The snow cover in Obergurgl is pretty much as reliable as you can get in Austria, and the long, wide pistes won't disappoint...
1,930m is high for a ski resort in France. In Austria, which has a more continental climate and - on average - colder winters, it's an even more impressive figure.
In fact, Obergurgl is so high that the base village is higher than the top lift stations in some of the big Austrian ski areas. So, the snow quality in Obergurgl is pretty much taken care of. The extent of the pistes, at 110km, is less amazing, but this doesn't seem to bother its loyal guests, of which there are many. As much as the skiing, it's the unhurried, low-key atmosphere, comfortable hotels and spectacular scenery that brings them back to Obergurgl, year after year.
Resort height: 1,930m
The skiing in Obergurgl is divided between two main sectors, one above the main resort and the other around its near-neighbour Hochgurgl. Both offer the same kind of experience - wide, easy-skiing pistes above the tree line. Provided you can ski or snowboard on reds as well as blues, you can drop all the way from 3,082m down to 1,795m - a vertical drop of 1300m (or, put another way, a bit like skiing from the top of Ben Nevis, right down to sea level).
Under clear skies, and after fresh snowfall, there is also great freeriding to be enjoyed by snowboarders and more expert skiers in Obergurgl. Those who hunger for more pistes can always ride the local bus down to the resort of Sölden, which is in the same valley (the Ötztal), and offers a further 146km of groomed runs.
But what tends to interest most visitors to Obergurgl more is the excellent range of mountain huts, offering traditional Tyrolean dishes such as gröstle (fried potato pancakes, topped with an egg). This is a resort where the relaxing is as important as the skiing.
Obergurgl is an hour and a half away from Innsbruck airport...
Driving from Munich or Friedrichshafen airports to Obergurgl will take nearer three hours.
Obergurgl is one of those rare ski resorts that suits everyone from beginners to expert skiers and snowboarders...
If anything, beginner snowboarders and advanced skiers get the raw end of the deal.
Beautiful, peaceful Obergurgl is not the place for party animals or shopaholics, but otherwise it's a good all-round resort...
If big nights out are on the agenda, target the other resort in the Ötztal, Sölden. Obergurgl tends to attract older skiers and families, and so the après is a little underpowered. Still, a lot of people stop off at one of the lower huts on the way back into Obergurgl for a drink - and 'a quick one before tea' often turns into several. David's Hütte and the Nederhütte are two of the most popular venues.
As with many Austrian resorts, the majority of visitors to Obergurgl stay in hotels on a half-board basis, and eat in each night. But if you're in search of some variety, try the pizzeria Romantika at the Madeleine hotel. After all, Italy is on the other side of the mountain.
Holidays in Obergurgl are great if you're happy to chill out in the hotel spa or dabble in a few winter activities, such as cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing or ice skating. But anyone who's looking for a big shopping experience or lots of daytime buzz will find it rather small and isolated.
Obergurgl's reputation for good snow is pushing prices up, but this is still a long way from being as expensive as Courchevel. Most Brits check into full-service hotels, but there are lots of B&Bs in the village for more cost-conscious travellers.
Obergurgl's combination of traditional hotels and end-of-the-valley atmosphere is one many will like, and the mountain scenery is spectacular too.