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Visitor reviews for Obergurgl Ski Resort
March 03, 2016
George from United Kingdom
A mixed review for Obergurgl from me. I'm towards the end of my first weeks skiing here. Whilst the weather hasn't been great we have had a nice week and some nice skiing. It's good for middle aged intermediates like me.
As others have said it's a smaller ski area and that does have its limitations. However, the snow and piste quality is very good. There are lovely blue/red cruisey runs and since its a high resort the snow quality is good. The trouble for me is there's just not enough variety of runs; it's very small.
Certainly, the resorts have their followers. We chatted to a guy in a mountain bar who has been here for 20 yrs and met an old work colleague who's been here 5 straight years. They love it.
For me though it's all a bit too dull. The village is almost non existent. It's one street with hotels (albeit very nice hotels). There are very few restaurants only a couple really and they are basic so all eating is in the hotels. No real bars to speak of outside the hotels either (in the village anyway). I managed to find one cafe which felt like a chain. So sadly there's just very little here.
There are some great bars on piste: Nedderhutte & the Hohe Mut Alm & David's Hutte are all fun but very little in the village. I like to be able to leave the hotel for a drink, a good coffee or a nice snack sometimes. That's not possible here really.
So, all in all, we had a nice week with nice skiing but I just got a bit bored if I'm honest. Would I return? Likely not as I think there are better ski areas in truth. But many people do like Obergurgl.
Overall: 4.1. Based on 26 votes and 40 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Obergurgl.
Public Transport: 4.1
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Obergurgl, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Obergurgl, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Obergurgl.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Obergurgl, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Obergurgl is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Obergurgl relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Obergurgl, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Obergurgl are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Obergurgl is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Obergurgl, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.8
(1) Obergurgl usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.7
(1) The staff at Obergurgl are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Obergurgl are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Obergurgl has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Obergurgl, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.6
(1) Not even a kicker at Obergurgl, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Obergurgl, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Obergurgl has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.2
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.3
(1) Overall, Obergurgl is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.3
(1) Overall, Obergurgl is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 28, 2016
Paul Mcshane from United Kingdom
Obergurgl/ Hochgurgl is an excellent family resort; 110 km of mainly blues and red runs, a few blacks, and a fair bit of off-piste if you get some fresh powder. Hotels are all of a good standards; we have stayed in 4/5 different hotels and they were all very good with excellent food,
Resort is at a good elevation, 1900ft and above so in our 10 or so visits guaranteed snow till the end of April,
Good choice of mountain restaurants at reasonable prices, very few if any lift queues, in a pedestrian-only village. Most hotels are only a few minutes walk from the gondolas and chairlifts that are modern and continually being improved and updated, Hotel Jenewein and the Neiderhutte are our favs but book early if going peak weeks.
December 16, 2015
Caroline from Austria
Agree with everything another reviewer has written and I am pleased to report the T-bar drag lift has now been replaced with a state of the art gondola. There is also a new restaurant and motorbike museum at this lift.
October 13, 2015
max from United Kingdom
Obergurgl is a lovely place to go and ski in and it is great fun for me as I've only skied for a maximum of 5 years. It's very enjoyable and it always feels secure when you're there.
January 07, 2015
Chris from United Kingdom
I've been skiing for over 30 years and skied the majority of resorts in Austria and France but Obergurgl is in my top two. It doesn't have extensive skiing and it doesn't have a bustling night life (Nederhutte excluded) but it oozes charm and character. There is rarely a lift queue, there is always snow and there are few boarders. If you put your mind to it you could ski the entire resort from one end and back again in a day but the slopes will be quiet, well groomed and in excellent condition, with stunning views. The majority of the lifts are quite modern (compared to most French resorts) and most of the chairlifts are covered and often have heated seats for particularly cold days. My only moan about the lifts is the T-bar that services the red run at the far left side at Hochgurgl. It's a long drag, needs to be a chair really.
Off to Obergurgl again in a fortnight, can't wait.
June 19, 2013
Adam from United Kingdom
Obergurgl, as a family skiing holiday, works on so many levels: snowsure, picturesque village, great standard of hotels and restaurants, great instruction for the children and a safe environment with a noticeable absence of 'out of control' skiers! The limited and low key nightlife adds to the charm and security of the place too. After many years, the place still works well for us and for those who find the amount of skiing restrictive have Solden down the road for a 10 Euro additional charge on their lift pass.
March 11, 2013
Ian & Abigail Hardcastle from United Kingdom
Going back for our 5th time in as many years. No need to look any further. It has everything and more!
January 16, 2013
Denise Boyne from Austria
The snow is amazing, the slopes are really well groomed. The staff are friendly, the hotels are first class but if you don't like smoking, ie in restaurants and bars this is not the place for you. Austria, you need to clean up your act, you are behind the rest of Europe although I suspect Germany also allows smoking as the majority of smokers appear to be German. Why would you walk about outside but the minute you come in you light up. Also, apart from the Niederhutte on the mountain there is no evening entertainment. The ski show put on by ski instructors is well worth going to. We also did the curling which was good fun. Again, they wait until they get inside and then they light up.
November 24, 2011
Dan from United Kingdom
Just returned from Obergurgl for the opening weekend. We were fairly apprehensive before we left as we saw there has been practically no snow.
All due respect to the staff at the resort though as the snow making machines were working overtime and they managed to open all the main lifts and over half the slopes.
Of course best of all, the slopes were practically empty - never once having to wait inline.
November 11, 2011
jeremy saye from United Kingdom
We are now approaching our 15th year in OberGurgl/HochGurgl, and would like to endorse 3 points that have been covered in earlier reviews. Firstly, it has that unmistakeable and intangible air (found only in Austrian resorts) of 'gemutlichkeit' (comfortable well-being). It is everywhere, from the ski slopes to the excellent hotels. Secondly, I have never, over more than 50 years on/off the slopes, found a better apres-ski 'hut' than the NederHutte, particularly on Mondays/Wednesdays/and Fridays when the music gets going. There's no rap/grunge/hip-hop/indie, nor any pretence at tune-less modern music (even if I knew what that would be!), but if you want to get on the tables and sing and dance, this is the place to be. Trust me! And thirdly, the snow is always there, and (most importantly) there is rarely any lift queue (if you avoid the start of ski school at half-terms). In all, just an excellent resort, but if you're an all-night raver, and enjoy crowds, stay down the hill in Solden. Please!