Blog Spotlight on Obertauern: Why this is an ideal resort for a School Ski Trip

This February I left The School Travel Company office and joined one of our groups on their School Ski Trip to Obertauern, Austria. The group had excellent feedback about the trip and have already booked to return in 2019! As I had never been to Obertauern, I went along as their ski rep to boost my resort knowledge and to see what worked well for them this year enabling me to make their trip next year even better!

Take a look below at some of my photos, read about the highlights of my experience and find out what i think makes Obertauern the perfect destination a for School Ski Trip…

The Hotel Jugendalpincenter

Being purpose built for groups, you’d expect this hotel to have everything you’d need for a School Ski Trip – and it really did!

Recently refurbished with cinema and disco rooms, pool and ping pong tables, a sports hall and a beautiful lounge area, there was plenty of space and facilities for the group to spread out and entertain themselves on the nights they stayed in the hotel.

The hotel has 4 separate restaurant areas so that each group staying has their own space. Being a large group, we had restaurants 3 and 4 where you could help yourself to the breakfast buffet and three course meals were served at lunch and dinner time.

The hotel’s location was the icing on the cake. Ski to door and right outside the 6 seater Schaidbergbahn chairlift!

The Ski Area

Being just a few minutes walk to the nursery slope made life easy for the first time skiers in the group. There were plenty of gentle blue runs and nice reds which were great for those progressing to an intermediate level. For the more advanced, there were some good black runs, the most impressive was the vertical looking Gamsleiten run!

As my group  had a real mix of abilities there was definitely lots for each of them to explore with their friendly ski instructors.

On the sunny days, the mountain views were incredible. The heavy snowfall made the tree lined runs look even more special and from most runs you can see the pretty village in the the centre of resort.

Although the lift systems were efficient, I was still amazed at how small the lift queues were for a half term week, only a handful of times did I have to wait more than a couple minutes. Many of the lifts had covers for those cold and snowy days – some even had heated seats!

Après Ski Activities

We’d arranged 3 activities for the group as part of our aprés ski package. The first was a visit to the Therme Amadé thermal spa for swimming. The group had a brilliant time splashing around in the 5 pools both indoor and outdoor in the snow, not to mention the looping slides, wave machine and jacuzzi.

Next up was tobogganing. Taking rides on a skidoo to the top of the 1.5km floodlit run, the children (and adults!) had fun whizzing back down on their sledges before going inside the restaurant to warm up with delicious hot chocolates!

The third activity was night skiing at the nearby Edelweiss chair lift where a wide blue and red run were lit up for the evening. With fresh snow falling and music from the aprés ski bars at the bottom of the run, the ski instructors took a more playful approach to the learning and played some games while skiing tonight. Being so close, the group skied the gentle slope back to the hotel after the activity.

I could go on and on about how brilliant this trip was, so I’m really not surprised that the group have booked their return already! Hopefully this, and the party leader comments on the right, show a little of what’s so special about a School Ski Trip with The School Travel Company.

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Group feedback

“We have booked 7 holidays with you so know that we will be well looked after.”

“Excellent skiing area for all abilities”

“Very happy students who all progressed with their skiing.”

“Loved the thermal baths and the night skiing.”