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Obergurgl Help Please

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Is anyone able to help please. I am a very cautious but experienced skier and we’ve ended up in Obergurgl for Christmas.
So far, not a great experience for me. The Hohe Mut Bahn is the only (small) gentle run that I’ve found so far.
Tried run 26 over at Hochgurgl but the blues all seem to have steeper (drop off) parts. Went back over to Obergurgl via run 12a but it was the same - steep end.
I love skiing but I’m used to gentler runs and I’m with my very experienced husband, it would be nice to find more than one run. Sorry to all the skiers that would love to be here right now but it although it’s sold as a beginners paradise, I’m just see lots of steep bits, edges and ledges.
Thanks in advance for your knowledge SnowHeads.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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What about a Private Lesson or two, which would have a twofold advantage: 1) Tune up your technique, thus opening up more of the mountain 2) Show you where the most suitable runs are. The Instructor's local knowledge will know where the best snow, most enjoyable (for you) and quietest runs are.

I can't help otherwise, as I have never been....but if you haven't seen it, this is the view of SCGB: https://www.skiclub.co.uk/austria/resorts/obergurgl


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Old Fartbag wrote:
What about a Private Lesson or two, which would have a twofold advantage: 1) Tune up your technique, thus opening up more of the mountain 2) Show you where the most suitable runs are. The Instructor's local knowledge will know where the best snow, most enjoyable (for you) and quietest runs are.

I can't help otherwise, as I have never been.


Absolutely agree with this approach. So many complimentary benefits with the removal of fear that you end up on something out of your comfort zone.
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@skiseekers, sounds like you don't like cat tracks much? From memory, some of the blues on the mid-mountain above Hochgurgl should be suitable though if you descend to Hochgurgl itself there's a steeper slope where it's either black or blue cat tracks so best not to drop below the bottom of the Wurmkogl I lift.

Private lesson sounds an excellent idea.
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A private lesson will always help inducing better skills, of course.
But I was exactly in your place (pun intended) and I found the blue wide runs of Solden much easier for beginners (free bus from Obergurgl, same ski pass)
Access from the Giggijoch gondola
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Get the free bus down to Hochgurgl then take HochgurglBahn 1 bubble then HochgurgleBahn 2 bubble. On run 26 keep right and go onto 27 there's less of a drop on that one. once you've got the hang of that one try 26 but this time keep left onto 23 and 24 down to the Hochgurglbah 2 bubble again. Before you know you will be ok on the steeper pitch on 26. You could then get the TopExpress cross mountain bubble back across to Obergurgl go to the Rosskarbahn mid station chair and up to the top of 6 and then follow this all the way back to Obergurgl centre.

This is the route I skied with my missus before she got more confident with the reds.

Other runs on the Hochgurgl side without steep pitches are 43,41 and 38. 36 is ok too there's just a short narrower section which can be tricky if busy.

BTW the red 12 on the Obergurgl side to the TopExpress lift can be a bit icy in the mornings so until you're confident on 4a I'd give it a swerve.

The instructors in Obergurgl are excellent and 1 lesson now will improve the rest of your week.
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ol_smokey wrote:
Get the free bus down to Hochgurgl then take HochgurglBahn 1 bubble then HochgurgleBahn 2 bubble. On run 26 keep right and go onto 27 there's less of a drop on that one. once you've got the hang of that one try 26 but this time keep left onto 23 and 24 down to the Hochgurglbah 2 bubble again. Before you know you will be ok on the steeper pitch on 26. You could then get the TopExpress cross mountain bubble back across to Obergurgl go to the Rosskarbahn mid station chair and up to the top of 6 and then follow this all the way back to Obergurgl centre.

This is the route I skied with my missus before she got more confident with the reds.

Other runs on the Hochgurgl side without steep pitches are 43,41 and 38. 36 is ok too there's just a short narrower section which can be tricky if busy.

BTW the red 12 on the Obergurgl side to the TopExpress lift can be a bit icy in the mornings so until you're confident on 4a I'd give it a swerve.

The instructors in Obergurgl are excellent and 1 lesson now will improve the rest of your week.

