Obergurgl is a village in the Ötztal Alps in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Located in the municipality of Sölden, the village has approximately 400 year-round inhabitants, and is mainly a tourist resort.
Obergurgl became famous in 1931, when the Swiss explorer Auguste Piccard was forced to land on the nearby Großer Gurgler Ferner glacier during his historic balloon flight, during which he became the first man to fly into the stratosphere.
At an elevation of 1,930 m (6,330 ft), Obergurgl is the highest parish in Austria. The parish church was consecrated in 1737, and in 1967 extensions were added based on plans by Clemens Holzmeister.
Obergurgl forms part of the ski resort area of Gurgl/Hochgurgl and lies at the southern end of the Ötztal Gurglertal valley, the longest side valley off the Inntal valley. It is a popular hiking area during the summer, with hanging valleys to the east that lead over into the Italian province of South Tyrol. There are numerous peaks over 3,500 m (11,500 ft) and several glaciers, which offer the more adventurous hikers a challenge.
There is a breeding establishment for the Haflinger horse in the village, which is owned by the Scheiber family, who also own the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl
TOP QUALITY SKIING
is the name of the Obergurgl and Hochgurgl Ski Lift Company.
Lifts/gondolas – 24 lifts – more exactly:
- 6 8-person gondolas
- 1 6-person gondolas
- 2 6-seater chair liftswith wind protection shields
- 4 4-seater chair lifts with wind protection shields
- 1 4-seater chair lifts
- 8 T-bar lifts
- 2 Conveyor
Overall capacity: 39,400 persons/hour.
Total length 110km (Hochgurgl ski area: approx. 54 km, Obergurgl ski area: approx. 56 km):
35 km easy ski runs (blue)
55 km intermediate ski runs (red)
20 km difficult ski runs (black).
Beginners and novice skiers are invited to ski at Gaisberg lift, Mahdstuhl lift or the practicing slope featuring a beginner’s lift. More advanced skiers find a truly unique sports paradise in the Festkogl ski area in Obergurgl and along the Schermerspitze ski trail – which are both of intermediate difficulty. Real experts can conquer the steep Hohe Mut ski run in Obergurgl and the challenging mogul piste down from Top-Wurmkogl II in Hochgurgl.
Longest ski run:
Wurmkogl – Obergurgl/Pill (8km – 1,260m difference in altitude).
Most difficult ski run:
Obergurgl, Hohe Mut Alm – Gaisberg, mogul piste,
Hochgurgl, Top Mountain Star – Wurmkogl middle station, steep
Powder snow or crunching corn snow during late spring – The 110km slopes in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl are always perfectly groomed, also thanks to the modern snow-making facilities.
Due to its high-altitude location snow is almost guaranteed in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. Just to be on the safe side, more than 99 % of all slopes in both ski areas are equipped with artificial snow-making systems (since the winter season 1999/2000). Therefore, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ranks among the top ski resorts where snow is always available in abundance. The entire snow making system is computerized. If both the temperature and the humidity are ideal, the snow making facilities start automatically. Five weather stations providing detailed information on the current conditions are spread across the ski area. The artificial snow consists of cold air and UV-irradiated and sterilized drinking water which comes from a reservoir (10,000m³) in the Gaisbergtal valley.
Après-ski comes from the French for “After Skiing” but is now used universally and refers to the socializing that is popular after a days skiing ends. When the sun goes down is when the ski resorts come alive and enjoying a steaming mug of hot Chocolate laced with rum or a glass of hot Gluhwein whilst watching the sunset over the snow covered mountain peaks is a memory which will last a life-time.
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