If I needed to guide an Austrian ski vacation with dependable snow, Obergurgl would most likely be on the prime of the record. Obergurgl is the very best parish in all of Austria. Situated on the head of a snowy valley, near the Italian border. It’s simple to grasp why this very small village ought to grow to be so standard in winter. Deep dependable snowfall, nice views, and a alternative of accommodations for all budgets.
The village is at 1,930m, making it one in every of Austria’s highest ski resorts, with the highest ski elevate station at 3,080m, Obergurgl competes fortunately with different excessive European ski resorts, akin to Val Thorens and Val d’Isere which additionally declare each dependable and glorious snow cowl. The snow in Obergurgl is just about assured from November by way of to Could. Excellent for skiers and snowboarders alike.
The ski elevate system in Obergurgl is fashionable, primarily high-capacity gondolas and quick chairs which give entry to the 112km of completely groomed pistes above Obergurgl. The pistes are finest suited to intermediate skiers and newcomers, the slopes are extensive and ideal for lengthy carving turns. The Blue and a number of the pink runs are effectively inside the capabilities of most first or second-week skiers. Whereas there are a number of black runs, none are significantly testing for the superior skier or snowboarder, who would favor Solden, additionally lined by the ski go. Obergurgl is a superb alternative for both newcomers or actually any degree of intermediate-level skiers.
Free lifts can be found on the nursery slopes for newcomers and the simple development slopes deliver consolation to even essentially the most nervous first-time skiers.
For guests staying greater than 3 days, the ski go additionally covers snowboarding within the close by Solden, which provides entry to an extra 145km of snowboarding. Solden was the movie location for a lot of James Bond Spectre.
Guests from Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and Brits make up the majority of customer numbers and lots of return yr after yr to get pleasure from, most likely essentially the most dependable snow cowl in Austria and an après ski scene that makes Austria so standard.
The selection of locations to remain in Obergurgl is intensive for a village with simply 480 full-time residents however I’ve chosen two fairly completely different 5* lodging to make your keep in one in every of Austria’s best-kept secret ski locations in Obergurgl.
Extremely advisable; Hochfirst Alpen-wellness Resort, Obergurgl, Austrian Alps
Having not too long ago returned from Obergurgl I dropped in on a resort that has been standard with my purchasers for a few years. The resort has been underneath the identical “Fender household” possession and administration for 80 years. With every technology passing on a good higher resort than they inherited to the subsequent technology. At present Karl Fender oversees the household jewel and the Hochfirst is thought to be one in every of Austria’s most interesting and most luxuriously and superbly embellished accommodations in Austria.
As with all nice snowboarding resort, location is a key consideration, one thing resort rankings aren’t decided by, which has all the time been shocking to me. The Hochfirst gained’t disappoint, its location couldn’t be higher as its ski in/ski out with the closest elevate only a brief and delicate ski from the resort’s ski room.
Nice meals is a given at Hochfirst, given the vitality ranges wanted for an energetic ski vacation, Hochfirst cooks promise meals to recharge and energise your batteries in type and flavours. There are numerous eating choices out there. Nonetheless, the Connoisseur Parlour holds Three stars with Gault & Millau (an equal to a Michelin star ranking) Their 6-course menu is classy.
The day begins with a scrumptious cooked and natural breakfast within the resort’s luxurious eating rooms.
Within the night visitors are required to put on formal apparel. Whereas the resort cooks are required to drive your style buds wild. The resort’s Connoisseur Parlour, an beautiful 6-course connoisseur menu awaits. An a la carte menu can be out there along with an in depth wine record from the accommodations first-class wine cellar. The Seepferdl Bistro provides a comfy spot within the Alen Spa in a really informal environment.
A fantastic spa permits ski wimps to wimp out from a day if clouds shut in and non-skiers to nonetheless benefit from the wonders of the Alps. For skiers, it’s the right option to rejuvenate drained muscular tissues. The Hochfirst, Alpen spa extends a formidable 1,500m2, the in-out heated pool being particularly standard. Warming saunas, soothing steam rooms or stress-free massages are all out there along with magnificence remedies and leisure areas, even a waterfall makes the Alpen spa a vacation vacation spot in its personal proper.
Every of the rooms at Hochfirst are distinctive, and individually furnished to cater for all design tastes. However with a reassuring high quality that appears easy to guests fortunate sufficient to remain right here.
Extremely advisable; Chalet Obergurgl’s model new 5* luxurious flats
The 5* Chalet Obergurgl is a brand new idea for Obergurgl, trendy flats provide an actual home-from-home really feel and provide an opulent base for a gaggle of pals however are particularly superb for households. The flats provide one, two or three bedrooms and every of the bedrooms has a personal toilet. (50m2, 70m2 and 120m2)
All the flats have entry to a balcony. It will be a pity to waste these fantastic mountain views! Among the rooms will take further youngster’s beds and the residing house is beneficiant in all of the flats. The bedrooms have house and light-weight offered by enormous home windows which provides entry to the various balconies to take full benefit of the mountain setting.
Described as self-catered flats, we perceive visitors not often cater for themselves. As a substitute, they use the net reserving service for breakfast and dine out in one of many many nice eating places. Among the finest eating experiences are within the native accommodations. I significantly loved lunch within the See You restaurant, a couple of minutes’ stroll from Chalet Obergurgl.
For budding dwelling cooks, the flats present high-quality Bosch and Mille home equipment, with cooking pots, pans, plates and cutlery. A close-by grocery store is useful for provides. You could have all the pieces it’s good to feed a hungry household.
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A cool spa with an onyx wall, heated pool, sauna, steam room and scorching tub supplies the right place to calm down after snowboarding. For those who nonetheless have vitality, the fitness center may be very effectively geared up.
Angus Kinloch is the Managing Director at Ski Line. Ski Line specialist ski company that gives luxurious ski holidays to Europe’s and North America’s hottest ski resorts.