From the Ski Classics race series

The Raiffeisen Gastein Classics

The exciting opening weekend of the 16th Ski Classics season kicks off in Bad Gastein on December 13, 2024. The Pro Team Presentation in Bad Gastein's Felsentherme spa will provide a glamorous start, where the teams will unveil their new race suits and members.


A novelty in the history of the Ski Classics is the flat ITT on Saturday, a flat individual race over 7 km, the first of its kind without steep climbs.
The individual race will be followed by the Challenger competition over 30 km, which is open to both professionals and amateurs. This competition will be counted as a Ski Classics Challenger event! The Gastein Classics, which takes place at the same time, is a 15 km race that is also open to all amateur skiers.


The thrilling Bad Gastein Criterium, a mass start race over 36 kilometers, which offers the first sprint and mountain points of the season, will conclude on Sunday.


Sign up to take part and enjoy a winter sports weekend in the picturesque surroundings of Sportgastein, perfect for cross-country skiing enthusiasts. Visit us for an action-packed weekend in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park!

December 13 - 15 2024

Program and routes

Friday, 13.12.2024
  • EXPO Area at the event area in Sportgastein open


  • In the morning training of the athletes* on the race track


  • Team presentation
Saturday, 14.12.2024
  • EXPO Area open at the event area in Sportgastein


  • flat ITT - 7 km individual race in classic style; followed by the award ceremony in the VIP area


  • GASTEIN CLASSICS - 15 or 30 km amateur race women and men in classic style (mass start); followed by flower ceremony and award ceremony amateurs in Goldbergstube




Sunday, 15.12.2024
  • EXPO Area at the event area in Sportgastein open


  • BAD GASTEIN CRITERIUM WOMEN - mass start 35 km in classic style


  • BAD GASTEIN CRITERIUM MEN - mass start 35 km in classic style;
    followed by flower ceremony and award ceremony CRITERIUM WOMAN and MEN in the VIP Area


All race info


*All subject to change without notice!

Expo Area

Friday to Sunday at the race course in Sportgastein

  • Wax service
  • Material tests and boot drying


15 km or 30 km classic

Registration fee

  • Early bird: € 69.00 - until 30.9.2024
  • Normal price : € 79.00 - from 1.10.2024
  • Late registration: € 89.00 - from 12.12.2024 (directly at the race office up to 2 hours before the start of the race; only cash payment possible)

Online registration until Wednesday, 11 December 2024, 11.59 pm

Included in the entry fee

  • drink
  • Voucher for toll for race day for 1 person
  • Catering
  • Medical care during the race
  • Goodie bag
  • race number
  • Timekeeping
  • Finisher medal
  • Certificate to print out yourself
  • Clothes bag

Prize money

The total prize money for the Raiffeisen Gastein Classics Challenger race is € 2000.00.

Team ranking

A team consists of 4 participants. Women and men are possible as team members. The three fastest members of the team are judged. The winner is the team with the fastest overall time.


  • Classification 30 km:

Jgd II W/M 2008 - 2007
F/M 2006 - 1995
W-I/M-I 1994 - 1985
W-II/M-II 1984 - 1975
W-III/M-III 1974 - 1965
W-IV/M-IV from 1964

  • Classification 15 km:

Jgd W/M 2010 - 2007
F/M 2006 - 1995
W-I/M-I 1994 - 1985
W-II/M-II 1984 - 1975
W-III/M-III 1974 - 1965
W-IV/M-IV from 1964

If there are fewer than 3 starters in an age group, the relevant age group will be merged with the next age group in accordance with the race regulations.

Start groups

  • Elite (start number 1 - 6; allocation reserved for the organiser)

  • Start group 1 (start number 7 - 67; top 10 m/f 15km + top 15 m/f 30km Gastein Classic 2023,
    Other runners only upon prior separate request to the organiser with proof of an active FIS code or proof of corresponding placings.
    Requests for pre-ranking in the 1 starting group must be submitted by 11.12.2024, 11.59 p.m. at the latest when online registration closes. Later requests will not be considered

  • Starting group 2: Ambitious runners

  • Starting group 3: Pleasure runners

Start group 2 or 3 can be chosen independently at the start, depending on ambition.

Start authorization

The minimum age for participation in the races over the 30 km classic distance is 16 years.

Journey to Sportgastein

If you travel to Sportgastein by car, you will have to pay a toll for the Gastein Alpine Road.

We recommend traveling to Sportgastein by public transport.

