Obertauern sits in a valley surrounded by ski slopes. Almost 100Km of runs cover the area, all linked by a well maintained lift system, and all taking you, at the end of the day, directly back into the village.
The layout of the slopes has been utilised to creat the ‘Tauern-round’ – a ski route that takes you right around the valley, from one side to the other, taking in the seven main scenic spots (and lots of hut and bar stops).
The snow quality is excellent (you are skiing between 1630m and 2313m) and the resort administration take particular pride in presenting well groomed slopes. Off-piste skiing is varied and easy to access, with the resort being popular with snow-boarders for that reason.
Check out the latest ski map of the region here.
There’s a good mixture of runs, ranging from almost flat greens for the absolute beginner, to almost vertical ones for the seasoned skier. The resort is home to Gamsleiten2 – a notorious run that starts off with a heart-stopping departure from the ski-lift that’s situated, literally, next to a sheer drop to the valley below. There are never any queues for that lift!
Alongside the miles of slopes, there are also fun parks, with timed slaloms, ski-cross routes and a range of activities such as snow-surfing, ski-bikes and cross-country skiing.
There’s also some great ski schools, that cater for every level of need.
The height of the resort means the snow tends to arrive earlier, be deeper and stay longer than most others. In the spring, the fact that you are skiing at such a range of heights means that you can freeze at the top of the mountain, and sunbathe at the bottom! It’s not uncommon to be skiing there at the end of November, and not finish until early May.