With spectacular scenery, soothing thermal spas and over 220 kilometres of superb ski slopes, it’s no wonder Austria’s Gastein valley is constantly stealing the spotlight. If you’re considering heading for the hills this ski season, we’ve got the sweetener to seal the deal. From the 15th to the 24th of March the Austrian Alps are set to be sizzling with the red-hot rhythms of the annual Snow Jazz Gastein Festival.
Now that the Alpine ski season is in full swing, art-loving ski junkies are in for a double dose of magic at ARt on Snow in the spectacular Austrian Gastein valley. From the 2nd to the 8th of February Gastein guests will be treated to the biggest art festival in the Alps, complete with painting workshops, parties, street performances, and even sculpture-dotted ski runs.
With the prerequisite powdery virginal snow, breathtaking mountainous landscapes and crisp Alpine air, we’ve carefully curated an insider’s guide to independent Alpine hotels, ski chalets, retreats and lodges that exude soul.
White Line Hotels – the collection of more than 40 indie hotels, has introduced the cool concept of Mountain Hopping through a selection of creative boltholes; The Alpine Edit – the insider guide to hotels, ski chalets, retreats and lodges from across Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy.
There’s no escaping that inevitable question on any ski holiday: What do you do when you’re not on the slopes? It’s certainly a dilemma that falls into the category that a dear friend of mine calls — with all due gratitude for being lucky enough to have this kind — “posh problems”, but a question to be answered nonetheless. If cozy chairs near flickering fires still hold their appeal, but this year you find yourself dreaming of something slightly less usual, it’s time to take your holiday down-time underground. Into Bad Gastein’s healing caves.