Rauris Ski Resort
Rauris is a quiet, family-friendly resort with a compact network of well-groomed slopes.
The 32.5km of slopes are located on the east-facing slopes of Hochalm, rising from the valley floor at 950m to the summit at 2175m. Three gondolas serve most of the terrain, with a couple of drags also serving beginner-friendly, tree-lined pistes at the top of the access gondola. If the snow is good, it is possible to ski right back down to the valley at the end of the ski day, but beware that early or late in the season you may need to download at the end of the day. Ski touring is a big attraction here, with uphill routes marked on the piste map and good options from the top of the lifts.
Rauris itself is small village situated within a quiet, dead-end valley over the ridge to the west from the bigger, better-know Gastein Valley. There's good facilities in the village, including a number of shops, bars and restaurants, all of which are a stone's throw from the accommodation and the foot of the access gondola. Everywhere is walkable and there's alternative access to the slopes from the northern end of the village via the Kreuzbodenbahn – which is also host to a great tobogganing route. Getting here is quick and easy from Salzburg, with the drive taking a little over an hour.
Resort website: www.raurisertal.at