One of Austria’s best loved & snow-sure resorts
Obergurgl is one of Austria’s most famous and most sought-after ski resorts, and deservedly so – especially for Esprit family ski holidays! Set high at the end of the picturesque Ötz Valley, the village centre benefits from having no through traffic at all, and the ski area boasts an enviable snow record stretching normally from November right through until May.
Obergurgl works wonderfully well for family skiing holidays. The children’s kindergarten ski area and ski-school meeting point are now both conveniently located on the slopes 80m from our Chalet Verwall. For children who have progressed beyond the beginners’ stage, the blue runs of the Gaisberg provide the ideal area to move on to, and wide open slopes and superb snow conditions make for relaxed, enjoyable skiing.
Obergurgl has an attractive Tyrolean village centre retaining its traditional relaxed charm and a cosy, intimate feel, yet is big enough to offer an ample range of facilities, and a family friendly après-ski atmosphere.
The Obergurgl ski area meanwhile affords fantastically spectacular scenery, beautifully groomed pistes, and a fast, modern lift system, recently and massively enhanced by three modern and comfortable gondolas, plus the ‘Top Express’ gondola, connecting the Obergurgl and Hochgurgl areas at the mid-station level, and the amazing glass ‘Top Mountain Star’ bar/restaurant, perched at 3,080m with sensational panoramic views.
Now well established in our programme, Obergurgl has quickly become a firm favourite with Esprit families.
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Our Child Care In Obergurgl
|Nursery||17 weeks-40 months||All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days||£315|
|Spritelets||3–4 years||Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons||£215|
|Sprite Beginners||5–9 years||Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings||£215|
|Sprite Improvers Xtra *||6–11 years||Morning classes are instructional with more fun skiing in the afternoon, for 6-11 years. *Cannot be booked without Supervised lunch - 5 mornings & afternoons||£289|
|Sprite Intermediates Xtra *||7–12 years||Aimed at older children, 7-12 years with instructional mornings and less formal fun afternoons. *Cannot be booked without Supervised lunch - 5 mornings & afternoons||£289|
|Supervised Lunch||3–12 years||Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days||£85|
|Snow Club||3–8 years||Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 5 half days||£199|
|Mini Cocoa Club||3–5 years||7.30-8.30pm - A quiet hour of pre-bed stories and play in most resorts (selected chalets only)
- 6 evenings (Children must be out of nappies)
|Cocoa Club||6–12 years||Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings||£59|
|Saturday Family Guiding||Over 5 years||Saturdays can prove to be a dilemma for families who are not confident enough to take the family out on their own - Book a guide either individually or as a group of families (groups are £39 per adults and £29 per child) - 6 mornings & evenings||£119|
|Peak weeks include departures on 21st & 28th December 2014, 15th February, 29th March, 5th & 12th April 2015. Gressoney dates are one day earlier.|
Esprit Classic Child Care
For parents our Esprit Classic Child Care offers a completely seamless service and means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lift, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after your children completely throughout the ski day, if you wish. For the kids it means non-stop fun, with English speaking staff and children!
Five mornings a week, children in Esprit Sprite classes and Spritelet Snow Clubbers are collected from their chalets by our staff (and/ or the ski school instructors) and taken to the appropriate slopes for their lessons, or to the resort’s Snow Club for morning fun.
At the end of the morning lesson or Snow Club, children joining Supervised Lunch, afternoon Snow Club or with afternoon Sprite or Spritelet sessions will be collected and returned to Chalet Alpenblume for lunch.
The Snow Club is based in Chalet Verwall with outings for their specific snow fun activities. All children in afternoon Sprites or Spritelets will be taken to and collected from their session by our staff and will join the Snow Club children for the remainder of the afternoon, before being returned to their ‘home’ chalet for high tea.
We ask that Nursery children are delivered to the Nursery by their parents. Nursery lunch will be held in the Chalet Alpenblume. Nursery children must be collected by their parents at 5pm.
All Sprite/let children will be returned to their home chalets and supervised by our staff through high tea until 6pm.
Mini Cocoa Club will run in the Alpenblume Nursery 6 nights a week from 7.30-9.30pm for children aged 3-5 years who are out of nappies. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children.
Cocoa Club runs in the Snow Club room in the Verwall from 7.30pm until 10pm on six nights a week and is available to all children from our chalets aged 6-12 years. Parents from the Verwall are asked to deliver and collect their children whilst our staff will collect and return from the Alpenblume.
