How will the Tyrollean resort of Obergurgl get on in our Battle of the Ski Resorts
Nominated by Mary
Ease of access 6/10
A 1.5 hour drive from Innsbruck airport to the end of the Ötz valley, or a 10hr 45m from Calais.
Sense of scale and epicness 7/10
Just head to the top of Wurmkogl II (3027m) and you’ll see why.
Variety and quality of the pistes 7/10
It’s not huge (110km) but it is perfectly formed, with fast, well-connected lifts serving a mix of blues, reds and blacks. It’s mostly above the tree-line though, so can feel a little exposed on bad weather days. We find the Hochgurgl side tends to stay quieter than the Obergurgl part.
Off-piste potential 8/10
There are vast powder fields and hidden valleys in just about every direction, though there can be a few fat ski-clad riders fighting for first lines.
The choice of lifts means you can make the runs as long or as short as you want, but you’ll often end up on the same few central reds as you navigate between areas, which can get a little repetitive.
On-hill grub 6/10
There’s a good selection of self service and splurgetastic restaurants to chose from. David’s Hütte has the best atmosphere and Hohe Mut the best views, though it’s pricey by Austrian standards.
Après scene 7/10
Nederhütte, on the way down from Hohe Mut, is the place to go for dancing-on-tables-in-ski-boots après. In town things are quieter, though Josl-keller has a good happy hour and worthy DJs.
Base suitability 7/10
Mighty Sölden is 15 minutes down the road, easily reached by bus and a good day trip if Obergurgl starts to feel too familiar. It’s a great springboard for touring too. The Vent Loop Trail, a challenging five-day tour, is considered one of the best in the Eastern Alps.
Family friendly? 9/10
Obergurgl has built its reputation on being a family ski resort. The village is quiet and lacking in traffic, as well as being well-positioned for dropping kids of at Bobo Miniclub for ski tuition from three upwards. Kids under nine ski for free.