In the midst of the Hohe Tauern National Park, Bad Gastein basks in fresh mountain air and a fog-free setting at 1,000 metres above sea level.
Its very characteristic appearance, with beautiful buildings dating back to the "Belle Époque", blends harmoniously into its natural surroundings.
This is a spa town of world renown with a very special flair: relaxation and recreation in pure mountain air, combined with an ideal high-altitude climate and Gastein's thermal waters, guarantee you a vacation that is certain to exceed your highest expectations!
Dream yourself a winter's dream: Blue sky over mountain slopes covered deep in snow, wisps of smoke rising up from the chimney of a rustic ski lodge. The jingling of bells on a horse-drawn sleigh, soothing relaxation in hot spring waters. This dream has a name: Gastein!
Winter sports enthusiasts find their personal piece of paradise in the Gastein Valley. Whether you prefer skiing, boarding or carving, in the four ski areas of Gastein with 200 kilometres of slopes there is always snow to rely on.
No wonder that also the world's best riders are keen to come back every year. Over a long time now, Bad Gastein has raised the bar of organising both, enthralling head-to-head duels in the parallel slalom and breathtaking fights on the snowboard cross course, both located on the Buchebenskiwiese in the city centre.
Ever since 2001, the winter sport resort has staged World Cups every season - some of them under flood light - having earned the legendary status of a tradition-rich event venue, which also offers a lot of party time for riders and fans after the event.
In 2014, it's time again for the race boarders to show their skills in a parallel slalom.
In the four winter sports resorts of Gastein Valley, skiers and snowboarders are greeted by a total of well over 220 kilometers of outstandingly groomed slopes. The right slope awaits no matter what your ability level: deep-snow and moguls runs, carving hills and freerides, along with family runs, bringing all the variety to your ski vacation you could possibly wish for.
Some 50 cable cars and ski lifts, along with around 220 kilometers of excellently maintained and snowy slopes, make Gastein Valley one of the most attractive ski areas in the entire province. Your choices include the ski circuits of Stubnerkogel-Angertal-Schlossalm and Dorfgastein-Grossarl, also awaiting you with a permanent race hill, the World Championship-caliber Graukogel with its long, tough runs, and Sportgastein, located at high-alpine elevations of up to 2700 meters, where the backcountry is vast and open.
Yesterday's last parallel slalom of the season in Bad Gastein not only featured the first two Crystal Globe decisions with Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Sylvain Dufour (FRA) coming out successfully on the race for the title but also a very emotional good-bye of a veteran race boarder.
Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Vic Wild (RUS) won the third and last parallel slalom of the 2014 FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour.
After yesterday's public bib draw in the Casino Salzburg of Bad Gastein, riders tackled the Bucheben slope for the second time this weekend.
The hosting nation enjoyed the rest day with a very special activity
The first of two parallel slaloms of the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour staged in Bad Gastein, Austria, today, brought a surprising winner and a favourite taking the Gold with Alexander Bergmann (GER) clinching his career's first and Patrizia Kummer (SUI) her career's ninth.
Swiss ladies and Austrian men impress in the qualifiers for the season's second parallel slalom with four Swiss girls and five Austrian men making the cut of the top-16.