Ski range from 1,800m – 3,080m
The Wiensenlift beginners’ lift is perfect for getting complete beginners started with confidence, and the excellent ski-school will soon have you up on the next stage of blue runs above the village.
The ski area’s three main parts - Hochgurgl, Festkogel and Hohe Mut - are all interconnected, and all offer a good choice of red and blue runs, with the occasional black for those days when you feel like a challenge. With the great snow at this altitude, there are miles of flattering, open cruising runs to enjoy, with a choice of ‘pit-stops’ along the way and the main Festkogel gondola is close to both the Chalet Alpenblume and Chalet Verwall
Obergurgl does not claim to be a ‘macho’ resort for experts, but the half dozen black runs and excellent off-piste possibilities (see below) still serve to get the adrenalin flowing, and the top half of the Hohe Mut red run is renowned for its challenging moguls.
The snow record here is exceptional, so there is plentiful off-piste to be explored in the company of a local guide, and the more advanced ski-school groups also regularly venture off-piste to enjoy the latest snowfall.
The superb on- and off-piste snow conditions make for excellent boarding, and the big plus for all boarders, particularly those less experienced, is the wealth of gondolas and chairlifts, which enable you to cover pretty much the entire area avoiding drag-lifts altogether!
There is a lively atmosphere at the snow-bars and cafés as skiers finish for the day, and as you would expect in Austria, a choice of traditional après-ski activities to enjoy. ‘Nightlife’ as such however is generally pleasingly quieter, with most guests enjoying the chance to relax in their chalet.
- Snowshoe walks
- Cleared winter walks
- Weekly night-skiing with a Ski Show from Obergurgl’s ski instructors
- Guests’ ski races
- Toboggan Run at Hochgurgl.
- Tourist Office
- Evening ski-school show with fireworks most weeks
FREE Esprit Ski Host Service. Now 3 days per week!
Snow Reports for ObergurglBilly’s Big Adventure
A short poem capturing Billy the Bear’s ski adventure with Esprit Ski lovingly created by Hattie Boggis and Jake Woodley-Dyne. Sunday Billy the bear went to ski with Esprit, he was as excited as any teddy could be. He packed his suitcase and got on a plane, but still couldn’t pronounce Obergurgl’s name. Monday Songs and...
Pre-booking all your ski pack requirements couldn't be easier - simply tell us what you need and we will arrange everything for you.
Pre-booking simply means letting Esprit staff take the strain, vetting all suppliers in advance, getting everything ready for your arrival, and standing by throughout your holiday to help and support you.
Free lift pass for children under 6
|Equipment 6 Days||Description||White||Blue||Red||Black|
|Adult 15+ yrs||Skis/poles/boots||-||£101||£141||£181|
|Child 8-14 yrs||Skis/poles/boots||-||-||£71||-|
|Child 3-7 yrs||Skis/poles/boots||£41||-||-||-|
Children under 11 receive FREE child skis, poles & boots when both parents pre-book the same. This offer must be reserved at the time of booking and may not be available later as date restrictions apply. Free helmet included with child skis, snowboard.
|Tuition 4 hours per day||Ski - 3/5 Days - All levels||Snowboard - 3 Days - All levels|
|Adult price 12+ yrs||3 days £141/5 days £191||£167|
|Times||10.00-12.00hrs & 13.30-15.30hrs||10.00-12.00hrs & 13.30-15.30hrs|
|6 Day Lift Pass||Local Obergurgl Pass||Area Pass (with 1 day in Sölden)|
|Senior (Born 1954 or before)||£185||£195|
|Adult (Born 1953-1996)||£189(LS)/ £209(HS)||£199(LS)/ £219(HS)|
|Youth (Born 1997-1999)||£159||£169|
|Child (Born 2000-2005)||£115||£125|
|Child (Born 2006 or later)||FREE||FREE|
A refundable €3 deposit for hands free card is payable locally. Low Season 14/12, 11/01-25/01 & 12/04, High Season 21/12-04/01 amp; 01/02-05/04. Area Pass includes 1 day in Solden (transport extra).Child & senior passes require photos - passports are scanned by the lift pass office. Sprite Beginners do not require a lift pass from Day 1 so should arrange passes locally. Adult Beginners do require a lift pass from Day 1.
Fly to Innsbruck (INN) from the following airports.
All of our holidays include great food six days a week. We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively to ensure our guests enjoy every meal.
Includes a skiers' buffet breakfast to start your day, afternoon tea to welcome you 'home', and a 4 or 5-course evening meal with wine and coffee to complete the evening.More About Esprit Cuisine