Excellent answer. snowHead
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+1 on wot @drporat wrote.
If they are still doing (a) free day(s) with your ski pass at Sölden (you can check) you could try going there on the free bus for a change. It’s not so far as all that really, and IMO would get you a more varied experience than just keeping to Obergurgl/Hochgurgl for the entire week? Although S has some equally difficult blues, it also from memory has some long boulevardy and wider blues. Also S has more tree-lined slopes and is less windswept I think. You could ask in your accommodation/resort where they recommend to suit your level for tomorrow, as it depends also on conditions at the time? And if in doubt at the end of your day, I suggest you check your confidence, and make a personal decision whether to download in gondola and ignore any feeling of shame or attempts to shame you. Keep safe and avoid the (sometimes drunk) idiots is my advice.
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Solden and Obergurgl/Hochgurgl is same pass nowadays, not limited to 1 day any more
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Thank you all for your help. Off to S tomorrow & maybe a lesson too. Much appreciated. I’m such a lightweight skier but I really do love it!!!
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Hopefully you will love Solden. As mentioned above loads of lovely wide cruising blues inc on the glacier too.
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@skiseekers, Yes go down to Solden, your not a lightweight skier, because you are skiing and getting out their on the slopes. Run 13 above Giggijoch, Run 38/39 above Teifenbach. Gentle wide blues lots of space.
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Obergurgl was the first place I went skiing - beginner ski school from Day 1. I've been twice more into ski school there and never had a bad lesson - the instructors are top-notch.

When I subsequently went solo in later years I could follow the lines of the slopes I'd learned as a beginner, including at Hochgurgl - this, apart from the tuition which is always going to be a good thing, would be a reason to book a lesson or join a group for a day.

Not sure what it's like in Dec but in Jan I found Ober to be way colder and icier (far more in the shade) than Hoch - to the extent that I bussed across to Ober one day and then came straight back to Hoch. (We were camping in Soelden at the time).

Initially, as a nervous intermediate, I didn't enjoy Soelden at all - the blue runs at the Giggijoch were mega busy and full of out-of-control idiots (unlikely to be an issue this year). If it's quiet they probably will suit you now. 15 is probably "flatter" than 13, but if you do want to ski 13 you can avoid the steeper section (which actually on the piste map I'm looking at now becomes 12 red, I never knew that, it all looks to be the same when I've skied it) at the end by heading over to the right and using the part near the button lift.

Heading to glacier does involve some tricky bits - 23 on the way there can be quiet bumpy - totally doable slow and steady, and again, lack of traffic may have improved it.
On the way back, I never look forward to 33/34 which can be icy at the top - I tend to side slip the first 50m or so rather than trying to get an edge in.
Don't let any of that put you off, especially as much of it is weather and traffic dependent - I'm sure you'll be fine, hope you enjoy it all Smile
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skiseekers wrote:
Is anyone able to help please. I am a very cautious but experienced skier and we’ve ended up in Obergurgl for Christmas.
So far, not a great experience for me. The Hohe Mut Bahn is the only (small) gentle run that I’ve found so far.
Tried run 26 over at Hochgurgl but the blues all seem to have steeper (drop off) parts. Went back over to Obergurgl via run 12a but it was the same - steep end.
I love skiing but I’m used to gentler runs and I’m with my very experienced husband, it would be nice to find more than one run. Sorry to all the skiers that would love to be here right now but it although it’s sold as a beginners paradise, I’m just see lots of steep bits, edges and ledges.
Thanks in advance for your knowledge SnowHeads.


Try blue 15, and follow it all the way down to the Steinmanbahn lift and you can go left or right at the top of the lift and end up back at the lift with nothing too taxing…good way to build your confidence. If you follow blue 6 off 15 heading back into Obergurgl there’s a drag lift right by the Hotel Hochfirst and you can play around on a kinder slope for an hour or two to build up confidence as well. Been to Obergurgl many times and it’s very accommodating for most levels of skiers…enjoy!
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+1 for heading up to Soelden.

I was in Obergurgl with the family a few years ago, and those blues are very narrow in parts and can be chaos for beginners.

If we’d started in Soelden it may have been easier (though the weather was a bit bleak when we were there which didn’t help).

LS
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