Obertauern is fairly unique in the world of ski resorts. It’s Austrian – fantastic – it’s high altitude – excellent – and it’s got a snow record that stands among the best in Europe. Interested? Good. Here’s our rundown of why Obertauern’s an absolute beast.
Obertauern? More like SNOWbertauern
There’s a lot of talk about microclimates in the ski world. Now, we’re not meteorologists, so we couldn’t possibly testify to the authenticity of any of these claims, but one thing we know to be true about Obertauern is that it snows, a lot. Like really, loads.
One reason for that is that it’s high altitude, with the village itself sitting at 1750m and pisted runs as high as 2315m. Phwoar.
It’s purpose built…
Obertauern is one of the only purpose-built resorts in Austria. While this might mean that it lacks some of the traditional feel typical of many Austrian resorts, it also means that most of its modern, chalet-style hotels offer ski-to-door accessibility which, let’s be honest, is an absolute game-changer.
…but it’s still Austrian
So while it’s got all the mod-cons you might expect to find in a top-notch French resort, it’s also got all the character and charm of a pretzel wrapped in a dirndl – think big beers, sausages and cheesy tunes. Austrian après is not to be sniffed at!
The bottom line and the final item on our list is the absolutely fantastic skiing on offer. With the great snow and the high altitude and the Austrian Alps it was never going to be bad, was it? With 100km of self-contained piste, Obertauern is perfect for intermediates. There’s an almost completely red lift-linked circuit surrounding the town, so you can ski back and forth, either way for as long as you like without ever straying too far from coffee and cake.
There’s plenty for beginners too, so families won’t be disappointed. We really can’t recommend it highly enough.