7 November 2019 from Danielle in Destinations

Gurgl is known for its excellent snow quality and guaranteed snow cover. The slopes lie between 1800 and 3080m above sea level and the ski area boasts modern lift infrastructure. First time in Gurgl and wondering which pistes to try first, or which restaurants serve the best Austrian dishes? We'll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy your first ski holidays in Gurgl, formerly known as Obergurgl-Hochgurgl.

Winter in Gurgl

Ski season seems to start earlier and earlier every year in Gurgl. The high-altitude pistes make it possible to ski and snowboard here from November through April. The lively ski area has 25 lifts and 112km of pistes, with something for every ability level. Queues are virtually unheard-of here, whether on the slopes or in the mountain huts. The Top-Express will shuttle you quickly and easily between Hochgurgl and Obergurgl.

Ski piste Gurgl
Skiing with a view in Gurgl

Gurgl ski area

With 112km of slopes to explore, no one gets bored at Gurgl. The majority of the slopes are red, besides which there are 37km of blue slopes and 20km of black slopes. 7 drag lifts, 9 chairlifts and 9 gondolas provide a total uphill capacity of 42 000 people per hour. Gurgl also offers off-piste skiing and a snow park for freestylers, while kids can make their first turns on skis in the Wiesental and Pirchhütt children's areas. You'll find an additional children's area in Hochgurgl near the Krumpwasser lift. Looking for day trip options? The neighbouring ski resort of Sölden is just 20 minutes away, and skiing here is now covered on your ski pass.

6-day ski pass Gurgl

Adults (19 and up) Youth
(ages 15-19)
(ages 8-14)
High season EUR 302.50 EUR 242.00 EUR 166.50
Shoulder and low season EUR 272.50 EUR 242.00 EUR 166.50

Obergurgl & Hochgurgl

The two villages that make up the Gurgl ski area are Obergurgl and Hochgurgl. Obergurgl is one of the highest parish towns in Europe. A lively and bustling town with a great atmosphere, it's located within proximity of the slopes and offers everything you need for a well-rounded ski holiday. If you're not as concerned with the village atmosphere, you might prefer to stay in Hochgurgl. Hochgurgl is located smack-dab in the middle of the ski area, with plentiful ski-in, ski-out accommodation. This makes it popular with people who want to make the most of their time on the slopes, and the accommodation is priced higher accordingly.

Mountain huts in Gurgl

An important part of your ski holiday is of course the food! At Gurgl, your every culinary wish will be taken care of, with a healthy selection of mountain huts where you can stop in for a break. We recommend the Hohe Mut Alm Restaurant, which serves up Tyrolean and international cuisine. The restaurant is located on the Hohe Mut ridge (2670m) and has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. If you're looking for a view, you'll also love the Top Mountain Star restaurant (3080m). Fancy a wood-fired pizza? Pay a visit to the Top Mountain Cross Point, a restaurant with a varied menu to suit every taste. As the afternoon rolls around, get your après-ski started at the Nederhütte, also located on the slopes.

Top Mountain Star restaurant in Gurgl (3080 m)

Our tips: best pistes in Gurgl

Every ski area has a few runs that are particularly beloved by skiers and snowboarders. Which are the best pistes in Gurgl? Well, for starters, beginners have an ample choice of blue pistes, but our favourite is blue piste #26. Intermediate skiers can head to red piste #1, which brings you towards Obergurgl from the Hohe Mut Alm, while enjoying lovely views of the Rotmoostal. For experienced skiers, we recommend black piste #22 and black piste #28, which will offer a challenge to the daredevils among us.

Snowplaza Ski Season Opening in Gurgl

Did you know that this year, Snowplaza is kicking off the ski season in Gurgl? We're organising loads of awesome activities and huge parties, and everyone who comes along with us can enjoy the first tracks of the season at Gurgl. It's winter again, time to seek out the best mountain huts for a spot of lunch and dance until the wee hours at après-ski parties! Diehard skiers and snowboarders can also seize this opportunity to test out the latest ski and snowboard models. Don't miss your chance to party with us in the Alps! Book your holiday now >

Practical info: Your ski holiday in Gurgl

Getting there
Gurgl is easy to reach from Innsbruck Airport

Weather and snow
Gurgl staat bekend om de sneeuwzekerheid. Doordat de skipistes zich op een noordhelling bevinden, ligt er tot in het voorjaar altijd voldoende sneeuw. Daarnaast liggen de pistes tussen 1800 en 3080 meter hoogte, wat goede sneeuwomstandigheden garandeert.

Gurgl is known for its reliable snow cover. Thanks to its high-altitude, north-facing slopes, snow is abundant here from early winter through to spring. 

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You're spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Gurgl. Hochgurgl offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation right on the slopes, while Obergurgl offers a lively village scene.

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!