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 Childcare In Obergurgl
|Childcare/Ski lesson||Age group||Description||2017/18 price|
|Nursery||17 weeks-40 months||All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days||£325|
|Spritelets||3–4 years||Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons||£229|
|Sprite Beginners||5–9 years||Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings||£229|
|Sprite Improvers||6–10 years||Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings||£229|
|Sprite Intermediates||7–11 years||For 7-11 year olds who have skied for a minimum of 2 weeks and are starting to parallel ski but still rely on snowploughing on trickier red runs - 5 mornings||£229|
|Supervised Lunch||3–12 years||Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days||£95|
|Snow Club||3–8 years||Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 6 half days||£205|
|Any child booking any morning plus any afternoon element along with Supervised Lunch receives their Cocoa Club / Mini Cocoa Club FREE|
|Mini Cocoa Club||3–5 years||7.30-9.30pm - A quiet time for pre-bed stories and play in most resorts - 6 evenings
(Children must be out of nappies)
|Cocoa Club||6–12 years||Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings||£65|
|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. Available in selected resorts only
|Prices from £39 per adults and £29 per child|
|(New) Ski Chaperone||All ages||One of our Snow Rangers will accompany your child to their ski school meeting point and collect them at the end of the session - 6 mornings||£75|
|Sprite Xtra Classes||Improver Xtra 6-11 years Intermediates Xtra 7-12 years||A formal, structured ski lesson of 2-2.5 hours each morning followed by 2 more hours of less formal, fun ski time with their instructor each afternoon - 5 x am & 5 xpm mornings||£399|
2017/18 Peak weeks: include departures on the 19th & 26th December 2017, 11th and 18th February, 1st & 8th April 2018: Departures are Tuesdays until 2nd January, then Sundays for the rest of the season. Gressoney departure dates are on Saturdays all season.
Esprit Classic Childcare
For parents our Esprit Classic Childcare 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!
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. Booking in advance also means you can take advantage of any offers which may not be available later as date restrictions apply and may not be available locally.
The below prices are a guide to give you an idea of the ski pack pricing, however they are subject to change so please check with our friendly Reservations Advisory team.
Free lift pass for children under 9
2017/18 Ski packs
|Adult 13+ yrs||Skis/poles/boots||6 days||-||£116||£166||£190|
|Youth (9-14)||Skis/poles/boots||6 days||-||-||£73||-|
|Child 2-8 yrs||Skis/poles/boots/helmet||6 day||£50||-||-||-|
- 4 day hire duration corresponds to the 5 night holiday departing on 2 January.
- FREE child helmet included with child equipment hire.
|6 Day Lift Pass||OBERGURGL Area Pass||Area Pass
(with 1 day in Solden)
|2 Jan dept (4 day)
Obergurgl area pass
|2 Jan dept (4 day)
Area Pass (with 1 day in Solden)
|Senior (Born 1957 or before)||£219||£207||£175||£185|
|Adult (Born 1957-1998)||£250||£238||£200||£226|
|Youth (Born 2000-2002)||£190||£178||£150||£160|
|Child (Born 2010 or later)||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE|
- A refundable €3 deposit for hands free card is payable locally.
- Area Pass including 1 day in Solden does not include transfer.
- 4 day hire duration correspond to the 5 night holiday departing on 2 January.
- Child & senior passes require photos - passports are scanned by the lift pass office.
- Adult Beginners do require a lift pass from Day 1.
|Tuition||Ski 3 Days||Ski 5 Days||Snowboard 3 days|
|Adult 15+ yrs||£158||£212||£176|
Fly to Innsbruck (INN) from the following airports.
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