Obergurgl Hochgurgl Ski Resorts
- Otztal Valley Austria
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Obergurgl Hochgurgl is called the diamond of the Austrian alps with 24 lifts and
110 kilometers of groomed (prepared) trail skiing in addition to
thousands of acres of off-piste natural skiing terrain. Located in
the Otztal Valley in the Tyrol, Obergurgl and Hochgurgl are just
10-minutes from Solden Ski Resort at the end of the valley.
While Obergurgl Hochgurgl is not as big as many Austrian Alpine
destination resorts, it does consist of three interconnect mountain peaks, Hohe
Mut at 8,759-feet and Festkogl at 9,967-feet at Obergurgl, and
Hochgurgl at 10,111-feet. In addition to
sharing a lift ticket, the two ski areas Obergurgl and Hochgurgl share a
funny name, gurgle, and are connected by the Top
Express Gondola with bold views of the mountains and two ski
Obergurgl and Hochgurgl’s high elevation makes for a ski season lasting
from mid November to early May. While the terrain isn’t super steep
or challenging, there is quality snow and few crowds, plus untouched
powder just off trail, since most skiers stay on the prepared (or
Obergurgl is popular with families, particularly British families,
for its pleasant un-crowded terrain, excellent ski school, night
skiing, and compact ski villages that offer fun family activities
like tobogganing, snowshoeing, and fireworks. Parents like that kids
under 10 ski free as well.
The most famous aspect of the ski resort is Hochgurl’s panoramic Top
Mountain Star, a round glass structure with star prongs that
resembles a spaceship that landed in the Alps. You can have drinks
inside 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 Hochgrugl side
serving well prepare ski runs. Also at Hochgurgl is the
Kirchenkar section of the ski mountain offering wide open skiing reached by
a T-Bar, very quiet and typically sunny. The Kirchenkarhutte
here offers a true rustic Austrian chalet for ski in ski out lunch.
At Obergurgl, families find a variety of ski runs on the Festkogl
area, with a Fun Park (terrain park). The Hohe Mut Alm reached by
the two segment Hohe Mut Bahn gondola is one of Tirol's most
beautiful mountaintop lodges with a panorama of over 21 peaks of
9,000-feet or more and several glaciers. Hohe Mut Alm serves traditional
Tyrolean lunch daily and après ski dinner with fondue on Wednesday nights with
Austrian music, dancing and a gondola ride down.
At the southernmost flank of the Obergurgl ski resort is an
extraordinary lunch experience, grab a rope tow off the back of a
snowmobile from the top of the Steinmahnbahn lift, and you are
pulled on skis to a glacial valley where the Schonweishutte serves a
delicious Austrian lunch. The snowmobile pull is a highlight (kids
love this part), so is the sunny deck with amazing views from this
authentic stone chalet serving homemade soups and Weiner schnitzel.
Obergurgl and Hochgurgl are not big on après ski or nightlife, just
a few umbrellas bars at the base of the slopes, several restaurants,
shops and hotels within walking distance in town. The
Hotel the Crystal is the best place to stay in Obergurgl,
conveniently located at the base of the Festkoglbahn lift. The
outdoor pool and Finnish sauna at the Crystal Spa both offer a
splendid slope view, and the Hotel has modern rooms and a beautiful
Crystal Bar, Lobby and Dining Room.
Where to Stay in Obergurgl:
Hotel The Crystal
- 4-star slopeside modern hotel offering mountain view rooms with
balconies, Crystal Spa with indoor and outdoor pool, adult Sauna and
Beauty Spa, elegant dinner and breakfast buffet, ski shop with boot
dryer and ski storage steps from the ski lift and slopes.
Obergurgl Hochgurgl On Mountain Dining:
Schonweishutte - from the top of Obergurgl’s
Steinmanbahn, take a snowmobile tow on your skis to this classic
Stone hut surrounded by peaks and glaciers. Austrian fare is served
on the sun deck or inside the cozy secluded chalet.
Hohe Mut Alm - at the Obergurgl summit, this
mountaintop chalet serves local cuisine and fondue with a panoramic
view. Wednesday night, ride the gondola to a Hut Evening with 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.
Obergurgl Hochgurgl Stats: 10,104' summit, 3,772'
vertical, 24 lifts, over 110 kilometers of prepared ski trails plus
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All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke