Near Salzburg, Bad Gastein has skiing and snowboarding for all
abilities with over 200km of ski terrain. 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
On the slopes you can enjoy great local food prepared by gourmet
chefs in the Hauben Hutte and even shop at the Highest Farmers
Market in the Alps (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
For those calmer moments, you can visit the Alps biggest art
festival 'Art on Snow' (January) or just relax those aching limbs
in the world famous Thermal Baths.
Bad Gastein offers something for everyone.
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 hochzseitsuppe (herb and vegetable soup) and
several bars cater for a thirsty crowd once the lifts close for the
day. Holiday makers 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 hectic
day on the slopes.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
With over 200km of groomed snow and super-quick chair lifts
climbing to altitudes as high as 2700 meters, skiers and boarders
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 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 ski 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.
Bad Gastein is an Austrian treasure trove that boasts a diverse
range of traditional entertainment, charming eateries and lively
apres ski hangouts. Hearty grub and frothy Kaiser Bier can be found
in Restaurant am Banhof, though anyone looking for a sturdy meal to
sate the mid afternoon hunger should head for The Station (which is
located inside the town's picturesque railway station) where a
cutesy, art deco interior is matched by an impressive menu. Our
recommendation: the mixed meat kebab, where grilled cuts are served
on top of a mini wooden wheelbarrow which overflows with fries.
For a lively end to the day, head to The Silver Bullet bar at
the bottom end of the town where DJs and cover bands keep the party
vibe going until three am. But if you're looking for a quieter
night cap there's an excellent option: the Felsentherme, a
luxurious thermal spa with an outdoor pool of naturally heated
mineral water. Any aches and strains picked up on the mountain can
be eased away in the Institute For Massage upstairs where a 25
minute rubdown for approximatley €26.
1/ HOW FAR IS THE CHAIR LIFT FROM THE SKI MIQUEL
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
2/ WHAT ARE THE QUEUES LIKE AT THE CHAIR LIFTS?
Pretty quiet. Six high speed lifts have recently been installed
on the mountain, so people can move around pretty quickly. You
won't experience the hustle and bustle of other resorts.
3/ WHERE CAN I STORE MY SKI EQUIPMENT?
We'll arrange a storage space for you which is positioned in a
room underneath the first gondola up the mountain. 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.