Visitor reviews for Obergurgl Ski Resort

Obergurgl Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 30 votes and 43 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.9

(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.

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.

Off-piste: 3.7

(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.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.3

(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: 4.2

(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.

Accommodation: 4.4

(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: 4.9

(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.

Childcare: 4.1

(1) There are no child care facilities at Obergurgl, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.3

(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: 4.5

(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.

Shelter: 3.6

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.6

(1) The staff at Obergurgl are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Obergurgl are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.8

(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.

Beginners: 4.5

(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.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Obergurgl, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.7

(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: 2.8

(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.

Cross-country: 3.5

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.4

(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.

Eating: 4.4

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.7

(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.

Entertainment: 3.0

(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: 3.7

(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): 4.2

(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): 4.2

(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.

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February 15, 2010
kevin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Only our second family ski holiday (mum, dad and 8 year old son) but fortunate enough to stick a pin in the brochure at Obergurgl. Not the cheapest place but I believe you get what you pay for. I agree with the last review that the Edelweiss is great for location but we stayed at the Bellevue and only had a couple of minutes walk to a slope that took us down to the lifts. The hotel made us feel very welcome and the food was superb. My son gives a big thumbs up for the Nederhutte on a Thursday. We had a blast in there! Everyone we met seemed to be on their third, fourth, fifth even 15th visit. We will definitely be back to Obergurgl later this year.
January 18, 2010
Fleur from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from another fantastic week in Obergurgl! It is such a pretty, family orientated resort! My children, aged 7 and 11, were brilliantly looked after with a private lesson each day from the gorgeous Swedish Caroline (one of the many excellent Obergurgl ski team)! The snow itself was plentiful - Gurgl (I think ?), is the highest parish in Austria and so last and this year we were not disappointed!! The resort itself is simply a one street town - and Obergurgl lies at the very end of the valley. It's not noisy or busy -there is very little to shop for (this is possibly why my husband enjoys it so much!). There are no lift queues at Obergurgl and even less of a population down the road at Hochgurgl which is merely a 5 minute bus journey away. The Tuesday evening Ski team and firework show is a must! The fireworks are more than impressive and the ski team more so! Watching a skier on stilts is quite hysterical! There is the option of a floodlight ski run back to the village, however, with 2 little ones in tow we took the gondola back down. It is, however, Baltic at that height at that time of night! Many thermal layers required! Lastly, our accommodation again was superb! The Hotel Hochfirst run by the Fender family must rate as one of, if not, the best. The staff are unobtrusive but ever helpful, the dining superb; my children were in dessert heaven! The hotel is beautifully appointed and not in the least corporate. All in all, although not cheap, it is money well spent. If Obergurgl hasn't yet featured on your list of things to do before you die then I suggest the list gets rewritten!
December 31, 2009
andy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Had a great Christmas week in this resort (Obergurgl) with 3 kids; 8yr,5yr and 3yrs and wife & friends with similar age little ones. Obergurgl is very family orientated, great ski school for kids and lots of English instructors. We went with Ski Esprit and they pre book them. Use intersport Riml for your ski hire they will give you your kids stuff free: boots, ski and hemets. When adults rent (have a look at the Riml website) they have 2 fantastic shops with great staff and top level equipment. The Nederhutte is an absolute MUST. They do live music on Mon, Wed & Fri from 4.15pm and it ROCKS!!! You need to get here before 4 to even have a chance of getting a table. Kids from 5yrs up will love it. It's an easy green run ski home to the village even with a few beers inside you and floodlit as well!!! David's Hutte is a great place for lunch with very good service and prices. Pizza Romantica is nice in the evenings and lunch, I have been told, but it's in the village. Kampl Strade is great on a Wednesday night when they have live music, check the night with them though. The bus service to Hochgurgle is very efficent and runs every 10 mins both ways and is a quick and easy way to get to Hoch from Obergurul or other way. They have a bit of a break in the bus service at lunchtime so check the times. If you are a powder hound you need to get a guide but split the cost 4 ways and it's great value. There is so much off-piste and it's empty out there as well. Kids under 9 get free lift passes. No real bad points abvout Obergurgl. No snowpark/halfpipe. Don't go there if you want to party until 3am, go to Solden instead, 20 mins down the valley. Enjoy, ooh and probably most important, the snow record is great as it's so high. They keep the snow as low temperatures and work on piste to groom all night. We had 1.8m at 2800m & 1m at resort level in December!!
March 23, 2009
Simon Bartlett from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Had a fantastic week in Obergurgl 15th to 21st March 2009 staying at chalet Alpenblume with Ski Esprit. Perfect location for families; we had a 6 and 8 year old who progressed very quickly on remarkably quiet pistes considering the perfect snow conditions. Some good blue runs difficult to get on in Hochgurgl due to the T-bars for the young ones. The weather continued to be cold though for late March but the resort (Obergurgl) will keep well into April.
