Whilst in the midst of a rather bad British summer, my mind has moved to winter fun – skiing in particular. Whilst there are many fantastic spots for fun in the snow, Austria’s Bad Hofgastein area is particularly popular, with a charming vibe to boot.
Sat in the imposing and beautiful Gasteinertal area, this is the largest ski region in Austria, reached easily from Salzburg, with cheap transfers available when pre-booked. Lower the cost of your energetic break even further by pre-booking great value airport extras, such as airport parking, and jet off with peace of mind and extra money in your pocket. I rarely travel without airport parking, so give it a try and see for yourself. Check out Manchester airport parking.
Bad Hofgastein is perfect for all ski abilities. The nursery slopes at Angertal are perfect for beginners, with the ideal setting to practice and perfect your skills, before moving onto the intermediate slopes. It’s easy to get around the whole resort, with buses and trains running regularly and all areas covered by your lift pass.
A little more advanced? Well I’d suggest you head to Stubnerkogel for a challenge. For more exhilaration, head off piste, hiring a guide. I’d recommend arranging activities with the ski school, such as off piste tuition, to really get the most out of your time on the slopes. You’ll be an expert in no time!
When you’re not whizzing down the slopes, the resort itself is picturesque and I’d definitely recommend exploring. Bad Hofgastein offers many attractions, including fantastic spa facilities, all in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The nightlife is equally as chilled-out with many bars and restaurants to choose from, with a menu to suit every palate. My advice? Wear yourself out during the day on the slopes, and chill out in the evening with a nice meal and a few drinks with friends. Perfect.
Ski holidays are surprisingly affordable, with many deals to had, including ski passes and deals for families. Cut costs further by taking advantage of airport extras, such as airport hotels and airport parking. Check out parking at Gatwick, and Heathrow airport parking, and see what fantastic rates you can find. I’d highly recommend either service, and I rarely travel without.
So, for fun on the slopes, a fantastic setting during the day and night, and ease of travel – it has to be Austria, it has to be Bad Hofgastein.