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While the Ötztal Valley is more popular for winter holidays, the summer months in this part of the world are absolutely magical. One trip up the Hohe Mut Bahn Gondola to the panoramic glacier view lined with blue sky and green meadows and you’ll see why skiers come to Obergurgl for the winter, then stay for the summer.

To prove this point, here are our top summer activities in Obergurgl in words and pictures:

 

Hiking

Hiking in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is second to none. Explore the vast terrain, a colourful patchwork of green meadows, snow-capped glaciers, ancient rocks and wildflowers. Skill-level isn’t a worry here, as there are trails for both advanced hikers and those who simply want a “walk in the park”. Start with the Ötztal Nature Park, which comprises the 500 kilometres of environmentally unspoilt landscapes in the Ötztal Valley.

Otztal Nature Park – Photo from www.tyrol.tl

 

Biking

Biking/cycling is world-class in the Ötztal Valley with plenty of trails, routes and diverse terrain for all skill levels. Obergurgl.com offers a cycling routes list with tons of information with the length of the route, skill level and highlights of the route. Bike rentals are available at Scheiber Sport in Obergurgl.

A helpful map can be downloaded here: https://www.obergurgl.com/bike-cycling-routes-map-view.

To check out the popular routes, click here: https://www.obergurgl.com/bike-cycling-routes-list-view.

Cycling in Obergurgl – Photo from www.obergurgl.com

 

Horseback Riding

Unbeknownst to most, Obergurgl offers superb horseback riding! Enjoy a guided ride on one of the beautiful Tirolean Haflinger horses or stay inside at the Top Obergurgl Riding Centre – a world-class indoor riding hall in the centre of Obergurgl. For more information on horseback riding in Obergurgl, click here: https://www.obergurgl.com/horse-riding-summer.

Escorted trek on Tirolean Haflinger horses – Photo from www.obergurgl.com  

 

Mountain Hut Walks

One of the must-do summer activities in Obergurgl is a walk to a mountain hut or alpine refuge. The huts are sprinkled throughout the valley and are easily accessed by gondola, followed by a scenic walk. You’ll pass through a combination of meadows, mountains and lakes (depending on which hut you visit) and most serve lunch and drinks for a lovely meal once you arrive.

Fr the full list of huts and a description of each, click here: https://www.obergurgl.com/serviced-mountain-huts-list.

 

Zwickauer Hutte – Photo from www.sentres.com

 

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Unbeknownst to many, you can still ski in Austria after the first of May! Summer skiing is available for an extra week in Solden (until 8 May), and at the Stubai and the Hintertux glaciers. Generally, the slopes open early in the morning then close around lunchtime because it gets too warm and the snow becomes slushy. This gives you the opportunity to extend the ski season for a good 4 -5 hours per day until the glacier mountains close for the season!

Read on for a brief on each mountain and why you should visit.

 

Solden

 

Our neighbour, Solden, is in the same long valley as Obergurgl and offers similar high-altitude skiing for all skill levels. What is different about Solden is that the resort also has two glaciers and a buzzing night-life with younger clientele.

The glacier ski area is open until 8 May 2017 and currently 9 of the 10 lifts are open, most from 9am until 4pm.

For more information, visit the Solden tourism website: www.soelden.com.

 

The Stubai Glacier

 

The Stubai Glacier – Photo from www.tyrol.tl

 

Widely acknowledged as one of the best places to ski out of season in the Alps, The Stubai Glacier is accessed from the lovely Tirolean village of Neustift. This is one of the few places in Europe that is open almost year-round for skiing. Access from Innsbruck is quick: the commute from the airport takes only 20 to 30 minutes.

The village itself is perched on a beautiful steep valley, topped by rugged peaks and scattered with traditionally-styled villages. There are four ski areas, mainly suited for beginners and families, including the Stubai Glacier.

For more information on The Stubai Valley and glacier, click: https://www.stubaier-gletscher.com/.

 

Hintertux Glacier

The Hintertux Glacier – Photo from www.tyrol.tl

 

Hintertux is known as the absolute best of the Alpine glaciers thanks to the steep incline of its slopes and its snow guarantee. This is where die-hard skiers come for much of the off-season (in the summer and autumn) and during these months it’s also a training ground for professional ski racers.

The mountain is open a whopping 365 days per year and this is completely unique to any other resort in Austria. In the summer, up to 10 lifts are in operation and up to 18 km of slopes available with a good range of runs for all levels of ability. Access to the Hintertux glacier is pretty easy too, the fastest route being via Innsbruck airport with a travel time of about one hour and a half.

For more information on Hintertux, visit the official website here: https://www.hintertuxergletscher.at/en/specials/hintertux-glacier/.

 

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Today marks the final day of the 2016-17 ski season. While we are sad to turn in our skis for half a year, it does mean that summer is coming and with it, another opportunity to hike some amazing trails with some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery.

In June, two of the summer-lifts will open for the season, allowing hikers from near and far to experience the beauty of the Ötztal Valley without their skis. This is a great opportunity to see a fascinating panorama of glaciers, 21 peaks over 3000 meters in altitude and incredible views of the Dolomites, Ötztal and Stubai Alps.

Top dining and culinary experiences are also offered during the summer months, including great meals, drinks and wine at 3080 meters above sea level.

To find out more, here are the 2017 lift highlights for hikers in Obergurgl-Hochgurl:

 

HOHE MUT BAHN 8-PERSON GONDOLA OBERGURGL (1.930 – 2.670 M)

Basic info:

Operating times:
24 June 2017 – 17 September 2017
Daily from 9:00am until 4:00pm

Roundtrip rides:
Adults: € 20.00
Children € 11.00

In a nutshell:
The perfect base for varied hikes and tours, for all skill levels. Family-friendly and safe for young hikers.

