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Bad Hofgastein

Bad Hofgastein Ski Resort Guide

Bad Hofgastein, Austria

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length175km
Highest Lift2,295m
Resort Height860m
 Nearest AirportsSalzburg and Linz
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Bad Hofgastein

An old spa village in the centre of one of Austria's largest ski areas, the Gastein Valley. The area is famous for its thermal healing weater, accessed by several spas as well as the huge and varied ski area linking several resorts in the region, with runs up to eight kilometres (five miles) long.


The Austrian ski resort of Bad Hofgastein is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 860m, with 175km of marked runs.

Bad Hofgastein is part of the Gastein ski area with access to 205km of downhill skiing, with 178 marked pistes, served by a total of 50 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Bad Hofgastein itself (175km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Gastein ski resorts of Bad Gastein, Dorfgastein, Graukogel and Sportgastein.

With ski lifts as high as 2,295m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Bad Hofgastein?

The next notable snow forecast is 49cm, expected on 4 October.

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Bad Hofgastein Ski Area

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Bad Hofgastein Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,295m
Lowest Piste860m
Resort Altitude (Bad Hofgastein)860m
Max Vertical1,435m

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Bad Hofgastein Overview

Bad Hofgastein is old spa resort in the centre of one of Austria's largest ski areas, the Gastein Valley. The area is famous for its thermal healing water, accessed by several spas as well as the huge and varied ski area linking several resorts in the region.

The old village has a pleasant pedestrianised centre and a good range of restaurants, shops, hotels and other facilities to cater for most holiday needs. The centre is dominated by the Pfarrkirche church, built between 1498 and 1507. At its heart is a magnificent baroque altar which entered the annals of art as the great masterpiece of the painter Josef Andrä Eisl and the sculptor Paul Mödlhammer.

Skiing came to the area in the difficult years straight after World War 2. The first lift, the Haimalm on the Graukogel was finished on the 30th December,1945. Chairlifts and then gondola followed over the next decade. After the building of the new Nassfeld alpine road (1970 to 1972) the area was finally joined together around Nassfeld for winter sports; the region Sportgastein was created.

The Alpine World Ski Championships were staged here in 1958 when Toni Sailer (Austria) won three gold medals (Downhill, Giant Slalom and in the Combination.

The Healing effect of Gasteins Thermal Water is due to its Radon content. Therapies range from classical Thermal Baths to the Gastein Healing Gallery and the Steam Bath.

Gastein's more famous bathing visitors have included presidents, kings, queens, emperors, empresses and prime ministers from dozens of countries around the world. Of particular note Mozart's mother in 1750, followed by his widow nearly 90 years later in 1839, Johann Strauss in 1850, Mrs. Winston Churchill in 1912, during the Second World War Emma Göring, the wife of Nazi party member Marshal Hermann Göring who often visited his wife here while she was having a cure, as well as propaganda Minister Dr. Goebbels who came to Bad Gastein twice. Film Stars such including Douglas Fairbank Junior. with his family in 1950 and Thomas Mann a year later.

The area was once famous for gold mining, originally perhaps by Celts, more than two thousand years ago and then by the Romans. Gold was said to be only about five metres below the surface.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Bad Hofgastein is 104km long and the most difficult run is the '20', which is 2km in length.


The Gastein ski area, one of Austria's largest, is separated in to five ski areas, rising up to 2,700 meters in altitude, served by three resorts and several small additional lift base areas. With over 200 prepared pistes between them this is one of the longest and highest Austrian ski areas with a big choice for everyone from beginners to experts.

The ski area directly above Bad Hofgastein is based on the Schlossalm which is more-or-less lift-linked to Bad Gastein, the biggest settlement in the valley, via the small Angertal Ski centre. This takes you to the largest of the ski areas on the Stubnerkogel mountain above Bad Gastein.

Beginners are likely to start off on the Angertal area, reached by ski bus from the resort.

A second lower area, reached by train or bus down the valley, links Grossarl (in the next valley) to Dorfgastein at the bottom of the Gastein Valley and a short ski busride down the valley. The ski link is over the Kreuzkogel Mountain (2027m). The third and highest ski area is the small sector above Sport Gastein which has a base at 1600 metres and a snow-sure top lift at 2685m on the Kreuzkogel mountain. The off-piste powder trails down from here are particularly highly regarded.

So you may choose between the ski circuit connections of Stubnerkogel-Angertal-Schlossalm and Dorfgastein-Großarl, the world championship area of the Graukogel and the high alpine Sportgastein. Free guided tours to help you make the most of the area are offered to Guest card holders staying in local accommodation. There are also weekly ski races for guests. The high altitude terrain and extensive snow making cover mean poor snow cover is rarely a problem here.

More advanced skiers will probably tend towards the blacks on the Stubnerkogel and guides can often find good off piste powder runs down from Kreuzkogel.

If the whole Gastein Valley doesn't offer enough challenges you'll find its part of the Ski Amade ticket, one of the world's biggest ticket systems, which offers skiing at two dozen ski areas in the region - best bring your car.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


In this large area, which has hosted world Cup boarding events, there are plenty of deep powder pistes (hopefully) for freeriders to enjoy. For freestylers the Funpark Boarder's Paradise on the Dorfgastein - Grossarl link is located on the Grossarl-side, near to piste number 9.

Both ski schools at Bad Hofgastein have snowboarding classes from ages six and up, teaching everything from beginners to experts both park and piste technique.


Location and Map

Where is Bad Hofgastein?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Gastein, Salzburg.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Bad Hofgastein is Salzburg, 80 minutes drive away.

Linz, Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Innsbruck Airport, Graz and Munich airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 13 ski lifts are able to uplift 25,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 96km of ski runs, with 300 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Bad Hofgastein open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Bad Hofgastein Piste Map
Bad Hofgastein

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Bad Hofgastein, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Bad Hofgastein Tourist Office for the latest.

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Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Bad Hofgastein.

Aprés Ski

Bad Hofgastein's pedestrianised centre has a good range of bars and cafes such as the Röck which serves high value meals. For a particularly high brow evening's ambience try the Girardi piano bar in the Grand Park hotel. There are also several sophisticated night clubs for night owls. Remember to try the locally bottled Gastein spring water.

Other après options include a billiards hall, toboggan evenings and trips to the casino up the valley in Bad Gastein. Or just hit one of the many pools.

Bad Hofgastein