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Obergurgl and Hochgurgl

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Got back 2 weeks ago from a 12 day trip. 

 

Resort quite quiet, if you are after Apres maybe be better off down the road in Soldern.

 

Skiing was fine though mainly blue and reds with some blacks that are really steep reds. I mainly stayed on piste, my knees cant really take the off piste these days. looks like there are some challenging off piste areas but maybe better to take a guide.

 

There is a gondola linking Obergurgl with Hochgurgl which is great!. I tended to ski Obergurgl till around 10:30 and then slip over to Hochgurgl, which seemed to have better snow.  There were a couple of dumps when I was there and one day was virtually white out and only went out for an hour and then scurried back, not a big fan of 0 vis!

 

Hired Nordica energy 90 ans Vokl Racetiger when I was there, enjoyed the Nordicas but took the Racetigers back after 1 day. Definitely too good a ski for moi! Took my own boots.

 

There are some good watering holes on the mountain and the Austrians are great people! Warning though they all seem to smoke in bars, so if this bothers you, don't go!

 

Last year went to Montgenevre in France which is a similar size if you exclude the Italian side.

 

If you need any more information let me know!

 

cheers

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 8

Thanks post some more pics and video if able. Folks stateside then get to see more of a part of the world we rarely get to but try to get there when able, especially little info on the less well-known places like the duo you skied.

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Thanks post some more pics and video if able. Folks stateside then get to see more of a part of the world we rarely get to but try to get there when able, especially little info on the less well-known places like the duo you skied.


I have tons of pics from those areas if you are interested. When visiting Soelden and Gurgl, you should also consider a trip to Vent (small village at the end of the valley) that has its own ski area - really nice and quiet place!

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Please post a good sampling, I am sure, not only I but most who are on this site would be interested. How are these places compared to Solden, Lech-Zurs, Zermatt, Val D'Isere, Whistler-Blackcomb, Alta-Snowbird : just giving you an idea of the types of questions, a lot of people ask on this site (me included). You do not have to be comprehensive, just more info and detail is genuinely enjoyed fron our computer screens.

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Ok. I hope it's fine if I add some more pics to this thread.... 

 

I have not been to places like Val d'Isere or the US resorts, but I can compare Gurgl (Hoch- and Obergurgl) to the bigger (and smaller) ski areas in Austria and Switzerland. Any feedback on this is highly appreciated so I can decide if it's worth creating a series with other ski areas/resorts.

 

I've been to Gurgl quite a few times now, mostly during the pre-season in November (they have some nice pre-openings) and after Christmas. They have 24 lifts, 68 mi slopes (all groomed, more than enough) and a vertical of 4,200 ft (base: 5,900 ft,summit: 10,100 ft). The resort is divided into two parts, Hoch- and Obergurgl. Obergurgl itself is one of the highest villages in Austria. You can transfer between both areas using the "Topexpress" gondola (10 min ride). Snow conditions are usually better in Hochgurgl, but the best place to eat is the "Hohe Mut Alm" in Obergurgl (great views!). I really like Gurgl as it offers a nice balance between a modern and a smaller resort both in terms of slopes and lifts. Nothing where I would spend the days around Christmas, but before and after I would always prefer it over Ischgl, Soelden, etc..

 

View to the end of the Oetztal valley, on the left you can see parts of the Obergurgl area

 

The main area in Hochgurgl, right: "Topexpress" gondola for transfer to Obergurgl, middle: high speed quad "Wurmkoglbahn"

 

This looks like an average winter... this is the area for beginners and intermediates

 

Great view to Italy from the summit

 

Heading to the more remote slopes served by t-bars - perfectly groomed!

 

Why go to Soelden... perfect snow and not very crowded (but the t-bar will be replaced with another high speed chair next summer)

 

Again nice groomers, but also enough off-piste terrain

 

Bluebird day

 

One of the rare steep t-bars that are still running in Austria, leads to a very nice remote slope through the Koenigstal valley

 

Koenigstal valley

 

Soelden - Gaislachkogel

 

Obergurgl

 

View from the top of the t-bar down the Oetztal valley

 

 

Again, the main area of Hochgurgl

 

The gondola "Schermerbahn 3000" - great slopes with a nice compression

 

 

And this is how it looks like if there is no snow before Christmas:

 

 

That's enough? :) 

post #6 of 8

Pictures and Video speak much more than words, but "with" words is the best as you did. Am sure many here appreciate the TR and commentary. Looks like you got great snow, Bluebird skies and endorphin highs!

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Do you happen to know how it is likely to be in mid to late April and if it is likely to be open then? I am considering a trip next month to Austria.

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Mid to late April should not be a problem as they close in early May. Conditions are always quite good there in spring and it will be very quiet after the easter holidays (people ski the glaciers, if any).

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