Obertauern is known as Austria’s snowiest resort, but there are a boat-load of people out there who don’t know where it is or why they should care about it. We think that’s a crying shame, so here are five reasons to put Obertauern on your list:
1. It’s Purpose-built
We’re well aware that purpose-built resorts are nothing new – France has loads of them, and we often quote Austria’s authentic mountain villages as one of its main attractions. So why the fuss?
Simply put, a purpose-built resort means high-altitude accommodation, a minimum distance from hotel to piste, and loads of ski-to-door availability. Not only does this mean you get the best bits of Austrian atmosphere and après with a minimum of faffing about, but it’s also great for families who want to spend less time getting from one place to another.
2. It’s the Salzburg Region’s Highest Resort
We love height. By-and-large, it means more snow, more regularly, which can only ever be a good thing. Count us in.
3. Ski the Tauern Circuit
Now it’s no Sella Ronda, but the relaxed, cruisey Tauern Circuit has a charm all of its own. Made up of a variety of green, blue and red runs with a smattering marked and avalanche controlled – but un-pisted – snow. At roughly 10-15km in length, the Tauern Circuit’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon, with a bit of something for everyone.
4. It’s perfect for Families
As mentioned above, Obertauern’s proximity to the slopes makes it perfect for quick access to the snow. Aside from that though, it’s also got loads of varied terrain, all of which surrounds the village itself, so you can ski together, split up when necessary, then meet back in the middle for lunch. No worries for mixed-ability groups!
There are also loads of great offers on family skiing available – like kids under 5 ski free when an accompanying adult buys a lift pass. They’re detailed on the Obertauern page on our site – check them out here.
5. The Après is Great
Obertauern offers huts and bars galore, including the famously funky Qu-Bar, described by The Telegraph here as ‘very loud’. We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty promising.