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 Prices
    Day Ticket 18/19
    Adult - €47
    Child - €23.50
    Child u/6yr - Free
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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 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);
  • 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 are very busy & get skied off/bumped quite early;
  • Several long, flat linking trails & some off piste exits create issues for snowboarders.

Pro or Con

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

Obertauern 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 the terrain across both sides of the valley is cunningly connected the lifts, 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 ski resorts has multiple ski lift pass options for anyone staying multi-days. The basic day passes are valid in Grosseck Spiereck, 16km to the south, adding another string to Obertauern bow.

Part of 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.

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.

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 all airport transfers here.

By public transport, take the train to Radstadt (trains from Zurich, Salzburg, Much, Graz etc) then 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 Speireck – 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 ski eqt. Most bus drivers will let you on for free if you just have skis equipment, however there is the odd one that will inexplicably ask an individual for his 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 & bius tickets to Radstadt & Obertauern here.

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 Obertauern’s accommodation are majority 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.

Search & book all Obertauern Accommodation here.

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!

The village of Obertauern has two main parts 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 combi Grünwaldkopfbahn to the sunny side & the Zehnerkarbahn gondola to the shady side. The village here is spread out along the road & is not appealing if compared to the more village like cluster of accommodation further up the road at the highest point in the pass – 1738m. Here the lift options.

Untertauern is between Obertauern & Radstadt. 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 & loads of guesthouses on the outskirts. The Landhaus Aubauerngut on the edge of town 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 makes 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!). The complimentary krapfen for a midday snack totally won us over.

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.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available at the lift bases throughout the Obertauern valley. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Obertauern 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 (skibus) with multiple in town pick up points drops off right at the gondola.

Review

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

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