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Obertauern Ski Resort Guide

Obertauern, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length100km62 miles
Highest Lift2,350m7,710ft
Resort Height1,740m5,709ft
 Nearest AirportsSalzburg and Klagenfurt
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An ideal intermediate skier's resort with huge amount of this level terrain. Doorstep skiing but comparatively small vertical for a top resort. Popular with Germans, although a strong British tour operator presence. Excellent snow record which, ironically, can lead to floods of skiers when snow is limited elsewhere. The Ski scenes in the Beatles film Help were filmed here 1965. A sports centre was constructed recently housing tennis and squash courts, bowling alley, fitness room, solarium and restaurant. Apres ski is generally hotel based with the resort stretched out along the central road.


The Austrian ski resort of Obertauern is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 1,740m5,709ft, with 100km62 miles of marked runs.

Obertauern has direct access to 100km62 miles of downhill skiing, with 66 marked pistes, served by a total of 26 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,740m5,709ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,350m7,710ft, snow cover is generally reliable.


Obertauern is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Obertauern.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Obertauern?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Obertauern.

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Ski Area Stats

Obertauern Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 4km2 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3535km22 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
6161km38 miles
Total Length
100km62 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
26km16 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Obertauern Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,350m7,710ft
Resort Altitude (Obertauern)1,740m5,709ft
Lowest Piste1,640m5,381ft
Max Vertical710m2,329ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Obertauern
Intermediate Skiers

Obertauern Overview

Obertauern first made a name for itself as a winter sports centre more than 50 years ago when fans of the then new sport of skiing realised how reliable the snow was up on the road over the Tauern Pass. The rest, as they say, is history. Sometimes said to be 'the only purpose built resort in Austria' - although you wouldn't think so if you weren't told. Perhaps most others are based on an original settlement of some sort or another. Whatever the truth of the matter, since 1942 hotels and other resort buildings have grown up along the rather desolate and treeless Tauern Pass road in a slightly strung out fashion. On the plus side, it means that doorstep skiing is also offered by the majority of accommodations.

The ski lifts have also sprung up on all sides of the snowy bowl above the Pass, with nine beginning at resort level and giving a wide choice of access points in to the big ski area.

This is an ideal intermediate skier's resort with a huge amount of its terrain just perfect for this standard. The village is popular with Germans and there's also a strong British package tour operator presence. The excellent snow record can, ironically, lead to floods of skiers when snow is limited elsewhere.

A sports centre was constructed recently housing tennis and squash courts, bowling alley, fitness room, solarium and restaurant - scotching earlier criticisms that there was little to do besides skiing.

The ski scenes in the Beatles film Help were filmed here in 1965.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Gamsleiten 2'.


Obertauern has established its reputation despite a maximum skiable vertical that is less than you would expect for such an internationally well known resort. And you can travel 200 times as far in a horizontal direction as you can on the vertical, a remarkable 120km (75 miles) of trails.

The resort is part of tan area pass which includes more than 30 ski resort areas in the Tauern, some of them lift-linked to one another, although not to Obertauern. Some of the better known resorts in the scheme, which opens up over 700km (440 miles) of trails and nearly 300 lifts, are Altnmarkt, Schladming and the Dachstein glacier lifts.

Although Obertauern's terrain is best suited to the all-round intermediate, this is a very good choice for beginners with the wonderful wide nursery slope by the village virtually guaranteed snow through the season. The added bonus then is Obertauern's almost unique and rather ingenious scheme of colour coding circuits around the ski area.

For near beginners this means the 'green circuit' (anti-clockwise, incidentally) which takes in 5 lifts including the Zehnerkarspitz cable car and trails specially selected for their gentle gradients. The Gamskar lift, reached by a chair ride, is a particular favourite for first-times. Oh and the resort has a reputation for seemless grooming of its piste, thanks to a dedicated fleet of 16 trail grooming machines, which means you're less likely to get your skis stuck in a rut as you'e trying to master that first snowplough /pizza pie turn.

Intermediates are spoilt the most by Obertauern's snowy expanse, with two thirds of the terrain graded at that level. The 'Pink Circuit' (clockwise!) takes in a vast amount of blue and red graded trails and its 30km (19miles) can be skied by three different routes, making a total of 90km (57 miles) going around it alone.

Although not famous for its expert level skiing, nonetheless 20% of terrain is graded black and Obertauern's powder bowl skiing is very highly regarded. The five black pistes include testing mogul fields (check out Garnsleiten II). Guides will take you on the many off-piste routes, including the ski excursion down to the nearby town of Untertauern. There is also a self-timed slalom course.

Obertauern offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Location and Map

Where is Obertauern?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Untertauern, St. Johann im Pongau.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Obertauern is Salzburg, 70 minutes drive away.

Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Linz, Munich, Graz, Innsbruck Airport and Trieste airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 26 ski lifts are able to uplift 42,980 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 80km50 miles of ski runs, with 120 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Obertauern open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Obertauern, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Obertauern Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Obertauern's jolly après ski scene begins with a mug of glühwein or jägertee in one of the many local cafés or bars at the bottom of the slopes. Tea dancing at the Latsch'n Stubn or Lürzeralm cafe or tavern is particularly popular and later the Römer Bar or Hotel Edelweiss are normally busy, with live music on occasion.

The Lérzeralm keeps the crowds all night being home to one of the five late-night spots and discothèques which give night owls more choice than the norm after midnight in the Alps.

The liveliest spot in town is reportedly the Gasthof Taverne where a raucous evening is normally had by all.