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After a light snowfall in Obergurgl, the weekend weather promises long sunny spells and an increase in temperature. It seems the recent cold front will have passed to allow for a weekend of spring-like conditions. Moving into next week, precipitation is expected by mid-week which could mean more snow! At the minute, all Obergurgl lifts (12/12) are in operation and 7/9 Hochgurgl lifts are in operation, making 105/110 ski runs available. Nordic tracks are also looking great with 100% of the runs open for skiing.

Here is the full 5-day forecast:

After a cold front, will have passed, improved conditions will approach at the weekend. Saturday promises long sunny spells and slightly increasing temperatures. The temperature rise will continue Sunday. This will be marked by large patches of harmless, high clouds, which will dim the sunshine respectively occasionally block out the sun. This temperature increase will reach its peak on Monday, besides a strong southerly föhn wind will arise in the mountains. This will signal another cold front, resulting in bad weather conditions with low hanging clouds and partly strong precipitation on Tuesday. The snow line will sink towards 1000 m.

 

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Photo from www.obergurgl.com

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We are pleased to announce that Obergurgl’s annual Night Skiing and Night Ski Show are back, every Tuesday until the end of the season! This fun night out features an 8km night ski run called Festkogl which is equipped with top modern floodlights. Festkogelbahn mountain gondola operates from 6:30pm until 10:30pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy skiing under the starry sky.

The glorious night ski show begins at 9pm and includes a splendid display of fireworks. The show “Winterplayground” is the new spectacle performed by the Obergurgl Ski School on Festkogl and is sure to impress the whole family!

If you’re in the mood for a little night time après ski, there is also a mountain party at the umbrella after the ski show.

If you haven’t been night skiing before, the Chalet at 11° East highly recommends it! There are some definite advantages, such as less people, no lift lines and the obvious experience of skiing under the moonlight.

If you’re interested in taking part in this top Obergurgl event, the admission is Included in the price of your ski pass. Without ski pass the rate is only € 10.00 per person.

For more information visit the Obergurgl website: https://www.obergurgl.com/urlaub/EN/GG/WI/aktuell/events/nachtskilauf/index.html.

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Night Tobogganing

 

If you’re visiting the Chalet at 11° East for the first time or just want to make the experience extra special, we have some recommended activities to enhance your luxury ski holiday. From experiencing the first tracks on the mountain to exclusive spa packages for relaxation, we have rounded-up the best of our local knowledge. Read on for the top five special experiences in Obergurgl.

First Line Obergurgl

Experience the awakening of the mountain with First Line Obergurgl. Every Friday at 7.30 am from early February, meet at Festkogl base station and get the first tracks on the mountain. You’ll ski on two trails, Festkogl and Hohe Mut, with a ski guide, which will be followed by a first-class breakfast at Hohe Mut Alm.

  • Maximum number of participants: 50 people / at least 5 people.
  • Price per person € 49.00
  • Advance booking at your hotel or Ötztal Tourism Office by Thursday 5pm

Night Tobogganing

Tobogganing is a great activity for the whole family, and until the end of the season, you can sled from Hochgurglbahn to the base terminal in Pill under the soft glow of the moonlight!

  • Every Thursday, in Hochgurgl from 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm
  • Take the free ski-bus from Obergurgl and Sölden

Hut Evening with Traditional Fondue

Treat yourself to one of the most delicious traditions in the Alps – fondue! There are many restaurants in Obergurgl that offer a traditional fondue cheese dinner; however, the hut evening at Hohe Mut Alm really takes the cake.

Start with an uphill ride with the Hohe Mut Gondola to the Hohe Mut Alm, then enjoy fondue with live music in the most atmospheric setting.

  • Advance booking required: T + 43 (0) 5256 6396 32
  • Every Wednesday until April, beginning at 6:30pm

Snowshoeing

There is nothing more peaceful than a winter walk on a crisp and clear day. Imagine the snow crunching under your feet and you breathe in the mountain air and witness the beauty of the Alps up close.  Stop for a rest or a picnic at one of the quaint mountain huts that you will pass on your journey.

