Austria’s snow capital is first to open
Austria’s guaranteed-snow capital of Obertauern is again first to open for the new season and guarantees non-stop fun end-November to early May. You surely can enjoy wintersports fun here while the rest of the country – and indeed most of Europe – hasn’t seen a flake of the white stuff, because Obertauern is the highest ski area in Salzburg region and has perfect conditions throughout its long season. The resort sits perched between 1,630 and 2,313 meters in a huge snowbowl surrounded by mountains and 100 km of magical pistes. There are runs for all grades of skier or boarder and it is all ski in, ski out and you have two wonderful ski circuits going in opposite directions round the entire mountain range, which is dotted with superb mountain huts to rest and enjoy great food and drinks.
Mechanisation is as good as it gets as Austria has the ski world’s most advanced skilifts. Here there is a gondola, 18 chairlifts, 1 combo chairand gondola lift, 6 tows, 26 km of glorious crosscountry ski trails, the Bibo Bear Family Ski Park, plus a snow park for the freestylers. All it needs now is you! And you are guaranteed a lively scene, all just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Obertauern offers the most modern hotel and apartment comforts, top wellness and fitness opportunities, diverse shopping options, all kinds of après-ski watering holes, an exciting nightlife and, last but not least, a marvelously carefree holiday atmosphere. Surrounded by the panoramic Hohe Tauern mountain range, Obertauern hosts numerous extraordinary special events. This new season kicks off November 27, with groovy hip hop, reggae and Latin summer vibes from cool multicultural rap group Culcha Candela, from Berlin.
Next up is the Krampus Party on December 7, when hundreds of Krampuses (Krampi? ed) (mythical creatures who punishes naughty children during the Christmas season) will tramp through the village, and there is only one person who can keep the wild bunch under control: Saint Nicholas. So after being introduced to the Alpine rituals around Saint Nicholas Day, visitors can dance their heart out at the Krampus outdoors party.
The action is still going in Spring when Obertauern stages the 10th Gamsleiten Criterion from April 7-10th. The Criterion is the biggest treasure hunt in the Alps, with 30 treasure chests hidden in the snow around the Gamsleiten 2 slope. One chest contains the key for a highend, luxury car. While the hunters scrutinize every single snowflake on the steep slope, the spectators are diverted by an exciting music and entertainment programme till the winners unlock their
treasure chests and receive their prizes. Before winter says goodbye to Austria’s snow bowl, the world’s best “Big Air” freestyle skiers and snowboarders will meet up for Obertauern’s Fridge Festival. From April 15 to 16, outstanding athletic performances will be rewarded with notable prize money. So, look forward to spectacular leaps and tricks on the big jump – and at least six international music acts will have you partying till dawn.