude and the high-tech snow-making facilities means there is excellent snow well into April.

View from the Tannenburg

Resort Overview

Ski Miquel has been coming to Bad Gastein for 25 years and this attractive spa resort has always been a firm favourite with many of our guests. Only 1.5 hours from Salzburg, it has a larger ski area and higher mountains than most other Austrian resorts.

Varied ski area

The Gastein valley offers diverse skiing and snowboarding across five scenic ski areas with wide, well-groomed pistes, super-quick modern lifts and rarely a queue in sight.

Steady skiers and snowboarders can cruise the whole west side on a great range of red and blue runs, including the longest piste in the Central Eastern Alps (an impressive 11km long!) and then take the super new gondola lift back up from Bad Hofgastein.

Modern lifts

If you want a taste of the high Alps then join our ski hosting groups in Sportgastein, which has big terrain to explore and holds the snow well into April due to its high position.

For novices there are also some more gentle areas, with nice blue runs that wind around the mountain to help build up your confidence.

Group shot in Bad Gastein

We Love...

Excellent snow quality

Provides great skiing well into April, thanks to the high altitude and good quality artificial snow-making system, which runs right down to village level.

Mountain restaurants

Excellent and well-priced, especially compared to big French resorts, for example. There are even gourmet ski huts on the mountain! Our ski hosts will reserve the best tables for you.

Highly-rated ski schools

All the instructors speak good English and there is also a dedicated children’s ski school in the village.

Thermal baths

The perfect way to relax your body and mind after an energetic day out on the ski slopes.

Après-ski

Lively Austrian bars like the Silver Bullet or Haeggbloms make for fantastic fun when you get back from your day on the mountain.

Ski rental in Bad Gastein

Equipment Hire

Schober Sport have over 4,000 rental items to offer! All their skis and snowboards are either new or no more than a year or two old, and they are always professionally prepared with state-of-the-art machines to ensure smooth gliding and perfect edge grip.

Their competent staff will be happy to help you choose the optimal equipment according to your preferences and requirements. They will also help to find the right boot model to fit your feet, making your downhill runs a real pleasure.

All rentals also include equipment storage at their depot next to the main lift, meaning no walking to and from the chalet in ski boots!

Ski School

The Ski Schule in Bad Gastein offers group or private lessons with their expert instructors to ensure you can reach new levels of ability.

Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced skier or snowboarder, their professional instructors will help to refine your skills and improve your technique.

They also offer off-piste guiding to help you safely explore the incredible backcountry terrain that the Gastein valley has to offer.

www.skischule-badgastein.at/en

The thermal spa baths in Bad Gastein

Non-Ski Activities

There is plenty to see and do in Bad Gastein. After a day on the mountain, why not try the thermal baths in the centre of the village, with outdoor heated pools for you to soak your aching muscles in and enjoy the views of the magnificent snow-capped peaks around you.

If you're looking for a more unique spa experience, you can head to the Radhausberg, which is an old gold mine where you take a mining train into the mountain and enjoy the geothermal high temperatures and naturally occurring radon therapy, which Gastein is famous for.

For those who like walking and hiking, there are hundreds of kilometres of signposted hiking trails in the Gastein valley, which are of varying difficulty and lead you through the trees and up to the mountain huts on the pistes.

Or why not try a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the forests and see the mountains from a different perspective?

Alternatively you can take the direct train from the station in the village down to Salzburg and visit the birthplace of Mozart with its medieval castle. Take a day to explore the city, then get back to our chalet-hotel in Bad Gastein in time for the evening meal.

View of Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein village

Bad Gastein is a charming Austrian resort with an excellent selection of shops and facilities, and a dramatic waterfall which roars through the heart of the village. Its streets are lined with classic Austrian architecture, and it was once the playground of Tsars, Kings and Emperors of Europe.

Famed for the healing properties of the local waters, Bad Gastein is home to one of the world’s best thermal spas, which lies just over the road from the ski slopes, where you can sit in the warm outdoor pools and take in the magnificent views - the perfect way to recuperate after a day of exertion on the mountain!

Bad Gastein is also a good place to experience the lively Austrian après-ski. The Silver Bullet has top-quality live music and a fantastic atmosphere, and there are plenty of other bars and quieter traditional eateries, or you could even consider taking a romantic sleigh ride!

Restaurants

There is no shortage of good restaurants in Bad Gastein, and there is somewhere to suit every budget. If you're looking for the best traditional Austrian cuisine you can't go wrong with the Gasteiner Wirtshaus or the Jägerhäusl. Both offer a fantastic array of Austrian dishes at reasonable prices.

For something a little more low-key, the Orania Stüberl has a cosy rustic atmosphere with tasty Austrian classics. Their helpful and friendly staff are always on-hand and provide great service.