Snowshoes can be rented and in theory, you can go almost anywhere you want, however, the Chalet at 11° East recommends taking part in a scenic guided snowshoe hike. Your destination will be determined by the winter conditions so best to book in advance and then leave it up to the mountain guides.

Advance booking and Information:

Obergurgl Ski School
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info@skischule-obergurgl.com
T: +43 (0) 5256 6305

Alpincenter Obergurgl
Gurglerstraße 118
info@acog.at
T: +43 (0) 5256 6305 50

Dinner at Top Mountain Star

There is truly no better place to dine than the Top Mountain Star! At over 3,000 m, this architectural masterpiece is perched on a narrow ridge, offering a spectacular 360° view of view of the Ötz valley Alps up to the Dolomites. A panoramic handrail gives you information about the names of the surrounding peaks and the distances to many cities in every direction. The food is fantastic as well, and when combined with the view, this is truly a wonderful experience that anyone travelling to Obergurgl should not miss.

If you’re interested in the view and don’t have time to dine, you can also visit the Star Bar (decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals) for a glass of wine or après ski beverage.

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While mother nature has been kind to Obergurgl-Hochgurgl with more snow this week and more expected in the coming days, we can’t help but feel for the 50 resorts across the Haute-Savoie that were left facing a possible shut-down just a few weeks ago. On the 8th of January, the Telegraph reported “snow cannons will apparently be switched off at more than 50 resorts across the Haute-Savoie region this weekend, unless there is significant snow or rainfall this week.”

The 2016/17 ski season is the driest in the Haut-Savoie region in 50 years and the Swiss Alps recorded the lowest snowfall over the festive period since 1864, according to local officials.  However, as of the 12th of January, it has been reported that holidaymakers can breathe a sigh of relief as the drought has finally come to an end for most of the region.

This lifeline is arrived just in the nick of time but has left holidaymakers sceptical about whether or not they should be making alternate plans to visit resorts with more snow. For this reason, the Chalet at 11° East has investigated the best places to ski in the Alps right now. Read below for our findings.

High Altitude Resorts in Austria are Having a Good Season

Contrary to popular belief, the 2016/17 ski season has been great in some parts of the Alps. Telegraph write Peter Hardy states “In Austria, the glacial resorts of Hintertux, Stubai, Obergurgl, and Sölden have all been skiing well.” Hardy goes on to explain, “I spent Christmas in Ischgl which, thanks to its relatively high altitude and copious artificial cover, was in remarkably good shape, with all valley runs complete and most of its 235km of pistes open.”

Val d’Isère is a Safe Bet

One of the most popular destinations for British tourism, Val d’Isère, has been enjoying its best start to a season in at least 25 years. The snow cover is so good in early December that the International Ski Federation moved World Cup races from Beaver Creek in Colorado to the slopes of Val d’Isère.

Other Places to Ski Now

The Telegraph also reported that resorts such as Tignes, Sestriere and Bardonecchia across the Italian frontier “have also had similar sensational snow cover since November.”  The reason for this is that precipitation driven northwards from the Mediterranean gave additional loads of snow outside of the usual alpine whether pattern.

Alpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Serre Chevalier, Val Cenis and Montgenèvre are also mentioned as resorts that have a reasonable amount of snow cover.  In Italy, Cervinia has been consistent as well.

Tons of Snow in Obergurgl

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Currently we have a base of 40cm-125cm in Obergurgl, which is great when we look at other ski destinations in the Alps. For example, the popular French resorts Morzine and Avoriaz, only have 40cm-90cm and 60cm-70cm respectively. Engelberg, a popular Swiss resort is looking at 40cm-100cm, which is a long way from their usual snow sure reputation. Hard times have also fallen upon popular Norwegian destinations like Geilo and Trysil which are maxing out at 82cm of snow cover.

We are feeling very fortunate at the Chalet at 11° East, where the conditions are perfect for this week’s Powder Snow Week Obergurgl. To stay up to date on current weather and snow in Obergurgl- Hochgurgl, visit the www.obergurgl.com website.

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I remember when I first started skiing like it was yesterday. I was 7 years old and my sister only 5, when my father decided it was time for us to take a trip up to Crystal Mountain with him after the first big snowfall of the year. It was likely a combination of delusion and insanity that led him to believe it wouldn’t be big deal to handle two young skiers on his own.

