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Ski Resort Gastein Valley – a winter paradise for ski vacations Salzburg, Austria

Dream yourself a winter's dream: Blue skies over mountain slopes covered deep in snow, wisps of smoke rising up from the chimney of a rustic ski lodge. The jingling of bells on a horse-drawn sleigh, soothing relaxation in hot spring waters. This dream has a name: Gastein !

Winter in Gastein Valley, Austria Winter sports enthusiasts of every ilk, families with children, casual winter hikers and athletic ice climbers all find their personal piece of paradise here in the Gastein Valley. Whether you prefer skiing, boarding or carving, in the four ski areas of Gastein, with 200 kilometres of slopes boasting snow conditions you can always rely on, you are certain to find the hill of your dreams! As a cross-country skier or snowshoer you will undoubtedly treasure the quiet and solitude of our natural landscapes.

Awaiting families with children are some truly exceptional opportunities: from superbly led ski courses - even for our littlest "dudes", to children-friendly ski lodges and fun-filled sledding expeditions in the evening! Gastein's ski schools will quickly get beginners and pros out on the slopes. Rental centres feature the very latest and greatest skis and equipment, guaranteeing your success from the very outset!

Seventeen hot springs feed the spas of Gastein where, after a day filled with sporting activity and new adventures, you can stretch out, relax and languish in the soothing setting. Enhance your health, your fitness and your general wellbeing in these powerfully therapeutic waters!

A broad selection of special events and gathering spots, from convivial mountain inns to the glamorous casino, entice you out of your snug winter's nest at one of Gastein's hospitable hotels or lodging establishments. Afterwards, you will find yourself dreaming yet again! All warm and cosy, your thoughts will wander to the new, fantastic day of skiing ahead in the Gastein Valley!

Gastein Valley Ski Area

If there is one thing in Gastein that is likely to cause you to ponder, it will probably be your decision as to which ski area to head to next! For there are actually four of them here in the Gastein Valley! On some 200 kilometres of slopes, taking you up to elevations as high as 2700 metres above sea level, everyone feels in their element, be they beginners or pros, skiers, boarders or carvers. No wonder, with ski slopes that serve up such a broad range of difficulty: 60 km easy, 117 km intermediate and 24 km difficult, including family-style hills, carving hills, deep-snow and moguls runs, all just waiting to be conquered by you. You can look forward to descents down perfectly groomed and variety-packed hills!
Skiing and Snowboarding in Salzburg, Austria : Gastein Valley Ski Area

Choose between the ski alliances of Stubnerkogel-Angertal-Schlossalm and Dorfgastein-Großarl, which awaits you with permanent race hill, the World Championship-calibre Graukogel with its long and challenging runs, and the high-alpine Sportgastein. Optimal elevations and extensive snowmaking capability guarantee reliable snow conditions from late November until the end of April

Click for interactive Gastein Piste Map
Click for interactive Gastein Piste Map

Ski Lodges and Après-Ski in Gastein

After a full day of skiing in the Gastein Valley, you are certain to have worked up quite an appetite! Which leaves only one thing to do: step inside one of Gastein's warm, friendly and traditional ski lodges. Incidentally: Once you are up beyond the 1,000-metre mark, we drop all the formalities - you will make new friends before you know it, even if you are out and about on your own! The children keep busily occupied in their very own play corners, while you can kick back and relax out on the sunny terrace after having enjoyed a mouth-watering Salzburg-style meal! Or you might simply wish to take a time-out for a mug of "Hunt Tea", a hot beverage consisting of black tea, fruit schnapps and rum. By the way: This special drink is actually under the official protection of the European Union, enjoying special status as a "Typical Austrian Drink"! So, what more is there left to say but "Prost!".

Want to "hit the slopes" one more time in the evening? Why not! But this time, to party, dance and enjoy great entertainment! Après-Ski is an uncomplicated way of making new acquaintances for the next day of skiing. When evening sets in, Gastein's ski lodges and bars are the places to chat, enjoy and while away the hours. Fortify yourself with Salzburg specialties served by Gastein's innkeepers, then dance into the wee hours of the morning. Of course, the occasional flirt or two is also part of the picture!

Gastein Valley - Family Winter Holidays in Austria

Families with children feel especially at home here in the Gastein Valley! An enchanting ski area in the midst of Salzburg's magnificent mountains, ensuring that your winter's dreams come true. Discover an unforgettable paradise for your family vacation!

Children ages 3 and up are cared for safely and expertly throughout the day at Gastein's ski kindergartens. At the children's ski schools, youngsters four and up slice through the snow for the very first time - loose and relaxed, always under the expert eye of certified ski instructors. Parents find time to get away together for extended ski tours, exhilarating downhill excitement or relaxation at one of Gastein's spas.

In Dorfgastein, the Children's Adventure Ski Area, which is located directly next to the base station of the Dorfgastein lifts, provides an ideal setting for those first successful experiences on skis. At the Fun Center on the Stubnerkogel, at an airy 2,200 m above sea level, kids and teens can look forward to all kinds of fun, as they can at the Kids Park located in the Angertal Ski Centre. So much action is bound to make you hungry! Gastein's family-friendly ski lodges are already well prepared for the onslaught, offering special kids' meals and children's play zones!

