High altitude and snow sure. Purposeful rather than pretty
Obertauern resort guide - a general overview
Obertauern is a modern resort with the main town at 1740 metres. This makes it snow sure for the main part of the season and gives it a march on many of the smaller more traditional Austrain resorts. The town itself is a mix of traditional chalet style buildings with more modern architecture thrown in. This actually works well and provides an upmarket feel to it.
The slopes and lifts form a circuit around the village making it easy to get around. The majority of the skiing can be described as good intermediate terrain, however this resort would not suit strong intermediates as the ski area is not large enough.
We recomend ski holidays in Obertauern for families with children of all ages.
1,740m - 2,335m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
- 1hr 30mins
Pros and Cons
- Modern Lifts
- Snow record
- Good mountain restaurants and apres ski
- Beginners and low intermediates
- Good standard of hotels
- Traditional feel and look
- Slightly limited ski area for piste bashers
Obertauern Resort Restaurants
Obertauen, being a purpose built ski resort, has a large selection of eateries and restaurants. You are sure to find something to suit everybody's taste here. Ristorante da Giorgio is a great place if you're after something Italian, serving a large range of pizzas and pastas. If you would prefer something more regional, head to the Hotel Schneider for some delicious Austrian delights with great service and cosy atmosphere. If you'd like to sample a bit of the infamous Austrian apres ski with your evening meal then take a trip to the family friendly Lurzer Alm. You will find people still wearing their ski boots at 10pm and your children will love the slide which takes them to the toilet!
Obertauern Mountain Restaurants
There is a good choice of places to eat on the mountain in Obertauern, although overcrowding can sometimes be a problem at peak times. A popular choice is the Hochlam which has a great atmosphere, delicious food and a large sunny terrace. Another option is Heustadle which serves fantastic, locally sourced large (to keep you going all afternoon on the mountain!) lunches at a very reasonable price.
Obertauern Apres Ski
Obertauern boasts a very jolly (and very typically Austrian) apres ski scene. There are plenty of places to party here from the moment you kick off your skis in the afternoon until the late hours of the morning. The apres ski usually begins with a stein or gluhwien in the Latsch'n, located nicely at the bottom of the slopes. For real apres ski fans we recommend the base of Seekareckbahn where Hochlam and the Treff 2000 are situated, these are usually the most packed out bars in town where it is not unusual to see people dancing in their ski gear late into the night.