The valley is best suited to high-mileage intermediates looking for a large ski area with plenty of challenges. It is not such a good resort, however, for beginners; the nursery slopes are either too steep (Bad Gastein), too flat (Angertal), or too short (Dorfgastein), and there are no good progression runs to move on to.
Advanced skiers and riders should head to Sportgastein and Graukogel, which both have fine off-piste runs in the right conditions. A general lack of skiing convenience makes the resort “unsuitable for first-time beginners”.
The Gastein Snowpark on the Stubnerkogel comes complete with tables, slides and jumps. The park, which has its own website, is reached from Badgastein using the Stubnerkogel lift from the valley, or from Bad Hofgastein via the Angertal lift. Non-freestylers can watch the action in the Snowpark from the terrace of the Stubner Alm. The Snowboard World Cup took place in the Gastein area in 2009.