Otherwise known as ‘the diamond of the Alps’, the ski resort villages of Obergurgl (1930m) and Hochgurgl (2150m) are tucked at the end of the Ötztal valley in Austria. The nickname is partly due to the spectacular location in an unspoilt mountain landscape surrounded by 3000ers, but is also an allusion to the undiscovered jewel that is the shared ski area between Obergurgl and Hochgurgl. The ski area enjoys a long ski season that stretches from November through May thanks to the high altitudes.
25 fast and modern lifts serve 112km of slopes. Queues are virtually unheard-of here, and you’ll have plenty of room to carve your way down the wide, sunny slopes. Approximately half of the slopes in Gurgl are red, making this the perfect ski area for intermediate skiers. Beginners will also find some lovely blue runs, and the pros can head to the challenging black pistes and ski touring routes. Ready for a break? Stop in at one of the charming Tyrolean mountain restaurants, which serve local specialties and offer a friendly welcome. The ski area exudes Austrian elegance and a hint of exclusivity. See the Gurgl piste map >