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Obergurgl, Austria
High, snowsure slopes with loyal clientele.

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A dedicated group of visitors go back every year to Obergurgl or Hochgurgl, some of our reporters among them. Whichever of the two resorts they are loyal to, they love its high, snow sure, easy intermediate slopes, its end-of-the-valley
seclusion and civilized atmosphere, its jolly tea-time après-ski and its comfortable, expensive hotels. There aren't many beds, so you need to book early to avoid disappointment.

But some first-timers are disappointed. Even accepting the exposed setting, some yearn for a more substantial village, some for more variety of terrain, some simply for more runs. They have a point. If we're going to a bleak, high, snow sure resort where there is nothing to do but ski or board, we'd rather go somewhere with rather more skiing or boarding to do (like Tignes, for example).

What's Great
What's Not-So-Great

+ Glaciers apart, one of the Alps' most reliable resorts for snow - especially good for a late-season holiday

+ Excellent area for beginners, timid intermediates and families

+ Normally queue- and crowd-free

+ Retains village charm despite modern development

+ Jolly tea-time après-ski

+ Obergurgl and Hochgurgl slopes are now linked by gondola

Small area with no tough slopes

Very bleak setting, with no sheltered slopes for bad weather

Few off-slope amenities except in hotels

Quiet nightlife by Austrian standards

For a small Austrian resort, rather expensive

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