Situated in the Otz Valley, Obergurgl is one of Austria's most desirable ski holiday locations because of the guarantee of snow throughout the winter season.
Obergurgl is the highest parish in Austria with a resort height of 1930m and allows skiing all the way up to 3080m.
You might also want to check out the accommodation on offer in the adjoining resort of Hochgurgl, located a little further up the valley at a resort height of 2150m.
The season traditionally lasts all the way from November through until May, although package holiday accommodation can normally be booked from mid-December through until mid to late April.
The Otz Valley is very picturesque and Obergurgl has managed to retain a very traditional, relaxed and intimate feel, in part due to the lack of traffic.
There is no through traffic in the centre of the resort, which gives it the ambience of a winter wonder land and the architecture is in an attractive Tyrolean style.
Even as the resort has grown this style has been adhered to and, though there are many large hotels in Obergurgl, they are all very tastefully built.
When looking for accommodation in the area you’ll notice that the majority of the accommodation consists of high-end hotels.
These hotels certainly aren't cheap but you do get a lot for your money! If your budget does not quite stretch to a four star or a five star hotel then you might want to look at better value option such as Hotel Austria. You might also want to look at the catered chalets that Obergurgl has to offer. A prime example would be the Chalet Christophorus – great value for money!
Even though Obergurgl is one of the most famous ski resorts in Austria, it hasn’t been overdeveloped.
The resort centre is still quite small and compact which really allows you to get to know the village and by the end of your ski holiday in Obergurgl you’ll feel very much at home.
And like many before you, you will no doubt be ready to book again for the next winter season.
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The skiing in Obergurgl is predominantly suited to beginners and intermediates, though expert skiers will still find plenty to keep themselves entertained. The resort boasts a fast and modern lift system. It is a rarity that you ever get queues for the lifts even during the peak school holiday dates.
There are three main ski areas, Hohe Mut, Festkogl, and Hochgurgl, which in combination offer a great selection of blue and red runs with one or two daredevil black runs into the bargain.
The skiing in Obergurgl is perfect for learning to ski. The beginner lift at Mahdstuhl is great for absolute novices as is the Wiensenlift towards the low end of town.
The blue pistes running down toward the village centre and close to the Rosskar lift are also great for those still finding their ski legs and give you a brilliant area to move into after completing your first few lessons.
With plenty of long and spacious red and blue runs, the intermediate skiing in Obergurgl is great. Austrian pistes are numbered rather than having names like French runs and blue runs 15, 5 and 6, all on the Obergurgl side of the region, are ideal for intermediate skiers looking to build their confidence.
If, on the other hand, you’re a confident intermediate-tier skier you’ll probably want to challenge yourself on the red runs and a prime example is piste 1 running all the way from top to bottom of the Festkogl lift.
With that said, whether you consider yourself to be lower or upper intermediate you’ll also want to check out the slopes on offer on the Hochgurgl side as there are also loads of great red and blue runs over there as well.
The advanced skier on holiday in Obergurgl should be on the lookout for hidden gems, as there are plenty to find. There are half a dozen black runs spread throughout the area plus some great off piste opportunities.
You can also go looking for challenging moguls at the top of the Hohe Mut area.
On top of this you even have the option of doing a ski away day in Solden (although you’ll have to extend your lift pass for the day, and a small charge is involved) which offers you an extra 150km of piste to explore.
Given its fantastic snow record, Obergurgl is a fantastic place to ski powder. There’s plenty of off piste to be explored although it’s worth your while to hire a local guide.
What’s more, the more advanced ski school groups sometimes venture off piste if there has been a fresh snowfall.
The tree skiing around the Steinmannlift is also well worth checking out under the right conditions.
Obergurgl’s a good resort for snowboarders unless you only want to ride park. There are a few good jumps in the Festkogl but, if you’re happy riding wide open pistes with plenty of space to carve and you love floating through powder on your snowboard, then Obergurgl is definitely the place to head.
As you’d expect from an Austrian ski resort, the après ski scene in Obergurgl is vibrant with plenty of lively mountain bars and restaurants.
Apres ski at the Nederhutte is famously the place to be but you should also check out Krump'n Stadl and Josl Keller.
If you’re looking for a special dining experience you need to make time to see the views from the 'Top Mountain Star' restaurant.
Nightlife in Obergurgl is quite quiet with most of the night time activity revolving around a few bars in the town centre and the hotel bars. For something a little bit different, why not try out the indoor golf or maybe ice skating or curling. You can even do night skiing in Obergurgl if all you want do to is ski, ski, ski!
There are plenty of other ways to get out and about and enjoy the scenery, including cleared winter walks, snow shoeing, and the toboggan run at Hochgurgl. But if that isn’t what you want to do, we recommend the bowling alley.