Good Ski School,Friendly People, Access to Slopes
Might not be "kicking" enough for some
We have just returned from Rauris - a compact resort where everything is easily accessible. Only 1 1/2 hr transfer by coach from Salzburg, and with good transport links to other resorts (e.g.Zell am See 50 mins by bus). We went as beginner snowboarders (previously skiers) and although we'd only done abit indoors at Snozone the instructors moved us up a group so we got the most out of our week. The Karl Maier ski school is great - it's so family friendly aswell. What also appealed to us as boarders was that we only stepped into gondolas the entire week to access the slopes. If you're a real snow hound and need fast reds and blacks perhaps you might get bored of this resort - but it was perfect for us. Rauris is a typical pretty Austrian town, and all the locals are pleased to see you. Nightlife is mainly in the bars in hotels or a few bars in town - not pumping, but pretty cheap and relaxed for a few drinks. We also went to the Tauern Spa in Kaprun (Opened Nov 2010) on our last day which i can not recommend enough - incredible. We stayed in the Hotel Kristall - good food, 1st stop on the ski bus and sauna was a godsend !