Obertauern is a high-altitude resort that is located at the edge of the treeline. The scenic peaks of the Tauern mountain range rise to over 2200m and surround the pass on both sides of the road, allowing lifts to fan out from a central point and create a natural circuit which can be skied in either direction. “Very good lift system with barely a drag-lift to be found,” commented a reporter. As the village is purpose-built, nearly all the hotels are ski-in ski-out, which is unusual for an Austrian resort.
Obertauern has an excellent snow record and a good variety of terrain – including everything from novice runs close to the village centre to some testing black runs. The off-piste skiing is sensational when conditions are favourable.
The Spot is the snowpark, accessed by a four-seater chair. The park is divided into two parts – with a wide choice of rails, boxes, spines, jibs, and kickers. Night-skiing takes place on Monday and Tuesday evenings until 10pm, with floodlights illuminating a 1500m run at the Edelweissbahn.