Height matters – Obergurgl delivers November powder feast

In the far southern reaches of the Ötztal valley, there was a spot to defy the mild and wet weather of the last weekend. Where rain fell in the valleys, snow blanketed the high-altitude slopes of Obergurgl, for a whopping November powder weekend. 

Obergurgl defies the misconception of Austrian skiing - namely that its lacks high-altitude ski resorts with direct access to the slopes. At 1900m and 2150m respectively, Obergurgl and Hochgurgl can compete with any nation in the Alps for high-altitude, ski-in / ski-out skiing. Quality hotels dot the village and mountainside, offering an upmarket ski resort that represents the future of skiing in the Alps.

3000m+ skiing

Despite the towering height of the resorts, there is still over 1 km of vertical above Obergurgl, offering snow sure skiing and some of the most rugged scenery in Austria – the horizon offers a feast of glaciers and the highest peak in Tirol, the Wildspitz. Celebrated by locals for its uncrowded slopes, Obergurgl is a gem of a ski area with modern lifts, undulating terrain, and fantastic ski routes.

November to May skiing

The height of the resorts and the top stations make Obergurgl and Hochgurgl comparable to their glacier skiing neighbours in terms of the ski calendar. The ski lifts in Obergurgl run from November through to May with the early and late season skiing offering uncrowded slopes and often great snow.

Elevated meetings

The height of the Gurgl villages isn’t confined to the resorts and mountain stations, Obergurgl also offers the highest conference centre in the Alps – the Gurgl Carat. Right in the heart of the village and just steps from the main hotels, ski lifts and pistes, this stunning structure offers a conference venue like few others.

Après ski mayhem

Given Obergurgl’s location next to Sölden, one of the global après ski powerhouses, it is little wonder that Obergurgl flies somewhat under the après ski radar. Comparisons though don’t do Obergurgl après ski justice and in the Nederhütte, Obergurgl has an undisputable après ski icon. In the middle of the ski area, from mid-afternoon on 4 afternoons per week, the live music ramps up, the schnapps trays are airborne, and the building shakes. Any corporate ski group will appreciate the pulsating après ski of the Nederhütte.

High-altitude, upmarket ski-in / ski-out hotels, a stunning, state-of-the-art conference centre in the heart of the resort and pumping après ski on the slopes – Obergurgl-Hochgurgl deliver fantastic corporate ski events. Oh, and November powder skiing.

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