Ski Holidays in Obertauern
With some of the best and snow-sure high altitude skiing in Austria, Obertauern is shrouded by the spectacular peaks and slopes of the Radstädter Tauern. There are 95 kms of prepared piste, all leading back to the village in this well-planned ski circus.
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Skiing in Obertauern
Facing north and south, the main skiing areas present 26 interconnecting lifts allowing extensive skiing around the Tauernrunde bowl region without the necessity of ski buses. There is the added pleasure of being able to ski to or from the door of most hotels.
Obertauern resort is quite different to other resorts as you can actually travel 200 times as far horizontally as you can vertically, offering 120km of trails. It is part of the Top Tauern Ski Check pass which includes more than 30 resorts in Tauern, some of which are lift linked but not Obertauern so visitors will need to take a bus link. Some of the well known resorts in this scheme which are part of the 700km of pistes are Altnmarkt and Schladming.
The resort consists of three main areas- Kringsalm, Hochalm and Gamsleitenspitze. It has a unique way of skiing the area where its runs and lifts are designed to you can ski the mountain range in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction, returning back where you started from. This is why the ski area is best for intermediates as these circuits largely have red runs.
Obertauern has a unique way of colour coding its ski circuits around the area. For first timers and beginners, the ‘green circuit’ (anticlockwise) consists of 5 lifts and pistes that have gentle slopes. It also has wide, open and well groomed nursery slopes by the village that have excellent snow conditions.
The resort is best catered to intermediate skiers as two thirds of its terrain are intermediate standard runs. The ‘pink circuit’ (clockwise) consists of a huge array of blue and red pistes, together making a total length of the circuit 30km. There is a choice of three different routes for this circuit.
Around 20% of Obertauern’s pistes are black and its powder bowl skiing is highly recommended. Five of its blacks have challenging mogul fields such as the Garnsleiten II and there are some great off-piste routes which you can ski with a guide to ensure safety and to get the most out of its terrain.
In addition, its self-timed slalom course allows visitors to practice or try a slalom race course and its cross country trails allow all abilities to explore its 7km of trails.
Snow conditions in Obertauern
The resort and wider area are located at a high altitude and its position in the Niedere Tauern mountain range means for an advantageous microclimate, providing guaranteed snow conditions.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Obertauern
The resort is built high and the developments have been well thought out and create an attractive village. Obertauern has several lively night spots and has been famous for apres ski ever since the Beatles made their film ‘Help’ here in 1965.
Resort attractions include indoor tennis; walking (18kms of cleared paths); bowling; squash; tobogganing; ice skating; curling; sleigh rides and also a large sports centre. A ski holiday to Obertauern can also be combined with a city break to Salzburg.
Most of its restaurants service high quality Austrian dishes and its apres ski is lively as well has having more relaxed options to unwind after a day skiing. Begin at one of its local cafes or bars at the foot of the slopes and enjoy a mug of glühwein or jägertee following by tea dancing at Lürzeralm cafe or Latsch’n Stubn. For live music, go to the Römer Bar or Hotel Edelweiss which are usually fairly busy and if you’re looking to party until the early hours, the Lérzeralm and the Gasthof Taverne are one of the 5 spots for a late night party.
Transfer times to Obertauern
Salzburg (SZG) - 1 hr 10 mins
Innsbruck (INN) - 3 hrs
Munich (MUC) - 3 hrs 30 mins
I take 2/3 ski holidays a year and over the past 5 years i have returned to this resort once per year! I'm not usually a person who goes back to the same resort again and again but I keep returning to this resort as the distance from Salzburg is 1 hour 10 mins in a private transfer (1.40mins on a coach) and the height means I can be sure of good snow throughout March. Runs are well maintained, suitable for all levels, good choice of mountain restaurants, great ski school (called Smiles) and in particular for children! Excellent choice of hotels with some superb spa facilities for those aching legs after a challenging days skiing. Apres ski is good but quieter than other Austrian resorts. However if you were to compare the apres with other non Austrian resorts then it's great.
Apres Ski: 4/5
First time using Igluski last January. And first time to obertauern we had one day of snow and the rest of the week we had fun on the lovely red runs. Not really that much going on in the evenings but that was fine for us.
Apres Ski: 3/5