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Austrian Ski fun for the Whole Family in Obergurgl

Obergurgl view from Hohe Mut” by Luca Sbardella licensed under CC BY 2.0

Today’s post, by Jenna Carney, is all about something I would love to do as a family, ski!

Family holidays are what we all work so hard for – to create those long lasting memories that we cherish. While many parents may struggle to find a destination that suits everyone in their brood, ski holidays are active, beautiful and fun for the whole family. Austria’s Obergurgl resort is one of the country’s most famous and sought after destinations and the perfect holiday escape. Here are just a few of the reasons why the region offers the perfect family getaway.

Snow and Scenery

The single most important ingredient for a successful ski holiday is, quite obviously, snow. The Obergurgl resort is nestled high within the stunning Ötz Valley which means that its snow record is reliable and abundant. With regular snow from November right through to May, families won’t be so restricted by weather windows or disappointing snow reports.

Obergurgl is one of the most picturesque villages in all of Austria; the village centre is completely free from through traffic and utterly charming while the surrounding landscapes are serene and stunning.

Fun for Everyone

Obergurgl offers families a variety of ski options for all levels of ability. Young kids can head to the kindergarten ski area and ski school meeting point each morning. You’ll find it in the centre of the village – the kids can spend the day under the watchful eye of responsible and skilled instructors. For older kids there are a range of blue runs in Gaisberg which are an ideal step up from beginner skiing. The reliable snow conditions make the experience that much more enjoyable, allowing them to build up confidence throughout the course of the holiday.

While kids are developing skills and making new friends, parents are free to tackle the more challenging pistes and indulge in some romance and adventure of their own.

Family Ski in Obergurgl Austria

Jack X/C Ski by Jim Kravitz licensed under CC BY 2.0


Obergurgl boasts a variety of family-friendly après-ski activities. With everything from curling to sipping hot chocolates in a cafe, families are sure to find all sorts of great activities to try after a day on the pistes. With a quiet nightlife scene, families are often inclined to retire in front of a roaring fire in their chalet or indulge in a winter walk, snowshoe or even some family ice-skating. If you fancy eating out try Dorf Alm a quaint, traditional eatery.

Spending a holiday together is something every family should make time for and there is no better destination than the stunning slopes of Obergurgl.

Jenna Carney is a mum of two who learnt to ski as an adult. Since then, she’s never looked back and loves adventure holidays with the kids.


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