Obertauern Ski Resort

Obertauern Ski Resort
Obertauern Skiing
Obertauern Ski Resort
Obertauern Ski Resort
Obertauern Ski Resort
Obertauern Ski Resort

Obertauern Ski Resort

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Obertauern

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  • Vertical (m)
    1,630m – 2,313m (683m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m+
  • Lifts (26)
    3 Gondolas / cable cars
    17 Chairs
  • Openings Dates & Times
    Late Nov to early May
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 100km
    Longest run – 3km
    Advanced - 4%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 61%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €48
    Child - €24
    Child u/6yr - Free
    1.5day+ incl. Grosseck Speiereck ski resort
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Obertauern Ski Resort Austria

Obertauern ski resort is one of Austria's most snow sure, non-glacier skiing areas. The village at Obertauern is over 1600m elevation, guaranteeing a long ski season from late November to early May - exactly what Powderhounds is looking for!

Our visit to Obertauern showcased the ski resorts versatility, catering perfectly to novices, beginners & intermediates, plus providing enough challenging thrills & spills for advanced & expert freeriders. The high annual snowfall meant we skied powder when we least expected it.

Pros & Cons for Obertauern Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation base area in one of the snowiest parts of Austria;
  • Ultra-modern & efficient lift system;
  • No lift lines;
  • Good range of piste trails for all levels (but less for advanced on piste);
  • Wonderful ski resort to learn-to-ski;
  • Interesting variety of off-piste terrain;
  • Great après ski particularly in the upper valley;
  • Plethora of ski-in ski-out accommodation;
  • Good value lift pass price linked with Grosseck Speiereck;
  • Easy public transport access by bus & ample free car parking for day trippers right near the lifts.

Cons

  • Short skiable vertical off most lifts (200 to 400m with two notable exemptions);
  • Major piste trails can be very busy & get skied off & bumped quite early on busy weekends;
  • Several long, flat linking trails & some off piste exits create issues for snowboarders.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Village is spread along the valley so no strong central village;
  • Accommodation can be relatively expensive & books out quickly in high season.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Mellow on one side, steep on the other & a little of both down the ends, Obertauern’s skiing & snowboarding terrain lines a high & broad mountain pass. In many respects similar to the excellent Kühtai ski resort near Innsbruck, Obertauern is geared towards the family & intermediate end of the market with nearly 100km of groomed trails of wide easy cruisers. The groomers are offset by some sensational off-piste & freeride terrain that once found, is hugely enjoyable. Steeps, trees, couloirs & bowls have quality snow on a shaded northerly aspect & relatively little competition for first tracks.

At less than 700m, the skiable vertical at Obertauern is short compared to most European resorts. Much of the terrain, particularly on the sun soaked northern side of the valley is much less than this. Similarly, the longest trail is only 3km long. Does any of this really matter? Not really, the ski experience is still great!

Despite masses of humans on the easy piste trails, lift queues are non-existent due to the ultra-modern & perhaps overly generous bum-warming lift system.

The complex expanse of terrain across both sides of the valley is cunningly connected to the lifts by a series of bridges & trails. Snowboarders may want to take a long hard look at the terrain & trail map to avoid the worst of several long, flat connecting traverses. It is more of a skier’s hill!

See the Obertauern ski trail map here.

Lifts Pass & Tickets

Obertauern ski resort, as with most Austrian resorts, has multiple ski lift pass options for anyone staying multi-days. The basic day passes are valid in Grosseck Speiereck, 16km to the south, adding another string to the Obertauern bow.

As part of the Ski Lungo Pass & Salzburgerland Super Ski Card areas, anyone planning on a road trip of more than a week to a few ski resorts may benefit from the purchase of one these multi ski resort passes.

Snow & Weather

Obertauern statistically receives the highest snowfall of all Austrian non-glacier ski resorts outside of Vorarlberg (Damuels-Mellau, Warth-Schröcken, Zürs et al). Its high base & geographical location allows storms to reach it from most directions. Adequate tree lined slopes allow for skiing in even the worst visibility, & when the sun comes out, utterly glorious.

Where is Obertauern, Austria?

The Obertauern ski resort is 100km by road south of beautiful Salzburg & only 2.5hr drive from Munich. Gateway airports are Munich & Salzburg. Salzburg airport only accepts flights from origins within Europe or the UK.

The Powderhounds recommend taking the train & bus from the airports to Obertauern, but for those that just cannot abide public transport or are travelling in larger groups, the most efficient mode of travel is a private transfer.

Search & book private airport transfers here.