We drove to the local mountain with quiet anticipation and arrived in the late afternoon when the rental shop would be less busy. After almost an hour of measurements, complaints of tight boots, and general confusion, my sister and I were ready to go in our mini-snowsuits and tiny skis. We proceeded to the lift, pole-less, with my father carrying all our gear over his shoulders, while we trailed behind like little ducklings.

The first day on the mountain, while memorable, will go down as one of my father’s most stressful experiences! To make a long story short – it took hours to complete only 2 runs. There were blown skis, missing gloves, bumps, bruises, and tears. Thankfully, we learned from our mistakes and many years of great family ski trips followed; however, my father always said he could write a book on what to do, and not to do, those first few times bringing us up the mountain.

With my own ski trip with unexperienced skiers on the horizon, I decided to research for some tips on how to successfully get through a ski trip with complete beginners. Read on for the top tips on creating a successful family ski trip your children.

Don’t start them too young

There are varying opinions on the right age to put your kids in skis; however, per many experts, your kids should be no less than 5 years old before they begin. The main reason for this is that lessons are necessary or young children and it is a rare child who can cope with formal instruction before they have started school.

There is an exception to this rule, which is if your child has older siblings to learn from and guide the way. One of my favourite ski sites www.welove2ski.com has a great article on this debate. Read their article “How Soon Can My Children Start to Ski” here: http://welove2ski.com/children-start-to-ski.

Choose a child friendly resort

Ski resorts vary in terms of their appropriateness for children. Some are party resorts, others have plunging pistes that are dangerous for younger children and inexperienced skiers. When choosing a resort for your family ski trip, make sure to consider the following:

  • Beginner-friendly pistes
  • Easy slopes to progress to once your children have mastered the basics
  • Established ski schools with experienced instructors
  • Off-piste activities like tobogganing, ice skating, etc.

We are proud to say that Obergurgl offers the perfect atmosphere for families and younger skiers with all the points above!

Book lessons or enroll in ski-school

While you may feel like you want to keep a watchful eye on your children during their first times on the slopes, do not hesitate to book them into a private or group lesson. Most ski schools have instructors that are experienced in working with young children and first timers.

Make time for fun activities off the slopes

Most ski resorts have plenty of off-piste activities that are great for the family. In Obergurgl, take advantage of the tobogganing, winter hiking, the indoor horse-riding centre or board games inside the Chalet at 11° East.

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Powder Snow Week in Obergurgl has just begun and the timing to celebrate the amazing powder snow couldn’t be better. After heavy snowfall over the past weeks, Obergurgl now has a base of 44cm and Hochgurgl has a base of 125cm. 19 of 21 lifts are in operation and the 105 of 110 ski runs are open.

Here is the forecast for the next week in Obergurgl:

The approaching calmer conditions will lead to significantly improved conditions throughout the upcoming days. In the beginning of next week, however, partly low-stratus clouds are still expected, whereby small amounts of snowfall may still fall. The amounts of clouds will gradually decrease, consequently bright sunshine and mostly clear skies will settle in. The low wintry coldness, which will still prevail, will be replaced by milder air masses throughout the course of the week.

Top events for Obergurgl’s Powder Snow Week include a beginners’ mountaineering tour this Tuesday and Friday. Don’t miss yoga in the Alps, which is happening all week long at the Picardsaal Obergurgl. If you prefer night time activities, there is tobogganing, night skiing and night hikes taking place with mountain guides all week long. For the full schedule for Powder Snow Week Obergurgl, check out the full schedule included in our last post.

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Powder Snow Week in Obergurgl

 

The Chalet at 11° East is pleased to announce that Powder Snow Week is coming soon to Obergurgl! Beginning the 14th of January, the mountain will be buzzing with activities for the entire family, including snowshoe hikes, special ski school events, yoga in the Alps, and more.

The timing couldn’t be better to celebrate the amazing powder snow in the Diamond of the Alps – just yesterday, Obergurgl received 10 cm of fresh snow and Hochgurgl received 20 cm!

The Powder Snow Week activity program runs from the 14th until the 21st of January and advance sign-up is required. For any of the ski school or sports related activities, make sure you bring your own equipment.

