Hannibal in Solden 2019, Outdoor Glacier Spectacle

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The most sensational live performance at 3,000m above sea level in Sölden, Austria The most spectacular contemporary live performance which takes place every two years in the upper Ötzal valley on the Rottenbach Glacier is back for 2019. Hannibal will be returning to the mountains on 12 April 2019, and promises an enthralling and immersive… Read more »

World cup opening in Sölden 2018

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It’s happened every year this century – the official European opening of the World Cup ski races on Sölden’s Rettenbach Glacier. This World Cup season kicks-off here on the last weekend in October with giant-slalom races for men and women, and attracts thousands of visitors and ski enthusiasts to the Ötztal valley. It also attracts… Read more »

Dave Ryding press conference

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Watch out for a tall British skiing ace training on the local slopes this winter! Dave Ryding, 6 feet tall in a helmet, liked his time here in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl so much last year that he’s coming back to train here again in the coming winter. “There are many reasons why Obergurgl is the ideal location… Read more »

Autumn is here – and winter is on its way!

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Obergurgl-Hochgurgl: Top Quality Skiing!   Isn’t it fun (although predictable) that around this time of year skiers everywhere (at least in the northern hemisphere) are all coming up with their annual cry: “Not long now!” or “Winter won’t be long now”- and of course “How good is the snow going to be?” Well as we… Read more »

Where to Ski in Austria In May

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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… Read more »

Ski Season Off to a Great Start in Austria’s Glacier Areas

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October is off to a great start in Austria’s glacier ski areas! Just last week, some glaciers had 40cm of fresh snow, and as I write this blog post, it hasn’t stopped falling. The Hintertux Glacier has seen half a meter of fresh snow since last weekend, the Pitztal Glacier (further west) has seen up… Read more »

Austrian Resorts Still Open for Skiing

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If you’ve read our latest post on hiking and mountaineering in Obergurgl, you’ll know that the spring skiing has ended and we are now into the summer sports season. If you’re not ready to put your skis away for the season just yet, you are in luck as there are a few resorts where the… Read more »

Ötzi was here. But was Hannibal?

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A great deal has happened to the high pastures and glaciers of the local Ötz Valley in the 5,000 years or so since Ötzi the Iceman was cut down by a hunter’s arrow and imprisoned in the not so perma-frost just a few yards across the Italian border. Until Ötzi’s sensational discovery in 1991, the… Read more »

Bond on our doorstep!

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Have you heard the news? 007, the most famous secret agent in the world, will start filming the 24th Bond film, Spectre, at Sölden, just down the road from us here in Obergurgl. Daniel Craig, playing Bond for the fourth time, will be embarking on his Alpine adventures along with the other stars in Sölden… Read more »