20 September 2019 from Danielle in Events

Can't wait for the start of ski season? Plotting ways to get on the slopes as soon as possible? How does November suit you? From November 21-24, 2019, we'll be celebrating the start of ski season in Austria with the Snowplaza Ski Opening in Gurgl (close to Sölden)! Four days of skiing, testing out the latest ski and snowboard models and partying on the slopes and in the valleys, plus tons of fun (and free) activities will be organised! Book now and take advantage of our all-inclusive packages. The first 400 people to book will be entered for a chance to win back the entire cost of their trip!

Snowplaza Ski Opening in Gurgl, Tyrol: November 21-24 

That moment when you strap your skis on again after a long summer is always a big moment, and we try to share our experiences with you every year on social media. This year we're taking it a step further! For several years now we've been hoping to organise our own ski season opening party so we can share this special moment with our fans. This year we're very excited to announce our dream is finally a reality! We will be kicking off the ski season in partnership with the Austrian ski resort of Gurgl. Come celebrate the opening of the "first non-glacier-ski-area" in Austria to open its slopes for the 2019/20 winter season! We've put together some attractive packages suitable for a ski holiday with family, friends or colleagues. Hope to see you there!

Gurgl bird's-eye view
Gurgl is a high-altitude ski area in the Oetztal Valley, Tyrol

Gurgl: skiing with guaranteed snow in the Ötztal Valley

Gurgl is the name for the shared ski area of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl. It's tucked at the end of the Ötztal Valley, near the popular ski resort of Sölden. Thanks to the high altitudes of both villages (more than 1900m above sea level) and the ski area (up to 3080m above sea level), Gurgl is able to open its ski lifts in November every year. Last year by November there was already more than enough snow to be able to open a significant portion of the ski area's 112km of pistes. Gurgl is a well-kept secret compared to its busier neighbours, meaning short lift queues and lots of room on the slopes. Fast, modern lifts and sunny slopes round out the offer. Snowplaza visited Gurgl for last year's ski season opening and we were so impressed by this hidden jewel that we just had to share it with you - in our books, definitely one of the best places to bring in the ski season!

Skiing in Gurgl
Last year season opening conditions were perfect in Gurgl!

Accommodation, ski pass, parties and activities: starting from €240

Together with Gurgl we've created some great all-inclusive deals. Packages include:

  • 2 or 3 nights in an apartment, bed & breafkast, or hotel with bed, breakfast or half-board
  • 2 or 3-day ski pass
  • Entry to parties on the slopes
  • Free activities

Gurgl is generally known for having higher-than-average prices compared with other Austrian ski resorts. However, for the Snowplaza Ski Opening in Gurgl you'll have the chance to visit this exclusive ski resort for rock-bottom prices. Prices for food and beverages are more or less average by Austrian standards. BOOK NOW >

Book quickly for a chance to WIN the entire cost of your trip back!

The first 400 people to book their ski holiday at the Snowplaza Ski Opening in Gurgl will be entered for a chance to win back the cost of their trip. We're giving away 10 all-inclusive packages, meaning your chances of winning are a sweet 1 in 40! All you have to do for a chance to win is book your trip to Gurgl for the Snowplaza Ski Opening. 10 lucky winners will be announced a few days before the trip. They will be refunded for the full cost of their booked package - so it doesn't matter whether you booked the fanciest hotel or the cheapest apartment, everyone has a chance to win! Travel costs and extra meal costs are not included in the prize.

Party with DJs: Dames Draaien Door Legends and Waterproof Shampoo

Starting in the day and lasting well into the night, the slopes will come alive with the sound of music from top DJs! The Reithalle in Obergurgl will be the place to be for the wildest party animals, with music well into the wee hours. In the ski area the Dutch team of DJs Dames Draaien Door will keep the party going with all the most popular après-ski hits in spectacular locations like the Festkogel Alm and the Cross Mountain Point. For Friday and Saturday evening, Dutch bands Legends and Waterproof Shampoo will light up the stage.

Party on the slopes
DJs will get the party rocking on the slopes!

Ski equipment test and skiing with a guide

It's not just business as usual for the Snowplaza Ski Opening in Gurgl. Get to know the whole ski area by taking a tour with a qualified guide, or test out this year's latest ski and snowboard models. Loads of activities are included in the price of your holiday package. Certain activities only allow a limited number of people to take part so be sure to reserve once you're there.

For more information, to check out the programme or to reserve your holiday package, see the Snowplaza Ski Opening in Gurgl official website >

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!