Obergurgl (1,907m) and Hochgurgl (2,154m) are without a doubt the highlights of the Ötztal Valley – and not just from a geographical point of view! Sport, après-ski, food and relaxation all make the “diamond of the Alps”, as the resort is known, a top destination for an unforgettable skiing holiday.
Even the journey through Ötztal Valley to Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is an incredible experience. Snow-covered trees line the twisting road which winds its way past towering mountains up to the quaint villages of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl at the end of what is one of Tyrol’s most picturesque valleys.
Obergurgl can be reached easily not only by car but also by bus (leaving from the Ötztal Bahnhof railway station at the start of the valley). Shuttles also run to and from Innsbruck airport. However you decide to arrive, coming to the Ötztal Valley really is a special experience.
Huge range of sporting activities
Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is a haven for wintersports enthusiasts and all those keen to try out some of the latest outdoor activities. With its 110 kilometres of pistes and 24 lifts and cable cars it offers slopes for all abilities and ambitions. The resort also has a number of ski and snowboard schools offering both group lessons and private tuition. But there is more to Obergurgl-Hochgurgl than just skiing and snowboarding on the piste. Freeriders can explore the backcountry, while cross-country skiers will enjoy the large network of well-maintained trails catering for both the traditional Classic and the more modern and dynamic Skating technique. Other popular winter activities away from the slopes include snowshoe hiking.
After a long day out and about in the fresh air there is no better way to relax than with a little bit of après-ski. Obergurgl and Hochgurgl both have plenty of bars and huts with music catering for all tastes. Talking of taste, Obergurgl is home to a number of restaurants serving excellent local food. Or how about ice skating on the natural ice rink in Obergurgl open in the afternoons and evenings (floodlit). Ice skates and equipment for traditional Tyrolean curling can be hired on site.
Ski resort with lots of extras
At the heart of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl lies the shared resort of Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, which was created in 1997 with the installation of the Top Express cable car connecting the two ski areas that had previously been separated. With a total of 110 kilometres of pistes and plenty of modern lifts, skiers and boarders can start the day down in one of the villages and have lunch at one of the huts and restaurant on the other side of the resort. In the afternoon, why not work on your tricks on the Funslope Hochgurgl or visit the Audi Quattro Funslope and the snowpark in Obergurgl? And, last but not least, thanks to the Scheiber Sport equipment storage centres next to the slopes you can deposit your skis, poles and boots at the end of the day and pick them up again the next morning!