March 16, 2009
Russ from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a week in Hochgurgl (Obergurgl). Fantastic snow and a great place to ski. Not been there for many years and it's changed quite a bit: new ski area above Davids Hutte in Obergurgl is dreadful, stony, narrow and full of faltering beginners. It was better when, if you went up the chair to the Hohe Mutte, you knew you were faced with a difficult ski route back down, at least then it was quiet. Another dissapointment was the number of lifts opened on our last day (Fri Mar 13), it was windy in the morning but is that a reason for a drag to remain shut? When the sun came out in the afternoon and the wind steadied they made no effort to open up other runs, one could only stare up at the perfectly groomed unaccessable pistes. Most aspects of the holiday at Hochgurgl (Obergurgl) though were utterly brilliant, especially the Hotel Sport Olymp, grand yet very homely. Hochgurgl (Obergurgl) is a great place to stay if you want skiing right on your door step but you suffer if you want night life other than the hotels, there is simply nothing. For couples seeking rest, great skiing, quality hotels and views it's hard to beat.
January 16, 2009
Fleur Baxter from Ski Austria Austria
As a family we have just returned from the best holiday ever. Words cannot describe how beautiful the mountains were at Obergurgl. Fabulous skiing for children and adults whether beginners or experienced. No queues at the lifts or gondolas, fabulous accommodation, (we stayed at the Hochfirst in Obergurgl - the food was excellent, rooms spacious and clean, staff friendly and helpful and the pool and spa was superb). Once we had found our "ski-legs" we sashayed down to Hochgurgl on the ski bus and had great times there also. Huge and wide blue runs for myself and the kids and enough reds to keep hubby happy. The views were quite spectacular. I would also recommend the Festkogl firework evening on Tuesdays; great entertainment for young or old. Just can't wait to book up for next year.
January 07, 2009
Chris from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went skiing in Obergurgl/Hochgurgl between 6th and 13th December 2008. Restaurants, Niederhutte and David's Hut very good. The skiing is very good especially in Hochgurgl and the view from the top mountain star is amazing. Usual very friendly Austrians, can't do enough for you. I stayed at the Hochfirst in Obergurgl which is the best hotel I've ever stayed at in the Alps by a country mile. Great food, efficient staff, great facilities and easy access to the slopes. Lift queues, what lift queues? Would recommend this resort no problem.
December 22, 2008
Back at work too soon! from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Came back on 21st Dec 2008 from a week's skiing in Obergurgl. Wow - talk about too much snow towards the end of the week. On the Sunday even the guy trying to keep the road clear in the resort gave up - I have never seen so many people walking in a resort. The resort is small and fairly quiet - but that's not to say it's not great fun. It was our first visit to Austria after many years skiing in France - not sure I would go back to France. The Austrian people were amazingly friendly - helpful lift staff, helpful bar staff, helpful skischule staff, friendly skiers and boarders - the list goes on. The runs were a mixture of wonderful long blues and some more challenging reds - but all of them very empty compared to French runs. No queues - seriously - even in the mornings the gondolas and chairs simply swallowed all the people with no queues. It's probably not the most challenging, but with the ability to go off piste very readily I think it has enough to keep most people happy. Like all the others reviewers, the Nederhutte is definitely the most fun - we took our 3 little ones (6yrs, 5yrs and 3yrs) with us to the Saturday afternoon / evening and they loved it. Dancing on the tables and benches and then, to top it all off, a lift down on a piste machine and in bed by 8:30pm. Hotel Edelweiss is the hotel in the centre, but the Alpen Wellness is well placed for a quick rope pull and ski to a gondola. All the hotels are of good quality and the ski bus is regular and on time - even in the snow. Romantica pizzas are truly wonderful and cooked to order very quickly (and you can take them away.) We took the kids to the barrel bar (at the bottom of the main run near the Spar) - basically looks like a barrel from the outside and they loved this as it does 'kids shots' as well as adult ones. Again, wonderful staff. So yes, if a friend was asking would I recommend Obergurgl I would wholeheartedly say yes.
December 15, 2008
Tony by the sea from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from a family week in Gurgl (Obergurgl), and it snowed and snowed and snowed more. Pistes in first few days were great, best start to a season in 20 years apparently. Once it started snowing it was bye, bye pistes. Many under 8-10 inches of fresh powder that they just could not keep up with because no sooner had they tried than it fell again. Safest routes through the trees. Best mountain retreat was without doubt Nederhuette; very slick operation, great staff and the apres-ski nights were packed, and this was a quiet week. It's also good value for evening food. Skiing down after a few lemonades is always fun and is an easy run back to the village. A skidoo or even pistenbully ride for those not too steady on the skis is available. Good food at reasonable prices at the 'Romantica' pizzaria attached to the Hotel Madeline is worth checking out. Lastly hotel Schonblick was good, clean, warm and friendly.
November 11, 2008
Nick from Ski Ireland Ireland
While I can't remember the exact figures, the lift capacity in Obergurgl is something like 10 times that of its maximum high-season population. This is completely intentional. You'll rarely find yourself in a queue. Not to say the resort is quiet. The Nederhut is, hands down, one of the best ski-down mountain bars in the Alps. Excellent food, reasonable prices and, best of all - Rudy and Manny - the two piece apres-ski outfit that is guaranteed to entertain (just make sure you remember the show... if not, the skidoo will probably have taken you down to the village!) Obergurgl is not known for the difficulty of its slopes but it has a micro-climate making it very reliable (it's one of Austria's highest parishes). The excellent lift system makes up for the lack of blacks, allowing an unprecedented number of speed-rides down the long, banking motorway slopes. The hotels tend to be excellent and there are a few lively village bars. This tiny resort is a world away from the crowds in Solden, even if it is really just up the road. There is no better place to convert a new skier to Alpine ways. A great place to show someone who's done a few stints in the likes of Andorra or Bulgaria what skiing is really about.