Obergurgl Hochgurgl Ski Resort

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Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski resort Tyrol Austria
Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski resort Tyrol Austria
Ski powder at Obergurgl Hochgurgl in the Oetztal, Austria.
Ski powder at Obergurgl Hochgurgl in the Oetztal, Austria.
Obergurgl village is the best place to stay in the resort.
Obergurgl village is the best place to stay in the resort.
Hochgurgl village is high above the valley with great access to the entire resort
Hochgurgl village is high above the valley with great access to the entire resort
Obergurgl Hochgurgl link gondola connects the two areas.
Obergurgl Hochgurgl link gondola connects the two areas.
Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski resort has plenty for beginners
Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski resort has plenty for beginners
Top Mountain Star bar/restaurant above Hochgurgl - the resort
Top Mountain Star bar/restaurant above Hochgurgl - the resort's highest elevation at 3080m
Powder in the trees at Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski resort.
Powder in the trees at Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski resort.
The new Kirchenkarbahn accesses some steep expert chutes above Hochgurgl
The new Kirchenkarbahn accesses some steep expert chutes above Hochgurgl
Mountain restaurants like at Top Mountain Crosspoint are well placed for sun soaking & fine dining
Mountain restaurants like at Top Mountain Crosspoint are well placed for sun soaking & fine dining
The old Festkoglbahn gondola rises impressively above Obergurgl
The old Festkoglbahn gondola rises impressively above Obergurgl
Modern lifts, wide open groomed runs & powder fields epitomise Hochgurgl
Modern lifts, wide open groomed runs & powder fields epitomise Hochgurgl
Obergurgl has steeper, more interesting ski terrain options than neighbouring Hochgurgl
Obergurgl has steeper, more interesting ski terrain options than neighbouring Hochgurgl
Obergurgl Hochgurgl powder skiing
Obergurgl Hochgurgl powder skiing
Non skiers can slide down from Hochgurgl village on the challenging sled trail
Non skiers can slide down from Hochgurgl village on the challenging sled trail
Obergurgl Hochgurgl freeride snowboarding
Obergurgl Hochgurgl freeride snowboarding
Après ski at Obergurgl Hochgurgl is typically Austrian - awesome up high....
Après ski at Obergurgl Hochgurgl is typically Austrian - awesome up high....
......... & cosy down low
......... & cosy down low
Obergurgl Hochgurgl villages all have superb lift access & valley return trails
Obergurgl Hochgurgl villages all have superb lift access & valley return trails
Ski Obergurgl Hochgurgl
Ski Obergurgl Hochgurgl

Obergurgl Hochgurgl Ski Resort

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Oetztal Ski Resorts

Hochoetz
Kühtai
Sölden

     Gurgl Ski Trail Map
  • Gurgl Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,800m – 3,080 m (1,280m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8 – 10m
  • Lifts (25)
    9 Cable car (access only)
    7 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid Nov to end April
    9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 110km
    Longest run – 7km
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 32%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult - €42 - 60
    Child - €27.50 - 39
    Child u/8yr – Free

    3 day Pass or Greater - Valid in
    Obergurgl Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kuhtai, Vent
     Obergurgl Ski Trail Map
  • Obergurgl Ski Trail Map
     Hochgurgl Ski Trail Map
  • Hochgurgl Ski Trail Map
    Soelden Ski Trail Map
  • Soelden Ski Trail Map
    Hochoetz-Kuehtai Ski Trail Map
  • Hochoetz-Kuehtai Ski Trail Map

Obergurgl Hochgurgl Ski Resort Austria

Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski resort is a lusty beauty at the head of the snow laden Oetz valley (Ötztal) in the Tyrol of Austria. Recently re-branded as Gurglto be less of a mouthful, the high altitude & location of Obergurgl & Hochgurgl guarantee quality snow conditions during its 6-month long ski season.

To sweeten the deal, Gurgl has a super modern lift system, some lovely ski-in ski-out village accommodation, fun après ski & entertainment, plus any lift pass purchased of 3 or more days duration includes the downstream behemoth that is the Soelden ski resort.

Pros & Cons for Gurgl Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation base area in a high snowfall area.
  • Ultra-modern & efficient lift system.
  • Long 6-month season from November to April – one of the first non-glacier ski resorts to open in Europe every season.
  • Wonderful number & range of piste trails for all levels.
  • Interesting variety of off-piste & backcountry terrain.
  • Typically Austrian enthusiastic après ski - particularly in the villages & upper mountain.
  • Loads of ski-in ski-out accommodation in valley & mountain locations.
  • Good value lift pass price linked with Sölden when greater than 3 days.
  • Public transport access by bus from the Zurich-Innsbruck train line & ample free car parking for day trippers right near the lifts.

