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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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.
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.
January 07, 2015
Chris from Ski United Kingdom 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.
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.
April 12, 2010
Bella from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from my 8th year of staying in Obergurgl. Snow was incredible, as always. There were only 2 cloudy days, the rest were amazingly clear and the temperature was around 15 degrees at times. The brilliant ski instructors kept my little brother working hard and skiing to the very best of his ability, while the snowboarding instructors had me working really hard to improve my skills, whilst having plenty of snowball fights! In previous years we have stayed at the hotel Edelweis and Gurgl and the hotel Jenewein. Both hotels ensured our stay was luxurious and stress free. We particularly enjoyed the Jenewein (5 years there). This year we tried something different, a self-service appartment called Villa Alpin. We were pleasantly surprised as we found ourselves able to relax and do what we wanted when we wanted to do it and with no set times for anything. Overall, Obergurgl is an incredible place that makes you want to stay there forever and not able to wait to go back the next year!
October 13, 2015
max from Ski United Kingdom 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.
November 24, 2011
Dan from Ski United Kingdom 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, 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.
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