Obertauern Ski Resort

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Obertauern Ski Resort
Obertauern Ski Resort
Obertauern off-piste skiing below Gamsleitenspitz
Obertauern off-piste skiing below Gamsleitenspitz
The steep Gamsleitenbahn ascends on Obertauern ski resort
The steep Gamsleitenbahn ascends on Obertauern ski resort's 'dark side'
Obertauern Ski Resort is excellent for novices & beginners
Obertauern Ski Resort is excellent for novices & beginners
The vibrant village at Obertauern Ski Resort in Austria is almost all ski-in ski-out.
The vibrant village at Obertauern Ski Resort in Austria is almost all ski-in ski-out.
The Schaidbergbahn rises over the Obertauern Ski Resort & village
The Schaidbergbahn rises over the Obertauern Ski Resort & village
Long wide intermediate trails roll down the slopes of Zehnerkarspitz at Obertauern ski resort
Long wide intermediate trails roll down the slopes of Zehnerkarspitz at Obertauern ski resort
Obertauern ski resort, Austria
Obertauern ski resort, Austria
Obertauern off-piste snowboarding on Gamsleitenspitz
Obertauern off-piste snowboarding on Gamsleitenspitz
Obertauren has a ultra modern & efficient lift system including the combi Gruenwaldopfbahn
Obertauren has a ultra modern & efficient lift system including the combi Gruenwaldopfbahn
No one does après si like the Austrians & Obertauern does its best to satisfy the need for after skiing fun,
No one does après si like the Austrians & Obertauern does its best to satisfy the need for after skiing fun,
Obertauern is cleverly interconnected on both sides of the valley by ski lifts & bridges.
Obertauern is cleverly interconnected on both sides of the valley by ski lifts & bridges.
Modern hooded chairs, loads of mountain restaurants & bars plus beginner friendly terrain define the
Modern hooded chairs, loads of mountain restaurants & bars plus beginner friendly terrain define the 'light side' of Obertauern
Obertauern ski resort Zehnerkarbahn & trail
Obertauern ski resort Zehnerkarbahn & trail
Obertauern ski resort is in a high elevation snow-laden mountain pass
Obertauern ski resort is in a high elevation snow-laden mountain pass
Day visitor car parks are all ski-in at Obertauern
Day visitor car parks are all ski-in at Obertauern
Kringsalm sector at Obertauern ski resort
Kringsalm sector at Obertauern ski resort
'To ski or eat/drink', that is the question at the base of the Schaidbergbahn in Obertauern
While there are some steeps at Obertauern, the resort piste trails are best for beginners & intermediates
While there are some steeps at Obertauern, the resort piste trails are best for beginners & intermediates
Ski Obertauern
Ski Obertauern

Obertauern Ski Resort

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Obertauern

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    Obertauern Ski Trail Map
  • Obertauern Ski Trail Map
  • 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 20/21
    Adult - €49
    Child - €24.50
    Child u/6yr - Free
    1.5day+ incl. Grosseck Speiereck ski resort
     Ski Lungo Trail Map
  • Ski Lungo Resorts Map

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 (but there are options off the mountain).

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.

See the Obertauern ski trail map here.

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!

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 in Salzburgerland, central Austria, 100km by road south of beautiful Salzburg & only 2.5hr drive from Munich. The closest major town away from the resort is Radstadt, 21km to the north. Gateway airports are Munich (MUC) & Salzburg (SZG). Salzburg airport only accepts flights from origins within Europe or the UK. Another alternative to Salzburg would be Innsbruck (INN) airport.

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 to Obertauern here.

By public transport, take the train to Radstadt. From Salzburg to Radstadt by rail takes 1hr20min. 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 from the near the centre of Radstadt at the Post Office (Postamt)]. The bus goes through Obertauern to Mauterndorf (Grosseck Speiereck – lift pass linked to Obertauern) and near Katschberg. Radstadt bahnhof is on the same railway 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 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 several 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. The problem with all that convenience is that Obertauern is popular & accommodations can book out quickly.

Search & book all Obertauern ski accommodation here.

Alternative to the ski resort lodgings are the charming towns of Radstadt to the north or Mauterndorf to the south. Radstadt has super transport links & lovely old town (incl. walls & towers) & makes the better first choice alternative!

For detailed information on the best places to stay, see our Obertauern Accommodation Info page.

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.

See how Obertauern compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Obertauern

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