Drinks at the Silver Bullet

Bars

Bad Gastein is a great place for lively Austrian après-ski. The Silver Bullet has top quality live music and a fantastic atmosphere - Expect there to be standing room only on some nights, and lots of dancing!

Haeggbloms Bar also has live music most nights and what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality - The bands and staff are very lively, so expect a good laugh!

There are plenty of other bars and quieter spots available, one highlight being Ginger 'n' Gin, with its art deco styling and a huge array of different gins on offer to help you relax after a day on the slopes.

Reviews

Great Ski Chalet

This Chalet-Hotel is run by Ski Miquel. This is the first time we have used them and what a great, all inclusive little company they are. The team in the UK office were all friendly and efficient and the team running the hotel were great and looked after us well for a week. If you're travelling solo, as a couple, or in a group, this company offers good social skiing options and a very social hotel environment. I wouldn't hesitate to book with them again, in fact I have just tried to travel in a few days time but they don't have availability, which is my loss!

Glorious Bad Gastein

This was another great skiing holiday with Ski Miquel, staying in the characterful Tannenburg. We first visited in 2018 and were so impressed that we returned this year and, again, were not disappointed. Dave, our resort manager and ski host, was brilliant as usual and made sure that everyone settled in quickly and were well looked after, both in the chalet and on the slopes. The skiing here is extensive and varied and under Dave's expert guidance we covered the pistes in Bad Gastein, Graukogel, Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein, Angertal and Sportgastein. Brilliant. A special mention for Ashley and her team, who worked so hard to make sure that the food at the Tannenburg was top class, with tasty and plentiful breakfasts, afternoon tea and cake for those who could tear themselves away from the apres-ski and excellent three-course dinners plus cheese and wine. Many thanks to all the staff. All in all this was a fantastic week, made all the more fun by a great crowd of guests who gelled from day one. Definitely a holiday to remember.

An update to my previous review

A return trip to the Tannenburg and much of what I wrote last time is still in place. But some recent changes which are worth noting: 1. The menu has been overhauled - food was always good but this time the recipes seemed more adventurous - lamb tagine, cajun salmon and fillet steak (on the last night) were all excellent and a very welcome addition was the night of local cuisine - Goulash Stew with spaetzle and local veg and Apple Strudel went down really well. (Great job, Ashley!) 2. Several new lifts have opened since my last visit which make getting round the ski area much quicker than previously. SO, once again, thanks to Manager Dave, Ferne and Nadine for chalet support and Ben for manfully running the bar despite heavy pressure (!)

Frequently asked questions

Which airport do you fly into?

For Bad Gastein we fly into Salzburg airport.

How long is the transfer from the airport to the resort?

The coach journey from Salzburg airport to Bad Gastein normally takes around 1.5 hours.

How close is the chalet-hotel to the ski lifts?

It is only around a 5-minute walk from our chalet-hotel to the ski lifts.

Is the valley bus service included with my lift pass?

Yes, the ski bus is included with your lift pass. Please note there are also some non-ski buses that are not included on your pass, so please make sure you get on the right bus!

Where can I store my skis and boots?

You can store your skis and boots right next to the main lift station in the village, which is free if you rent your equipment from Schober Sports, or a small fee is charged for storing your own equipment. Alternatively, you can also store your equipment in the ski room at the chalet-hotel.

Can I get cheaper equipment rental for children?

Yes, it will normally be cheaper to purchase equipment hire for children directly from the rental shop in resort.

Do children get cheaper lift passes?

Yes, children will normally be able to benefit from a cheaper lift pass if bought directly from the lift pass office in resort - This is dependent upon their age, and you will need to present proof of age, such as a passport. Bad Gastein usually offer free child lift passes for any 3rd/4th/5th children in larger families, and towards the end of the season they usually offer free lift passes for any children up to age 15 if they are with a parent who is buying a 6-day adult pass - Please call us for further details on available offers.

Do seniors get cheaper lift passes?

Unfortunately, Bad Gastein does not offer a cheaper lift pass price for seniors.

How close are the thermal baths to the chalet-hotel?

The thermal baths are only a few minutes' walk from our chalet-hotel and are well worth a visit.

Accommodation

Chalet-Hotel Tannenburg in Bad Gastein
Twin room in the Tannenburg in Bad Gastein
The bar in the Tannenburg

Tannenburg

Bad Gastein, Austria
Prices From
£638
per person
Ski lift
5-minute walk
From slopes
500m
The Hotel Salzburger Hof in Bad Gastein
Pool in the Salzburger Hof

Hotel Salzburger Hof

Bad Gastein, Austria
 
On Request
Ski lift
4-minute walk
From slopes
300m