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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Coronavirus update & advice for guests

Please understand that we are receiving a large number of telephone calls and e-mails at the moment, so we ask you to be patient and we will respond to all enquiries as soon as we are able to.

The coronavirus situation has had a huge impact on travel and holiday plans, and we regret to say that all our resorts have now been closed for the remainder of the 2019/20 winter season as a precaution to help restrict the spread of coronavirus in Europe.

The sudden closure of resorts in this manner is something that is unprecedented in the entire 40-year history of Ski Miquel’s operation, and we are of course very saddened by this outcome.

We would like to thank you for your support and co-operation at this difficult time, and we hope to be able to take you away on holiday again in the future.  In this respect, please rest assured that we will be working hard to ensure our prices for next winter are released as soon as possible, so that you will then be able to look forward to your next ski trip.

 

If you are in resort

For those of you who are currently still out in resort, please rest assured that the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our highest priority.  We will ensure that we get you home to the UK as soon as practically possible, and we will continue to provide further updates via your Resort Manager.

As your holiday was curtailed following departure due to circumstances beyond our control, refunds will not be made for any unused portion of your package holiday.  However, we will of course support you in any claim you wish to submit to your insurance company.

 

If your holiday was due in the coming weeks

Due to the circumstances, we have had to cancel all future holidays for this season.

In accordance with advice received from our industry bodies, it is recommended that you contact your insurance company and make a claim for travel disruption as a result of enforced closure of our chalet-hotels and resorts.

We will of course assist wherever possible by supporting you with any documentation (e.g. copy invoices) or any other evidence you may require in order for you to pursue your claim successfully, and we will also be able to issue a refund for any extras (i.e. lift passes and/or equipment rental).  Please contact us to request a refund for your extras and provide us with your booking reference and bank account details to enable us to process the refund for you.

A refund for the main holiday cost will be provided in the event that your insurance company does not honour your claim.  Should you require Ski Miquel to provide a refund for the main holiday cost, please provide us with written confirmation of the rejection of your claim from your insurance company.

Alternatively, if you would like to have first choice of the availability for the next winter season, Ski Miquel will offer you a 5% discount on any holiday that is available, and we would simply be able to carry your funds over as a credit towards your next holiday.

 

If you decided not to travel of your own accord

Ski Miquel policy has been to follow advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and local regional government for each ski resort, thus continuing to run our holidays unless instructed not to do so by either the UK government or local regional authorities.

If you decided not to travel of your own accord and the FCO advice did not advise against travel at that time, we are not able to offer any refund for your holiday and our usual cancellation terms will apply.  Equally, if we have made the decision to cancel holidays to a given destination and you had chosen to cancel of your own accord prior to us taking that action, we will not offer a refund retrospectively.

We will of course be pleased to assist by providing any documentation you may need to support your claim to your insurance company.

Ralph, Managing Director

Monday, 3/16/2020

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).