In winter the town of Bad Gastein turns into one of Austria's best ski resorts. Situated in the Gastein Valley there are winter sports for everyone - families will enjoy the varied skiing, winter hikers will be spoilt with the choice of trails, ice climbers will find their own personal heaven, and extreme skiers and boarders will be in paradise on the vast powder covered off-piste. Equally as famous for its natural thermal springs, Bad Gastein combines an excellent variety of winter sports with a fantastic array of spas and wellness centres where you can relax and unwind in this therapeutic water.To earn your spa time you can explore the 200km of slopes across the four ski areas of Gastein. These areas have great snow conditions and are suitable for all disciplines. So whether you prefer skiing, carving or boarding there are slopes for you to conquer. The ski schools in the area will help all learners to progress quickly, and at this family-friendly resort they have special courses for even the youngest of children. If you prefer to embrace the landscape on snowshoes or by cross-country skiing there are plenty of quiet trails where you can enjoy the peace of the natural surroundings.After your snow-based adventures and your soothing spa treatments you can choice from a variety of après ski establishments before returning to your cosy lodgings for the night. Bad Gastein is home to a range of restaurants, friendly mountain inns, bars, and a casino. Throughout the season the resort organises special evening events, like the yearly Snow Jazz festival and various other concerts and theatre productions.To help you have the easiest possible start to your holiday in Bad Gastein there are regular bus transfers from the closest airports, Saltzberg and Munich - both of which are less than a two hours' drive away.