Obergurgl is a popular destination for British skiers due to its great variability in terrain and authentic traditional mountain village atmosphere. It has developed a great reputation with families due to its ski schools and hotel services, as well as being not too overcrowded. Obergurgl has grown out of a traditional mountain village, set in a remote spot near the head of its valley . It's the highest parish in Austria and is usually under a blanket of snow.

The Ski Club leader service has been in operation in Obergurgl for many years now and is a popular destination for our members. Our leaders have a diverse programme that’s set out over a week. Skiers can pick and choose which days they would like to ski with the group. The meeting place is near the Hohe Mut Bahn at the bottom of the Gaisberg cable car. The Club also has social hours in the evening at the Hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl, where you can meet other members and leaders for the week.

The village is small and has three main parts. First you come to a cluster of hotels near the Festkogl gondola. The road then passes another group of hotels set on a little hill. Finally you reach the nearest thing to a centre - a little square with a church, a fountain, the hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl and an underground car park. Obergurgl isn't known for it's lively nightlife but you can have a great night in the many bars, restaurants and hotels around the village. Even higher up is Hochgurgl, linked by a mid-mountain gondola, has a little more than a handful of hotels at the foot of its own area of slopes. You can also get a free bus ride down the valley to Sölden with your Obergurgl lift pass.


Glaciers apart, one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps; good for a late-season holiday

Excellent area for beginners, timid intermediates and families

Queue- and crowd-free, with slick lifts in the main

Quiet, chalet-style village with little traffic and good hotels


Limited area of slopes, with no tough pistes (but lots of easy lift-accessed off piste)

Exposed setting, with very few sheltered slopes for bad weather

Little to do outside the hotels

Village is fragmented, and lacking a real centre

7 in 7 - Our guide to Obergurgl (Episode 3)


Getting there

  • Innsbruck airport: 1.5 hours

Good For

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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