Bad Gastein, Austria

  • Altitude from:
    1080 m
  • Longest run:
    11 km
  • Mountain Range:
    Alps
  • Country:
    Austria
  • Levels:
    • 6
    • 30
    • 58
    • 12
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country
  • Skiing
  • Swimming pool
  • Children's tobogganing
  • Tobogganing course
  • Sleigh ride
  • Free valley bus
  • 1 hr transfer time
  • Casino

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Close to Salzburg, Bad Gastein has skiing and snowboarding for all abilities with over 200km of ski terrain. There are some lovely tree runs and plenty of red runs, which make it particularly good for intermediates. The four ski areas are well-connected with high speed lifts and it boasts reliable snow cover thanks to the altitude and well-positioned artificial snow cannons.

On the slopes you can enjoy great local food and schnapps in the mountain Hutte and even shop at the highest farmers market in the Alps (during March). Walking across the highest suspension bridge in Europe will test everyone's nerve, as will skiing the breathtaking runs of Sportgastein and the World Championship area on Graukogel.

For those calmer moments, you can visit the Alps' biggest art festival 'Art on Snow' (in January), take a walk to the 341m high Gasteiner Ache waterfall in the old town, or just relax those aching limbs in the world famous thermal baths.

Bad Gastein offers something for everyone.
 

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The fun isn't confined to the mountain, however - Away from the piste, visitors to the town will find plenty of distractions to pack their apres-ski time. Restaurants serve up local cuisine such as tafelspitz (boiled beef fillet), wiener schnitzel (pork in breadcrumbs) and hochzseitssuppe (herb and vegetable soup) and several bars cater for a thirsty crowd once the lifts close for the day. Holidaymakers looking for a healthier warm-down should head for one of the town's thermal spas - there's nothing quite like a back massage and a soak in a warm relaxation pool to end a busy day on the slopes.

 

ON THE MOUNTAIN

With over 200km of groomed snow and super-quick chairlifts climbing to altitudes as high as 2,700 metres, skiers and snowboarders of all standards will find enough thrills to satisfy their alpine wanderlust - leisurely blues that wind around the mountain, the longest red in the eastern Alps (H1, which runs for just under 11km) and a range of angular, mogul-filled blacks make up a diverse and exciting piste map.

Each run is capped with its own reward - Ski huts and restaurants pepper the mountain, meaning you'll never go hungry (or thirsty). Healthy servings of goulash, local soups and catch-all dishes such as spaghetti bolognese mean there's no excuse for flagging energy levels during the day, and with a Ski Miquel guide on hand to reserve tables at Bad Gastein's busiest restaurants, you'll find lunchtime to be just as exciting as the best run of the day.

 

APRES-SKI

Bad Gastein is an Austrian treasure-trove that boasts a diverse range of traditional entertainment, charming eateries and lively apres-ski hangouts. For a lively end to the day, head to the Silver Bullet bar, where DJ's and cover bands keep the party vibe going until the early hours.

If you're looking for a quieter night cap there's an excellent option - the Felsentherme, which is a luxurious thermal spa with an outdoor pool of naturally heated mineral water, and any aches and strains picked up on the mountain can be eased away in the massage institute upstairs.

 

FAQS

 

1/ HOW FAR ARE THE SKI LIFTS FROM THE SKI MIQUEL CHALET-HOTEL?

Not far at all. In fact, you'll only have a slow walk of six or seven minutes from your front door to the first gondola up the mountain.

 

2/ WHAT ARE THE QUEUES LIKE AT THE SKI LIFTS?

Pretty quiet. Six high speed chairlifts have recently been installed on the mountain, so people can move around quite quickly. You won't experience the hustle and bustle of other busier resorts.

 

3/ WHERE CAN I STORE MY SKI EQUIPMENT?

We'll arrange a storage space for you, which is located in the same building as the gondola station. The only thing you'll need to take with you in the morning is your ski pass.

 

4/ SOME OF US ARE NON-SKIERS - WILL THERE BE ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED DURING THE DAY?

If long walks and relaxing spas are their thing, then yes. The mountain is also easily accessible for non-skiers, so they can meet you in a ski hut for lunch without too much trouble. Alternatively, there's a direct train to Salzburg (journey time 1.5 hours) which is a great day out.

 

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  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country
  • Skiing
Dates: 02 Jan 21 - 09 Jan 21
Chalet: Tannenburg
Resort: BadGastein
Country: Austria
Levels:
  • 6
  • 30
  • 58
  • 12
What's Included? £676 pp
Latest news...

SKI MIQUEL UPDATE

 

Whilst we have had a challenging few months following the early closure of our resorts in March, we are now very much looking forward to being able to travel again and getting back out to the mountains for Winter 2020/21, when we will be celebrating our 40th year in business!

 

The health crisis has not stopped our resorts from investing in some major improvements to their facilities, such as the new Grindelwald Eiger fast lift in the Jungfrau ski area, and a new piste in Saalbach leading back to our ski storage facility at the Schattberg lift station, which means no more walking down the street in your ski boots!

 

We have now finalised next season’s prices for all resorts except those in France, but we will be releasing our final prices at the end of this week, and we are already taking bookings for next winter.  Price increases have been held to the absolute minimum and we have already seen a good level of demand, with a waiting list for peak weeks, so please ensure you get your booking confirmed at an early stage.

 

We would like to assure you that your money is safe with Ski Miquel as we are fully financed, and if it should become necessary for us to cancel your holiday due to government action then we will be obliged to return your money to you, including your deposit, as we have done for our guests who had to have their holidays cancelled last season.  Your holiday costs would also be covered by ATOL in the highly unlikely event of company failure.

 

We would also like to assure you that we have plans in place to implement social distancing and extra hygiene measures in our chalets, if we find that such measures are still necessary by the time your holiday comes around.

 

We look forward to welcoming you back for our 40th anniversary season to enjoy some well-earned skiing next winter, so please call us now to discuss your holiday requirements, and thank you for choosing Ski Miquel.

Nick, Operations Director

Wednesday, 6/24/2020

What's included in a Ski Miquel holiday?

Your holiday price includes flights, transfers to and from resort, half board accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal), plus complimentary ski guiding. We can also arrange lift passes and equipment hire for you.

What's included?

  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country
  • Skiing
Dates: 02 Jan 21; - 09 Jan 21
Chalet: Tannenburg
Resort: BadGastein
Country: Austria
Levels:
  • 6
  • 30
  • 58
  • 12
£676 pp

Accommodation Tannenburg
Occupancy 20
Facilities Public bar 'Stubl' - the cosiest bar in Bad Gastein (closes at 11pm) Private guest lounge, large separate dining room, heated boot racks. Standard - En-suite shower & WC. Variations - Three triple rooms with three single beds (3rd sharer - £100 reduction). Twin bedded room linked to room with single and bunk, shower and WC, (3rd or 4th sharer - £100 reduction).
Meals Buffet breakfast, after-ski tea, canapes, 3-course evening meal with cheese course and wine included (6 nights only).