One of Austria’s most dazzling and scenic ski resorts, Obergurgl is enclaved within a landscape of snowy peaks and wintry slopes, and known as ‘the diamond of the Alps’. With a population of around 400 residents, the tiny village is located in Austria’s highest parish, which reaches an elevation of over 6,300 feet. Not only does this guarantee a tremendously panoramic setting, there’s a good chance of perfect skiing conditions from mid-November, right through to May.
Out on the slopes
Obergurgl has no fewer than 110 glittering slopes to charm all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The resort boasts 24 ski lifts, meaning your precious vacation isn’t squandered on queuing. You’ll be too busy carving out a meandering trail down the mountainside, with the wind stinging your ears and the sun bouncing off the landscape. Off-piste trails are well-maintained, and there are 12 kilometers of Nordic ski trails for the cross-country enthusiast to explore.
With an absolute ban on driving at night in this peaceful village, the air is fresh and the night is still on Obergurgl, making it perfect for a romantic getaway. The accommodation options range from an exclusive, five star resort, the Top Hotel, to cozy little chalets and welcoming guesthouses. Rest assured, there’s an option for every budget whether you’re looking for a luxuriant spa stay, or a comfy crash pad.
After a hard day of snow-packed adventures and ski lessons, there’s nothing like some hearty grub and a warming apres-ski. Sample traditional Austrian cuisine, designed for fueling mountain life, or something a little more exotic. Hohe Mut Alm may be pricey, but it does have the winning combination of fresh Alpine decor, traditional Tyrolean cuisine and a panoramic sun terrace. If you are guarding a budget, the quaint Haus Gurgl pizzeria will fill you up with delicious carbs for a fraction of the cost.
When you’ve unlatched your ski boots and stowed your skis for the day there’s still a world of discovery at Obergurgl. The breath-taking Freizeit Arena Sölden has a warm pool, indoor tennis courts and a bowling alley for competitive sorts to while away a few hours, or you can tee off at the giant indoor golf course in nearby Hochgurgl.
With its lengthy ski season, idyllic setting and chocolate box village, mighty Obergurgl has everything you could possibly wish for in a ski resort. Easy slopes, ample childcare and a range of facilities will ensure that families and couples alike will find plenty to cater to their every need in this all-inclusive Austrian snow globe.
Author bio: Jenna Hardy is a snow enthusiast, from skiing to exploring. Working at a well-known ski resort, she loves meeting new people, especially with a beer in hand.