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Solden vs Obergurgl early December

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Trying to decide the right venue for an early December cheeky warm up. Will be doing about 5 nights, but can't decide between the two.

We're both pretty decent skiers, however that early in the season we're not fussed about off piste etc and just want some decent snow and the scope to blast about a bit on piste.

Obergurgl's uncrowded slopes appeal, however we do like to get out after skiing and eat outside of our own hotel, have a couple of social pints etc.

Does anyone know from experience what obergurgl is like at that time of year? Have some of the (limited from my recollection of a previous trip) restaurants/bars opened up at that time of year?

Or are we better off down in solden and driving up to obergurgl a couple of times (we will have a hire car)?
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Obergurgl and Hochgurgl lovely - Niederhutte will satisfy the beer bit - lovely slopes and fairly snow sure at that time of the year but it is quiet. It's all relative - Solden (town) not pretty but more variety. You'll ski out obergurgl in a few days. It would be my pick.
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@hollando, we like Obergurgl with the kids but wouldnt go there just adults. You can ski the whole resort within 1.5 days and really no steep. However as @timmythedog, says Solden town is not nice. Maybe if you could stay just out of town it would be a good bet or up at Hochsolden (we haven't stayed there) it might be nicer with more km available to you? You can drive to the lifts at Hochgurgl and make the most of the better side of the area for a day.
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Here is what I said about Solden and Obergurgl around 5-7 December 2005

www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=76751&highlight=

Obergurgl appeared to be quite a small resort, with a quiet nightlife. Very pretty town, family friendly. Solden itself was fairly quiet at that time of year too, with most of the skiers daytrippers in cars. (the car parks filled up during the day, and then emptied at night)

With 5 days I would probably ski both areas, as you have a car and could drive to the lifts. Most of the resorts will be empty early December, but might start filling up once the official season starts (i.e. the start date when tour packages are sold from)
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Ive done both at xmas time, found them both good for quiet skiing , beginning of december it maybe even more so,
Oburgurgle very quiet that time of year in the evening, we had to spend most evenings in the hotel bar at the hotel jenewin,
Solden has a few more bars to visit in the evening, again it will be quiet and some may not be open even though theres the FIS evnt on there, plus you get a days skiing in oburgurgle on your lift pass, easily skied in the day, as theres a chance a few of the pistes in Oburgurgle wont be open !!! If you have young kids then do obuergurgle if not do Solden.
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... and going between the two resorts is easy. We used Obergurgl as a base but one day I hopped in the car, drove down to Solden for the first lift up and had a good time over on the glacier. Got busy as the day went on. I would rather stay in Obergurgl and then have the option to go down to Solden, if necessary. Agreed on Nederhutte... fun place. Also like the Zirbenalm (former David's Hutte) and Hohe Mut Alm.
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