At a lofty 1,927m, Obergurgl’s one of the highest ski villages in Europe – so good snow all season is pretty much a given. It’s full of top-quality hotels that are known for their hospitality, and traditional restaurants that dish up mountain favourites like schnitzel and fondue. Families love the town’s small size and quiet slopes. And the 110km ski area, shared with Hochgurgl, has a good spread of blue and red runs.
Ski area: Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, 110km
Resort height: 1,927m
Snow range: 1,800-3,082m
Km. of easy slopes: 35km
Km. of intermediate slopes: 55km
Km. of difficult slopes: 20km
• High-altitude skiing
Fun Mountain: Ski as a family on the 1,100m-long fun slope, jammed with waves, curves, tunnels and bridges. Then try your first tricks in the family snow park. Or if you’ve already clocked plenty of air-time, head to the more advanced park by the Steinmann lift.
Wurmkogl-Pill: A must for intermediates – the resort’s longest route goes from the Wurmkogl peak all the way down to Pill on 8km of linked runs. Ease in with a series of cruisy blues, then it’s a race to the bottom on Red 33.
Night skiing: Who said skiing was just for daylight hours? On Tuesdays, the Festkogl gondola stays open after sunset so you can ski the floodlit Blue 6 – and it’s free with your lift pass. Stick around to watch the show put on by the ski school and then finish with a drink at the Umbrella Bar.
Things to do
Top Mountain Crosspoint: Take a break from the slopes to tour Europe’s highest motorbike museum. Up at 2,175m, it shows off 230 historic bikes – one of the biggest and most valuable collections in Austria. The theme extends into the restaurant too, where you can fuel up on schnitzel, pizza and burgers.
Hotel Bergwelt spa: Need some down time? Visit the Bergwelt spa to unwind in the Tyrolean wood sauna, meditate on a water bed in front on the open fire and swim above the clouds in the highest outdoor pool in the Alps. Most spas in Austria are nude, but there’s a clothed area here for families and even a private space just for women.
Zirben Alm: Get a taste of the local here. Staff in traditional costumes deliver steaming plates of goulash and kaiserschmarrn, hot mugs of glühwein and shots of their legendary pine schnapps.
Salz und Pfeffer: A fine-dining steakhouse that’s perfect for a special night out. Try their melt-in-the-mouth Ötzal steaks, cooked to perfection on a lava stone grill.
Top Mountain Star: Fancy food with a view? This star-shaped bar/restaurant, complete with glass walls and panoramic terrace, crowns the peak at 3,082m. Stop in for a hot drink or snack and soak up the scenery.
Nederhütte: Ranked as one of the best après bars in the world, you won’t forget an evening at Nederhütte. There’s live music four nights a week from the house band and the staff demand that everyone gets up on the benches to dance.
Fassl Bar: You literally can’t miss this place – it’s right on the main road and it’s shaped like a giant barrel. The atmosphere is brilliant and the music ranges from golden oldies to current chart-toppers.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Lohmann: A family pick with a kids’ club and free drinks with dinner. And it’s just a couple of minutes from the lifts.
Hotels Austria & Bellevue: These connected sister hotels are known for stylish Tyrolean décor and excellent food made with local ingredients. The beautiful spa is the cherry on top.
Mühle Resort Residenze: In a quieter spot outside town, this is an adults-only option. There’s a free shuttle to the lifts and a modern spa in the main hotel next door.
Keep Obergurgl in mind as you start planning your next ski trip. See you on the slopes.