After so much fun on the slopes, are you still in the mood for a sledding expedition? With floodlit hillsides, it is even possible to hop on your toboggan after dark, zooming towards the valley below! Ready for even more? Then why not head to the children-friendly Alpen Therme Gastein! Giant slides and a Multimedia Adventure Dome are a source of never-ending excitement for parents and kids alike!

Gastein Valley - An Austrian Cross-Country Skiing Paradise

Cross-country is fun! And: Cross-country is a thoroughly healthy form of exercise for people of all ages. With over 90 kilometres of tracked and superbly groomed trails, Gastein is a paradise for cross-country skiers. Get away from the slopes and discover the most beautiful spots in the Gastein holiday region! In Sportgastein, skiers are drawn by the cross-country enjoyment promised by a high trail located at 1600 metres above sea level, guaranteeing great snow conditions until springtime. In the evening, the floodlit trail in Bad Gastein-Böckstein is certain to tempt you to squeeze in one last excursion before the day is done.

Cross-country enhances your fitness! Exercise above the 1,000-metre-mark feeds the body with more oxygen, serving almost as a fountain of youth. Your cardio-vascular system will thank you for each and every kilometre, while your soul will store away strength and freshness to tide you through the time after your winter vacation is over. Cross-country is an ideal complement to running or Nordic Walking in summer!

And with regards to Nordic Walking: Have you ever tried Nordic Cruising? Nordic Cruising combines classic cross-country skiing with elements form the summer sports of running and Nordic Walking. The short cruising ski, with its broad footprint, offers improved stability and makes it easier to glide and gently ascend through untouched terrain. Try this new way to explore the winter countryside of Gastein! Our qualified area ski instructors offer an introduction to Nordic Cruising, while you can either purchase or simply rent the very latest equipment from our specialty sports stores.

Ice Climbing in Salzburg in Austria

Experience the fascinating, iridescently blue ice falls and the magical variety of the winter ice! Whether you are a beginner or pro, the Gastein Valley offers you routes reflecting a full range of difficulty. Under the direction of experienced Austrian mountain and climbing guides, you will immerse yourself in a world governed by its own laws.

Gastein's Alpine location guarantees the outstanding and thoroughly frozen ice you expect as an ice climber. Salzburg's mountaineering guides will be able to assist in selecting equipment that is ideal for you.

Take in the beauty of ice and snow, savour the immediacy of pristine nature and the glorious tranquillity. Accept the challenge, discover your own limits and hone your mental fitness! Adventure and adrenaline, these are the ingredients that make ice climbing such an attractive sport with so many unforgettable experiences in store.


Sleep Gastein Valley

Kur- & Sport Hotel Palace

Just a few minutes walk from the center, surrounded by a 30.000m² hotel park, with terrace, meadows and walking paths, one will find an Oasis of peace and relaxation with a wide range of breath taking impressions ...


Getting to Gastein Valley


  • from Munich approx. 2 hours
  • from Salzburg approx. 1 hour:
    South on the Tauern Autobahn (motorway) to Bischofshofen, Gasteinertal exit, then highway B 167 to the Gastein Valley.
  • from Innsbruck approx. 2 hours:
    Autobahn via Wörgl, highway B 312 via St.Johann/Tirol to Lofer, B 311 via Zell am See to Lend, B 167 to Gastein or on the autobahn via Kufstein - Salzburg - Villach, Gasteinertal exit, B 167 to the Gastein Valley.
  • Coming from the south, drive via Villach, Möllbrücke and Obervellach to Mallnitz, at which point you will be able to enjoy the convenience of motorail service to Gastein - Timetable of Autoschleuse Tauernbahn

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  • The Airport Shuttle runs daily  8 times Gastein to Munich and Salzburg and back (€ 58, - out and back). For more information about departure times and prices can be found here or online
  • "AIRPORT EXPRESS" provides an inexpensive way to get to Gastein!  Regularly scheduled service available through RAINER REISEN

The railway stations in Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein are both halts for Euro-, InterCity and express trains, whereas not all trains make a stop in Dorfgastein. Taxi and bus service is always available to the various valley communities. The closest loading/unloading point for motorail trains is in Bischofshofen. Luggage transfer and pick-up service is also offered by the local taxi companies.


  • Post Bus
  • New: Direct bus connections to Gastein (several pick-up points throughout Germany)
    Under the slogan "Your vacation should begin at the doorstep", from the beginning of May until mid-October, a convenient opportunity arrival in a collective taxi from Deutschladn and along the route Vienna - Linz - Salzburg. Further information can be found at


Regional Transit Information

Gastein Alpine Road
This scenic road is about 7 km in length and around 1600m above sea level, taking drivers through numerous galleries and tunnels between Böckstein (Nassfeld) and Sportgastein.

Toll Charges

No charge for the driver and tour guide
in car per person passengers € 4,00
in buses per person € 3,00
children up to age 10 free older € 1,50
block-of-10 passengers € 33,00

Toll charges are already included in your valid ski pass whenever you are actively involved in winter sports.  With regards to cross-country skiers who use the ski bus, the toll charge is paid for by the tourist office as part of a GENTLE MOBILITY community initiative. Cross-country enthusiasts, therefore, have to pay nothing at the toll station.

Ski Bus
local ski-bus schedules


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