Golden Powder, Sportgastein, Bad Gastein, Austria

Golden Powder, Sportgastein, Bad Gastein, Austria. At 2650 meters, Sportgastein is the highest ski area in Ski amadé. The Golden Powder route is the longest official ski route for freeriders in the area. The starting point is just below the mountain station of the Goldbergbahn. The Gastein valley, nestled in the Austrian Alps, is home to three charming towns, each offering its own unique character and attractions. Photo (playing card) by Armin Rauthner, Skier: Heli Schulz.

Sportgastein ski area

Situated at altitudes ranging from 1,590 to 2,650 meters above sea level, the Sportgastein ski area is the ultimate eldorado for freeriders. On site, you can revel in alpine freedom, carve through fresh powder or glide over pristine firn – all off-piste. Sportgastein offers ideal conditions for backcountry skiing, with three official freeride ski routes adjacent to the slopes. Its location in the Slackcountry ensures easy access to these routes. In addition, Sportgastein boasts a dedicated Freeride Info Base located directly at the Goldbergbahn mountain station. That’s where sports enthusiasts can access valuable safety tips, the daily avalanche report and route descriptions.

Photo: © by Armin Rauthner | Snowboarder: Franz Magdics

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein, the largest town in the valley, is renowned for its magnificent Belle Époque architecture and vibrant spa culture. The town is set against a backdrop of soaring mountains and picturesque waterfalls, creating a captivating atmosphere. The famous waterfall promenade, with its dramatic cascades, is a must-visit, while the grand buildings housing luxurious spa hotels and thermal springs invite relaxation and rejuvenation. Bad Gastein is also a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting countless hiking trails, ski slopes, and mountain biking routes.

Bad Gastein is renowned for its magnificent Belle Époque architecture.

With over 200 kilometers of perfectly groomed slopes catering to all levels, from beginners to advanced skiers, it promises endless fun and excitement. The resort is part of the vast Ski Amadé area, a network of ski resorts in Austria, ensuring a variety of slopes and trails to explore. The modern lifts and well-connected ski areas make it easy to navigate and fully enjoy the vast snowy paradise.

But what truly sets Bad Gastein apart is its unique charm and character. The resort is famous for its Belle Époque architecture, with grand hotels lining the charming streets. Read my article “Bad Gastein – the Berlin of the Alps”. The historic city center boasts numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes, creating a lively atmosphere both on and off the slopes. After a day on the mountain, visitors can relax and unwind in the thermal spas that give the resort its name. The thermal waters, known for their healing properties, offer a rejuvenating experience for tired muscles.

Bad Hofgastein

Located just a few kilometers downstream, Bad Hofgastein is a delightful destination with a more laid-back atmosphere. This alpine town is famous for its therapeutic thermal springs, which have been attracting visitors since ancient Roman times. Wander through the lovely pedestrian zone, lined with quaint shops and quaint cafes, and soak in the peaceful ambiance. With numerous wellness centers, golf courses, and hiking trails, Bad Hofgastein is ideal for those seeking tranquility surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty.


Further down the valley lies Dorfgastein, a picturesque village known for its warm hospitality and authentic Austrian charm. Dotted with rustic farmhouses and traditional guesthouses, this small town exudes a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Dorfgastein is particularly popular among families, thanks to its family-friendly ski slopes, excellent hiking opportunities, and diverse leisure activities such as summer tobogganing and horseback riding.

Overall, the three towns in the Gastein valley offer a harmonious blend of nature, wellness, and culture. Whether seeking adventure on the slopes, relaxation in the thermal spas, or immersing oneself in the rich history and architecture, visitors to Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, and Dorfgastein will find a paradise tucked away in the heart of the Austrian Alps.

More information on the official website of Visit Gastein. Freeride fans who are looking for a guide check out Freeride Gastein.

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