The relatively unknown gem of Obertauern is a delightful resort in the Salzburg region with a long history dating back to the fourth century BC.
The modern development of the resorts has made it more popular recently, along with the high-altitude skiing from 1,740m to 2,3313m, over 100km of snow-sure slopes, rustic charm and spectacular scenery. The ski area has something to offer everyone - multiple ski schools, hotels close to the piste, special activities including night-time skiing and its own terrain park. The resort also offers a lively après-ski scene both up in the mountains and at the bottom of the slopes.
Resort Altitude: 1,740m
Resort Skiing: 2,313m
Total Ski Area: 100km
Blue Runs: 61km
Red Runs: 35km
Black Runs: 4km
Obertauern offers unlimited fun on the slopes, with an abundance of skiing opportunities to be enjoyed. The entire village has a rustic, traditional charm, combined with stunning views of the mountains. The resort is snow-sure due to its altitude and has a high Alpine bowl. Many of the hotels within the resort are ski-in ski-out, which is perfect for those raring to get on the snow.
Large, open bowls provide great conditions for skiing and two nights a week there is the opportunity to night-ski. For the more experienced there are a number of challenging blacks with high elevation as well as great off-piste to be experienced with a guide. For the intermediates there are an abundance of relaxed runs on the lower pistes. Nursery slopes are dotted around the resort for beginners, with a selection of easier runs that are accessible from chairlifts. The mountain is well suited to all abilities.
Large, open runs are great for cruising and the runs higher up offer some challenging terrain for the more advanced rider. Off-piste is possible in certain areas but a guide is recommended for the best experience. The Longplay Park features jumps and rails for different levels of boarders.
There are seven fantastic ski schools across Obertauern, specialising in Alpine skiing, snowboarding, snow-bikes and snow-kiting. Lessons are available for adults and children, both as a group or in private scheduled lessons.
The resort's best restaurants are located in hotels and bars and serve a variety of excellent food throughout the night. Königsalm in the Latschenhof is one of the most popular restaurants, serving traditional cuisine in a rustic setting. The Almrausch offers local and international cuisine in an intimate and cosy atmosphere with unique traditional décor.
After a day of skiing, the town becomes vibrant with large, chalet-style bars at the base of the slopes being the first point of call for most. Latsch’n Alm, Lürzer Alm and Gruberstadl are the most popular of the après-ski locations. For a more secluded, quiet place to enjoy a drink head to The Tauerkonig Hotel, where there is a cosy outdoor area hidden from the main run. Later on in the evening, for those looking for some dancing, Monkey’s Heaven and The People Bar are open until late and are lively until the early hours.
For those that aren’t skiing the quaint town can be explored and also offers excellent sports facilities. Beautiful walks are also possible up to Kringsalm where you can see stunning views of the mountains and the resort below. A trip to Salzburg is easily done and a great place to spend the day.