Stayed here with Ski Esprit March 2014, two of us and our 4 year old.
Ski Esprit were simply brilliant with the child care, which made for a great holiday. As for the accommodation, which is what I guess this review should be more about, it is a 70s apartment, which feels dated and has limited facilities. It was built as set of apartments, rather than a communal chalet, consequently the rooms are a nice size with two or more proper bedrooms, which is great with kids. However, there is no real communal lounge area, just a small eating/dining room and an attic communal area which is small and uninviting - and not used when we were there. So if you are not bothered about socialising, or not in a group, it is worth it for the bigger room/apartment set up. If you were in a group with other families it would be frustrating.
Wifi worked occasionally in the chalet, but not reliable. 3G data coverage on slopes was good and wifi free in most of the on-slope restaurants.
Food from Ski Esprit was OK, but nothing special; however am used to that. It is the child care I really want and they were brilliant with the snow club (fun/play), which in chalet, and the ski club/school, which straight out the door.
The location of the chalet is excellent with a button lift right out the door to take you over to one of the main gondolas. Ski to the door on way back. Lovely. The skiing in Obergurgl and Hockgurgl is relatively easy - easy to ski both areas on the same day, plus you can easily day trip to Solden, which has lots of skiing itself. Very much just an intermediate level ski area. Not the best place for adult beginners, nor the very advanced, but great for the rest of us piste cruisers, with lots of wide blue and easy reds. Very few drag lifts, so works well for boarders. The main thing which makes it an excellent ski location is it is quiet and not over crowded, even on popular weeks. Never queued for a lift. Snow record is one of the best, given it is so high up.
Food up on the slopes was good and not overly expensive. Minor negative is that is not set up for sledges/toboggans like some areas, which is a pain if you want to do something different with the kids other than ski.
No real nightlife. I don't think there is even a nightclub; there are not even many restaurants outside the hotels. This is real quiet town. The opposite to the likes of a Meribel or St Anton. Not a problem for us with a young child, but not somewhere I would go if I wanted après-ski party time.
Only a 80-90min transfer from Innsbruck, which is good with young kids. If you want to do your own travel, EasyJet fly to Innsbruck and arranging your own bus/shuttle service (off the main Obergurgl website) is easy.
Finally just to say that the address that trip advisor gives is wrong as is the map location shown. Look up the address on the main Obergurgl website - it is listed as "Apartments Verwall".
Pros: ski area, snow record, chalet/slopes location, not crowded, big rooms, transfer time, Ski Esprit child care, quiet town.
Cons: no lounge, not for sledges, chalet wifi, quiet town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Verwall (pronounced ‘Fair-val’) makes an excellent choice for your family ski holiday, and is proving a tremendous hit with Esprit ski families.The Verwall’s location simply could not be bettered, at the end of a short, quiet cul-de-sac off Obergurgl’s main street, with the easiest possible access to and from the slopes, and accommodation ideally suited to families, with all suites having ... more less
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