Obertauern: Austria

Contact Details
Email Resort: Click here
Tour Operator: Inghams
Fact File
Family Friendly Rating: 5/5
Rating: 5 out of 5 - Full family facilities with family atmosphere!
Height: 1740-2526km
Piste Coverage: 100km
Runs: Unknown
Ski Lifts: 26
From Calais: Unknown
Winter Resort: Yes
Summer Resort: No
Snow Report
Last Snowfall: 26/03/2010
Min Snow: 110
Max Snow: 145
Glacier: N
No. Runs Open: 26
Weather: sun/cloud
Snow Condition: good
Max Temp: 1°C
Min Temp: -2°C
Typical Prices
6 Day Ski Pass Prices
Adult: -
Child: -
Senior Citizen: -

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Obertauern, Austria

Where The Ski Runs Stretch Out Like Spokes of a Giant Wheel - The Loveliest "Round" Since Skiing Was Invented!

Floodlit slopes snake down to the resort LogoThe resort is high in the Tauern mountain range where snow often falls early in October and only melts in May so skiers can usually be assured of not only a long skiing season but also good skiing pre-Christmas and springtime. Few people in the UK realise that Obertauern is an Olympic base camp and the legendry Austrian ski champion Hermann "Herminator" Maier has a home not too far away.
Obertauern's ski lifts are so cleverly situated that skiers can enjoy all the runs, clockwise or anti-clockwise, and always return to the original starting point. Indeed wherever you are staying at the Obertauern resort, skiing is but a few minutes distance!
The skiing arena is served by 26 lifts which function more like a shuttle serving the 100kms of runs. The lifts can move more than 47,000 skiers every hour and include and 8-person rotating gondola; four 6-seat detachable chairs with persplex windscreen protection; five 4-seat chairs; four 4-seat chairs; and two double chairs. There are also six tow lifts. Obertauern offers one of the steepest mogul runs in Europe on the "Gamsleiten 2" which is certainly classed as a black piste and offers outstanding challenges to both skiers and snowboarders alike. Snowboarders are especially well catered for at the Longplay Snowboard Park where "rails, boxes and a wall ride" are lined up together with other snow obstacles to ensure snowboarders have the very best of facilities.
But after skiing, apres-ski life takes over and the colourful nightlife includes discos and clubs where DJs delight their youthful audiences whatever the nationality. There is a fantastic sports centre with facilities including sauna, solarium and a fitness gymnasium. There is a good range of restaurants, both in the village and up of the mountain and a drink, accompanied by traditional music in one of the Tavernes, is also a great meeting place to impress friends with tales of your day on the slopes!
Parents will be impressed with the facilities for children. Out on the slopes youngsters are well cared for by professional and trained ski teachers whilst non-skiing children from the age of two years can be left at the Guest Kindergarten at the Hotel Alpina. At the Kinderland Obertauern the littles ones are cared for by trained "Pedagogues" and lunch can be provided (on request) for the slightly older children.
There is an extremely good toboggan run of 1.5km at Obertauern and sledges can be hired directly at the Gnadenalm where there is also night tobogganing. This can be enjoyed by adults and children alike but usually children accompany an adult on the run down.
Over the years the ski resort has grown considerably and certainly since the Editor last visited around ten years ago many shops and hotels have been added. Most are alongside the main road which once acted as the main (and only link) across the Alps at this point.
The choice of hotels at Obertauern is considerable - numbering 140 including pensions and small guest houses but the Editor stayed at the 3* Tauernkonig which is adjacent to "bridge 2" where skiers cross the road ABOVE the traffic! The Tauernkonig is a well appointed hotel run by the Family Lurser and is one of three hotels within the resort owned and run by the family. The hotel provides areas for both guests and skiers calling in for a hot chocolate, beer or something even more warming! In the apres-ski bar, complete with its open log fire.
The hotel Tauernkonig www.luerzer-alpenresorts.com  is adjacent to four lifts and also provides a solarium, whirlpool, massage room and its own ski service. Food is excellent, as is the service from staff with extremely comfortable en-suite bedrooms. The Editor enjoyed a room with balcony overlooking the Zehnerkarbahn gondola.
Further apre-ski activity includes horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow-shoe walks and the large indoor fitness centre.
Getting to Obertauern could not be simplier with flight options to either Salzburg (90km), Klagenfurt (140km) with airlines such as TUIfly; Ryanair; Thomsonfly; and Sky Europe Airlines. By road it is mainly motorway direct from Calais via Luxembourg, Stuttgart, Munich, Salzburg (see our route provider)  but you must carry snow chains and might require them for the final stage of the journey up the Tauern Pass to the summit at 1740m.There are also trains from Brussels to Salzburg.

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