In the beginning there was not much there. It all started a long time ago with a Roman road, which was an important connection between the North and the South. The first skiers came approximately 110 years ago. These first skiers were mainly soldiers who come to Obertauern to train. A few accomodations and emergency shelters were already established there at that time. However, It was not until the interwar period that summer vacationers discovered Obertauern for their holidays. By the end of the 40s and the start of the 50s, skiing was then the predominant reason to come here. Skiing boomed. And Obertauern was right in the middle of this boom.
Obertauern's immense upsurge began around that time. Originally, there were only a few only a few accommodations available, but over time it became one of Austria's most versatile winter sports destinations. There is a good reason why the town's chronicles, which tell the story of Obertauern's development, are entitled "A town that emerged from nothing". That former nothing has become quite something here in Obertauern – a lot more, actually. Today, Obertauern has something for everyone – for families, freerideres, beginner skiers, and those who are looking for a great party.
The Beatles came in 1965 and filmed winter and ski scenes in Obertauern, with some of the locals standing is as stunt-doubles, since the Beatles were able to do a lot at that point, but skiing was definitely not one of those things. The reason for choosing Obertauern was obvious – guaranteed snow and even more snow than other ski resorts at time when these other resorts already had to switch to grass skiing for quite some time.
The Beatles obviously liked Obertauern. They even got a bit carried away and performed a more or less secret, private concert in a hotel in Obertauern. The Beatles launched another skiing boom and the whole world wanted to go skiing in Obertauern. Obertauern continued to bloom splendidly due to its exceptional location. Obertauern’s location really is truly magnificent.
Surrounded by ski slopes, on the south-facing and the north-facing side alike, Obertauern has been known as the ‘snow bowl’ since the early day. A snow bowl, where people were surrounded by snow and ski slopes, felt safe, and right at home. Anyone who comes to Obertauern gets a quick overview thanks to the spherical panorama. An all-round view from center of the town shows you all you need to know. A clear overview, as well as quick and instant access to the pistes are Obertauern’s big advantages. However, Obertauern's evolution is far from over. Once there were only a few accommodations here, but today guests can choose from a wide and varied range of hotels to meet all indiviual requirements. When it comes to the variety of pistes on offer, other ski areas have nothing on Obertauern …
50-year anniversary "THE BEATLES - HELP!"in Obertauern 2014/15
The Beatles knew what they were talking about – it's easier to make it to the top when you try with a little help from your friends. 50 years ago, the greatest pop band of all time filmed HELP! in Obertauern. This is the place where they had their first and only concert in Austria. A wonderful moment in the history of the tow. Their light still shines on Obertauern, as the ski resort is looking forward to the upcoming season.
In the week from 14.03. - 21.03.2015 we relived this great moment once again. Exactly in this week, 50 years ago, the Beatles performed in Obertauern!