Review of Bad Hofgastein

1st March 2013 by donL 

A little different from the Austrian norm, steeper slopes, and some higher slopes, but it can be windy especially at the tops.  Dorfgastein better on a bad weather day, the whole valley is generally steeper than the classification may suggest, but there are less steep slopes but not too many. Would recommend to intermediates who don’t mind a challenge or two, not so good for beginners and experts.
Bus service good between resorts in the valley and between town and the lift base, can be busy on buses/lifts/pistes during Austrian school hols.
Hohe Scharte is a fine red from the top of the mountain right to the valley (10km), but beware, in the afternoon some of its steep pitches can be long and daunting mogul fields!
On mountain restaurants serve the usual Austrian fare and are good value; in the town there is little choice for eating out and only a few bars. It is a quiet place in the evening but has a couple of supermarkets in the centre plus an out of town Aldi a short drive or bus journey.
There is a good choice of 4 star hotels and 1 five star, I stayed in the Oesterriecher hof which I enjoyed, great food good rooms and nice family run atmosphere.
Dorfgastein down the valley 15 mins on free bus has in my opinion the best slopes, wider and with more trees so much better on bad weather days, snow seemed best here, though snow was generally good throughout the valley during my visit.
All in all a good resort, nice quiet town and fairly extensive slopes, with a car you can visit many other resorts that are covered by the Ski Amade lift pass.

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