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Strap on some backcountry skies and discover the sublime scenery and perfect powder of southwestern Austria’s Obergurgl!

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Obergurgl

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Obergurgl?

At an elevation of 1,930 meters, Obergurgl is the highest parish in all of Austria. Surrounded by mountains, forests and some rivers as well, Obergurgl is the perfect spot to head out and explore in the winter.

Away from some of the aforementioned spots, the slopes of the iconic Wildspitze are not too far away. If you have the time, it is well worth making the 45 minute drive into the neighboring valley. The Schwarze Schneid is another nearby mountain with some excellent backcountry skiing options.

Regardless of whether you are heading off-piste for the first time or are a seasoned pro, you will be at home in Obergurgl. Guides offer an array of trips, from courses covering the basics of off-piste skiing, to adrenaline-pumping descents perfect for advanced freeriders.

Why should I choose Obergurgl for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

**Stunning scenery **

The Alps around Obergurgl are stunningly beautiful. Heading up the adjacent Schermerspitze or Banker Kirchenkogel mountains provide incredible views over the surrounding snow-capped peaks, powder blanketed valleys and imposing glaciers. Escaping farther into the backcountry brings even better views as well.

Plentiful powder

Throughout the winter season, Obergurgl receives plenty of snow, meaning there is more than enough fresh powder to go around, even in the areas around the resorts. Obergurgl is also a lesser-known spot within the Alps, meaning fewer backcountry skiers to contend with for that precious fresh and unspoiled powder.

The Ötztal Gurglertal valley

The longest side valley off the Inntal valley runs north from Obergurgl and presents a stunningly scenic backcountry skiing opportunity. Providing access to the Rettenbach glacier and the Tiefenbachferner glacier as well as various mountain passes, there are plenty of incredible off-piste options for intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Obergurgl?

During the winter, average daily temperatures in Obergurgl range from -6 to -11 ℃ in December to -5 to -10 ℃ in March. The area also receives a quite liberal supply of snowfall throughout the winter.

How can I get to Obergurgl?

The best way to get to Obergurgl is by flying into the airport at Innsbruck (INN), which offers direct flights from London, Frankfurt, Vienna and Amsterdam year-round. There are also seasonal flights here from various European airports during the ski season. From Innsbruck, Obergurgl is only 1.5 hours away by car and only slightly farther by bus.

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When is the best time to travel to Obergurgl for Backcountry Skiing?

December to March

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