By public transport, take the train to Radstadt. From Salzburg to Radstadt takes 1hr20min on the train. Trains also travel to Radstadt from Zurich, Munich, Graz etc) then one can jump on the route 280 Postbus [bus-stop out front of the train station or in Radstadt at the Post Office (Postamt)]. Bus goes through Obertauern to Mauterndorf (Grosseck Speiereck – lift pass linked to Obertauern) and near Katschberg. Radstadt bahnhof is on the same line as Schladming 4 Berge – only a few min away on the train (or by car). Note that the Postbus to Obertauern from Radstadt is free to ski pass holders with skiing equipment. Most bus drivers will let you on for free if you just have ski equipment, however there is the odd one that will inexplicably ask an individual for their ski pass. How a bus driver can let 40 people onto a bus & not ask for a ticket, but then asks one-person (me in this case) beggars’ belief. He was told as much!

Search & book train & bus tickets to Radstadt here. From Radstadt buy a bus ticket from the driver.

The journey up the hill is via Untertauern then through a gorgeous gorge (always wanted to write that!). If driving, the road presents minimal problems & is generally wide enough to avoid many ‘is that oncoming bus going to hit me’ moments! Parking is free & ample throughout the resort. P2 is the biggest, just alongside the two main gondolas. P3 is the most convenient if you can get a space. P7 is best if hunting powder first thing or coming up from the south (Mauterndorf). P7 also has the best après ski facilities within 50m of the car park.

Obertauern Accommodation

The Obertauern valley comprises numerous clusters of accommodation centred on the three main lift base areas within the ski resort. Like the glorious Kühtai to west near Innsbruck, the local topography means the majority of Obertauern accommodation is delightfully ski-in ski-out, offering the ultimate is convenience. An alternative to the ski resort lodgings is the charming town of Radstadt to the north or Mauterndorf to the south.

Search & book all Obertauern accommodation here.

The resort village of Obertauern is in the perfect location to provide nearly 100% ski-in ski-out convenience, no matter where you are staying. With the ski resort spreading either of the high mountain pass, the village lines the road beneath & a well-planned series of lifts, trails & bridges link it all together brilliantly for skiers & just barely ok for snowboarders!

Obertauern has two main parts to the village that spread right through the broad saddle in the middle of the lifts & pistes. The original Obertauern is lower down the saddle with the main lift accesses being the modern combi Grünwaldkopfbahn to the sunny side & the Zehnerkarbahn gondola to the shady side. The village here is spread out along the road & is not as appealing when compared to the more village like cluster of accommodation further up the road (south) at the highest point in the pass. Regardless, the Hotel Das Barbara has prime position near the lower lifts & is hard to beat. Amongst the upper village lifts numerous lodging options provide immediate access to lifts & slopes. The Hotel Steiner Superior, Superior Hotel Panorama, Sporthotel Cinderella & Hotel Tauernglöckl, plus the combined Hotel Zehnerkar & Hotel Obertauern are all in super positions. For apartments in great locations try the new FOXY Obertauern Hotel Apartments or the more traditional Landhaus St Georg. On the other side of the pass, & with superb lift, piste & après ski access, the 5-star Hotel Kesselspitze is awesome.

Away from the village higher up the sunny side of the mountain, the 5-star Hotel das Seekarhaus provides the perfect location, facilities & exclusive first access to ski lifts.

Between Obertauern & Radstadt is Untertauern. Several comfortable hotels provide the digs, but it is in neither a ‘here nor there’ position. Stay here if you can’t find anything in the ski resort, but also consider Radstadt in the valley has it has a lot more services & options on offer.

The town of Radstadt is the best ‘overflow’ or ‘value’ overnight location to the north. A full-service town, it has the train station, bus links to everywhere, a not-too-shabby local ski hill, interesting history complete with several sections of its old town wall & fortifications, plus après in the town square at night. Throw in plenty of bars & restaurants, Radstadt looks pretty good. Accommodation includes numerous hotels in the old town (try the Hotel Stegerbräu) & loads of guesthouses on the outskirts. The Landhaus Aubauerngut on the edge of Radstadt is wonderful. Large clean rooms all with views, an awesome host, delicious buffet breakfast with fresh eggs done as you like, some wonderful canine friends & a menagerie of farm animals including miniature horses, pigs, chickens, sheep & rabbits make for a super stay. Best if with a car or prepared to walk a little to the bus (we did, but then again, we are super tough!). Complimentary krapfen (jam or custard filled donuts) for a midday snack totally won me over.

Search & book all Radstadt accommodation here.

To the south of Obertauern, Mauterndorf is an option, however the close proximity of the Grosseck Speiereck ski resort to the town may limit availability through the season.

Search & book all Mauterndorf accommodation here.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Obertauern is in the heart of a major Austrian ski region. Glacier skiing at Dachstein, massive terrain at Schladming 4 Berge, classic old Gastein & numerous ‘boutique” offerings like Zauchensee & Katschberg make it an interesting ski safari region, particularly in a heavy snow season like early 2019.

Radstadt has its own ski hill on the same bus route but the stop is a short walk from the gondola, plus a specific schibus with multiple in town pick up points drops off right at the gondola.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Obertauern, the snowiest ski resort in Salzburgerland in 2019 & had a great time. Click on the review link in the left column to read its marvellous prose.

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Safari (Road Trip) Tours

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