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My favourite places to stay in Obergurgl

My favourite places to ski in Obergurgl

If I had to book an Austrian ski holiday with reliable snow, Obergurgl would probably be at the top of the list. Obergurgl is the highest parish in all of Austria. Located at the head of a snowy valley, close to the Italian border. It’s easy to understand why this very small village should become so popular in winter. Deep reliable snowfall, great views, and a choice of hotels for all budgets.

The village is at 1,930m, making it one of Austria’s highest ski resorts, with the top ski lift station at 3,080m, Obergurgl competes happily with other high European ski resorts, such as Val Thorens and Val d’Isere which also claim both reliable and excellent snow cover. The snow in Obergurgl is pretty much guaranteed from November through to May. Perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike.

The ski lift system in Obergurgl is modern, mainly high-capacity gondolas and fast chairs which provide access to the 112km of perfectly groomed pistes above Obergurgl. The pistes are best suited to intermediate skiers and beginners, the slopes are wide and perfect for long carving turns. The Blue and some of the red runs are well within the capabilities of most first or second-week skiers. While there are a few black runs, none are particularly testing for the advanced skier or snowboarder, who would prefer Solden, also covered by the ski pass. Obergurgl is an excellent choice for either beginners or really any level of intermediate-level skiers.

Free lifts are available at the nursery slopes for beginners and the easy progression slopes bring comfort to even the most nervous first-time skiers.

For visitors staying more than 3 days, the ski pass also covers skiing in the nearby Solden, which gives access to a further 145km of skiing. Solden was the film location for much of James Bond Spectre.

Visitors from Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and Brits make up the bulk of visitor numbers and many return year after year to enjoy, probably the most reliable snow cover in Austria and an après ski scene that makes Austria so popular.

The choice of places to stay in Obergurgl is extensive for a village with just 480 full-time residents but I’ve selected two quite different 5* accommodations to make your stay in one of Austria’s best-kept secret ski destinations in Obergurgl.

Highly recommended; Hochfirst Alpen-wellness Resort, Obergurgl, Austrian Alps

Having recently returned from Obergurgl I dropped in on a hotel that has been popular…

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