Renowned as a health and wellness destination since the 13th Century, Austria’s Bad Gastein is the perfect respite for skiers and snowboarders looking for a ski vacation with a focus on relaxation. Particularly, Bad Gastein’s hot springs enjoy equal notoriety with the resort’s 201 kilometers (125 miles) of world-class skiing terrain.
As a popular destination for hundreds of years—and often to Europe’s elite—Bad Gastein’s village provides visitors with a sophisticated off-mountain experience. The village offers a theater, concert venues, a lovely public library and ballroom dancing facility—not to mention an exceptional collection of restaurants, bars and nightlife hotspots, such as the Casino Bad Gastein.
Skiers and snowboarders who revel in gladed terrain will particularly enjoy Bad Gastein—which is known for its many tree trails. The resort, which is one of Austria’s largest, boasts 178 trails, most of which exist above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet), so snow conditions are generally great all season long. Purchasing a Bad Gastein lift ticket also earns access to four other sister ski areas: Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein, Graukogel and Sport Gastein.
Bad Gastein is best enjoyed by intermediate and advanced intermediate skiers and snowboarders with 45 percent of the resort’s 201 kilometers designated as red trails. Experts also have plenty of options, and will particularly love the off-piste powder fields located off Sport Gastein’s Kruezkogel mountain. Beginner skiers and snowboarders can enjoy about 25 percent of the resort’s terrain—making a Bad Gastein ski vacation an ideal choice for families or groups with varying levels of ability.