Special bus times to Sportgastein

  • Bad Hofgastein bus terminal
    8.15, 8.45, 9.45, 10.45, 11.45, 12.15 (only SA/only Sat), 12.45, 13.45, 14.45, 15.45
  • Mozartplatz Bad Gastein
    8.26, 8.56, 9.56, 10.56, 11.56, 12.26 (only SA/only Sat),12.56, 13.56, 14.56, 15.56
  • Train station Bad Gastein
    8.30, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 12.30 (only SA/only Sat), 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00
  • Böckstein town center
    8.40, 9.10, 10.10, 11.10, 12.10, 12.40 (only SA/only Sat), 13.10, 14.10, 15.10, 16.10


Return journey from Sportgastein Goldbergbahn

9.00, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.00 (only SA/only Sat), 13.30, 14.30, 15.30, 16.30

Start number distribution

Friday, 13.12. from 13.00 to 17.00 at the Race Office

Saturday, 14.12. from 8.00 to 12.00 at the Race Office in Sportgastein


Race numbers will be issued on presentation of the deposit slip. Please note that race numbers can only be collected in person!

An official photo ID must be presented when collecting your race number!

Clothes drop-off and collection

Clothes can be handed in 1 hour before the start in the designated area with a clothes bag marked with the respective start number. Items of clothing handed in can be collected from the clothing collection area in the finish area up to 30 minutes after the finish.

Ski storage in the start area

The start area is open 45 minutes before the start for ski storage.

Closing time



Timekeeping is carried out by Ovento Timing by means of transponder timekeeping.
If the transponder is not returned or is lost , the respective participant is obliged to reimburse the organizer for the costs incurred by the timekeeper within 14 days of being requested to do so.

Rescue service & security

Final runners and the rescue service are expressly permitted to remove participants from the race who are in poor physical condition or show other signs of inadequate condition.

Medical care and ambulance service

Teams from the Gastein Red Cross and Bad Gastein Mountain Rescue.


Participation is at your own risk. The organizer accepts no liability for damage to property or personal injury. In particular, the organizer is not liable for negligent or grossly negligent behaviour.

All participants are obliged to sign the Gastein Classics disclaimer and present it at the start number issue:
To the disclaimer

Data protection

The participant agrees to the IT processing and forwarding of his/her data to the organizer.

The personal data provided by participants when registering will be stored and processed for the purposes of organizing and running the event.

Media & press photos/videos

The photos, film recordings and interviews of the participants taken in connection with participation in the event may be distributed and published by the organizer in radio, television, social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), print media, books, photomechanical reproductions (films, video cassettes, etc.) without any claim to remuneration.


Complaints must be reported to the jury no later than 10 minutes after the end of the race.


If the participant does not start at the Gastein Classics for any reason, the entry fee will not be refunded.
If the event cannot be held or can only be held in part due to force majeure, official orders or for other reasons beyond the control of the organizer, the entry fee will not be refunded.

Changes to the route

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the route, the organizational procedure and other program items until further notice.

In the event of changes, there is no entitlement to a refund of the entry fee.

Any questions?

Please send us your mail to

We are looking forward to your message!

Raiffeisen Gastein Classics Classics Friends Hotel

  • Best Price
  • Early Bird sportsman breakfast on race day
  • Late Check Out on departure day
  • Ski depot with boot dryer, laundry service
  • Free use of cross-country ski trails and tolls upon accreditation
  • Information material and information about the race in the hotel

These were the

Raiffeisen Gastein Classics 2023

The Raiffeisen Gastein Classics 2023 were successfully held in Bad Gastein in glorious weather and fantastic snow conditions.

35 PRO teams and more than 150 amateurs took part in the races on the high-altitude trail in Sportgastein on Saturday and Sunday.


The Pro Team Tempo competition on Saturday was held as a team event, with a total of 176 professionals taking part. The Swedish team "Engcon" around the strong Ida Dahl repeated last year's victory in Bad Gastein.

On Sunday, the Norwegian cross-country skiers took revenge in the individual races over 35 km and more than 400 vertical meters. Emilie Fleten secured an outstanding first Norwegian victory in the women's race , followed by compatriot Kasper Stadaas in the men's race.


In the amateur races on Saturday afternoon in bright sunshine, the Austrians celebrated several victories.

The Ski-Willy Marathon Team Austria won the 30K with Petra Tanner and Josua Strübel and were also successful in the team classification.

Gastein local hero Lukas Pertl won the 15-kilometer competition. The preparations for the "Road to Gastein Classics" project in collaboration with our sponsor Atomic were therefore very successful.


The perfect race weekend underlined the importance of cross-country skiing in Gastein. The third edition in Bad Gastein in December 2024 is already fixed.


A big thank you to all sponsors and the many volunteers!

Impressions 2022

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