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Skiing in Rauris
Rauris - Ski Resort in Austrian Alps - 30km of Piste (950m to 2210m)
A medium sized ski area for a small, traditional and pretty village in the Höhe Tauern. The local district includes skiing at Wörth and Bucheben, and has been improved in the past few years with new gondola and chair lifts, and an illuminated sledge track.
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The Austrian ski resort of Rauris has direct access to 30km of downhill skiing, with 12 individual pistes, served by 9 ski lifts.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Snowmaking :- Rauris is able to augment natural snow, on 6km of ski runs, with 11 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 9 Ski Lifts of Rauris are able to uplift 9,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Rauris are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Rauris
The ski area at Rauris, concentrated on the Hochalm, is one of the smallest on the international circuit with around 25km (17 miles) of runs. However guests in the resort like it that way - intimate.
Beginners can take the gondola up to a snowsure1800m for their first turns, all next to a good mountain restaurant with spectacular views for recovery sessions. The easy slopes continue down to a gondola station 300 vertical meters below, so that technique can be mastered over longer than usual runs without the need to master a possibly more difficult surface lift back up every few hundred metres as is so often the case.
Intermediates can go further, taking the new Rauris Summit Lift right up to 2,200m with long blues all the way back down.
Before hitting the slopes you can go online or switch on the local TV channels to check out weather and slope conditions on the live panorama camera.
Advanced skiers have limited on piste terrain, although it does include a little-known 3.3km black run down from Heimalm below the lower gondola section.
Ski touring with a guide is also popular, particular in the Spring. The Rauris Valley offers countless ski tours through open countryside. Embarking from the valley head or ascending the slopes to the left and right above Bucheben, a popular target is the Hoher Sonnblick, the highest peak in the valley.
There are several other small ski areas along the valley, linked by a free ski bus.
Snowboarding in Rauris
The Hochalm's funpark offers fun, action and a boardercross course. Off piste there can be good powder for freeriding at times, get a local to show you the best routes. There's a wide powder region on the north side of the area. Group and one-on-one instruction is available from the ski school, along with sampler classes. Uplift is available by magic carpet lift and gondola - much easier than the dreaded T Bar for first timers.
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Rauris can be lively or intimate to suit your taste. For lively try the The Shake's Beer, Dies and Das (D&D), Pub Mix or the Grimming Cellar Bar.
Twice a week there's floodlit sledding from the Kreuzboden with access via the double chair lift up to the start of the two kilometre long descent. The regular ski pass is not valid for this, toboggans can be rented locally.
Other options include a romantic evening in a sleigh ride, bowling, ice skating and curling or a visit to the local 600 year old schnapps distillery. Beer is also brewed locally at the traditional Weixen-Beer brewery in the nearby valley of Seidlwinkl.
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