If you cross the summit of the Kreuzkogel, you can actually ski all the way to Grossarl, which is over in the neighboring valley. You can also slice down the slopes of the Graukogel in Bad Gastein. For its part, the Sportgastein ski area will lead you up beyond 2, meters. Because of that high elevation, the piste conditions are always very good, even in warm temperatures.
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Bad Gastein Resort guide Extent of the slopes From the Stubnerkogel gondola a long blue run goes back to base, but most runs head for Angertal, which links with Bad Hofgastein. Fast lifts There are several gondolas, but also lots of slow chairs and T-bars. Snow reliability The slopes go a bit higher than many Austrian rivals — Sportgastein much higher — and there is decent snowmaking.
For experts The few black runs are not severe, but many reds are long and satisfying. But there is plenty of good off-piste — by the Jungeralm chair on the shady side of Stubnerkogel, for example.
Sportgastein has a ski route from top to bottom. For intermediates Confident intermediates, will find long, leg-testing red runs in all sectors. The valley in general and Stubnerkogel in particular are not nearly so good for blue-run skiers.
Sportgastein has a good range of runs, up to an easy black. For beginners There are nursery areas near the gondola station and at Angertal — a better bet. But progression is awkward — the mountains are essentially steep. The few easy long runs are boring paths.
Snowboarding The valley hosts snowboard events, and there is good freeriding. Draglifts are dotted around. Cross-country There are 45km of trails in the area, but most are low down.
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