Bad Gastein, Austria

  • Altitude from:
    1080 m
  • Longest run:
    11 km
  • Mountain Range:
    Alps
  • Country:
    Austria
  • Levels:
    • 6
    • 30
    • 58
    • 12
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country
  • Skiing
  • Swimming pool
  • Children's tobogganing
  • Tobogganing course
  • Sleigh ride
  • Free valley bus
  • 1 hr transfer time
  • Casino

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Close to Salzburg, Bad Gastein has skiing and snowboarding for all abilities with over 200km of ski terrain. There are some lovely tree runs and plenty of red runs, which make it particularly good for intermediates. The four ski areas are well-connected with high speed lifts and it boasts reliable snow cover thanks to the altitude and well-positioned artificial snow cannons.

On the slopes you can enjoy great local food and schnapps in the mountain Hutte and even shop at the highest farmers market in the Alps (during March). Walking across the highest suspension bridge in Europe will test everyone's nerve, as will skiing the breathtaking runs of Sportgastein and the World Championship area on Graukogel.

For those calmer moments, you can visit the Alps' biggest art festival 'Art on Snow' (in January), take a walk to the 341m high Gasteiner Ache waterfall in the old town, or just relax those aching limbs in the world famous thermal baths.

Bad Gastein offers something for everyone.
 

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The fun isn't confined to the mountain, however - Away from the piste, visitors to the town will find plenty of distractions to pack their apres-ski time. Restaurants serve up local cuisine such as tafelspitz (boiled beef fillet), wiener schnitzel (pork in breadcrumbs) and hochzseitssuppe (herb and vegetable soup) and several bars cater for a thirsty crowd once the lifts close for the day. Holidaymakers looking for a healthier warm-down should head for one of the town's thermal spas - there's nothing quite like a back massage and a soak in a warm relaxation pool to end a busy day on the slopes.

 

ON THE MOUNTAIN

With over 200km of groomed snow and super-quick chairlifts climbing to altitudes as high as 2,700 metres, skiers and snowboarders of all standards will find enough thrills to satisfy their alpine wanderlust - leisurely blues that wind around the mountain, the longest red in the eastern Alps (H1, which runs for just under 11km) and a range of angular, mogul-filled blacks make up a diverse and exciting piste map.

Each run is capped with its own reward - Ski huts and restaurants pepper the mountain, meaning you'll never go hungry (or thirsty). Healthy servings of goulash, local soups and catch-all dishes such as spaghetti bolognese mean there's no excuse for flagging energy levels during the day, and with a Ski Miquel guide on hand to reserve tables at Bad Gastein's busiest restaurants, you'll find lunchtime to be just as exciting as the best run of the day.

 

APRES-SKI

Bad Gastein is an Austrian treasure-trove that boasts a diverse range of traditional entertainment, charming eateries and lively apres-ski hangouts. For a lively end to the day, head to the Silver Bullet bar, where DJ's and cover bands keep the party vibe going until the early hours.

If you're looking for a quieter night cap there's an excellent option - the Felsentherme, which is a luxurious thermal spa with an outdoor pool of naturally heated mineral water, and any aches and strains picked up on the mountain can be eased away in the massage institute upstairs.

 

FAQS

 

1/ HOW FAR ARE THE SKI LIFTS FROM THE SKI MIQUEL CHALET-HOTEL?

Not far at all. In fact, you'll only have a slow walk of six or seven minutes from your front door to the first gondola up the mountain.

 

2/ WHAT ARE THE QUEUES LIKE AT THE SKI LIFTS?

Pretty quiet. Six high speed chairlifts have recently been installed on the mountain, so people can move around quite quickly. You won't experience the hustle and bustle of other busier resorts.

 

3/ WHERE CAN I STORE MY SKI EQUIPMENT?

We'll arrange a storage space for you, which is located in the same building as the gondola station. The only thing you'll need to take with you in the morning is your ski pass.

 

4/ SOME OF US ARE NON-SKIERS - WILL THERE BE ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED DURING THE DAY?

