Obertauern is an unspoiled, both summer and winter resort, situated at 1,809 meters it lies at the top of an old Roman road, which divides Salzburg county from Carinthia, about one hundred kilometers southeast of Salzburg. A car isn't really necessary here, as one can easily get around on skis in winter and on foot in summer, which is beautiful experience.
Obertauern is a summer and winter resort, situated at 1800 meters altitude, at the end of an old roman way separating the lands of Salzburg and Carinthia. You don’t need a car, as it is easily accessible by foot, and you can get around the resort by walking during the summer, and by skiing during the winter. Obertauern has become an international skiing center, with lifts and all the facilities wanted by the fans of this sport. The ski school here has well trained instructors, offering lessons for a large category of skiers, from children to beginners and experienced skiers that want to become professionals in this sport.
The high altitude of Obertauern ensures a large duration of the ski season, as it usually lasts from November to May. There are more than 90 kilometers of skiing courses, with different altitude, and the hotels in the resort have direct access to the lifts that will take the skiers to the top of the courses.
The majority of visitors take the train from Salzburg, then the bus to Obertauern. The skiing courses are connected in a huge network that is served by rapid and modern lifts and cable installations. The courses are available from November, and you will even have cabins and lifts that will take you to the surrounding resorts, on the other side of the mountain.
For the snowboarders, Obertauern has a great fun park, and the people that like adventures can go to the Seekareck Mountain, where four competitive courses await the tourists.
There is even the possibility for night ski and snowboarding, every Monday and Thursday until 22.00. Because the courses are situated over the vegetation limit, you can ski practically anywhere, respecting the restrictions, of course. The slopes, routes and courses in Obertauern form a circle, which is called "Tauernrunde". The skiers can access all the courses in a single day, getting back to the original point at the end of the day.
Obertauern Skiing Holidays
Being one of the newest ski resorts in the province of Salzburg, Obertauern has become an international sports centre, with ski lifts and a cable car. The ski school has state-qualified instructors, and also offers children ski courses and a ski kindergarten.
The are North and South ski schools, Sun-Fri, 10am-3.30pm (with break for lunch).
The high elevation of Obertauern ensures that the snow is good and enough, so the season is long. Usually one can ski here November through May. Skiing is available all around the village, but it is easier on one side and steeper on the other.
There are ninety-five kilometers marked pistes at an altitude of between 1,738-2,313 meters, including 22 blue, 22 red and 6 black runs. Direction of the slopes is N, S with
lifts: one cable car, nineteen chairlifts and six draglifts.
There is no ski bus necessity as the hotels have direct access to the slopes
Also there are twenty six kilometers of Cross country trails - around Obertauern, more in Untertauern, also connected by post bus.
Most of the visitors get on the train from Salzburg or Innsbruck to Radstadt, and then transfer to one of the 7 daily buses which depart from Radstadt's railway station for the forty minutes overland trek to Obertauern. The bus from Radstadt goes through a mountainous route, initially developed by the ancient Romans, that eventually terminates near the railway station at the remote town of Tamsweg (Carinthia) to the south.
If you are going there with car from Salzburg, head south on the A10 route to Radstadt; then cut southeast along Route 99 to Obertauern.