Obergurgl ski resort, at the head of the Otztal valley, with its high quality hotels, restaurants and lively après-ski, a modern lift system and reliable deep snow record, is a firm favourite for skiers and boarders of all ages and ability.
Obergurgl ski resort, the second oldest ski resort in Austria after St Anton, celebrated 100 years in 2011. As the highest parish with a church in Austria (1,930 m), Obergurgl is one of the most snowsure winter resorts in the Alps, with skiing for all abilities, a fast modern lift system and no queues. The modern high speed chairlifts are all covered for shelter, which is important, as the ski area is exposed above the tree line and wind can be an issue. In a white-out, there is little definition.
The charm of Obergurgl has been preserved by the family land owners who have successfully controlled development and resisted expansion. Accommodation is mainly in 3-star and 4-star hotels, with a handful of chalets and pensions. Apres ski is lively, with traditional tea dancing on tables and live music at the Nederhutte four nights a week. Other hot spots include David's Bar on the mountain and the CU Bar and Josl cellar in town, open until 3 a.m. nightly.
Linked by gondola, the nearby village of Hochgurgl (2,150 m) is a small cluster of hotels, high above the tree line with fast, wide ski runs and a spectacular mountain top bar at 3000m.