Highlights:

  • Top venues for dining or for special events
  • Amazing panorama of glaciers and 21 peaks beyond 3000 metres altitude

HOCHGURGLBAHN & TOP WURMKOGL MOUNTAIN LIFTS HOCHGURGL
(1.793 – 2.700 M / 2.700M – 3.064 M)

Basic info:

Operating times:
22 June 2017 – 8 September .2017
Tue, Thu, Fri from 9:00am until 3:45pm

Roundtrip rides:
Adults: € 22.00
Children € 11.00

In a nutshell:
This is the lift to take if you want to conquer the Wurmkogl summit (only 15 minutes away) or want to visit the Top Mountain Star restaurant. Hikes for all levels of experience can also be found here.

Highlights:

  • Views of the Dolomites, Ötztal and Stubai Alps
  • Top Mountains Star restaurant and bar with panoramic views of the Alps
  • Wurmkogl summit only 15 minutes away

 

For more information on the summer lifts you can contact Tourism Obergurgl or visit their website.

Wanderregion Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
T +43 (0) 5256 6260 or
T +43 (0) 5256 6265

www.obergurgl.com

 

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Last week, one of our favourite online ski resources, welove2ski.com, posted an article highlighting the top six reasons to ski Obergurgl next season. While we couldn’t agree more that Obergurgl is a top destination for your luxury ski vacation, we found the article insightful from a first timer´s point of view. If you are considering returning to Obergurgl, or just looking to discover a new place to spend your next ski holiday, read on for our summary of the best six reasons to come to The Chalet at 11° East, inspired by welove2ski.com.

 

The Size of Resort

Obergurgl is a small resort. Despite gorgeous scenery, a lovely atmosphere and a long ski season, the resort itself has managed to stay a very manageable size. The high street is only a handful of bars/restaurants, a small supermarket, a few shops and a cluster of hotels.

What this means for you is virtually no lift lines, a family friendly atmosphere and no clubs or loud music keeping you awake past your bedtime.

 

The Location

Obergurgl is at the end of The Otztal Valley which means the resort doesn’t attract many weekenders, despite being quite accessible. If you’re coming from Innsbruck, the much bigger Solden resort comes first, and most skiers don’t go much further. This plays a major part in keeping the resort crowd-free, even in the high season.

Furthermore, the high altitude position at the end of the valley makes for breath-taking scenery, a snow-sure reputation and the long ski season.

 

It’s a Great Place to Learn

Let’s face it, no one wants to learn to ski or snowboard in a crowd of people. The lack of lift lines and over-crowded slopes makes Obergurgl an amazing place to learn. The family-friendly atmosphere is another win here; if you’re bringing your children they will have a comfortable space to make their debut on the slopes.

The Obergurgl Ski School is also a very highly regarded school and only attracts the best and most qualified ski instructors, including many who speak English. The ski school operates from a convenient 10-3:30 with a small lunch break. Lift passes are free for children aged nine years and below and the option for supervised ski-school lunch is also available.

 

The Long Ski Season

The ski area generally stays open until 1 May, to take advantage of the great spring skiing. Since Obergurgl is 1950m, the reputation is that there is always a great snow cover (even when nearby resorts may be struggling). If you take the Top Express Gondola over to Hochgurgl the altitude is even higher at 3080m, which is a great option in the spring skiing months to really take advantage of the best snow.

 

Accommodations are Great

Obergurgl has a very high standard for hotels, however, the Chalet at 11° East is the only one of its kind. At the Chalet your stay is all-inclusive, meaning you will have meals, apres ski drinks and service included in your stay. Ski-in/ski-out access is rare among chalets in Obergurgl but this is certainly something you can count on at the Chalet at 11° East.

 

 The Price is Reasonable

Since Obergurgl is still flying under-the-radar in terms of popularity, the prices are still reasonable. You won’t have to take out a second mortgage to have a few beers at the famous Top Mountain Crosspoint and a typical meal in the village only costs about 9€.

In terms of accommodation, the standard is very high and what you would typically pay for a few nights’ hotel is sure to be a better experience than at neighbouring resorts that are busier with tourists.

We hope you enjoyed this post, brought to you by The Chalet at 11° East!

 

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Just this past week, one of the Chalet at 11° East’s go-to resources for all things ski related, www.welove2ski.com, named Obergurgl as one of the top places to ski in Austria this Easter 2017! Obergurgl earned a spot at the top of the list for its family-friendly, crowd-free and snow-sure reputation.

The article focuses in on Austrian resorts with reliable snow and explains, “the snow’s not nearly as deep as it is in France at the moment – but all the high-altitude resorts have had a substantial top-up of 35cm to 135cm over the past ten days. Our forecast suggests it’ll be snowing on and off all week.”

We couldn’t agree more as the forecast is indeed calling for sunny skies and cooler conditions. The 5- day forecast reads:

A high-pressure area will depart eastward throughout the weekend, the next high will spread across our regions from the Atlantic throughout the upcoming week and bring early-spring mild air masses. Before that, somewhat cooler conditions are expected at the beginning of the week. However, late winter weather is not expected, as bright sunshine and small amounts of clouds perceptively clear skies will prevail. The sunny conditions will continue next week, sun worshippers will find sunny conditions.

To read the full article about where to ski this Easter 2017, go to www.welove2ski.com.

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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.

 

lifts in operation

 

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
Piccardweg 1
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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