Obertauern, Austria

Austria’s winter playground called Obertauern has everything you could imagine for a relaxing but invigorating break, and the landscapes are simply stunning. You’re poised on the lip of a dazzling white slope, groomed to perfection overnight and now awaiting the kiss of your skis. Before you launch yourself into space there’s just time to take in the scene. The glittering panorama of snow-lathered peaks. The skaters on the crystal lake far below. The winter-plumed eagle soaring above.

Obertauern was literally built for snow, so you can generally ski from your own front door for six months of the year, making it the snowiest winterskiresort in Austria with a great variety of runs. You’d want variety, with runs to encourage kids, challenge experts and provide plenty of choice for those in between. The ideal might be to drop your resort into a natural bowl in the mountains, surrounded on all sides by slopes of varying difficulty, plus a plethora of camera-clicking views.

Most years Obertauern’s 26 fast, modern lifts and gondolas are humming from November until early May as skiers of all abilities explore more than 60 miles of lovingly manicured runs. They operate with Teutonic efficiency, and are laid out so that they interconnect and create the unique Tauernrunde, or Tauern Circuit, enabling you to ski each route in turn without heading back to base. It’s a bit like a golf course where each tee is next to the previous green, only better – because you can circulate in either direction.

There are plenty of facilities for kids and several ski schools to launch them gently into their first snowplough, crèches for tots, off-the-slope activities from sports to discos, and the Bibo Bear Family Ski Park with graded slopes and obstacle courses designed to nurture on-piste skills. Freestylers flock to the local snowpark, known as The Spot, with a fine selection of rails, boxes, kickers et al, and there’s good off-piste skiing if you take an experienced guide. The more adventurous can have a go at snow biking, or even snow kiting.

Village and mountain offer a choice good ski and more than 30 restaurants, bars, huts and other après ski spots offering good food, convivial company and some live entertainment. Several stay open for night owls, but the resort has been carefully laid out so they don’t disturb tomorrow’s early risers. Just as though you’d planned it yourself, in fact. For more information regarding Obertauern, its packages and ski passes do not hesitate to visit its official website https://www.obertauern.com and become their fan on Facebook.

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