Sport & Active
in Gastein

Winter holiday in Gastein Valley in Austria

Ski Amadé: Ski and snowboarding pleasure in the 4 ski areas in Gastein

In winter 200 kilometres of pistes in 4 ski areas will give you an appetite for winter sport and fun in the snow. Ski and snowboarding pleasure which is second to none is guaranteed on the best prepared ski runs in Gastein Valley. Yet there is also a winter wonderland away from the pistes: ice-climbing, horse-drawn sledge rides, snow-shoe hikes; you choose! After day with plenty of sunshine and adventure on the pistes, thoughts turn to sophisticated Après Ski in traditional Alpine huts, or in trendy bars. The thermal springs in Gastein Valley await connoisseurs with a varied range on offer for wellness and relaxation.

Ski pistes with the most varied levels of difficulty provide boundless skiing pleasure:

  • 60 kilometres of easy pistes
  • 117 kilometres of medium-difficulty pistes
  • 24 kilometres of difficult ski runs

Carving routes, family runs, deep snow slopes and mogul pistes – these provide variety and challenge for a winter holiday in Gastein! Many of the winter hiking paths, which are well cleared, and the cross-country slopes which have a scenic charm, provide winter holiday pleasure away from the pistes. A fun toboggan ride or a snug trip on horse-drawn sleighs round off a day filled with adventure in the Gastein mountains. Snow-shoe hiking and ice-climbing are still sports which are in their infancy and make it possible for you to see the winter landscape of the Gastein Valley from a new perspective.

Your home during a winter holiday: Alpenpark Resort Bad Hofgastein
Your apartment in AlpenParks Residence Bad Hofgastein is a place where you can feel secure and have a sense of well-being after an action-packed winter day in the Gastein Alps. The small, yet all-encompassing, resort, which has only 31 holiday apartments, is in a peaceful, central location on the periphery of Bad Hofgastein’s pedestrianised zone. It’s only a few minutes walk to the shops, restaurants, sports and leisure facilities. Your skis, carver skis and boards will be safe and sound in the resort’s own ski cellar.


Skiing and snowboarding in the Austrian Alps
In summer the mountain stations of Gasteiner Bergbahnen are the ideal starting points for hikes and mountain tours. Conquer the mountainscape of the Gastein Alps on skis, or on snowboard in the winter. In summer, and also in winter, you can enjoy breathtaking views with the Hohen Tauern mountain range in the background with its numerous majestic three-thousand metre mountains, covered in glaciers.

Gastein Valley: 4 ski areas for limitless ski pleasure
Over 200 kilometres of pistes in 4 ski areas and a winter sports infrastructure which is in a class of its own – that’s what awaits you during your winter holiday in Gastein Valley. The Salzburg winter sport centre of Gastein is continually expanding what it has to offer and in winter Gastein thermal springs present a very special combination of fun in the snow and blissful wellness.

With 4 ski centres (Dorfgastein-Großarl, Schlossalm-Angertal-Stubnerkogen, Graukogel, Sportgastein) Gastein Valley offers a cleverly devised mix for skiers and snowboarders of all age groups, with pistes to suit every ability.

Angertal ski centre, redesigned in 2004, is a winter sport centre which is worthy of note for families with children. There are fantastic opportunities for children – the 8000 m² Kids Park, children’s dining room and children’s play room. This isn't just fun for the little ones, it also means that parents can spend a few hours relaxing. Sportgastein scores points due to its location at altitude and its new snow-making facilities, which means it is snow-assured from November right through until late spring. Whatever ski area you plump for, the free Gastein Valley ski bus will take you quickly and safely to all the starting points for a wonderful day of skiing!

Take a look at the four ski area in Gastein Valley which are rich in diversity and see for yourself how favourable the location of Bad Hofgastein is a winter holiday location.

Cross-Country skiing in Gastein

90 kilometres of the best cross-country slopes in Gastein
Cross-country skiers can take real pleasure from a winter holiday in Gastein. Over 90 kilometres of cross-country slopes go through the scenic Gastein Valley. Away from the pistes you will discover the most beautiful places in the holiday region of Gastein.

Sportgastein is also extraordinarily popular amongst cross-country skiers because of its altitude and the snow assuredness which this brings. The high altitude cross-country slope, at 1600 metres sea level, tempts you to do a circuit right through to spring. In the evenings you can enjoy cross-country skiing pleasure on the flood-lit slope in Bad Gastein-Böckstein. The Gastein Valley ski bus takes you free of charge to the starting points for your cross-country skiing enjoyment.

Cross-country skiing is a winter sport for young and old, big and small. Unhurried and gentle, or energetic and demanding – it is you alone who decides how you want to structure your cross-country skiing time. Gastein’s location at altitude means your heart and circulation will get a particularly effective work-out and the unrivalled panorama of the Salzburg Alps is pleasing to the eye at any time. The clear, cold winter air makes you hungry! Enjoy regional specialities and top international cuisine in the restaurants, inns and Alpine huts in Gastein.

