Lift count : 1 x Cable-cars 18 x Chairlifts 7 x Drag-lifts
Pass (Low/High Season) : £29.43 Day, £131.63-144.72 Week
Just when you thought that Austria was all the same, along comes Obertauern. The terrain is very much freeride-orientated with lots of areas to check out suited to all levels, and its noted for its excellent snow record. Obertauern is also home to Doresia and Heidi Krings, two pretty and pretty famous Austrian boardercrossers and it’s probably no coincidence that they became so good, with a training ground like this on your doorstep.
You can basically pick your spot and head off-piste whenever you see some powder, and then pick up the piste further down the mountain. If you’re in the know, or with someone who does then there’s some excellent areas where you’re almost always guaranteed to cut fresh tracks. A lot of these areas aren’t particularly hard-core to get to, but they are nicely hidden from your regular piste hugger.
There are also some epic freeride opportunities that you have to hike to, but make sure you’re with a guide or someone who knows the area and never forget your avalanche equipment. Obertauern is usually quite stable regarding avalanches but the devil doesn’t sleep, so never take anything for granted.READ NEXT: Freeriding, terrain parks and Pistes