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Bad Hofgastein Resort Report Feedback Thread

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This is a feedback thread for homphomp's resort report:

Bad Hofgastein (March 2007)

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Hoppo, nice report and represents Bad Hofgastein and the skiing in the valley really well. wink Good to see you enjoyed the place.

Just a couple of things to add, don't forget the Graukogel ski area. It's limited with the number of runs but they're pretty steep and often deserted. There's off piste opportunities here too and it's all tree lined so a bad wether option too - well worth the visit.

On the night life, I agree that Bad Hofgastein can be quite quiet. However, it is the Gasteinertal's commercial centre whereas Bad Gastein is the resort. Bad Gastein is much livelier in the winter than Hofgastein. They recently had the
Red Bull Playstreets event - a ski competition, skiing down between the buildings in the town!! It drew quite a crowd to say the least. Toofy Grin

Cheers
Kersh
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I thought Bad Hofgastein was nicer to walk around than Bad Gastein. It is not as steep for a start.

I think the hotels offer remarkable value for money. As well as the spa crowd there is also a big conference trade for the hotels. You do not really need the thermal baths as the hotels nearly all have their own pools and saunas.

You may need to get a bus to the lift, but from Bad Hofgastein you are best positioned for the three big areas.
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Kersh, it was homphomp what went to Bad Hofgastein - I just do the indexing wink
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Ah yes, noted. Sorry Homphomp.

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Kersh wrote:
....nice report and represents Bad Hofgastein and the skiing in the valley really well. wink Good to see you enjoyed the place.


Thanks!

Kersh wrote:
......don't forget the Graukogel ski area.


We did....didn't even see it on the piste map until after we got back! Still it'll give us somwhere new to explore when we get back there.
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Latchigo wrote:
You do not really need the thermal baths as the hotels nearly all have their own pools and saunas.


Too true....guests at the Osterreichischer Hof get to use the AlpenTherme for free, and I doubt if I'd have paid to get in if it wasn't included in the price already as the hotel has plenty of facilities anyway. But it was very nice all the same....
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homphomp wrote:
We did....didn't even see it on the piste map until after we got back! Still it'll give us somwhere new to explore when we get back there.


Sad You missed out there but like you say, you can always go back! snowHead
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Kersh, The odd thing is that we saw buses heading out to Graukogel but never made the connection that we might want to get on one!!! Must be old age?
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Anybody been to Bad Hofgastein recently. Thinking of going there for Jan 09 taking a group of 16 mature adults, few non skiers so have some advantage of spa. Has anybody stayed at Palace Hotel in Bad Hof?
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Bad Hofgastein just back from New Year Week and thought you might like an update.

Snow was good and blue skies all week, apart from the 1st which was cloudy with little snowfall.

Skiing was good - nice blue and red runs - didn't do black so can't comment - in fact didn't do much red either, mainly due to recovering from flu. But my husband got around most of the Schlossalm and Stuberkogel (spelling?) runs and said they were all brilliant. We started off from Angertal each day - a 10 minute bus ride from Bad Hofgastein. The ski schools seem to start from that base also. The ski school was good - although I didn't take to my instructor on the first day - his technique was to shout and if you fell, as I did when faced with a red run after months of no skiing and having had flu for a fortnight - his reaction was to shout 'get up now' even louder. Well I didn't go on holiday to be shouted at - so got myself another instructor - much better at actually teaching and helping me to progress - as you may have guessed I am not exactly the world's best skier!

The runs are all nice and long and the blues go through trees in a very mellow kind of way, occassionally overlapping with the wide downhill red pistes.

The resort was busy as it was new year, but not as crowded as we thought it might have been.

Bad Hofgastein is more of a 'normal' town than a ski resort and you do need to use the ski buses.

We stayed in the Impuls Tirol which I couldn't recommend highly enough - nice rooms, fantastice food (the New Years Eve dinner a 7 course gourmet treat), friendly staff and relaxing spa and pool - i love swimming in the open air surrounded by snow.

We would go back again for skiing and hotel. Didn't meet a lot of other British skiers but there were many, many Russians, who all seemed to smoke like chimneys, although the party at the dinner table next to ours were a great laugh.

I would recommend the area for skiing if you are a mixed ability group who doesn't mind going your separate ways during the day. My husband went for an advanced class and mastered his carving techniques while I finally managed to get to grips with parallel turns.

We hired skis and boots from 47 North - excellent quality gear.
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