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Resort: Obergurgl (2007)
Country: Austria
Domain: None although you can share the ski pass with Solden
Author: Fatirishman
Date: March 2007
Our holiday: Group of close friends that holiday up to three times a year together (18 of us - it is very odd). All 30 something, kids also included everything from a new born to a six year old. We went for self catering which suits us as the majority of the group comes from Germany and we pre plan the menus etc, it's also easier with the kids, and saves on paying daft prices for booze. We're not party animals any more, and our idea of apres ski is a hot chocolate and rum and a ski down the mountain with the piste to ourselves as the sun goes down over the mountains.
As for our ability - well we're all fab! Actually in reality it's mixed. We've all got at least 6 years experience with the odd break for parental duties, but mostly piste cruisers with the odd moment of madness thrown in for off piste and jumping. Just the one trip for X rays this time.
Website : cracking weather on here
Basics : Obergurgl / Hochgurgl is in the Otztal on the Austrian Italian border - most of us got there by car but we flew Thomas Cook from Manchester. 0615 flight was a shocking start time but super service, and we also availed ourselves of their transfer service - excellent and bookable on the TC website. It's effectively two resorts (Hoch and Obergurgl) linked by a gondola. There is an excellent post and ski bus service between the two villages that is thrown in with the pass.
Lift system : Mostly chairs with a couple of T bars and three gondolas. There was absolutely no queuing. The piste map is easy to follow and the lifts are all relatively modern (apart from Hohe Mut)
The terrain : The pistes are well labelled and there is a great selection. Hochgurgl would suit intermediates and new skiiers, and there is the odd very testing run in Obergurgl (Hohe Mut again!). The pistes were superbly groomed and maintained. I never had the feeling the pistes were overcrowded or dangerously busy, and although the lift pass is relatively expensive (190 Euros for 6 days) I was very happy.
The snow : The snow was the best I've ever skiied on. Bit sparse on day six at the base of the valley, but loved it.
Off-piste : Plenty for those who are tired of life. Seriosly the off pist is excellent, and very little used. If you have kids that are beginners the ski school in Obergurgl is loads better than Hochgurgl. Firstly it's accesible for the parent that isn't skiing, it's friendly, it's more sheltered and the teachers are WONDERFUL with the kids. It also has a bar where you can watch your little pride and joy show off as you have a beer in the sunshine. Ski race for the kiddies on Thursdays with medals and ice creams!
The resort : Obergurgl is ovepriced and hochgurgl is dead! There is some excellent apres ski at the Nederhuette, and the odd bar in Obergurgl. This however is a family resort, and not for the serious partmongers out there. Nederhuette and David's Huette both have live cheesy music on various evenings (NH Mon, Wed and Fri and DH on Tue) Obergurgl has all the facilities you'd expect, and some rather nice ski shops that will gladly take your time and credit card.
Food : We self catered so can't comment on restuarants for the evening. David's Huette good for lunch fast friendly efficient and reasonably priced restaurant in Obergurgl. You have ot visit Top Mountain Star in Hochgurgl for the views. We skiied down from here with the sun setting over the Alps, God in his heaven and it was one of those really brilliant moments I'll remember forever.
Accommodation : Schalfblick apartments. Too basic as no oven or dishwasher. Not the friendliest place in the world either - even by Austrian standards. short link No skiing back to the apartment was possible. It was comfortable, clean but don't think I'd go back to this accommodation (but am going back to Obergurgl)
Costs: Resort pricey, very pricey. Schnapps 3.5 Euros, Beer for large wheatbeer approx 4.8 Euros lunch cost about 14 Euros with a drink.
Conclusion: I loved it - I'm going back again sometime. We had cracking weather, excellent snow and the company was magic. It has to be one of the best skiing holidays I've ever had. I'd try and get different accomodation next time but everything else was perfect.

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