Lovely family run hotel, very close to the slopes but NOT ski-in ski-out as claimed in some brochures. The rooms were excellent, food quality very good and a fantastic indoor and outdoor pool area (the latter being south facing), with jacuzzi, sauna and solarium. My main criticism would relate to the head waiter. The wine was expensive (starting price €31 for a bottle) and even the bottled water was €5 for 75ml. If you were not ordering the wine the head waiter was suddenly very disinterested in you and at least two guests were refused a free glass of tap water in the bar area - hardly an acton to build up customer satisfaction.
Obergurgl is a lovely resort for intermediates who like medium length runs of medium difficulty - its virtually impossible to get lost and you do not have to refer to the piste map every few minutes. There are not many black runs and most of the red runs are wide and well marked. Solden, a resort about 20 minutes away is on a glacier, has many more runs but to get up on the slopes there is a substantial queue for the 20 person capacity Gondola at the start of your day. This is certainly not everyones ideal way to start the days skiing. In Obergurgl and adjacent Hochgurgl you just sit on a 4 man lift and you are up high in no time!
The Austrian ski instructors are great - all happy (and keen) to speak English and the resultant standard of tuition is second to none - why on earth would you go to France? Apres ski - the Nedderhutte -just above the resort centre, fantastic. live music from the owner and his staff starting at 4.30. Everyone dances on the tables (even wearing ski boots). Ski down the floodlit slopes or if too 'out of it' the owners will happily ferry you down in their skidu.
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