Visitor reviews for Obergurgl Ski Resort

Obergurgl Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 33 votes and 46 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.8

(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: 3.5

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.8

(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: 4.7

(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: 4.2

(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: 3.4

(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: 4.5

(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: 4.5

(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: 4.7

(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: 4.5

(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: 2.9

(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: 3.3

(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: 4.6

(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: 4.3

(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: 3.6

(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: 3.1

(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: 2.9

(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: 3.6

(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): 4.1

(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): 4.1

(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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January 22, 2004
Mike Horkan from Ski Ireland Ireland
Myself and my son Duane spent a week skiing in Obergurgl in January 2004 and really enjoyed it. It is a beautiful place with friendly people, great hotels and terrific snow. We'll be back again soon!
December 24, 2004
Graham Gibson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Dec 24th 2004. Just returned from a 'WHITE WEEK' in Obergurgl. What a fantastic resort with plenty of skiing and very little else (shoppers beware, Oxford street it definately is not!). Stayed at the Bellevue hotel, lovely hotel with very friendly owners and staff, and excellent food. Skiing was a bit icy as no snow had fallen since the end of november which mean't we were skiing mainly on man made snow, however this was rectified a couple of days after we left, heavy snow falling over the alps improving conditions considerably. Both resorts (Obergurgl & Hochgurgl) offer excellent facilities and now the 'TOP EXPRESS' gondola links the two resorts you can stay on the snow all day with the exception of a 9 minute ride on the gondola. Whilst you are in either resort make sure that on tuesday evenings you take the Festkogel bahn gondola to the top station no later than 20.30 where after warming yourself with a glass of gluwein, you will be treated to a fantastic ski show laid on by the Obergurgl ski school instructors followed by a fantastic firework display (all free of charge, hoewever don't forget to take your liftpass). If you are feeling brave you can ski back down the floodlit run or you can catch the gondola back down, but beware at around 3000 metres at that time of night 'WRAP UP WARM'. Obergurgl is more expensive for food and drink than some other Austrian resorts, but this may have something to do with the fact that it is situated right at the far end of the dead end Ötzal valley? Do yourself a favour, book a ski holiday to Obergurgl, I don't think you will be disappointed.
May 10, 2005
Tony Greenwood from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just had another great week in Obergurgl (19th - 26th March 2005). This was the week before Easter. The weather was fantastic - warm and sunny except for Friday. This is a very busy week but service was very efficient at the Eidelweiss Hotel at lunchtimes. Sometimes getting on the lifts can be a problem with a 15 minute queue when the ski schools start in the afternoon. The Tuesday ski show was very crowded and it took a good 45 min queuing at the bottom of the Gondola. Well worth seeing the show but you need to get there early to get a good view and miss the rush. Can be expensive if you eat a la carte, but we had dinner in the Eidelweiss (table d'hote) for about £10 each. Superb food and usually too much to eat all 4 courses. Also a lovely little cafe, Oetzal backery, I think, where you can get Apfelstrudel and Vanilla sauces for £1.50, but you need to be in before 4.00 pm as they run out early.
November 02, 2005
George Barnett from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Obergurgl has got to be the best resort i've ever been too. Many people who have skiied all around the world are hooked once they have been to Obergurgl, and return exclusively year after year. Lift queues are never a problem, recent levels of investment have been so high that drag lifts are scarce. I love the place so much that i decided to learn German and will be spending the whole season in Obergurgl (05/06), working as a Ski Instructor! So come to Obergurgl! See you there...
December 12, 2005
Isabel Evans from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been going to Obergurgl since I was 7 years old and still love it more than any place in the world after 15 years. the skiing is amazing, especially with the top express, and never really any queues unless your stuck with ski school - time it well ie. not 9.45 or 1.30. Apres-ski is awesome - would recommend the Nederhutte on mon, wed, fri. In the evening the only place to be is the Josl Keller (also the best hotel in the resort, but I'm biased). Obergurgl boasts the friendliest people in the world - head to Davids Hutte in Obergurgl for the best lunches and also a great skiing area with pretty empty slopes all the time. Have also rarely had any snow troubles in Obergurgl - snow machines rarely used, but are put to good use if they are needed. I'm heading out on thursday, having been away from the place for 9 months!!! You must go....
April 10, 2006
Paul Smith from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fabulous week in Obergurgl - surely the ideal place for family skiing - not too large, not too challenging, great hotels, very friendly people.
April 16, 2006
Tony Croxley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went first week of April 06 on recommendations as a good late season destination. We weren't let down. Superb conditions for Spring (several feet of new powder). Town - small, fairly uninteresting place, limited shops/bars etc.: appeals to middle class brits, predominantly skiiers, staying in 4 star hotels, but more boarders should come here - boarder friendly chairs, few flats, v few T's and enough to keep you interested for a week (as long as you are not interested in a terrain park, because there is isn't one. Apres-ski fine if limited [check out the nederhutte - great laugh)] and resort quiet later on. Sure to return again. TC
January 04, 2007
Jones Family from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a week skiing in Obergurgl, 16-23Dec06. We had previously been before 12 years ago and have returned this year with our 7 and 9 year old and met up with 5 friends. Fantastic place, kids loved the ski school, great snow, snowed three days we were there, very friendly people and stayed at the Hotel Alpenland which was also excellant, so much so the kids NEVER want to go on a sunshine summer holiday again and we have just booked up to go for another week in February 07. Can't wait, if you love skiing you won't be disappointed.
January 08, 2007
andy rogers from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
First time in Obergurgl - 30th Dec.2006 to 6th Jan 2007. What a great resort - good skiing and plenty of snow unlike some others. Ski straight into the apres-ski bars Hexengurgl and Fassl. Hotel Madeleine; best we have stayed at - welcoming, excellent food, and superb roaring fire in the bar area. Everyone in Obergurgl was really friendly. No problems with lift queues. Firework display on New Years Eve was excellent to watch from the ski school meeting point with the hotels competing for the best display! Few more independent quality restaurants needed if you want a break from half board. Can we better this resort for New Year 2007???
January 17, 2007
Tony Grimes from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent resort which was celebrating its 50th birthday. Friendly people. Hotel Madeliene was the best. Excellent food and service. Staff couldn't do enough and special thanks to Agnes. Ski runs to the village were good. Convenient for everything with a compact village setting. Nice bars. Awesome night at the Niederhutte Mountain Restaurant. Good food and service and excellent fun and entertainment. Best night for years, well recommended. Vicky, ski rep for Crystal was the best ever. Professional, informative, hardworking. Couldn't do enough to make our holiday enjoyable. So a very special thanks to Vicky for all her hard work and commitment. Regards Tony