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obergurgl, Imst: Address, obergurgl Reviews: 4.5/5

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Gurgl don't care about your holiday
Jan 2022
I stayed for 8 days in HochGurgl and its not cheap. There are several issues with the Gurgl area, particularly Hochgurgl. The skiing hours are short. I went at the end of Jan with daylight between 8am and 5:30pm. Lifts run from 9-4. To me a ski holiday is getting the most out of the time allowed. I think the Gondola ran slightly longer to get people back across the valley but mainly the opened late and shut early. Mostly the annoyance of this area is the lack of planning. Apparently they had to shut the lifts for 3 days of my trip in the Gurgl area due to a 'storm'. This 'storm' was roughly 40cm of snow over the 3 days and 20-30mph wind. Which shut all of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl. Incredible. I've skied all round the world and never known a resort shut for such average conditions. What is unforgivable is that when the 'storm' finished at 5pm on the third day, no piste groomers could be seen preparing the mountain for the next day, instead they waited until the morning to start work, adding further delay to getting some slope time. Now Gurgl will say the piste staff don't live locally and the road was shut, well, planning multimillion pound construction works for a living i can't accept that with prior knowledge to the storm finishing, they could not put the correct resources in place for the right time. The road was shut for one day only. The real issue is that Gurgl do not care about people who ski there, or if they ski there or not. Hochgurgl specifically, do not stay there. The area is completely remote which no connecting bus service so if it does snow (and they ain't great at keeping the roads open) you will be completely cut off. They have no shops apart from hire shops. They have no pubs (only hotel bars which were only allowing in their residents). No ability to get people from Hochgurgl to Solden to ski. If you ski down to gurgl to get the bus to Solden you cannot get back up without the Gondolas, unless you walk. No restaurants apart from the hotels. Basically if it snows in Hochgurgl and you have no car with snow chains you will be trapped with nothing to do. We did wonder down into Obergurgl and it had a few shops / bars / restaurants and seems ok. I wouldnt ever consider staying there though given if theres a breeze you can't ski. The communication from Gurgl to the hotel was atrocious. No one at the hotel knew anything apart from the times that the update would be given. When you're trapped in a hotel for days on end, communication is key. Reinforcing my opinion that Gurgl don't care enough to keep their patrons in the loop. No compensation has been offered from the resort for closing it and on our final day when we tried to eek out a final few runs in, there was no offer of a lift pass for the morning. 120 euros was asked for by the Gurgl staff. No reasoning, no compassion. Plenty of places to ski in Europe, i implore you, please, ski elsewhere guys.

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FulwoodPR2
Preston, UK94 contributions
Called in here twice during our stay at Soelden. Obergurgl is a long narrow village with a few shops but mainly hotels. The cable car from the far end of the valley/village takes you up to Holn Mut. Good café/bar there and wonderful views of the mountains and glaciers. Well marked path leads out to the glacier (2hrs) but the return path down to the middle station is quite rocky/stony before reaching the valley bottom where you then walk through a 'garden' of alpine flowers.
Also worthwhile is the cable car from Hochgurgl to Top Mountain Star - enjoy the café/bar at nearly 10,000ft. with 360degree views.
In all though think that Soelden (15km back down the valley from Obergurgl) is a much better centre for a holiday.
Written July 31, 2015
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Karen_in_Kingston
Kingston, NJ37 contributions
Solo
I have been here twice because the hiking is delicious, the botany is fascinating, and listening to the bells on the cows coming home to Obergurgl in the evening is tranquility incarnate. Staying at the Edelweiss and Gurgl is very convenient to the trails and lifts, and is quite comfortable, plus the food is good and they have a warm pool to sooth sore muscles after a day on the mountain. Watch for the golden ponies on the trail.
Written May 18, 2015
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waiake1
Auckland, New Zealand1,414 contributions
Couples
My second trip here was even better than the first. The area is large, mostly it is sunny, the runs are long and wide. The people are friendly. Although we lacked ski clothes when we arrived, we find a great deal in a local store. They cost less some some large cities in Germany. Fantastic.
Written March 8, 2017
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Ben C
London, UK31 contributions
I stayed for 8 days in HochGurgl and its not cheap. There are several issues with the Gurgl area, particularly Hochgurgl.

