A satellite of Obergurgl, the high-altitude village of Hochgurgl is Austria's highest and Europe's most snow-sure ski resort.
Surrounded by glaciers and jagged mountain peaks, the combined area features a vast range of uncrowded pistes and lifts, making it is easy to get onto the slopes at any time of the day. The quaint and friendly atmosphere in the village makes for a great place to relax and unwind after a day on the mountain. The mountain huts and numerous weekly activities keep the area vibrant and exciting during the week with there being plenty to do after skiing.
Resort Altitude: 1,930m
Resort Skiing: 3,080m
Total Ski Area: 110km
Blue Runs: 35km
Red Runs: 55km
Black Runs: 20km
Cross Country: 12km
Nicknamed the 'Diamond of the Alps', this secluded mountain village boasts sun-flooded slopes from 1,800m to 3,080m. With top quality, modern lift systems reducing the queuing time to nothing, skiers and snowboarders will adore the immaculate 110km of corduroy pistes available. The high-altitude means snow-lovers can often take to the slopes from mid-November to the end of April.
The slopes of Hochgurgl consist of high, gentle bowls, with fast lifts serving the main slopes above the village. Hochgurgl is great for beginners with many rising up to almost 3,000m. Above the treeline, intermediates will enjoy the long runs in the bowls and the exciting tree skiing on a variety of long, challenging runs. For the more advanced skiers, the area has some very challenging skiing. The Hohe Mut is one of the Tirol's biggest bump runs. Sattel has some great off-piste and the exhilarating Festkogl ski route is steep and unforgettable in fresh powder.
The gentle bowls and dedicated runs provide the perfect terrain for beginners. Intermediates can enjoy some excellent carving opportunities on long, cruising runs and exciting tree runs. For the more advanced, there is an abundance of off-piste potential. There is also a fun park and half pipe for the more adventurous boarder.
Certified ski instructors are dedicated to introducing both children and adults to the world of Alpine skiing and snowboarding. Group lessons at fixed times and private, more flexible lessons are available to book. Ski lessons are essential for novices, however, experienced skiers can learn a lot from many of the local experts. For powder hounds, there are also touring opportunities to visit some truly wintry freeriding slopes, cross country and snowshoeing.
From cosy Alpine mountain refuges to elegant restaurants in five-star hotels, Hochgurgl has plenty of eateries on offer for hungry guests. There is a vast number of culinary styles on offer, from Tyrolean home cooking to international haute cuisine and specialities. The area is also well known for its high-quality wine culture. Many hotels are open for all guests and regularly welcome those looking to be spoiled with a decadent à la carte menu.
With many umbrella bars throughout the ski resort, skiers often end their days in rustic, traditional establishments enjoying a few drinks. The umbrella bar at the TOP Hotel Hochgurgl is open until late and is a lively place to enjoy après ski. The nightlife in the area is more relaxed, however, for a livelier social scene, Sölden is a mere 20 minutes drive away.
Non-skiers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities in Hochgurgl. Relaxing spas and wellness facilities are perfect for unwinding and relaxing. There is also a motorbike museum at the Top Mountain Crosspoint, Nature Park and an indoor golf centre for those longing to see green in winter. For visitors wanting to take in the scenery and fresh Alpine air, there is a range of hiking, tobogganing, ice skating and snowshoeing on offer.