Gasteinertal ski area
One of the largest ski areas in Austria
Suitable for Intermediate and Advanced Skiers
Great 4* hotel
Johannesbad Hotel Palace lies a short walk away from the resort centre
The extensive Gasteinertal ski area is one of the largest in Austria – you need almost never ski the same piste twice in a week on its superb slopes!
Suitable for intermediates and advanced
An unsung hero of the Austrian Alps, the resort of Bad Hofgastein offers miles and miles of beautifully groomed slopes. It’s a great option for serious snow buffs looking to try somewhere new, and with over 200 prepared pistes on offer here, we are sure you won’t be disappointed. The resort of Bad Hofgastein is famous as much for its outstanding natural thermal springs as its world-class skiing. It’s a relatively quiet resort with a relaxed informal approach to après ski, yet has a bustling pedestrianised centre with cobbled streets and a fantastic choice of bars, restaurants and other amenities – not forgetting to mention its famous spas.
There’s something for everybody on the pistes; the gentle nursery slopes at Angertal provide an ideal introduction for beginners from where they can progress on to the gentle blue runs on the Schlossalm or Stubnerkogel. For intermediates, this is ski-your-heart-out country! Bad Hofgastein offers a huge variety of red and blue runs, which are linked to the nearby resort of Bad Gastein to form one large skiable area.
In addition, the Gastein valley has a further 3 ski areas, offering total of 250kms of well groomed, often quiet, pistes which are linked by the efficient and frequent ski bus service that runs throughout the resorts, and is covered by your lift pass.
Advanced skiers will love the testing runs on the Stubnerkogel and a there are a couple of fantastic blacks to try out on the Graukogel, as well as the highest sector of the ski area above Sport Gastein, which has a base at 1600 metres and a snow-sure top lift at 2685m.
We are based at the excellent Johannesbad Hotel Palace which lies a short walk away from the resort centre with the ski-bus stopping virtually right outside. This friendly hotel will provide a great base for our ski groups and with drinks included at dinner – some fun and sociable après-ski evenings are sure to be on the cards.
This comfortable hotel has excellent facilities, including bar with live music, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steambath, as well as an excellent wellness area to relax in after a hard day on the slopes! Free Wi-Fi is available in the reception area.
All the well-furnished rooms feature a hairdryer, bath robe, radio, telephone and satellite TV.
The transfer from Salzburg Airport to the hotel is approximately 2 hours, depending on weather and traffic.
You may either take group ski lessons, private ski lessons or form groups to enjoy exploring the slopes together. Whatever you preference your Tour Leader will be available to help organise your skiing.
Poor piste conditions can be hazardous to ski equipment as uncovered rocks and stones can easily scratch and damage skis and snowboards. We strongly recommend you inspect your ski hire equipment at the start of your holiday and agree the state of their condition with the ski hire suppliers, as clients are responsible for the care of their hired equipment and should this equipment be damaged the ski hire suppliers are within their rights to ask for a compensation payment.
This can be hired in the resort where you will be advised about the most suitable equipment for your standard of skiing. It is very important to have ski boots that are comfortable and fit well, so do not be afraid to keep going back and changing your boots until you get a good fit. For your safety, we advise that you wear a ski helmet wherever possible.
On a skiing holiday, dress is generally very informal, the emphasis being on comfort and warmth. We recommend that you pack a pair of skiing trousers and warm ski jacket or a waterproof shell and separate fleece lining or an all-in-one ski suit. Thermal or silk underwear is recommended. Cotton/cotton mix roll necks, T-shirts or sweat shirts; several thin layers are better than one thick layer. Ski socks, ski gloves or mitts and a hat or headband are suggested. Where temperatures are expected to be well below zero, take a facemask or balaclava. Moon boots or waterproof walking shoes are a “must”. Suntan cream (high protective factor), lip salve, sunglasses and/or goggles are all very useful items to pack. Casual clothes are ideal for the evenings; it is unusual on skiing holidays to dress formally in the evenings.
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on. If you choose to have ski lessons, you may also like to thank your ski instructor at the end of the week with a token of appreciation.
A full 10-year passport is required, valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.
A visa is not required by holders of passports endorsed “British Citizen” for stays of upto 90 days in any 180-day period.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Austrian Foreign Advice
If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company.
Compulsory vaccinations: None
All clients are responsible for acquainting themselves with up to date health information of the countries being visited and where necessary take the required precautions. We recommend that you check with your doctor prior to departure as this information can change. You can also visit the travel health website for more information; Travel Health Austria
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|May||20 °C||7 °C|
|June||23 °C||11 °C|
|July - August||24 °C||12 °C|
|September||19 °C||8 °C|
|October||15 °C||4 °C|
|November||9 °C||-1 °C|
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