Obergurgl: Austria

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Fact File
Family Friendly Rating: 5/5
Rating: 5 out of 5 - Full family facilities with family atmosphere!
Height: 1800 - 3080km
Piste Coverage: 110km
Runs: 39
Ski Lifts: 23
From Calais: 678m / 1091km
Winter Resort: Yes
Summer Resort: Yes
Snow Report
Last Snowfall: 28/03/2010
Min Snow: 37
Max Snow: 145
Glacier: Yes
No. Runs Open: 23
Weather: sun/cloud
Snow Condition: very good
Max Temp: -3°C
Min Temp: -6°C
Typical Prices
6 Day Ski Pass Prices
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Obergurgl, Austria

This is Austria's highest parish where many British skiers have been returning year after year.

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As Austria's highest parish, many British skiers return to Obergurgl year after year for its charm, excellent snow record and good variety of pistes.  This expanding village offers something for everyone and being at the end of a valley does not suffer from overcrowding, with many locals stopping further down the valley at Solden, which can be skied for a day with the “Joint Ski Pass Plus”.

The Otztal Alps is the largest glacial area in the eastern Alps with 256 peaks over 3,000m - 50 of which are around Obergurgl!  Little wonder then that the village enjoys a very long skiing season from mid-November.

In recent years there has been a significant upgrade of the lift system installing new gondolas including some with heated seats – a great respite in what can be a very cold area given its altitude.  Split between Obergurgl and its higher neighbour Hochgurgl (2,150m), there are now 24 lifts/gondolas  including an 6-8 person gondola and 3 quad chairs with a capacity of over 39,400 persons/hour.  An 8-person gondola connects the ski areas of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl with a short eight-minute ride, although there is also a free shuttle bus service from the village.  This 3.6km long gondola with 50 cabins travels horizontally across the mountains and has an hourly capacity of 1,200 persons.  You can even hire a private cabin to throw a champagne party for yourself and a few friends for the journey!  The lifts serve 110km of slopes, split evenly between the two villages, offering 35km are easy (blue) runs, 55km intermediate (red) and 20km of difficult (black) pistes.  All of these are covered by snow making machines should the slopes require a “top-up” early or late season.  In-between blasts down the well groomed pistes, one of the "musts" is a visit to the Wurmkogl (3082m) from where you can look down onto the Italian Dolomites.  From the top there is an 8km run covering an altitude change of 1,260m, commencing with an exhilarating black run (not for the faint hearted) before it joins an excellent red "motorway" piste back to the intermediate station and the Schermerbahn lift.  From here you continue on a relaxing blue section before a stunning red run winds through the trees back to Pill at 1,793m.

New for 2010 season is a floodlit toboggan run that follows this red from Hochgurgl back down to Pill.  Hire the toboggan’s from the base lift station, take the Hochgurglbahn Sektion I from where there’s a short walk to the start.  Totally exhilarating!

During his time visiting over 120 resorts around the Alps, the Editor has sat both in and outside many mountain "huts" but can honestly say one of the best ever found has been "David's Hutte" here in Obergurgl.  Located at the bottom of the "Steinmannbahn", David's Hutte has an extensive menu available all day with live music on Wednesday and Thursday evenings when it is worthwhile cancelling your hotel dinner and eating at the "Hutte" instead! The food is excellent, the friendly staff just as excellent and even if you only turn up for a morning hot chocolate or Gluhwein, you will be treated to the same friendly, efficient service (see resort photo gallery).

Festkogl Alm at the top of the Festkogelbahn & Rosskarbahn offers fantastic views of the valley and an opportunity to watch skiers attempting the two runs from the top of the Plattachbahn, whilst the Nederhutte is “the” place to end up after your final run down the mountain for the best “après ski”.  Once the sun falls, the piste is floodlit to aid the final run back down to the village.

