Rauris Ski Resort

Rauris is an incredibly charming old market town with a history of gold mining dating back to the 18th century. It sits in the picturesque Hohe Tauern National Park, quietly nestled between Zell am See and the Gastein valley in the Austrian Alps.

The ski area of Rauris Valley provides a diverse range of slopes catering to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, from gentle beginner runs to challenging black diamond trails. With over 30km of impeccably groomed pistes, visitors can explore the stunning alpine scenery while enjoying a variety of winter sports activities. Complementing the superb skiing experience are the modern facilities and amenities available at the resort. Rauris offers well-equipped rental shops, ski schools staffed by experienced instructors, and convenient lift systems ensuring smooth access to the slopes.

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Rauris offers a serene and idyllic setting for winter enthusiasts seeking both adventure and relaxation. Set among some of the highest mountains in Austria, Rauris has a long history of downhill skiing dating back to the 1890s. As the popularity of the sport grew, Rauris had a decision to make; they could choose to exploit the area and push for mass tourism or follow a more idyllic and traditional approach to develop the area. They decided against mass tourism and favoured a quieter, preservationist approach which has resulted in a truly fantastic and wholesome ski village.

The skiing at Rauris takes place on the Hochalm mountain ( and the areas adjacent to it) which sits overlooking the village. There are up to 32 kilometres of pistes stretching between 950 metres and 2,175 metres altitude. The resort is best suited to beginners and intermediate skiers with advanced skiers not finding too many challenging pistes on the slopes but the fantastic snow conditions make up for that. Families are more than welcome at Rauris, with the resort being very family-oriented as well as being the recipient of numerous family awards as a resort. The resort is also very well equipped with enough facilities to accommodate a full village of holidaymakers and its locals. The accommodation is located very close to the foot of the gondola making it very convenient for families with young kids to access the ski area without much hassle. The accommodation area is also in close proximity to the local shops and restaurants, with all areas pretty much walkable, adding to the charm and laid back feel of the resort. It's the perfect resort for a quiet yet memorable family ski holiday.

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The slopes on the Hochalm mountain provide the majority of the skiing at Rauris. Of the 32.5 kilometres at Rauris, 25 kilometres are on the Hochalm. The Waldalm and Kreuzboden make up for most of the remaining kilometres and are the slopes best suited for intermediate skiers. Access to the Hochalm is via the main gondola from the village, the Hochalmbahn. The Waldalm and Kreuzboden can be accessed via chairlift and gondola.

Skiing in Rauris

Skiing in Rauris is perfect for beginners and families with young children just learning how to ski. Most of the beginner skiing takes place on the slopes of the Hochalm at about 1,250 metres. It may seem an intimidating height for beginners but the snow conditions are great with wide open pistes ( with breathtaking scenery of some of the Hohe Tauern valley. The area has gentle blue slopes as well as family fun areas including a race track and f700 metre long Family Fun Slope.

Intermediates can head over to the adjacent slopes of the Kreuzboden and Waldalm ski areas to tackle the very few reds at Rauris. Access is granted via a chairlift from the village. The red pistes here may be few but skiers will be pleased to find that they are constantly in very good condition, being groomed daily.

Advanced skiers will be pleased to find one or two hidden surprises including a 600-metre vertical drop from the Heimalm back to the gondola base at the village. Waldalm and Kreuzboden also have a good amount of off-piste opportunities.

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Snowboarding in Rauris

Rauris has a great fun park including a boardercross course. There are also fantastic off-piste opportunities for free riders to exploit with lots of powder, but we would always recommend getting a local guide. The reds on Waldalm and Kreuzboden are wide open and perfect for free riders.

Snow Conditions in Rauris

The snow conditions on Rauris are very good with most of the slopes enjoying good snow coverage all season through. The resort is also well equipped with snowmaking facilities ensuring that up to 80% of all the slopes below 1,700 metres are covered should there be any snow shortages.

Apres Ski in Rauris

Rauris is not popularly known for having a particularly vibrant apres-ski scene; not at least compared to its Austrian counterparts. It is relatively quiet here, with a number of huts on the slopes where you can stop over for some food and drinks before heading back down to the village. Mountain huts always have a brilliant, friendly atmosphere and are a splendid start to an apres-ski evening. Down in the village, there are a few bars to visit for an evening drink and a chat. Some of the hotels also have really good bars which make up some of Rauris apres-ski scene. We have listed a few here;

Sportstuberl

A great meeting spot among skier groups. It is located in the heart of the resort and quite hard to miss. It is your typical sports and ski bar, with a few pub games and live sporting events on TV. They have a great drinks menu featuring everything from ales, whiskies and wines. Visit for a lovely evening with your travelling group for drinks, snacks and a pub quiz ( hosted weekly). Great place to meet people and share skiing experiences.

Maislau Hut

Located in breathtaking scenery in the Rauris valley, the Maislau Hut or the Maislau Alm is a traditional, cosy mountain hut that sits across the river in idyllic Austrian Alpine scenery. Part of the family-run apartment and inn, the Maislau Alm offers a fantastic menu for tasty and delicious meals as well as home-brewed beers. The Maislau Alm is also very popular with locals, as it's owned by a local family and has been a staple of the community. If you are after a traditional Alpine apres-ski experience on the slopes, ensure that the Maislau Hut is on one of your stops.

Rauriserhof

Rauriserhof hotel is a 4-star rated hotel located close to the bottom of the slopes. It is an absolutely fantastic hotel with a chic and boutique theme. Its bar and cafe have an elegant and contemporary interior which gives it a classy ambience. It has an extensive drinks menu which also features a wide range of wines. Great place for a relaxed apres-ski evening.

Extra: There are some additional places you can check out for a great apres-ski evening Rauris. There is an umbrella bar close to the base station in the resort where a lot of skiers congregate for a few drinks after a day on the slopes. Also, look out for bars like Pub Mix or Dies and Das.

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Facilities in Rauris

Rauris has great facilities to ensure that it is able to cater to all the needs and requirements of ski holiday makers visiting the resort. It has everything from ski equipment hire shops, fantastic hotels and accommodation, great restaurants and enough shops for essential needs. We have provided a few details below.

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Facilities for children in Rauris

Rauris is a popular family-friendly ski resort and has the facilities to cater to the needs of visiting families with children of all ages with events that are child-specific and also family-oriented and involve all members of the family.

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