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Skiing in Gastein

Ski holiday in Austria

When the mountains in the Gastein Valley slowly turn white, it’s time for a ski holiday. As a guest at our spa hotel in Bad Hofgastein you have the choice of four different ski resorts, all guaranteed to have snow from the beginning of December to April. Winter fun is a sure thing in the Gastein Valley!

Whether you choose the Bad Hofgastein-Bad Gastein ski resort with the new Schlossalmbahn cable car for one day of your ski holiday, and the Dorfgastein-Grossarltal ski resort, the Graukogel Mountain or the Sportgastein alpine ski area for the next - you will have a great time during your winter holiday at the Hotel Bismarck. Cable cars and chair lifts will take you to an altitude of up to 2,700 m. The Gastein Valley offers 200 km of ski slopes in total - including the longest run in the Eastern Alps at 10.4 km. The ski area around Bad Gastein is part of the Sportwelt amadé mit fünf Regionenjoining five regions to make a total of 860 km of ski slopes and 270 lifts, covered by just one ski pass!   

A worry-free ski holiday in Gastein to look forward to!

From the Hotel Bismarck you can easily reach the ski resorts of Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein. The new Schlossalmbahn cable car is only a 10-minute walk away - the free ski bus is an even more comfortable way to get there.

The Angertal Ski Centre can be reached without effort via a 10-minute ride in the free ski bus. Gastein also has a number of professional ski schools, where you can try your first turns or perfect your style.

Important recommendation for skiers

Book your ski pass in advance, because Ski Amadé rewards the "early birds" with special early bird ski pass prices! The later you book, the more expensive the ski passes will be. Click here to go to the ski pass shop:ticket shop

Our personal favourite ski circuit

No piste twice, the best times to start, when & where to minimise waiting times, the nicest hut tips....

- It's ideal if you're at the lift between 9 a.m. and 9.45 a.m., because ski lessons start at 10 a.m.
- Lunch break from 1.00 at the earliest, because between 12.00 and 1.00 the ski courses take a break. The best time to stop for lunch is around 1.30 p.m.
- As a tradition, we like to start at the Angertal ski centre, halfway up the two local mountains. Here we start right away in the snow and there is usually almost no waiting time.

...towards the sun on the SCHLOSSALM:
You take the blue Kaserebenbahn up to the Schlossalm, then immediately take the 6-seater chairlift Weitmoser and the almost retro 2-seater chairlift "Hohe Scharte". Here we go down the slope "in front", as we like to say. Back up with the 6-seater and 2-seater chairlift, you can then experience the legendary Hohe Scharte Nord H1. By the way, this is the longest downhill run in the Eastern Alps with a length of 10.4 km down to the valley. However, we advise you to only go as far as the middle station and from there take the modern glass gondolas to the Schlossalm mountain station. Continue into the beautiful Haitzingalm H4 area. After this descent, the Sendleiten chairlift takes you to the top and directly to the short stop at the newly renovated Hofgasteiner Haus (Friends of Nature) with sensational panoramic views of the mountain peaks. If your stomach is already rumbling, be sure to try the sweet potato wedges or the blackberry buns. Then it's back to the Angertal.
Alternatively, we recommend the alpine-modern Weitmoser-Schlossalm for lunch, which you pass on the way to the Angertal. Here, too, a beautiful terrace or a cosy indoor area awaits you. Our tip: go all the way, because at the end of the hut are the most beautiful spots with panoramic views. You will of course be served everywhere.

... best piste conditions in the afternoon at the STUBNERKOGEL
Back in the Angertal valley, the yellow gondolas take you up to the high-alpine Stubnerkogel, which has the advantage that the slopes are even harder in the afternoon. First get off to the left and take the "Sender" descent and the B11 back to the Angertal. Go up again and get off on the right, past the impressive suspension bridge, and a path with the most beautiful panoramic mountain view leads to the Junger downhill run, which leads all the way back to the Angertal. If you still haven't had enough, you can take the yellow gondola again, get off on the right and ski down the slopes to the left of the suspension bridge and take the orange Stubnerkogel lift back up to the summit.

Our tips for stopping off at the Stubnerkogel:
On the Bad Gastein side: Bergstadl - young, stylish, great terrace super cuisine.
at the valley station of the Junger chairlift: Junger Stube - here you can also sit inside quite comfortably with one of the best hut kitchens. But beware, in the high season there are sometimes very long waiting times for food.

As you can see... we could go on raving forever, but you have to experience it for yourself! Guests who are not yet (well) acquainted with our ski area will of course receive advice on site.

A ski holiday in Austria should be pure enjoyment! This is why we have arranged the WORRY-FREE SKI HOLIDAY DEAL for you – with a wealth of services that will make your ski holiday in Austria carefree.
Our ski holiday deal includes the following:

  • Ski pass available at the reception of the Hotel Bismarck
  • 10% discount on ski hire in the Angertal Valley and the Sport Fleiss rental shop by the Schlossalmbahn cable car
  • A ski instructor comes to the Hotel Bismarck restaurant every Saturday and Sunday to give you personal advice
  • Free ski bus departs from in front of the Hotel Bismarck every 10 minutes
  • Hotel bus to the Angertal Valley (extra fee)


  • Non-stop to the top: the new 10-person cable car will take you to the summit station in 9 minutes – can be reached easily without having to cross the road
  • Multi-functional valley station with escalators and ski lockers
  • Ski rentals and restaurants
  • Easy access via the ski bus: bus station right in-front of the valley station and the ski cellar at the Hotel Bismarck
  • A choice of three ski slopes from the mountain station, ranging from easy to hard
  • Guaranteed snowfall
  • The Schlossalm cable car features the longest ski run in the Eastern Alps, at 10.4 km and 1,440 vertical metres

And one more thing: The cross-country ski school and the cross-country trail (with artificial snow if necessary), which is well lit in the evenings, are situated right next to the Hotel Bismarck. Our guests receive a 10% discount on cross-country rentals.

Ski holiday makers will love being pampered at our spa hotel

What to do after an eventful day spent in the ski area around Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein? Look forward to a friendly smile and personal care from our dedicated service staff. Let yourself fall into the comfort of our spa hotel and relax in our extensive wellness & spa area, with four thermal pools for families and those seeking peace and quiet. Last but not least, enjoy our great gourmet cuisine at Gault-Millau level.

We are looking forward to booking your ski holiday in Austria, at the Hotel Bismarck in Bad Hofgastein. If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them. Follow your heart to your ski holiday in Gastein!

Book ski courses online in advance:

Ski school Bad Hofgastein Online Shop

Of everything a little More

... more variety
A unique range of ski slopes, attractions and fun - for a perfect winter holiday in Gastein
All under the Bismarck umbrella
Our three hotels
All of our hotels are connected,
creating one beautiful unit.