At a lofty 1930m Obergurgl is one of the highest resorts in Austria, with a long November-to-May ski season, an excellent snow record, heaps of off-piste and perfect, confidence-inspiring intermediate pistes in great condition. The gondola link, running on a level across the hillside, adds nearby Hochgurgl’s pistes to the total make over 100km of runs in all. The vast majority are suited to intermediate skiers, and they are nice and quiet.
The pretty, end-of-the-valley village is also quiet – good for families and those who, after a cheerful après stint, are happy to retire to their half-board hotels for the evening.
There’s tasty food around, good Austrian spas, a little hiking, tobogganing and an ice rink, and that’s the lot. Advanced skiers, party animals or groups with any non-skiers should consider nearby Sölden instead, back down the valley. It’s a free bus ride away, and there’s the option to include a day in Sölden when you buy your liftpass – well worth it.
Italy is across the mountains, and it was up there that the 5300 year-old Ötztal man was found preserved in the ice. He likely died in a winter storm, and skiers should bear that in mind when packing their thermals – it gets pretty nippy up on these exposed slopes!