Ski Holidays in Obergurgl, Austria
As one of the leading ski resorts in Austria, Obergurgl continues to appeal to skiers from across the globe, attracting beginners, intermediates and experts alike. It’s easy to see why, too. With spacious runs and routes designed for free-riding, powder-riding and free-style skiing, there are plenty of excellent opportunities to capitalise on across the resort’s 110km of slopes.
Seasons run here from November all the way through to May, giving travellers plenty of time to take advantage of the extraordinary snow coverage available. If you want to explore everything the area has to offer, it’s easy to do so thanks to the 24 ski lifts dotted around the resort.
There are plenty of runs at high altitude (1,800m - 3,080m) and the park is the first non-glacier ski region in Tyrol to open. With excellent accommodation, a vibrant apres ski scene and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s easy to see why Obergurgl attracts visitors year after year.
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Obergurgl ski resort
If you are searching for a hospitable resort with fantastic facilities and outstanding scenery, Obergurgl is the perfect ski destination. With a charmingly traditional feel and fantastic hospitality, the village here provides a fantastic cosy atmosphere that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of larger resorts. It’s a great place to try out winter sports without having to queue for long periods of time.
Designed for families and independent skiers alike, cosy bars, deluxe restaurants and a thriving après ski scene await at this excellent resort. The accommodation is wide ranging with options to suit all kinds of budget. Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel or a roomy chalet, there are sure to be amazing residences to enjoy.
With a laid-back atmosphere and wonderful Tyrolean architecture, it is easy to see why the village continues to be a hit with all kinds of travellers. While some resorts offer limited facilities for young ones, Obergurgl is perfect for kids with a kindergarten ski area and the beginners’ Gaisberg region is a nice step up once they are settled on the slopes.
Snow conditions in Obergurgl
The ski season at Obergurgl runs from November to May, offering one of the longest ski seasons in the Alps. There are also snow cannons available to ensure excellent coverage for visitors, while the high altitude provides fantastic views across the wonderful winter landscape.
Skiing in Obergurgl
With plenty of excellent options for visitors to choose from, you will be sure to find runs to suit your ability no matter what your experience level is. With beginner, intermediate and expert routes to choose from, it will be easy for skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills and slowly increase the difficulty levels.
The Obergurgl ski area stretches to around 56km and, including nearby Hochgurgl, the region reaches a total of 110km. Beginners and novice skiers will probably enjoy the Gaisberg lift or the Festkogl area in Obergurgl, while the Schermerspitze ski trail is ideal for intermediate skiers.
For experts, the Hohe Mut run is sure to be appealing, offering spectacular views and a pulsating ride down one of the tallest summits in the Alps. There are other large ski areas at Tifenbach and Rettenbach, while plenty of off-piste skiing is available. However, it is crucial for travellers to check the weather and avalanche reports before venturing away from the marked runs. Ski guides are also at hand to provide any extra help that may be required.
On Tuesdays, night skiing can be enjoyed across Obergurgl, with 8km of floodlit slopes for people to explore. Ski school instructors start the event with a stunning ski show full of stunts and jumps before a marvellous firework display.
Apres ski, restaurants and other activities in Obergurgl
Obergurgl is home to a fantastic apres ski scene that provides entertainment long after the slopes shut for the day. There are about 20 bars in resort for a varied mix of nightlife and apres. The Nederhutte is a fantastic après ski option, offering live music, amazing food and spectacular views of the stunning landscape. Other top venues include Josl-Keller, Fassl Bar and Top Safari Disco (Hochgurgl).
When it comes to food, Hotel Jenewein is one of the top eateries to visit for top local and international cuisine. With a warm and welcoming ambience, friendly staff and an excellent array of alcoholic drinks.
Along with amazing food options, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy, including ski mountaineering, winter hiking, sledding, along with ice skating and curling on the resorts ice rink. Therefore, you can spend your holiday learning several new sports and making the most of the idyllic winter environment.
Other activities in Obergurgl:
- Cross country skiing
- Ice skating
- Ice curling
- Freizeit Areana swimming centre
- Indoor golf
The nearest airport to Obergurgl is Innsbruck, which is around one hour and 20 minutes away by car. Bus transfers are available, too, with four direct services from the airport to both Obergurgl and Hochgurgl.
Obergurgl SKI PASS PRICES
The prices for the Obergurgl Ötztal Super Skipass lift pass, for the Winter 23/24 ski season can be found below.
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Prices are normally based on a full area lift pass and child ages vary by resort. The above are guides, so please call one of the Iglu team for prices for your holiday.
Ski Hire in Obergurgl
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Obergurgl. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Obergurgl:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£113||£68|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£151||£86|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£189|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£220|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Obergurgl here
Great resort for us who hadn’t skied for three years. Lots of gentle skiing available. Very easy transfer to get to Hochgurgl by (free) bus with our six day ski pass. Coming back to Obergurgl there is easy skiing from the gondola. Wonderful Austrian efficiency and infrastructure.
Apres Ski: 3/5
Just returned from the Hausgurgl 48 hours ago. The hotel certainly meets 4* expectations, breakfasts were great and although some of our party (17 people) thought the dinner options were sometimes odd, I together with most of us thoroughly enjoyed everything on the menu. The staff are excellent, nothing was ever too much trouble and requests were always carried out promptly and with a smile. One issue was as our party was roughly 50% of all the people staying there, we did seem a loud bunch when re-counting the days activities and all laughing about them. I think some of the other guests didn't like the fact that we all loved the hotel and resort and had a marvellous time. If the hotel had been full, as in a normal year, I don't think this would have been an issue. I have also marked the resort 5* for apres ski, even though many bars were not open and lots of restrictions were in place. I don't think this would be an issue in a normal year and we always found somewhere to meet up. Summary: can't fault the resort or the hotel and would happily return again.
Apres Ski: 5/5