If long walks and relaxing spas are their thing, then yes. The mountain is also easily accessible for non-skiers, so they can meet you in a ski hut for lunch without too much trouble. Alternatively, there's a direct train to Salzburg (journey time 1.5 hours) which is a great day out.

 

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  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country
  • Skiing
Dates: 21 Dec 19 - 28 Dec 19
Chalet: Tannenburg
Resort: BadGastein
Country: Austria
Levels:
  • 6
  • 30
  • 58
  • 12
What's Included? £678 pp
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SKI MIQUEL UPDATE

 

Many thanks for your patience and co-operation over the last few weeks – These certainly are unprecedented times for all of us, but we are pleased to confirm that all our guests and staff were successfully repatriated last month following the sudden closure of our resorts.

 

If your holiday was cancelled prior to travel

 

For those of you who were unable to travel with us this season due to the abrupt closure of our resorts, we understand you have received a mixed response from your insurance companies, so if you have not been able to claim for the cost of your holiday successfully through your insurers then we will be able to accept a request for a credit or a refund.

 

Please remember we are a small family-run business and our own tour operator liability insurance does not cover any financial liability on our part to refund holiday costs, so we would encourage you to allow us to carry your holiday costs over to next winter, and we will then be able to offer you a 5% discount on your booking for next season.

 

Should you require Ski Miquel to provide a credit or a refund for the main holiday cost, please contact us with confirmation of the rejection of your insurance claim and we will provide you with a link to enable you to complete our online credit/refund request form.

 

Please note that if you pursue a refund through your credit card company and a chargeback is made to Ski Miquel, we may need to charge an administration fee for dealing with this, so we would urge you to contact us directly with your refund request.

 

If your holiday was cancelled whilst you were in resort

 

As your holiday was curtailed following departure and due to circumstances which were entirely beyond our control, we will not be able to provide any refund for the main holiday cost, as by that point we had incurred all of our own costs.  However, we will be able to issue a refund for any unused lift passes and/or equipment rental, and we will support you in any claim you may wish to submit to your insurers by providing any documentation (e.g. copy invoices) or any other evidence you may require.

 

If you decided not to travel of your own accord

 

If you decided not to travel of your own accord and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice did not advise against travel at that time, we are unable to offer any refund for the main holiday cost and our usual cancellation terms will apply.  Equally, if we made the decision to cancel our holidays to a certain destination and you had chosen to cancel of your own accord prior to us taking that action, we will not be able to offer a refund retrospectively.  However, we will be able to issue a refund for any unused lift passes and/or equipment rental, and we will support you in any claim you may wish to submit to your insurers by providing any documentation (e.g. copy invoices) or any other evidence you may require.

 

Winter 2020/21

 

We would like to thank you for your continued support and co-operation at this difficult time, and we hope that you will join us on another ski holiday next winter, when we will be celebrating our 40th year in business!

We are already working on our programme for next season and we will be releasing our prices very soon, so you will then be able to book your holiday and look forward to your next ski trip.

Ralph, Managing Director

Thursday, 4/30/2020

What's included in a Ski Miquel holiday?

Your holiday price includes flights, transfers to and from resort, half board accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal), plus complimentary ski guiding. We can also arrange lift passes and equipment hire for you.

What's included?

  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country
  • Skiing
Dates: 21 Dec 19; - 28 Dec 19
Chalet: Tannenburg
Resort: BadGastein
Country: Austria
Levels:
  • 6
  • 30
  • 58
  • 12
£678 pp

Accommodation Tannenburg
Occupancy 20
Facilities Public bar 'Stubl' - the cosiest bar in Bad Gastein (closes at 11pm) Private guest lounge, large separate dining room, heated boot racks. Standard - En-suite shower & WC. Variations - Three triple rooms with three single beds (3rd adult - £100 reduction). Twin bedded room linked to room with single and bunk, shower and WC, (3rd or 4th adult sharers £100 reduction). Single rooms on request - Supplement £200 per week.
Meals Buffet breakfast, after-ski tea, canapes, 3-course evening meal with cheese course and wine included (6 nights only).