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Bad Gastein

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There are supposed to be 200kms worth of slopes here. I don't know how that's measured, but there's quite a bit of choice I'm told. Push off points are as high as 2700 metres, which means pretty good snow cover, in fact this resort has a pretty sound reputation for coverage. They break it up into 60kms worth of easy runs, 117kms of intermediate runs and 24kms of more challenging runs over five mountains.

The town isn't your standard Austrian chalet town, it's got a lot more grand old hotels for starters, really good traditional Austrian restaurants  and a James Bond style casino. It's also brimming with spas fed by the hot springs that bubble up from under it. The main problem with Bad Gastein is the lack of transport, apparently it's best done with a car.

Written by  Sally James.

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