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Obergurgl Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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  Resort Information
Season Nov - May
Nearest Airport Innsbruck (90 mins)
Ski Area 110km
Ski Lifts 24
Ski Runs 38
Longest Run 8.5km
Resort Height 1930m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 2 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 3 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5

 

 

Acclaimed as Austria’s highest resort, Obergurgl is certainly impressive. The views of rugged mountain peaks covered in snow are awesome and the village itself looks very attractive amidst the snow. Due to its height the snow is usually present from November until May, which means conditions for skiing and snow-boarding are often excellent. With quality accommodations in the resort and linked with Hochgurgl,it is a great choice for early and late season skiing. Largely unspoilt, the compact village centre is pretty and relaxed. The resort has some lovely accommodation, mainly hotels and a few chalets,so whether you are visiting for a week or just a weekend break you can expect a pleasant Austrian welcome and a fantastic holiday.

Obergurgl and Hochgurgl offer excellent skiing and boarding, with awesome views from the cable-car linking the resorts and the slopes of the stunning Oetz Valley.Outside this marvellous scenery,there is plenty to see and do in Obergurgl.Accessing the slopes is quite simple, with a number of the lifts starting directly from the villages of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl and several runs finishing at the villages. The nursery slopes of Mahdstuhl are some of the gentlest there are, so beginners soon gain confidence and competence. Intermediates will enjoy virtually the whole resort, with its wide, friendly blue and red runs, especially the cruising terrain at Festkogl. Experts should look at hiring a guide to take them off-piste, but there are some steep and knee crunching bumps on piste too. A visit to nearby Sölden is also an option.

The ski season lasts from November to May and the area totals 110km or 68 miles of marked pistes, divided more or less equally between Obergurgl and Hochgurgl, with 90% covered by artificial snow cannons.The longest run is 8.5km. The ski area is made up by approximately 30% beginner, 50% intermediate and 20% advanced  runs, which is serviced by 24 ski lifts and gondolas with a capacity of around 40,000 riders per hour and with a combined total of just 4,230 beds in both resorts it is easy to understand why lift queues are pretty rare.

The ski slopes are for the most part wide open with fewer skiers as well as seemingly fewer snowboarders than other resorts. This apart from anything else gives a greater feeling of safety and less congestion. At times it really does feel like a private ski resort. Consistent upgrade improvements on the speed of the gondolas and the chair lifts, means there is virtually no queuing even at peak times of New Year and Easter; so more time spent skiing than waiting to ski.

Expensive, tasteful and modern hotels are joined by more traditional inns and guesthouses, with the odd catered chalet, offering more reasonably priced accommodation.Après-ski entertainment consists of scenic mountain restaurants, cafés, bars and discos. Other night-time attractions are found at the casino or at the Austrian folk evenings, which offers thigh slapping and typicallly Austrian revelry, but Obergurgl is not famed for its lively night scene.

Besides skiing or snowboarding (with a terrain park and half-pipe), outside the pistes there is ice-skating, curling, hiking and mountaineering. Indoor swimming, bowling and squash are also offered. Though for Austria this is more of a quiet family resort, après ski can still be found at the casino and a few restaurants and bars. The few discos are the other choices for entertainment for those young at heart or wanting to dance until the wee small hours.

Generally, Obergurgl is considered to be a resort for the more serious or family skier, due to the lack of a lively après ski scene and its relative seclusion. The resort does however offers beautiful scenery and a long ski season thanks to its height, as well as enough bars and restaurants to enjoy a little, more muted après ski.Check out the excellent video done by amateur Mark Harrop...good music too.!!

For any ski school requirements check out our recommended ski school at : http://www.skischule-obergurgl.com

 

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