Cons

  • Short interrupted fall line & some awfully long, flat traverses in Hochgurgl.
  • Quite busy on weekends.
  • Orientation of terrain (facing westish!) means some winter storms can scour the slopes & the ski area gets sun-baked in Spring.
  • Accommodation in the resort villages books out quickly.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Majority of terrain above the treeline.
  • Two main village areas to choose, but neither with a true town centre.
  • The sun takes a while to shine into the valley in the morning.
  • Close to Soelden – a blessing & a curse!.
  • Accommodation can be relatively expensive in the resort villages (cheaper & more availability down the valley).

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing & snowboarding terrain at Obergurgl Hochgurgl can be split along the lines of each separate ski resort area. Connected either by road from the valley or the long traversing Top Express gondola; Obergurgl is the better bet for advanced riders & Hochgurgl has a huge variety of easier family friendly slopes in good weather. All the resorts groomed piste trails are world class – a standard one comes to expect from a major Austrian ski resort. During poor visibility, the below tree line slopes at Obergurgl around the Hohe Mut gondola mid-station provide some sheltered areas & several fun-slopes/terrain-parks to keep all & sundry amused. Sheltered learn-to-ski lifts & slopes are in Obergurgl village.

Freeride terrain is best in Obergurgl. The marked routes from Hohe Mut are rocky & often wind scoured, but there are ample alternative options with a little reconnaissance. The lower slopes amongst the trees leading into the village are particularly enjoyable. In Hochgurgl the new second stage of the Kirchenkarbahn gondola opens-up some short avalanche prone chutes but is otherwise a waste of time & money. We are not sure why it was built.

Backcountry enthusiasts will enjoy the vast area between the resorts in the Konigstal & Ferwalltal valleys. The upper reaches of the Konigstal are accessible via the Hochgurgl ski lifts, leading to full top to bottom descents all the way into the valley.

See the full Gurgl ski trail map here.

Lift Passes

Day tickets at Gurgl during high season are amongst the most expensive in Austria when purchased on the day from a ticket window. If purchased online at least 5 days prior to use, a standard day lift pass can be up to €10.50 cheaper - a huge saving!

Good to know also is that lift passes of 3-days or greater duration are also valid in the nearby ski resorts of Soelden, Hochoetz-Kuhtai & Vent.

Where is Gurgl Austria?

At the end of the Ötztal (Oetz valley) hard up on the Italian frontier, the Gurgl ski resort rises above the village of Obergurgl. The road over the mountains to Italy is closed in winter so access is via Oetz 45km to the north. Innsbruck is a 1.5hr drive northeast of Obergurgl & Hochgurgl. (Munich MUC) is the closest major international airport (250km, 3½hr) & Zurich (ZRH) is an alternative. The excellent airport at Innsbruck (INN) is perfect for Flights origins from within Europe & UK.

Search & book all airport transfers to Obergurgl & Hochgurgl here.

Obergurgl Hochgurgl can be reached by combination train & bus transport or direct shuttle. Closest train station is at Ötztal Bahnhof; 7 kilometres north of the village of Oetz. The PostBus makes at least 9 daily trips between Ötztal Bahnhof & Obergurgl. Journey time is 1&frac;hr. Get train tickets by clicking below, buy bus tickets from the driver.

Search & book train tickets to Ötztal Bahnhof here.

Once in the resort, you can use the ski lifts & valley trails to get around or the regular local bus services that travel all the way from Obergurgl to the end of the valley past Oetz.

Gurgl Accommodation

The ski resort's main village is Obergurgl at an elevation of 1930m. It has a fabulous selection of hotels, pensions & apartments; most either 'ski-in' or quite close to a ski lift. The liveliest location is at the southern end of the village near the base of the Hohe Mut gondola & Rosskarbahn chairlift. Try any of the hotels & pensions in the vicinity.

Higher up in the resort, Hochgurgl has several ski-in ski-out mountain hotels perched at 2150m. All get a good dose of sunshine & have incredible views up & down the valley. Access to the ski lifts is superb but it can a challenging place to stay & ski in poor weather. Along the road in the valley below Hochgurgl, the locality of Pill has numerous smaller hotels & guesthouses providing great value lodgings. Further down the valley to ward Soelden, the village of Zwieselstein provides a quiet alternative with excellent bus access to either Obergurgl Hochgurgl or Sölden.

Search & book all Obergurgl Hochgurgl ski accommodation here.

Sölden could be used as a base to ski Obergurgl Hochgurgl, but its village has a completely different character which may or may not appeal due to some tawdry strip clubs & rowdy bars.

Accommodation decreases in price (but not quality) the further down the Oetztal one rests their head. Regular bus services link the resorts & villages along the valley but having one's own car is beneficial when travelling up & down the valley from further away. The village of Oetz is a great location; as is Lägenfeld with its proximity to the amazing Aqua Dome Hotel.

Ski Equipment Rentals

Ski & snowboard rentals from our partners are available throughout the Gurgl villages & lift bases. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Obergurgl Hochgurgl in 2019 & found it to be excellent; with something for everyone minus the extreme. Read our review here.

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Tours in or near Obergurgl Hochgurgl

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Innsbruck Freeride Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group, come alone & meet new friends or fully customise a private tour.
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