Obergurgl and Hochgurgl are linked via the Top Express gondola. There’s not a huge amount of terrain but it’s perfect for beginner and intermediate level skiers who can access a combination of slopes directly from the village.
There are longer, and slightly more challenging, runs at Hochgurgl, where skilled intermediates will find plenty of varied reds to satisfy them. There are some good blacks too, though, nothing especially hairy.
The groomed ski area is split into three parts. The sector immediately above the village is reached by the Festkoglbahn gondola and the Roskarbahn chair that goes from the village centre. Both reach just below the 3,038m peak of Festkogl, from where a drag lift and a chairlift give access to a variety of blue and red runs and a few easy blacks.
The second sector comprises the Hochgurgl ski area which has an assortment of broad blue runs, reds and some blacks which strong intermediates will get the most out of. And the third sector, accessed via a two-stage gondola from the centre of Obergurgl, transports you up to the Hohe Mut restaurant. The red descents from here are challenging and timid intermediates may want to find alternative routes down.
Much of the terrain is treeless which is perfect for beginners and there are lots of wide, flat, and gentle runs. We recommend the blues which can be reached from the top of the Roskartbahn and the Festkoglbahn. The section above David’s skihutte is a favourite for newbs practising their turns.
In Hochgurgl the blue 27 from the top opens up into a vast playground of blue runs where the open space gives beginners a feeling of confidence – it’s a good spot to practise turns in and is never crowded. Most of the cruisy blues finish at the bottom of the Wurmkogl I chairlift or down into Hochgurgl itself.
Skiers will enjoy the quality of the snow which is smooth and grippy on the groomed runs allowing for perfect cruising.
The Obergurgl ski school (skischule-obergurgl.com) and the ski school in Hochgurgl (schischule-hochgurgl.com) are traditional, however, most of the instructors speak good English. Make sure you mention this as a requirement before you book.
Above Obergurgl there are three main red runs. The shortest is red 7 from the top of the Festkoglbahn. The other two red runs are long, fast and will give skilled intermediates a thorough work-out. Red 1 drops from the top of the gondola on the Ferwalital valley side down to the lift. There are also some great red runs near the Steinmannbahn.
Strong intermediates will enjoy the black 27 from the Top Mountain Star Restaurant and black 32 on the Konigstal side.
Cross country is a big activity and the resort boasts 12km of excellently groomed trails for Nordic skiing fans. Instructors are available for beginner and advanced skiers at the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski schools.
The most testing run is the black 11 from the top of the Hohe Mut Festkogl down to the Nederhutte but experts will revel in the excellent off-piste powder fields. They should head to Hochgurgl for challenging backcountry and nearby Solden which is just a twenty minute bus ride away.
The best way to explore the off-piste terrain is with a local guide. The ski school will be able to provide you with more information.