Hotspot Ski Resort in the Alps
Obertauern is one of the hotspots among the major ski resorts in the Alps. It’s known for snow from November to early May, for après-ski and great events. But also for 100 kilometers of slopes and 26 ski lifts. The Ski-Round Super Seven carries skiers to the 7 highest peaks of Obertauern. Knowing this, I wanted to see and experience it myself. You guys know that I am a huge fan of the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis area, but hey…I am always in for something new! So, last January we went to Obertauern. I was very excited. Would it really be such a hotspot? In terms of ski experience, snow conditions, good cuisine, excellent service and fun in apresski? Expectations were high!
The Lürzer’s from Obertauern
When you think Obertauern, the Lürzer name immediately comes to mind. This family is very well known in Obertauern. The 3 brothers Lürzer ( Gerhard, Heribert and Harald ) have ventured high up in the last 25 years. To nearly 2,000 meters above sea level, the’ve built up their ‘Empire’ from a small family-run guesthouse, into one of the largest local companies. It includes three hotels, a ski school, high-end Sports and Fashion Center Freudenhaus, a taxi company, two restaurants, two huts and a bar.
If you’re staying in the village it’s almost impossible not to visit a Lürzer venue. We stayed at the Hotel Kesselspitze, had lunch at the Edelweiss Alm on the slope, dinner at the Lürzer Alm in the village and went for a Schnapps in apresski at Lurzer Alm again. Next day we went shopping at Freudenhaus, a cool store with high end brands like Frauenschuh, Kjus, Moncler, Bogner and J.Lindeberg. These 3 boys did a real good job in creating spots you really want to be. Let me show you around the places we’ve been.
The Lürzer Brothers
Enjoy Your Stay to The Max
We arrived in the afternoon on a Thursday. The village was packed with fresh snow, great start. I liked it. It was getting dark already. No more time to hit a slope on this day, but therefore more time to go for a drink in après-ski straight away! We were told that the trick is to start après-ski at the Edelweissalm on the slope. There at 1,850 m. altitude the magic starts, at the end of a magnificent day on the slopes. We kept that in mind for the next day.
Our check-in at the hotel Kesselspitze went fast and before we knew it, we were standing in this steaming and glittering après-ski bar called Lürzer Alm. This place was packed with people partying to the max. I liked it even better.
It is said that the Lürzer’s were the founders of today’s après-ski . I’m not quite sure the other villages totally agree on this, but I must say Lürzer Alm – were it all began – is definitely the place to be in the village. At the beginning this venue was considered only to be a hot dog stand. Today it is a combination of a fine dining restaurant and party place . Tip: the Pizza Diavolo tastes great and so does the classic Wiener Schnitzel. Both are perfect as a base for loads of Schnapps later on.
This 4 Sterne Superior Hotel is the beating heart of the Lürzer Group. The so called ‘Stammhaus’ offers luxury and comfort that you yearn for during your busy everyday life so often. The hotel is situated in a quiet, open area directly to the Schaidberg 6 cable car, the Achenrain 4-seater chairlift and a rope tow. Because the hotel is a bit more located outside the village centre, the hotel offers a taxi shuttle from the hotel to the après-ski area and the shops. We enjoyed our stay here very much. The hotel meets up perfectly to the quality and service that we’ve experienced before in the other 4 Sterne Superior Hotels.
It’s always a bit hard to get up early after a great night in après-ski, but of course I wanted to try the slopes myself. I have to be honest with you. I am not a very good skier. But this resort is also perfect for blue and red slope skiers. The area is very snow secure and there is truly something for everyone. If you want to get a good view of the entire ski area I would recommend the Tauernrunde. This round can be made both ways, starting it left or right, but make sure to end your tour at the Edelweissalm….
There is also plenty to do for non-skiers. Walk the route to the 4 Sterne Superior Hotel Das Seekarhaus at 1,797 meters altitude. At their beautiful terrace you find yourself in the middle of the ski area with a great view. Make sure to order the famous Seekarhaus Soufflé. A spectacular dish, nice fluffy dough with the taste of vanilla. Definitely a must eat!
As I earlier mentioned, the trick is to start après-ski on the slope. At The Edelweissalm at 1,850 m. altitude, an absolute must do. Every day at around 15.00 hrs. the party starts here. This Alm is perfectly located for late afternoon drinks in the sun and breathtaking views on the mountains of Obertauern. At around 18.o0/18.30 hrs the party ends. Then everyone jumps back on their skies to complete the rest of the track. It’s just a couple of 100 meters skiing downwards before the party can go on at the Lürzer Alm. To make you’re last meters on the slope – in the dark – a bit easier and less dangerous, the’ve lit the slope on both sides of the track.
My advise to you guys.You don’t necessarily need to bother buying your new ski outfit in advance. Travel light on your way to Obertauern and save enough space in your suitcases for all the great stuff you’re going to buy. Go for the ultimate pleasure and shop at Freudenhaus. This high end store has everything it takes to hit the slopes and après-ski in style. Even the kids can be geared up at this place. All the cool brands under one roof and the good service they provide is really worth mentioning.
Sources & Photo Credits
Lürzer brothers: Gerhard, Heribert and Harald
Hotel Das Seekarhaus
Sports & Fashion store Freudenhaus
Hans Gruber GmbH