For the full program of Powder Snow Week activities, read below. For any further information on any of the program events, contact Obergurgl Tourism or visit the website www.obergurgl.com.

 

 Sun, 15.01.
4.30 pm – 6.00 YOGA in the ALPS at the Piccardsaal Obergurgl with Apura Yoga coaches
5.00 pm – 7.00 ICE SKATING & ICE CURLING at the Obergurgl ice rink
 

 

Mon, 16.01.
10.15 am – 11.45 YOGA in the ALPS at the Piccardsaal Obergurgl with Apura Yoga coaches
2.00 pm PISTENBULLY RIDING for everyone at the Krumpwasser lift
4.00 pm APRÈS SKI PARTY at the Nederhütte with live music
4.30 pm – 6.00 YOGA in the ALPS at the Piccardsaal Obergurgl with Apura Yoga coaches
8.00 pm NIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKE accompanied by the Obergurgl ski school

 

Tue, 17.01.
9.00 am FREE RIDING off the pistes with the team of Alpincenter Obergurgl
9.00 am GUIDED BEGINNER SKI MOUNTAINEERING with Alpincenter centre
10.15 am – 11.45 YOGA in the ALPS with Apura Yoga coaches
4.30 pm – 6.00 YOGA in the ALPS with Apura Yoga coaches
6.30 pm – 10.30 NIGHT SKIING & SKI SHOW (9.00 pm) at the Festkogel

 

Wed, 18.01.
10.15 am – 11.45 YOGA in the ALPS with Apura Yoga coaches
1.00 pm TASTER CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING with the Obergurgl ski school
4.00 pm APRÈS SKI PARTY at the Nederhütte with live music
4.30 pm – 6.00 YOGA in the ALPS with Apura Yoga coaches

 

Thu, 19.01.
10.15 am – 11.45 YOGA in the ALPS with Apura Yoga coaches
2.00 pm PISTENBULLY RIDING for everyone at the Mahdstuhl lift
4.00 pm APRÈS SKI PARTY at the Nederhütte with live music
4.30 pm – 6 YOGA in the ALPS with Apura Yoga coaches
7.30 pm – 10.30 NIGHT TOBOGGANING & NIGHT SKIING in Hochgurgl

 

Fri, 20.01.
9.00 am FREE RIDING off the pistes with the team of the Alpincenter Obergurgl
9.00 am GUIDED BEGINNER SKI MOUNTAINEERING TOUR with the Obergurgl ski school
10.15 am – 11.45 YOGA in the ALPS
4.00 pm APRÈS SKI PARTY at the Nederhütte with live music
4.30 pm – 6.00 YOGA in the ALPS

 

Sat, 23.01.
10.15 – 11.45 YOGA in the ALPS

 

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Jan 5th – More Heavy Snowfall in Obergurgl. More fresh snow has arrived and the 2017 ski season is now in full swing.

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Lots of fresh snow, blue skies, what’s not to like? enquire with us for hiring our luxury ski chalet in Obergurgl

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great-conditions

 

The season is off to a great start with dry, cold and sunny weather for over a week! Furthermore, the weather report is predicting more good news – the sunshine is supposed to continue. Conditions in the coming week will become milder, which may set off alarm bells for some resorts, but not for Obergurgl, one of the highest resorts in the Alps. We can also thank the storms from 6-11 November and 21-25 November which created plenty of natural snow cover.

Since Obergurgl is one of the resorts with plenty of skiing in the 2200-3000m range it has been named by welove2ski.com as one of the best resorts for a pre-Christmas ski break. The online publication, a favourite among skiers and snowboarders, made the following recommendation:

“If you’re looking for a quick pre-Christmas break, I’d still stick to the classic high-altitude resorts, which have plenty of skiing in the 2200-3000m range – places like Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere, Cervinia and Obergurgl. As a rule of thumb, the snow is deeper the further west you go.”

At the minute, Obergurgl is running with 99 of 110 tracks open and 10 out of 12 lifts in operation. There is no time like the present to plan a ski holiday and take advantage of the spring like conditions in Obergurgl!

Obergurgl last week.
Photo: welove2ski.com