For freeride aficionados, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl or “the diamond of the Alps,” has earned its keep as one the premier destinations for off-piste skiers and snowboarders. Countless back country routes, side valleys, loads of Champagne powder and an uninterrupted panoramic views are just some of the reasons for this great reputation.
Recently, I discovered that Obergurgl Mountain offers a few unique tools to allow freeride or off-piste skiers to make the most of their experience. If you are planning a trip to the Chalet at 11˚ East and plan to do some freeriding, be sure to take advantage of the following perks:
1. The Snowhow Map (via www.obergurgl.com)
The snowhow map is a color-coded map that helps you to reduce your risk of getting caught in an avalanche by updating the risky areas daily. It works by reducing the steepness of your lines according to the daily warnings. You will also find all the pertinent information you need to avoid any dangerous areas as well as where to find safety check-points and beacons.
Find the map on www.obergurgl.com or download the app here: http://snowhow.info/cms/app/
2. Check Points
There are four checkpoints – two at Festkogl, one at Hohe Mut and one at Wurmkogel – for your avalanche equipment. Always remember to test your avalanche transceiver on a regular basis!
3. The Obergurgl Freeride Map
Visit the Obergurgl Tourist Office to purchase the official Obergurgl freeride map. This map gives you a quick and easy overview of the ski terrain. In addition, always check avalanche reports and the latest weather and snow updates before you embark on your off-piste ski day.
4. Ski Guides
Obergurgl boats one of the most renowned ski schools in the area. Enlist you very own Obergurgl mountain guide by simply contacting the school and making a reservation for a few hours or an entire day. Your guide’s experience will be well worth the expenditure.
Click here for more details: http://www.obergurgl.com/ski-snowboard-schools