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Obertauern – the ultimate freeriding playground

Explore Austria’s "snow bowl" in all directions.

Imagine the exhilarating feeling of dashing down steep, powdery slopes, tackling rough terrain and jumping cliffs… That’s what freeriders dream of. That’s what they call “freedom”. Be the first to leave your mark, master the art of cliff dropping, land in exquisite Champagne powder – brought to you by Obertauern.

The “snow bowl” in the state of Salzburg is a favourite destination for off-piste skiers who prefer to choose their routes themselves and – respectfully – tackle whatever challenges nature throws their way. Snow is guaranteed from November till April, providing a wide range of freeriding options with varying degrees of difficulty, from gentle slopes for novices to wicked steeps and challenging drops for the more experienced.

Newbies should try the slopes around the Hundskogelbahn; pros will find exciting routes on the Zehnerkar or the Seekarspitze. Or check out Gamsleiten-Nord, the deep powder snow sister of the legendary Gamsleiten 2 slope, and venture through an excitingly narrow corridor.

Information boards at the freeride checkpoints at the Hochalmbahn and Kringsalmbahn cable car stations show maps of all routes as well as all relevant information such as current avalanche advisories, temperatures, snow depths, dangerous slope exposures and the locations of avalanche beacons. Safety takes top priority in Obertauern, both on and off the slopes. This is why the local ski schools offer freeriding courses that teach novices how to plan their routes, how to act in unsecured terrain, what they need to know about snow and avalanches, as well as how to correctly use an avalanche transceiver, a probe pole and snow shovel. Each year, Obertauern offers a free two-day avalanche camp, organised by SAAC (Snow & Alpine Awareness Camps): An ideal course for ski mountaineers, which offers extensive theoretical safety lessons and also practical training for off-piste skiers. These camps, which are held all over Austria, are led by mountain guides und snowboard professionals.

Wherever your freeride takes you in the Tauern circuit, your home base or designated après-ski venue is never far. From any point in Obertauern, located at the centre of the “snow bowl”, the pistes and modern lift facilities are always only a few swerves away. Obertauern is also renowned for its après-ski events, parties and live concerts.

From the grand winter opening in late November, featuring special guests and renowned DJs, to the Gamsleiten Criterion in April – the biggest treasure hunt in Austria – entertainment never ceases. Dance the night away to club music played by DJs from all over Europe. Or simply enjoy the rustic flair and cuisine of traditional alpine huts. Whatever suits your mood. The “Powder Snow Weeks” from January 13th to February 3rd, 2018 offer freeriders the ideal opportunity to take advantage of Obertauern’s excellent qualities.

For more information: Tourismusverband Obertauern, Phone +43-(0)6456-7252, email:, website:

Pressekontakt: Aviareps Tourism GmbH, Christina Handcock, Phone +49-(0)89-552533-440, Josephspitalstraße 15, D-80333 Munich, email:

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