Charming villages and high, snowsure slopes with loyal clientele.
A dedicated group of visitors go back every year to Obergurgl or Hochgurgl, some of our reporters among them. Whichever of the two resorts they are loyal to, they love its high, snow sure, easy intermediate slopes, its end-of-the-valley seclusion and civilized atmosphere, its lively tea-time après-ski and its comfortable, expensive hotels. There aren’t many beds, so you need to book early to avoid disappointment.
But some first-timers are disappointed. Even accepting the exposed setting, some yearn for a more substantial village, some for more variety of terrain, some simply for more runs. They have a point. If we’re going to a bleak, high, snow sure resort where there is nothing to do but ski or board, we’d rather go somewhere with rather more skiing or boarding to do (like Tignes, for example).
- Glaciers apart, one of the Alps’ most reliable resorts for snow – especially good for a late-season holiday
- Excellent area for beginners, timid intermediates and families
- Normally liftline- and crowd-free
- Retains village charm despite modern development
- lively tea-time après-ski
- Obergurgl and Hochgurgl slopes are now linked by gondola
- Small area with no tough slopes
- Very bleak setting, with no sheltered slopes for bad weather
- Few off-slope amenities except in hotels
- Quiet nightlife by Austrian standards
- For a small Austrian resort, rather expensive