The market and spa town of Bad Hofgastein is the centre of activity in Austria's Gastein Valley. It combines thermal spa relaxation with stunning mountain scenery, and a wealth of winter sports. In the Gastein Valley you'll find snow-based sports for everyone - families can enjoy the varied skiing and boarding available, hikers have a huge choice of trails to follow, ice climbers find Gastein a climbing paradise, and the vast off-piste is heaven for extreme skiers and boarders looking for thrills on fresh powder. From Bad Hofgastein you can earn your spa time by exploring the ski areas of Gastein. Between the areas of Bad Gastein, Graukogel, Dorfgastein, and Sportgastein there are 200km of marked runs going up to 2,700m. The variety of trails in Gastein is second to none, so whether you're a beginner or pro, or prefer carving to boarding, you'll find countless runs to conquer. The resort is perfect for groups of mixed abilities and families. The ski schools help novices to progress quickly and there are special courses for even the youngest of children. With the countless cross-country ski and snowshoes trails you can also explore and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings of this vast and varied area at your own pace. After your days on the snow you can relax and unwind in one of the fantastic spa centres in Bad Hofgastein. The Aplentherme centre has six amazing spa "worlds" where you're sure to find your ideal spa environment. There's everything from Family World with fun spa facilities for the young and old to Sauna World where you'll find the hottest village in the Alps.Once you're relaxed and rejuvenated, you can make the most of Bad Hofgastein's après ski. In the pedestrianised village you'll find a great range of restaurants and bars, including many traditional mountain eateries. Other evening activities include night skiing and tobogganing, and the tourist office organise a full calendar of musical and cultural events throughout the season.