Obertauern or Austria’s Snow Bowl, is one of the alpine skiing areas where snow is guaranteed for more than 150 days a year. The region is famous for skiing and snowboarding from mid-November to early May, with an average of 2.6 metres of perfect snow! There is nothing you couldn’t find in therm of ski slopes, ski hire, ski schools, accommodation, restaurants and nightlife. Not to mention that the setup at Obertauern is impressive! If you want to know more, read this Obertauern ski resort guide!
Obertauern is a gorgeous resort that lies south-east of Salzburg, in the Austrian Alps. In the small but modern village situated at an altitude of 1.664meters are living no more than 200 residents.
GETTING TO OBERTAUERN
By car – You can easily reach Obertauern from A10 highway.
By train – the nearest train station is in Radstadt, 20km away. From there you can get to Obertauern by bus or by taxi.
By plane – The closest airport is in Salzburg, 90 kilometres away. With shuttle service or individual service, you will get to Obertauern in no more than 1hour.
There are so many options to choose: from basic self-catering apartments, traditional guesthouses to luxury spa resorts, everything for every taste. Once here, you won’t be needing a car since all accommodations have access to the surrounding ski slopes and lifts.
The ski area has 100 kilometres of pistes (61 kilometres easy, 35 kilometres moderate, 4 kilometres difficult), 31 kilometres of cross-country slopes and 26 cable-lifts (one cabin cable car, 17 chair lifts, two combi chair/cabin cable cars and 6 T-bar lifts). For ski-pass prices read more here.
THE FAMOUS TAUERN SKI CIRCUIT or TAUERNRUNDE
The circuit starts and end in the village and has no more than 12 kilometres. What’s great about it: you can make it in both directions – clockwise (following the red signs) and anti-clockwise (following the green signs). And you can do both on the same day, which is even greater. The circuit is for beginners as well for advanced skiers. The free ski buses operate every hour in both directions.
THE SUPER SEVEN CIRCUIT
The Super Seven marks the seven highest picks in the Obertauern ski region, each at the top of a lift facility. It is mostly for experienced skiers. Gamsleiten 2 is on this circuit. It is at an elevation of 2313 m above sea level, which also marks the highest point in the Obertauern ski area.
Every Monday and Thursday, from 19:00 until 22:00, a 1.5 kilometre-long piste is open for night skiing at the Edelweiss 4-chair lift.
APRÈS SKI & RESTAURANTS
When it comes to food, the options are unlimited here. But to mention some option:
The legendary Treff 2000, right next to the top station of Grünwaldkopf chairlift, is always a great choice!
Die Talstation restaurant is also a great place to eat, with reasonable prices and a more laid back atmosphere.
Be at the Zehnerkarbahn first thing in the morning, go up and leave your first tracks in the freshly prepared pistes. Nothing can beat that feeling!