Skiing up to 3,080 metres
Family Ski Obergurgl
One of Austria’s highest, most snow sure and best loved 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.
“The chalet is in a fantastic location only 50m from the slopes and ski school;we were able to ski right back to the ski room. The staff were fantastic – nothing was too much trouble.”
Chalet Verwall, Obergurgl, January 2013
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.
See our Esprit Classic Child Care page for more details
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!
We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively before the season starts, to ensure that Esprit guests will enjoy every meal with us.