The skiing hours are short. I went at the end of Jan with daylight between 8am and 5:30pm. Lifts run from 9-4. To me a ski holiday is getting the most out of the time allowed. I think the Gondola ran slightly longer to get people back across the valley but mainly the opened late and shut early.

Mostly the annoyance of this area is the lack of planning. Apparently they had to shut the lifts for 3 days of my trip in the Gurgl area due to a 'storm'. This 'storm' was roughly 40cm of snow over the 3 days and 20-30mph wind. Which shut all of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl. Incredible.
I've skied all round the world and never known a resort shut for such average conditions.
What is unforgivable is that when the 'storm' finished at 5pm on the third day, no piste groomers could be seen preparing the mountain for the next day, instead they waited until the morning to start work, adding further delay to getting some slope time. Now Gurgl will say the piste staff don't live locally and the road was shut, well, planning multimillion pound construction works for a living i can't accept that with prior knowledge to the storm finishing, they could not put the correct resources in place for the right time. The road was shut for one day only.

The real issue is that Gurgl do not care about people who ski there, or if they ski there or not.

Hochgurgl specifically, do not stay there. The area is completely remote which no connecting bus service so if it does snow (and they ain't great at keeping the roads open) you will be completely cut off.
They have no shops apart from hire shops. They have no pubs (only hotel bars which were only allowing in their residents). No ability to get people from Hochgurgl to Solden to ski. If you ski down to gurgl to get the bus to Solden you cannot get back up without the Gondolas, unless you walk. No restaurants apart from the hotels.
Basically if it snows in Hochgurgl and you have no car with snow chains you will be trapped with nothing to do.
We did wonder down into Obergurgl and it had a few shops / bars / restaurants and seems ok. I wouldnt ever consider staying there though given if theres a breeze you can't ski.

The communication from Gurgl to the hotel was atrocious. No one at the hotel knew anything apart from the times that the update would be given. When you're trapped in a hotel for days on end, communication is key. Reinforcing my opinion that Gurgl don't care enough to keep their patrons in the loop.

No compensation has been offered from the resort for closing it and on our final day when we tried to eek out a final few runs in, there was no offer of a lift pass for the morning. 120 euros was asked for by the Gurgl staff. No reasoning, no compassion.

Plenty of places to ski in Europe, i implore you, please, ski elsewhere guys.
Written February 10, 2022
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Marinka H
150 contributions
Family
Nice little village at the end of the valley. Probably very quiet in the evening when the tourists are gone. Good starting point for different hikes and walks. Good choice of ammenities
Written July 31, 2016
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Patricia B
Derby, UK302 contributions
Couples
Obergurgl in the Summer is in a stunning area.
It is a quiet little village, with a couple of supermarkets, a few sports clothing shops and a handful of cafes. A pretty church is in the centre.
There is a good cable car system.
I was disappointed that there was no real village centre, the bus terminal seems to be the centre, so not as pretty as some other villages.
BUT the area and the walking is just fabulous.
Just go for the walking.
Written July 25, 2015
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Lisa G
Cowes, UK15 contributions
Couples
quiet ski slopes, well groomed pistes, great weather. Wide open slopes, some tree skiing. Many slopes would not be good in white out
Written April 26, 2015
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jericha_josef
Prague, Czech Republic92 contributions
Friends
skiing... wide slopes... not many people arround u... u will love it
people usuale stay in SOELDEN but this is somthing, try the BLACK one on the lefthand side, hochgurgl.. with restaurant with a view on to DOLOMITI slopes...
Written December 5, 2014
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