Salzburg: 2 hrs
Glacier High Altitude Guaranteed Snow
high altitude skiing
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So what's it like?
Miles of piste, extensive off-piste and wonderfully relaxing spas, shorter transfer
The extensive Gasteinertal ski area is one of the largest in Austria. The attractive town of Bad Gastein has a bustling centre and excellent amenities, not to mention the famous spa. If you're looking for great nightlife you can begin with après ski' and continue into the early hours. The skiing and boarding is superb - you need almost never take the same piste twice in a week, and if you head off-piste with a guide the area almost doubles again.
In Bad Gastein the nursery slopes are next to the main gondola. From the nursery slopes beginners can progress on to blue runs on the Stubnerkogel.
This is ski-your-heart-out country! Bad Gastein offers a wide variety of red and blue runs, linked with nearby Bad Hof Gastein to make one large area. The Gastein valley has a further 3 ski areas, offering total of 250kms of well groomed, often quiet, pistes. Buses and trains link the areas, and are covered by your lift pass.
There are also some testing runs on the Stubnerkogel and a couple of nice blacks on the Graukogel. The off-piste can be fantastic too - why not hire a guide and head to the spectacular off-piste route from Kreuzkogel to Heilstollen, or sign up for an off-piste safari or touring day with the ski school.
Good choice of lively and cosmopolitan nightspots with an impressive casino for those wishing to have a flutter. Try: • Silver Bullet • Hexen Häusl • Bergfex • Chill Out
· Spa centres (see 'Ski & Spa' box) · Ice skating and curling · Tobogganing · Sleigh rides · Ice climbing · Snow shoe walking
A superb choice of restaurants catering for all tastes and pockets · 3-course dinner from €20-25.
· Casino · Stylish shops and boutiques · Banks · Many lovely winter walks · Excursions to Salzburg.
One way (arrival) from £24 pp
Return from £46 pp
Ski AmadéThe Gastein ski area is part of the vast 'Ski Amadé' area - a total of 5 ski areas, 865km of piste and 270 lifts. With a 'Ski Amadé' lift pass (available locally) you can ski all of these areas - they include Schladming (167km piste), Flachau/Sportwelt (350km piste) and Hochkonig/Grossarl/Maria Alm (150km piste). To enjoy the challenge of skiing the 'Ski Amadé' area add car hire to your booking. Off-piste
The local ski and snowboard school can organise a fantastic range of activities in addition to group and private ski and board tuition. Advanced skiers and boarders can have off-piste tuition, go on an off-piste safari or go touring. You can also have cross-country ski tuition, try snow shoe walking or even ice climbing. All these activities are available in resort (conditions permitting) - ask your Crystal rep for more information on arrival.
Special offers for holidays between Dec 2013 to Apr 2014
Kids ski free
• Free lift pass for children born 2008 or later.
• Free child helmet when pre-booking skis & boots.