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Obergurgl - Christmas 2017 - too late to book?

 Poster: A snowHead
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My family and I just came back from an awesome ski vacation in Alpbach (first week of March). It was our first ski break and the whole family learned to ski there for a week. We have decided to spend this Christmas skiing in Austria and Obergurgl seem to tick all the boxes; snow sure, good for beginners/intermediates, family friendly. I started looking up accommodation at booking.com and obergurgl.com and could not seem to find any accommodation within 10km to the Obergurgl skilift/cable car. Most of the accommodation are at least 30km away and anything closer cost at least Euro400 a night.

My question is, am I late in booking or is it too early hence the dates have not opened up for booking? To put into perspective, I paid Euro90/night for a lovely apartment that is highly regarded and it is 6km from the cable car to the ski area in Alpbach. I appreciate that early March is not peak season and I stand corrected but I thought December is also a less popular time for skiing given the uncertainty of snow level. I don't understand why I am seeing majority accommodation that are available being more than 30km away from the ski area.

Can someone share their thoughts and let me know if I am unrealistic to expect to find Euro200/night accommodation within 10km to skilifts/cable car in Obergurgl for my given dates. Suggestions for other resorts with strong possibility of Dec snow that does not break the bank would be appreciated.
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I have been looking myself and it there is not a lot on booking.com.Its still pretty early and a lot of hotels probably haven't updated their booking system for next winter.Some very popular hotels will be sold out already but try e mailing the places you are interested in.I got some prices for hotels in Champoluc and Murren today just by e mailing the hotels as their rooms were not available online.
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@keai7, We booked our accommodation for the 5 days in Obergurgl in the run up to Christmas last year in June. The pension we use were on holiday in May and to be honest don't turn their thoughts to next winter until they get back from their hols.
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I think it's too early. I think a lot of the hotels do not set their pricing for next season until the current season is over. However, you could always email the hotels directly. I was told by the hotels at Obergurgl, that their regular customers book a year in advance for peak periods eg. book the following Christmas after their last Christmas ski trip. They usually will take the booking but will not confirm until prices of the following season has been set.
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If I were you I would contact the hotels?apartments direct, https://www.obergurgl.com/en this is a good place to start from.
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what @northantsred said. Direct contact goes a long way in Austria, I've done it a few times in St Anton and a direct email opens up vacancies that don't appear on a search.
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Brilliant. Thank you all! Will contact the hotels directly
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@keai7, speaking German always helps as well, I use google translate. They might reply in english but the effort is appreciated.
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