A charming place indeed… long winding valley…here and there small cottages. This is the first impression of a car driver when after about 450 km (from Prague or Bratislava) arrives to a tiny village Rauris hidden in the very heart of the National Park Hohe Tauern. Only a few km from the renowned ski resorts Zell am See, Kaprun, Schladming. But a ski tradition with perfect skiing can Rauris offer as well.
It is an ideal place for people not looking for a chic (and obviously expensive) world of large centers, rather quiet and somewhat sideways lying resort with an interesting summer and winter offer.
Klein un fein… the picturesque village of Rauris is located 950 meters above sea; the cable car will take you up to 2,200 meters. Enjoy well groomed 30 km of „pistes“, ski school for children, or adrenaline good skier’s slope from the highest point at Black Wall (Schwarzwand)…wow… down rough 3 km piste. In addition there are beautiful snowshoeing hiking trails. Sonnblick (3106 m) prides with the highest meteorological station in Europe.
Ski passes in Rauris are 10-15% cheaper than in neighboring „Star“ locations and preferably get them directly with accommodation in hotel Sonnhof. Snow conditions from December to early April are excellent. It is still true! Even if in recent years many resorts have had poor snowfalls… Rauris has become a beloved resort especially for tourists from Britain; probably the slopes suit better their skiing skills. Interesting annually held events here are the British army Skiing World Championships, the World Cup in Telemark skiing.
Summer in Raurisertal is also wonderful. The valley is the cleanest valleys in Austria! Apparently the purple cow for Milka milk chocolate comes right away from here! Gold mining is another big attraction of the valley. Even nowadays, races are held here like in the times of a gold rush. You get a necessary gear and can sift water from a creek hoping to find nuggets or grains of gold. The greatest asset of this region is a wild, virgin nature, with a large number of hiking and biking trails, huge waterfalls and typical alpine chalets that preserved their unique mountain ambience.
Contact hotel Sonnhof:
- rooms with a balcony, free parking on a small hill only a short walk from the centre of Rauris and the gondola lift, terasse, barbecue place
- skipass together with hotel room for a good price
- indoor pool, sauna, squash, massages, hybrid bikes rental
- baby sitting, activities for children and baby equipment available
- wi-fi, guided tours, good food and a cosy atmosphere