Obertauern is among our favourites if you go on a ski ing holiday. Mostly quite international audience, not too much Scandinavians. The small mountain town has what you need from restaurants, accommodations and the ski resort itself is modern and suitable large. This is not where you can find the most lifts and trails, but for a week it’s good enough. For a few euros extra you can on the same lift pass also drive in the neighboring resort. (about 20 minutes by bus). You can read more about Obertauern here on their own website.
Obertauern is located in Salzburger Land, about 1.5 hours drive from Salzburg. The place is 1632 meters above sea level and is among Austria’s most snow-proof. The season usually lasts from the start of November until the 1st weekend in May.
To get there it is very nice to fly to Salzburg or Munchen. We usually fly Norwegian to Salzburg, and take a pre-booked taxi to Obertauern. If you are more than 3-4 people, this will pay off versus choosing public transport. There are a few seasons also possible on the purchase charter trip to Obertauern via STS alpine travel.
There are many hotels and guest houses in Obertauern. On our last visit we stayed at the Hotel Schütz and were very pleased with it. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Aprèsski in Obertauern is certainly on par with the best in the Alps. Most famous is probably Edelweissalm which is slightly up in the ground. At the bottom of the slopes in the center it is natural to slip by Lurzer Alm and Gruberstadl. There is full life from 3 pm to the end of the late night hours. Until about 20 am, the schirm bar (parasol bar with walls) outside Lurzer can also be recommended. In a schirmbar there is always life after a ski day.
As an alternative, we can also recommend Taverne, on the other side of the main road.
Here’s a little film clip we made after our last visit there at Edelweissalm: