Obergurgl Hochgurgl Ski Resort

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Obergurgl Hochgurgl is referred to as the “Diamond of the Austrian Alps.” It is a must visit ski resort! High elevation, 24 lifts and 110 kilometers of groomed (prepared) trail skiing, in addition to thousands of acres of off-piste natural skiing terrain. Located in Austria’s Otztal Valley in the Tyrol, Obergurgl and Hochgurgl are just 10-minutes from Solden Ski Resort. “Gurgl” is at the end of the valley.

While Obergurgl Hochgurgl is not as big as many Austrian alpine destination resorts, it does consist of three interconnected peaks, Hohe Mut at 8,759-feet, Festkogl at 9,967-feet, and Hochgurgl at 10,111-feet. In addition to sharing a lift ticket, the two ski areas Obergurgl and Hochgurgl share a funny name, “Gurgl”, and are connected by the Top Express Gondola with bold views of the mountains and two ski villages below. See our Obergurgl Photos

Obergurgl and Hochgurgl’s ski season lasts from mid November to early May. While the terrain isn’t super steep, there is quality snow, plus easy to reach off-piste snow bowls just off trail, but it gets skied out quickly on powder days. Hire a guide from Alpin Sport to find some fresh powder safely, we loved our day with ski instructor Hannes who found us some great lines.

Gurgl is popular with families, particularly British and Dutch families, for its pleasant, less-crowded terrain (compared to nearby Solden), excellent multi-lingual ski schools, night skiing, and compact upscale ski villages that offer fun family activities like tobogganing, snowshoeing, and fireworks. Parents like that kids under 10 ski free on certain ski packages.

On the Hochgurgl side of the interconnected resort, the Top Mountain Star is otherworldly – a panoramic, round glass structure with star prongs resembles a spaceship that landed in the Alps. You can have drinks (no food) here with a view, but don’t overdo, it’s a long ski run down from 10,104-feet. There are several great lifts on the Hochgurgl side serving well-prepared ski runs.

The Top Motorcycle Museum is an attraction here, a modern lodge with a new 10-passenger gondola. As an added attraction, this is also home to the highest motorcycle museum in the world! The resort owner is a biker aficionado, and his collection of over 400 motorcycles is on display (separate admission fee). The motor bike display is located at the start of the famous Timmelsjoch pass for motorcyclists in summer. This is a fun activity on a day when the snow is blinding or conditions aren’t ideal.

Also at Hochgurgl is the Kirchenkar section of the ski mountain offering wide-open skiing reached by a lovely gondola, typically quieter and sunny. The Kirchenkarhutte here offers a true rustic Austrian chalet for ski in ski out lunch.

On the Obergurgl side is a variety of ski runs on the Festkogl area, with a Fun Park (terrain park). The Hohe Mut Alm reached by the two-segment gondola is one of Tirol’s most beautiful mountaintop lodges with a panorama of over 21 peaks over 9,000-feet and several glaciers. Hohe Mut Alm serves Tyrolean fare daily, plus après ski fondue dinner certain nights with Austrian music, dancing and a gondola ride up and down. We like Neder Hutte at middle station of Hohe Mutte – delicious food in the big chalet, or the umbrella bar. Apres ski with music here starts at 4, and if you need a ride after too much fun, they’ll tow you by snowmobile by cart to the base.

Obergurgl’s most extraordinary lunch experience starts by grabbing a rope off the back of a snowmobile from the top of the Steinmahnbahn lift, and you are towed on skis to a glacial valley where the modern Schonweishutte serves a delicious Austrian lunch. The snowmobile pull is a highlight (kids love this part), to this new amazing modern lodge with sun deck serving local fare.

Obergurgl and Hochgurgl après ski and nightlife is not off the hook like nearby Solden, just a few umbrellas bars at the base of the slopes, several restaurants, shops and hotels within walking distance in town.

Where to Stay in Obergurgl:
The Crystal Hotel VAYA – is a 4-star slopeside modern hotel offering mountain view rooms with balconies, steps to the ski lifts. The Crystal Spa has an indoor and outdoor pool, adult Spa, and serves an elegant dinner and breakfast buffet. A ski shop with boot dryer and ski storage is steps from your room and the slopes.

Hotel Jostl Mountain Lodge is a chic glass 4-star property at the base of the Hohe Mut cable car, in the upscale ski village of Obergurgl. This adults-only hotel is lovely, with a panoramic Sky Sphere Spa on the rooftop 4th and 5th floors. In the hotel is a modern bar and lounge, and very nice dining with a bountiful buffet breakfast, and 5-course evening dining. Josl Mountain Lounging offers a sophisticated ski holiday, with stylish suites. Sister property across the street is the five-star Gurglhof, same management as Solden Hotel Valentin and Valentin Apartments. Note: Josl has a cellar “Josl Kellar” nightclub open late, 9pm-3am.

Obergurgl Hochgurgl On Mountain Dining:
Schonweishutte – from the top of Obergurgl’s Steinmanbahn, take a snowmobile tow on your skis to this amazing modern lodge surrounded by peaks and glaciers. Austrian fare is served on the sun deck or inside.

Hohe Mut Alm – at the Obergurgl summit is mountaintop chalet serving local cuisine and fondue with a panoramic view. Evenings, ride the gondola for music, dancing and Austrian traditional dinner, even fireworks.

Kirchenkarhutte – a cozy ski-to Austrian chalet at Hochgurgl serving casual quick Wieners, soups, meat and cheese plates, plus a full bar.

NederHutte at middle station of Obergurgl’s Hohe Mutt is a must for lunch, and apres ski, on the sun terrace, the chalet lodge or the umbrella bar.

Obergurgl Hochgurgl Stats:
Base Elevation: 1930M (6,332′)
Summit Elevation: 3027M (9,931′),
Vertical: 1097M (3,600′)
Lifts: 24
Trails: 110 kilometers of prepared ski trails plus extensive off-piste.
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