While Bad Gastein’s ski area is not one of the highest in the Alps, it is much higher at its peak than most Austrian ski areas. With north-facing slopes and the ability to cover around half of the key runs with machine-made snow, it has a good snow record.
The large ski area, one of the country’s biggest, extends over four sectors, incorporating the skiing above Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein as well as the local slopes, with the largest single sector on the Stubnerkogel mountain.
Bad Gastein also has a second ski area, on the Graukogel, that is smaller and not linked by pistes to the rest of the network. Here, the 2km-long (1.2-mile) Toni Sailer piste is regarded as the toughest in the whole region.
There are pistes for all standards, although the greatest proportion by far (more than 65%) is graded intermediate with large volumes of lovely cruising slopes to enjoy, the longest a 10.4km (6.5-mile) descent.
The regional Ski Amadé pass covers 760km (472 miles) of runs – including all those in the Gastein Valley and the majority of nearby ski areas.
In addition to the vast selection of downhill skiing, there’s also an excellent terrain park and well-groomed cross-country tracks to explore.
The typical ski season in Bad Gastein runs from the end of December to early April.