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Resort: Obertauern
Country: Austria
Domain: None
Author: fatirishman
Date: April 2007
Our holiday: Mixed group of skiiers all in their thirties. From one weeks skiing through to "been doing that since I was a kid".
Website : Excellent weather link there, and forum is good too if you speak German.
Basics : An hour from Salzburg airport by taxi, and a lot more if you fancy using public transport. Nice and high 1700 -2500m, predominantly chair lifts - some are creaky and others brilliant. Saw two drag lifts and one button in the kiddies area. Over 100km of piste, and some decent off piste.
Lift system : 1 Gondola, otherwise mainly chairs. One heated. Some queuing early in the day on the lower slopes otherwise a 5 min wait was the norm. They need to replace the Sonnenlift ASAP - a rickity two man thing that can't take the volumes.
The terrain : Piste map was designed by a blind topographer when drunk! All pistes did correspond to their level of difficulty marked (for once), pistes were well groomed in the morning. Never saw a piste basher on the slopes in the afternoons. Had to pole uphill a bit from time to time.
The snow : The snow was absolutely first class. Moguls formed rapidly on warmer days, and we did have one accident in the group caused by difficult afternoon skiing.
Off-piste Plenty to try, especially at the top of Gamsleiten 2. Top of Seekarspitze was good too.
The resort : Purpose built, no soul, could have been in Banff for all I knew at times.
Food : Nowhere outstanding for food on the mountains. Did like the Schirmbar at the top of the Plattenkar for an end of day hot chocolate. Good Apres ski in the Gruber Stadl, but the air was burning in the Edelweisshuette when I skiied past too. Cost a fortune in both, but cracking fun.
Accommodation : Hotel Schuetz. Excellent. Heated skikeller, great food, reasonable value, very clean, lovely staff.
Costs: Hotel £400 Lift 170 Euros Beer on the slopes 3 Euros.
Conclusion: I'd go again. Right choice for skiing later in the season, the slopes were all well covered, and well prepared.

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