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Rauris Ski Resort Guide

Rauris, Austria

Rated: 2/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForSnowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length30km
Highest Lift2,210m
Resort Height950m
 Nearest AirportsSalzburg and Munich
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A medium sized ski area for a small, traditional and pretty village in the Höhe Tauern. The local district includes skiing at Wörth and Bucheben, and has been improved in the past few years with new gondola and chair lifts, and an illuminated sledge track.


The Austrian ski resort of Rauris is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 950m, with 30km of marked runs.

Rauris has direct access to 30km of downhill skiing, with 12 marked pistes, served by a total of 9 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,210m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Rauris?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm, expected on 27 September.

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Snow Forecast by day for Rauris

Ski Area Stats

Rauris Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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Rauris Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,210m
Lowest Piste950m
Resort Altitude (Rauris)950m
Max Vertical1,260m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Rauris
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Rauris Overview

Traditions are strong, history long and the people friendly in Rauris, a traditional, unspoilt resort in a protected national park area of great natural beauty. The entire valley promotes itself as the Raurisertal, although Rauris remains the main centre.

Downhill skiing has a long history in the valley. Wilhelm Ritter von Arlt brought the ski-sport to Rauris. Together with goldmine-owner Ignanz Rojacher he brought the first skis from a study trip to Scandinavia back to Rauris. Soon a group formed around Ritter von Arlt who loved to go skiing.

The equipment then was simple wooden planks with no edges, bended up at the tip. The used different wax to go up or down the hills. In March 1902 the first ski-lessons took place in Rauris and marked the beginning of now more than a century of ski-lessons in Rauris.

Today skiing still takes place on the Hochalm and adjacent areas above the village. Although an unintimidating area for beginners, the 1250m vertical is big enough to keep more advanced skiers entertained and then there are long established off-piste touring routes that experts can be guided to and a 600m vertical black right above the village.

Some years ago Rauris had to decide whether to opt for mass tourism, or a gentler, more traditional way of life. They decided to preserve the local precious countryside, plants, animals and mountains.

The resort is located within the picturesque and protected Hohe Tauern National Park. Traditional animal species extinct in the area have been reintroduced into the National Park and have since made it their home, along with smaller animals which have lived in the Hohe Tauern for centuries. Look out for imposing Bearded Vultures or once the snow melts, free-roaming marmots

Apart from its enviable natural heritage, The Raurisertal is also one of the few Tauern valleys to be a site of continuous settlement. A variety of finds attest to the fact that the paths across the Rauriser Tauern (Hochtor) were used in very early times. These include six silver coins found in the market square, three of which bear the head of King Philip of Macedonia, who ruled in the Balkans from 360 to 336 BC.

Other finds include a small Hercules statue from the Roman era and a bronze sword from about 1300 B.C., as well as a scarab from the time of Ramses ll (2000 BC).

Today's town of Rauris was formerly named after the Gaisbach, on whose alluvial cone it was built. Its existence was first documented in 1120.


The ski area at Rauris, concentrated on the Hochalm, is one of the smallest on the international circuit with around 25km (17 miles) of runs. However guests in the resort like it that way - intimate.

Beginners can take the gondola up to a snowsure1800m for their first turns, all next to a good mountain restaurant with spectacular views for recovery sessions. The easy slopes continue down to a gondola station 300 vertical meters below, so that technique can be mastered over longer than usual runs without the need to master a possibly more difficult surface lift back up every few hundred metres as is so often the case.

Intermediates can go further, taking the new Rauris Summit Lift right up to 2,200m with long blues all the way back down.

Before hitting the slopes you can go online or switch on the local TV channels to check out weather and slope conditions on the live panorama camera.

Advanced skiers have limited on piste terrain, although it does include a little-known 3.3km black run down from Heimalm below the lower gondola section.

Ski touring with a guide is also popular, particular in the Spring. The Rauris Valley offers countless ski tours through open countryside. Embarking from the valley head or ascending the slopes to the left and right above Bucheben, a popular target is the Hoher Sonnblick, the highest peak in the valley.

There are several other small ski areas along the valley, linked by a free ski bus.

There is skiing to suit a range of abilities.


The Hochalm's funpark offers fun, action and a boardercross course. Off piste there can be good powder for freeriding at times, get a local to show you the best routes. There's a wide powder region on the north side of the area. Group and one-on-one instruction is available from the ski school, along with sampler classes. Uplift is available by magic carpet lift and gondola - much easier than the dreaded T Bar for first timers.

Location and Map

Where is Rauris?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Zell am See, Salzburg.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Rauris is Salzburg, 80 minutes drive away.

Munich, Klagenfurt, Linz, Ljubljana and Innsbruck Airport airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 9,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 6km of ski runs, with 11 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Rauris open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Rauris Piste Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Rauris, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Rauris Tourist Office for the latest.

Rauris Webcams

The Webcams in Rauris are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.

Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Rauris.

Aprés Ski

Rauris can be lively or intimate to suit your taste. For lively try the The Shake's Beer, Dies and Das (D&D), Pub Mix or the Grimming Cellar Bar.

Twice a week there's floodlit sledding from the Kreuzboden with access via the double chair lift up to the start of the two kilometre long descent. The regular ski pass is not valid for this, toboggans can be rented locally.

Other options include a romantic evening in a sleigh ride, bowling, ice skating and curling or a visit to the local 600 year old schnapps distillery. Beer is also brewed locally at the traditional Weixen-Beer brewery in the nearby valley of Seidlwinkl.