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Gurgl Ski Resort, also known as Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, is a popular ski destination located right at the far end of the Ötztal Valley in Austria. 

With its high altitude Gurgl offers excellent snow conditions all season long. 

The resort has a rich history, with Obergurgl being a traditional mountain village that has been welcoming winter sports enthusiasts since the late 19th century. Over the years, it has evolved into a modern ski resort while still retaining its alpine charm. 

Hochgurgl, on the other hand, is a purpose-built resort situated at a higher elevation, offering convenient access to the slopes. Development has expanded both, with the majority of the area covered with hotel complexes. Gurgl boasts a well-developed lift system that provides easy connections to the ski area, technically 2 areas connected by the ""Top Express"" Gondola. 

Beginners can find gentle nursery slopes and dedicated learning areas, while intermediate skiers have a wide range of well-groomed runs to explore - the bulk of the area is covered in blue runs. 

Advanced skiers and freeriders can challenge themselves on the steeper slopes, off-piste areas, and mogul fields. On a powder day it's less likely to be tracked out due to the family focus of the ski area. 

Gurgl is not known for its apres scene, the Nederhutte kicks off apres on the side of the piste and you can get karted down on a snowmobile if you apres a bit too hard. Other than this, the apres scene is focused mainly around the hotel bars as people settle back in for the evening.

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By car the start of the Valley is 1hr from Innsbruck, with the end 1.5hrs on non-peak days.

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Trains from Innsbruck to Otztal run regularly [38min] 

From Otztal you get a Valley bus to your resort of choice. 

The furthest reaches take 1.5hrs to Gurgl (320 bus)

The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below)

This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel.

On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel

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