Set in sunny, spacious surroundings the resort of Bad Hofgastein is a quiet spa town set in the heart of the Ski Amade. With its pedestrianized centre with plenty of shops and restaurants, the resort is pleasant to wander around in once you're finished skiing for the day. Excellent bus links also allow you to gain access to all the available ski regions. Access to the summit is via a funicular. 
Bad Hofgastein is set in the centre of the Gastein valley, with Dorfastein along one side, while Bad Gastein and beyond it Sportgastein, with the highest altitude in the other direction. The connected area gives access to 215km of piste, a total almost doubled when off piste options are included. 
Pros

Sunny, spacious setting

Lovely long runs

Cons

Lacks ski resort ambience

Funicular from base can be crowded

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