Bad Gastein resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “Not a bad group of mountains”



A few trees and a bit of off-piste



A park & a half-pipe



Vast but areas spread out

Mountain stats

Top lift:2230m
Vertical drop:1150m
Bottom lift:1080m

LiftsLift count : 1 x Cable-cars   10 x Gondolas   17 x Chairlifts   15 x Drag-lifts   1 Funicular

202km of pistes

Total Pistes:66
Longest Piste:5miles (8km)

Bad Gastein is an old Austrian spa town that is located in the middle of the Salzberg region along the Gastein Valley and perched up at a height of some 1080 metres a short distance from the village of Bad Hofgastein. What you have here is a relatively unknown but large ridable area which is basically split into four resorts that although each are simular, they never the less offer something different.

Collectively you have over 200km of marked out piste to ride though it should be pointed out that not all the areas or pistes are linked up by lifts. So study the local piste maps to ensure that you don't have any problems finding slopes and lifts. Overall this is an area that predominantly favours intermediate riders with an excellent choice of crusing runs to enjoy. Bad Gastein gives direct access to the slopes on the Stubnerkogel, Sportgastein and higher up to the summit of Kreuzkogel.

You can also gain access via Bad Gastein to the half dozen or so runs on the Gravkoel where you will find some decent trees to shread. Bad Hofgastein and the area known as Dorfgastein are two other locations where you can do some cool riding.

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