Although the village of Obergurgl is not that large, it is attractive and has a good selection of shops and restaurants. If you are self-catering in an apartment the "SPAR" supermarket stocks just about everything for all your needs.  If you are searching for a souvenir there is plenty of choice including a superb wood carving shop just behind the Edelweiss "Farm" buildings.

The hotels have their own bars, glowing log fires and evening entertainment, with the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl being highly recommended by the Editor.

This hotel is where the Editor stays, providing guests with excellent cuisine, a comfortable bedroom, blazing log fires and a well stocked bar, all accompanied by an excellent service from friendly and helpful staff!  It was completely renovated in the summer of 2008 with a new dining room and winter garden.  New balconies have been added to bedrooms on the south side and these rooms have a safe, hair dryer and a "wellness basket" with bathrobe and sandals (see Obergurgl Hotels).

The hotel also has a fabulous Wellness Centre with swimming pools, sauna, solarium and many other keep-fit essentials for a skiing holiday.  Resident staff are on hand to provide a wide range of welcome massage treatments following a hard day’s skiing; there is an indoor pool and an excellent outdoor heated pool where you can swim and watch skiers come down the mountain.  It also provides an excellent kindergarten for the four-year-olds and upwards with fully trained staff so that mums and dads can go off and enjoy a morning or afternoon ski.

The hotel also has its own brand new indoor riding centre with 16 "Haflinger Horses" and is a mecca for the younger guests!  This centre was the venue for this season’s opening ceremony – a night of live traditional Austrian music and partying, which was attended and thoroughly enjoyed by the Editor!

A further advantage of staying at the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl is the ski shop and hire facility introduced in the 2004 season. If you do not have your own ski equipment, or would rather not carry your boots and skis, you can hire the very latest equipment from the hotel as one of its' guests.

Even if you arrive with your own skis and they need waxing or some other attention, this is done overnight in the ski shop so your skis are as "good as new" in time for skiing the next morning.  The heated boot room also ensures your feet start the day dry and warm.

The location of the hotel relative to the slopes is outstanding.  Walk out of the boot room or ski shop and you are met by a 4-seat chair which directly links the Festkogel, or alternatively you can take a two stage gondola to enjoy some excellent skiing below the Hohe Mut Haus (2670m).

In December and springtime (after Easter) the hotel offers "white weeks" packages (out of peak season deals) at inclusive rates much lower than at other times and including a 6-day ski pass.  The Hotel Edleweiss also has a package arrangement exclusively for Inghams guests.

The 2009-10 season opens in mid November and runs through to end of April.

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A hotel steeped in tradition since 1889, located at the most beautiful spot in Obergurgl - Edelweiss & Gurgl Hotel in the Otztal valley.

The well appointed Edelweiss & Gurgl hotel is located in the village centre, close to the lifts. The hotel has 132 bedrooms of the highest standard of comfort, each with en suite bath or shower, toilet, cable tv, radio and telephone. The rooms are in five categories - standard, superior, suites, family or single rooms. There are special packages available in the low season which include a 6-day ski pass and half board.

The history of the Edelweiss-Gurgl goes back 110 years when it was a small guesthouse. Since then the hotel has been extensively enlarged and modernised and now provides a wellness area with indoor-outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, various saunas and a children's club. There is a variety of evening entertainment and the hotel also has its own farm with a riding stable which guests can visit.

Telephone: 0043 5256 6223

Website: www.edelweiss-gurgl.com

Email: Click here to email Hotel Edelweiss-Gurgl

 

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Accommodation options at Obergurgl

Below are some of our picks if you are planning a trip here.

Hotel Edelweiss-Gurgl
Hotel Edelweiss-Gurgl
A hotel steeped in tradition since 1889, located at the most beautiful spot in Obergurgl - Edelweiss & Gurgl Hotel in the Otztal valley. The well appointed Edelweiss & Gurgl hotel is located in the village centre, close to the lifts. The hotel has 132 bedrooms of the highest standard o...

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