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Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Ski Resort Guide

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length110km
Highest Lift3,080m
Resort Height1,930m
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and St. Gallen-Altenrhein
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A small traditional old and picturesque Tyrolean village with a long skiing tradition and a long season It's main off-shoot is a group of up-market hotels at Hochgurgl ( 2150m ). An eight-seater gondola connects the ski areas of Hochgurgl and Obergurgl.


The Austrian ski resort of Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 1,930m, with 110km of marked runs.

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl has direct access to 110km of downhill skiing, with 39 marked pistes, served by a total of 24 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,930m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,080m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl?

The next notable snow forecast is 29cm, expected on 30 September.

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Ski Area Stats

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 20km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,080m
Lowest Piste1,930m
Resort Altitude (Obergurgl-Hochgurgl)1,930m
Max Vertical1,150m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
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Intermediate Skiers

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Overview

Obergurgl is one of the world's few classic ski resorts and unlike some of the others, it's got superb skiing and an admirable snow record as well as the picturesque village. Then there's the spectacular scenery of the Ötztal region of the Tirol, the wonderful mountain air and peace. But beyond that there is Obergurgl's remarkable altitude - one of the Alps' highest genuine villages, meaning village level snow is the norm from November to May. With lifts right up to 3080m (over 10100 feet), the big vertical is skiable right through the season.

Obergurgl's big break came in May 1931 when pioneering Swiss balloonist Professor Auguste Piccard was forced to make an emergency landing on the resort's Gurgler Ferner glacier whilst setting a new altitude record in his stratospheric balloon, after taking off from Augsburg in Germany. News of the attempt and emergency landing made headlines around the world. Perhaps this sudden fame was a partial catalyst that brought the first tourists in 1939. It has been studied since 1951 as a model for Alpine development.

Hochgurgl, a small settlement made up almost entirely of large luxurious hotels, began its life in 1961 when the local Scheiber family founded the first hotel there. Obergurgl is the major settlement in a series of villages once called 'Gurgl' but now referred to by the tourist office as Obergurgl - Hochgurgl. The latter is an even higher-altitude off-shoot that's increasingly popular. The lower villages were once known as Untergurgl but were broken up in to smaller settlement names (Pill, Angern and Königsgrain) back under the obergurgl banner, in 1999. However, although the names change most of the world still choose to remember only the name 'Obergurgl'.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is 8km long and the most difficult run is the 'Hohe Mut Buckelpiste Top - Wurmkogel II'.


The Gurgls' ski area is divided in to two sectors of similar size. The full vertical is skiable above Pill and Hochgurgl and doorstep skiing is possible from Obergurgl. Until recently the two areas were linked only by the ski bus but for the 97/98 season an 8 seater, the Top Express Gurgl' gondola was installed to carry skiers and boarders in both directions between the two areas. The 9 minute journey over 3.6km (2.25 miles) offers spectacular scenic views to users.

There is skiing for all ability levels in both sectors. Beginners may practice technique on the Gaisberg or Mahdstuhl lifts whilst more experienced skiers will find the majority of runs at Festkogl above Obergurgl to their liking or the Schermerspitze run above Hochgurgl which has two steep sections for added fun. Make sure you make it to the top from where there are stunning views over the Dolomites deep in to Italy, with the Northern Alps stacking up behind you.

Opportunities for experts include the steep black Hohe Mut run or the Ferwalltal descents above Obergurgl (particularly good in the morning). Above Hochgurgl there are the challenging moguls of the Top-Wurmkogl II slope . But many serious skiers will want to take a guided tour, of which at least 20 run daily, into the huge off-piste paradise. There are over 250 3000m plus peaks in the Ötztal Alps, the largest glaciated area in the eastern Alps, and 50 of them are around Obergurgl.

Lift lines are unheard of around the Gurgls' lifts, thanks to a capacity of nearly 40,000 skiers per hour but, at the most, only a quarter of that number ever hit the slopes at once. Many also hit the nine legendary ski huts of Obergurgl -Hochgurgl.

There are two ski schools, at Obergurg and at Hochgurgl, by far the larger being in Obergurgl. Cross country tuition is offered, along with all the other disciplines and there are three tracks to try out around the valley, of 2 km, 3km and 7km in length.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Although not a top 'boarder destination, all of the slopes in Obergurgl -Hochgurgl are open to 'boarders. This can now be accessed by a high speed quad lift straight from the centre of Obergurgl. Indeed Obergurgl -Hochgurgl's rails and lifts (the majority chairs or gondolas) make free riding easy.

Location and Map

Where is Obergurgl-Hochgurgl?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Sölden, Imst.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is Innsbruck Airport, 90 minutes drive away.

St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Bolzano, Memmingen and Friedrichshafen airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 24 ski lifts are able to uplift 37,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 110km of ski runs, with 68 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Obergurgl-Hochgurgl open?

 Open from : November 18, 2021.

 Closes : April 24, 2022.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

Although Obergurgl doesn't have a reputation as a hedonist's destination, there are five night spots, discothèques and five Tirolean bars hiding behind the image of placid tranquility for which the Gurgls are famous.

Three of the mountain restaurants remain open at night and trips up to them are a popular evening event, as is the weekly night skiing. Straight after the lifts close many people stay in Toni's Almhütte at Hochgurgl and after the restaurants wind down it's on to the African Bar for a jungle bop.

Unusual in the high Austrian Tyrol - Josl's Country Saloon with its Wild West feel will momentarily transport visitors from the North American West back to their roots. If you prefer to stick to Tyrolean try the Krumpns Stadl.

The Piccard Saal sometimes stages concerts and folklore evenings and there are lectures and slide shows at the Conference Centre. Over three weekends in mid-November there's the popular live music on a 1000 square metre performance area.