Freeride Hotspot Gastein

The Gastein mountains make free-riders' hearts beat faster.

Attention freeriders: Best conditions with fantastic powder snow are waiting for you in the mountains of Gastein. Strap on your freeride skis or snowboard, choose a cool area with deep snow and off you go.


On a winter vacation in Gastein, freeriders will find perfect conditions for freeriding amidst the impressive mountain scenery, right outside the door of your accommodation

The mountains of Gastein offer many varied slopes with deep snow & ideal ski runs for freeriders:

  • North-facing wide slopes with champagne powder until the afternoon.
  • south facing slopes with firn
  • fast tree runs and gullies
  • big mountain runs 
  • ...and a much bigger nature experience in the Gasteinertal valley

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For carefree freeride fun

The Gasteinertal is known for its snow reliability. Due to the high alpine location, you can expect the best snow conditions in the Gastein winter. Especially the skiing area Sportgastein, which reaches up to 2,686 meters, scores with snow reliability and numerous deep snow slopes, which you can reach without a long ascent. Three marked routes offer carefree freeride fun. Not for nothing have top athletes like Sandra Lahnsteiner settled in Gastein. In addition, international contests and competitions take place regularly. 

Here's what freeride star Sandra Lahnsteiner has to say

Sandra Lahnsteiner

Gastein Valley simply has so much to offer. In fact, folks who are new to Gastein are often amazed by the variety. Sportgastein, with its high-alpine slopes and the Schareck run down from the Mölltal glacier back to Sportgastein, are absolute highlights. Bad Gastein - the Stubnerkogel - is a magnet for freeriders, too, with a wide range of options close to the Jungeralm, while the Schlossalm area offers numerous choices you can reach directly from the lifts.

To sum it up: Gastein always has something to offer regardless of the weather or avalanche conditions! When there's heavy snowfall, pick out one of our numerous forest runs or perhaps the new Katstall ride. And if the weather is more settled, countless open mountainsides and big-mountain runs are perfectly primed and ready to welcome you. How nice is that?!

Freeride Routes in Sportgastein

Golden Powder

Length: 5,000 m

Access: The Golden Rush is located right below the Goldbergbahn lift.

Elevation Drop: 664 m

Rating: intermediate

Exposure: west

Golden Rush

Length: 2,000 m

Access: Right off the Golden Powder run, with steep sections. Only for experienced freeriders!

Elevation Drop: 398 m

Rating: intermediate

Exposure: west

Golden Ride

Length: 666 m

Access: valley station of the Kreuzkogel tow

Elevation Drop: 176 m

Rating: intermediate

Exposure: west

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Deep-Snow Safety

Ready for a major endorphin rush? In that case, freeriding in Gastein will be "just what the doctor ordered" for you! Before you get started, though, make sure you have the right gear, including avalanche transponder and a probe, and that you are well prepared! Don't put yourself in danger unnecessarily! While you are still on the valley floor in Sportgastein, be sure to check out whether your transponder is working correctly using the equipment next to the practice avalanche search & rescue area. The bottom line is always "Ride safe!" Even experienced freeriders benefit from the services of a trained local guide, who can lead them out to the very best freeride spots in Gastein. With all your preparations complete, nothing more stands in the way of an unforgettable day of freeriding  here with us in Gastein.

The QParks snowpark is a fantastic playground for new-schoolers. In the snowpark on the Stubnerkogel, beginner, medium and advanced lines feature lots of rails & boxes, while the kickers will allow you to clock lots of air time!