Obergurgl is one of Austria’s highest ski areas, with a loyal British clientele of families and intermediates.
Obergurgl (1,930m) and its smaller, higher satellite of Hochgurgl (2,150m), are situated at the dead-end of the Otz valley about 90 minutes drive south-west of Innsbruck and have one of the most snowsure ski areas in Austria, with slopes rising to 3,080m. The winter season here typically runs from late November until the end of April, making it far longer than that of most Austrian resorts.
At the heart of Obergurgl lies a traditional village with a church, although it is all but overwhelmed by the (mostly luxurious) hotels that surround it. There is a further group of hotels outside the village by the ice rink and yet another cluster around the bottom station of the gondola. Hochgurgl is a separate slopeside compound of hotels connected by lift.
Because of its altitude, Obergurgl and its ski area have relatively few trees but the village and the hotels that surround it create a cosy, womb-like, enclosed atmosphere that obviously appeals to the resort’s many regular visitors. Another of Obergurgl’s attractions is that many of the hotels are in virtually ski-out/ski-in locations, a relative rarity in Austria.