Show-shoe hikes

Discover Salzburg province on snow shoes during your holiday
Away from the ski pistes you can discover a completely different side to Gastein Valley – hike on snow-shoes through the snow-covered mountainscape of Gastein. Only chamois or hares have been there before you, leaving behind their tracks in the freshly fallen snow. The forest exudes calm. You can hear the rhythm of your breathing and feel your heart beat. There, an eagle circles high above.

Experience the natural surroundings of the Austrian Alps in winter up-close and intensely. You won’t be taking any risks doing this, since the snow-shoe hiking trails only take you through terrain which is safe. Bad Hofgastein Tourist Association offers an impressive natural history winter hike on snow-shoes once a week. Maybe this will mean you get involved in a new sport which is in tune with nature!

Hiking on snow-shoes in the wintry Gastein mountainscape enables you to experience lots of sights which you haven’t seen yet but it also makes you very tired! At the end of your snow-shoe hike, relax and recover in one of the Gastein thermal springs and treat yourself to a beneficial massage. A wonderful evening meal in one of Gastein’s restaurants and inns is a lovely way to round off your day.


Tobogganing in Gastein Valley
The little sledges made of wood and the streamlined sport sledges made out of the most modern of resources serve only one purpose - fast-paced fun toboggan rides in the Gastein mountains. Family sledges or racing sledges, making their way unhurriedly or at speed into the valley - what type would you prefer during your winter holiday in Gastein?

Originally toboggans were called ‘sledges’ in Salzburg, and were also used in Gastein Valley in farming. The mountain hay which was gathered in summer on the Salzburg Alpine meadows and stored in small ‘hay barns’, had to be collected from the Alpine meadow to feed the animals in Gastein Valley in the winter. Large wood sledges were piled high with the valuable mountain hay. The descent with the heavy sledges wasn’t fun, indeed it was very dangerous. At least two strong men had to work attentively and concentrate so that the sledge’s heavy weight didn’t get out of control.

Toboggan runs in Gastein Valley
4 action-packed toboggan runs in Gastein Valley tempt you to have lots of fun in the snow:

  • Bellevue Alm toboggan run, Bad Gastein
  • Natural toboggan run Aeroplan, Bad Hofgastein
  • Dorfer Berg, Dorfgastein
  • Gruberwald, Dorfgastein

Horse-drawn sleigh rides

Romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides in Gastein
On snow-covered country lanes, you get to enjoy the wonderful view to the mountainscape of the Austrian Alps from a horse-drawn carriage. The little bells on the harnesses jingle in the rhythm of the trotting horses. The wild-romantic Angertal and Hintere Prossau are ideal for romantic horse-drawn carriage rides.
Rides on horse-drawn carriages are not a fantastic experience solely for those who have just fallen in love, or for couples, they also provide lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Even children will delight in this means of transport which is completely different – and will love the snorts and warmth of the horses.

More information on horse-drawn carriage rides in Gastein Valley:

Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein

  • Fiaker Fam. Gruber, Tel. +43 (0)6434/2804
  • Thomas Pichler, Tel. +43 (0) 664/9994824
  • Fiaker Fam. Reiterbauer, Tel. +43 (0) 6434/5100
  • Fiaker Fam. Rieserbauer, Tel. +43 (0) 6434/23428


  • Fam. Berger (Torbauer), Tel.+43 (0) 6433/7283,
  • Fam. Gold, Tel.+43 (0) 664/1331432,

Ice climbing

Gastein: Centre for ice-climbers in Austria
Gastein has made a name for itself as the centre for ice-climbers. Ice-climbing is a special kind of challenge. The composition of the ice is particularly important for largely risk-free use. The persistently low temperatures in winter means that Gastein Valley offers the best conditions for adventure-filled ice-climbing. Beginner or pro, Gastein Valley offers ice-climbing routes of every level of difficulty. Experienced Austrian mountain and climbing guides will help you get acquainted with the world of ice-climbing.

Ice-climbing: pure adrenaline. Ice-climbing is about going to your own physical and mental limits. Yet ice-climbing is also about experiencing the natural surroundings of the Gastein Valley in a unique way, in the absolute calm of the winter landscape all by yourself. It is not for nothing that this trendy sport is enjoying increasing popularity. After active adventures ice-climbing, you’ll really appreciate the warmth of the thermal waters in Gastein Thermal springs, while recollections of your adventures on the ice wall send comforting shivers down your spine. Afterwards you get to relax in your luxuriously furnished holiday apartment in Alpenpark Resort Bad Hofgastein and plan your next, exciting winter day in Gastein Valley.