Situated in the middle of Austria’s Salzburger Land ski area is Obertauern ski resort [www.obertauern.com]. Located at 1630m high, and mountains soaring to 2313m around it, Obertauern is a perfect ski resort. Ski-pass prices are average for skiing in Europe, and a day pass will cost you €37 and a 6-day pass costs €183. Obertauern can get crowded during peak season, but when we were there it there was short queues at the lifts.
Getting to Obertauern
Obertauern is less than 60 miles from Salzburg, Austria, 140 miles from Munich, Germany and 160 miles from Innsbruck, Austria.
All of these cities offer (near) daily flights from Ireland (Dublin & Cork). To get to Obertauern you will probably need to rent a car or arrange a transfer. If you rent a car, make sure your rental car comes with snow chains, as the approach road can get impassable if you don’t have chains. When we went there they had a compulsory snow chain notice in effect, and there were police checking cars mid way to the resort to make sure people had the chains on their cars. To the right is the Austrian sign for looks like this. The nearest village with a train station is Radstadt, which is easily reachable from Salzburg & Munich. And from Radstadt, Obertauern is about 25km.
Obertauern offers a great mix for snowboarders and skiers alike, with ski pistes to keep every level of skier happy. Unlike many resorts Obertauern really takes care of the beginner skier, offering a huge 61km of blue slopes. For more advanced skiers there is 35km of red slopes and 4km of black slopes. With 100km of slopes there is plenty of routes to keep you occupied on your ski holiday. There is also an opportunity to off-piste (weather dependant). We were there at the start of February 2010, and there was fresh powder in abundance and some great fun.
Tips for Obertauern
For lunch we ate at the family friendly Treff 2000. Which can be a little difficult to get to unless you take the Grünwaldkopf lift. Treff 2000 has a non-smoking restaurant and a bar. For the aprés ski on the piste, Hochalm is the place to be, during the week they have live bands to keep the party lively. Or favourite routes during the morning was Grünwaldkopf which is lower down, and in the afternoon were Kringssalmbahn and Seekarspitzbahn. They have a few drag lifts, but we tended to avoid them, as they don’t really suit snowboarders.
One final small fact about Obertauern : is was used to film the Beatles film HELP! in 1965 ! Check it out !