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Badgastein, Badhofgastein & Ski Amade Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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Badgastein, Badhofgastein & Ski Amade area
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  Resort Information
Season Dec - May
Nearest Airport Innsbruck or Salzburg
Ski Area 220km
Ski Lifts 49
Ski Runs 89
Longest Run 8km
Resort Height 860m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 4 / 5
Families 3.5 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Badgastein is located in the centre of the Gastein Valley, to the south of Salzburg.Bad Gastein first became famous in the 19th century for its radon-rich hot springs and people travel there now for spa breaks! Today the ski area, with its four main areas, provides an extensive array of pistes, a World Cup downhill run and great off-piste powder.A great resort choice for all reasons.

The attractive medieval town is based on the northern slope of the Sauern Alps, with a natural waterfall at its centre. The main street is lined with hotels, luxury shops and quaint old buildings, while several promenades on the outskirts offer lovely quiet walks through a meticulously maintained surroundings commanding outstanding views.

The Gastein valley has a very good sized ski area with well over 200kms of well prepared runs, the longest of which is eight kilometres. Skiing is really for good intermediates, with lots of challenges, moguls and tree-lined skiing. For experts, there is a wide range of off-piste and great powder can be found on the Kreuzkogel.Over in Sportsgastein skiing is up to nearly 3000m with BIG back country areas to explore. One funicular train, one cable car, ten gondolas, 21 chairlifts and 18 surface lifts provide access to all pistes.

There are a significant number of rooms available in the Gastein Valley in hotels and apartments, with accommodation ranging from pensions to luxury hotels and the odd chalet. Facilities are very good and, in addition to the skiing, there is ice-skating, swimming and an abundance of saunas, while numerous excellent restaurants provide good traditional Austrian food.Many guests just spend time whiling away in the natural springs and spas. The nightlife is quite lively with dancing, a cinema and several bars and discos, as well as a casino. Good resort for short breaks as well as the standard week long break.

For alternative skiing, it is possible to ski from Bad Gastein to Bad Hofgastein, and return by train. A ski circus also connects Dorfgastein, another village in the Gastein Valley, with the Grossarl Valley. Nearby Salzburg, known for its connection with Mozart and its churches, palaces, castles and art collections, makes a great daytrip away from the slopes. Villach is also another interesting excursion.There is also the 140m footbridge on the Stubnerkogel, with 28m of nothing but air underneath and at 2400m above sea level, actually Europes highest suspension bridge, as well as the new Glockernblick lookout platform.The views are outstanding.

The ski season at Bad Gastein ski resort runs from December to May,with the optimal elevations and broad snowmaking coverage of Gastein's ski resort guaranteeing reliable snow conditions all season. The most convenient means of getting to Bad Gastein is to fly to Salzburg and take a train or transfer to the resort.Hiring a car from the airport is another option.

For any ski school requirements check out : www.schneesportgastein.com

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