When a resort is known as ‘The Diamond of the Alps’ it’s bound to have something special to offer and Obergurgl doesn’t disappoint. Visitors return year after year to experience the snow sure, crowd-free slopes in a beautifully traditional Tyrolean setting.
Obergurgl is linked with Hochgurgl via the mid-mountain Top express gondola, expanding the ski area into the well-developed glacier reaching 3,080m. Expect plenty of cruising slopes and smart mountain restaurants.
Located at high altitude, 1,930m, Obergurgl has some of the most reliable snow conditions in Austria throughout its long season lasting from mid-November until early May. Even better, it’s only 1hour 30minutes from Innsbruck so it’s a great resort if you’re looking for a short ski break.
Skiing in the resort
With 110km of pistes shared between Obergurgl and Hochgurgl, the ski area isn’t huge but there’s plenty to keep you going for a ski weekend. Although generally geared towards intermediates and beginners, the varied slopes attract skiers of all levels. The fast and efficient lift system and the lack of queues (even at peak times) means you'll get up the mountain in minutes without having to endure those slow, arduous lifts so common in many resorts.
Good nursery slopes can be accessed from either end of the village and there’s a beginners area in Hochgurgl. The opportunity to progress to the next level can be found all around resort with numerous gentle blues.
Intermediates and cruisy skiers can amble their way around the pistes, enjoying the open views from above the treeline and stopping off for a coffee or gluhwein in one of the mountain restaurants, progressing to the reds if you’re looking for a challenge. Our top tip for skiing in Obergurgl - make sure you stop off at the Top Mountain Star restaurant. Located at 3082m, you’ll get amazing views of the surrounding mountains from the highest point in resort.
Experts will probably ski the area relatively quickly but for skiers who thrive on something more adrenaline-charged, head over to Hohe Mut or explore the off-piste. We’d recommend taking a guide to make the most of it.
The whole resort has a relaxed vibe but it’s still possible to party hard. Après gets lively early in Obergurgl with a selection of on-mountain venues like Nederhutte, as well as a few in the village such as the Josl Keller with afternoon happy hours. Everything tends to get quiet later in the evening but that just means you can get to bed early and sleep off the booze before skiing again in the morning.
There’s a choice of restaurants throughout Obergurgl, mainly located within the hotels but you’ll get everything from pizzas and burgers to fondue and fine dining.