The village of Obergurgl has rapidly grown into one of Austria's favourite ski destinations.
The resort has marketed its advantages cleverly: a much higher altitude than most of its competitors in Austria and yet a more charming and upmarket selection of accommodation than most of its high-altitude rivals in the other alpine countries.
The capacious lift system also swallows crowds quickly, meaning that lift queues are an unusual sight on the ski slopes.
Elevation: 1930 metres
Location: 6456 Obergurgl - Tyrol - Austria
While most of the day-trippers in the Ötz valley stop off at Sölden, Obergurgl, rather proudly, prefers to think of itself as the destination for a more discerning guest. Certainly, the change to the village has been dramatic since the farmers of the Upper Ötz valley downed their tools and started to guide mountaineers around their native peaks at the beginning of the 20th century.
Obergurgl has retained much of its original alpine charm, although still a village where it is clear where the prosperity comes from. In sunshine the resort boasts fabulous views of the glaciers near the border with Italy but, because of the altitude of the village, visitors should be prepared for severe storms and lift closures if the weather turns bad.
Most guests will prefer to arrive in their own car or via Innsbruck airport
as the journeys from other arrival points can be lengthy and frustrating in
cases of bad weather.
More information about travel to Obergurgl
The ski slopes are split into the Festkogel and Hohe Mut in Obergurgl and Hochgurgl, with interesting skiing above a tiny hamlet. The beginners' slopes are close to accommodation and the ski schools have an excellent reputation.
The area is ideal for intermediates who are looking for a decent-sized area for a week's holiday with good snow conditions and few lift queues.
More information about the Obergurgl skiing, plus a snow report in the winter months
As the settlements of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl are so small, an access lift will rarely be out of walking distance. Most of the accommodation is in the main village of Obergurgl, but keen skiers who want to get away from it all might want to take advantage the Hochgurgl hotels with their direct access to the ski slopes.
More information about Obergurgl hotels & other accommodation