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Skiing in Tirol, Austria

With a chill in the air, Tirol is about to open for the ski season. For a head start on the celebrations head to joyful Obergurgl-Hochgurgl in Tirol for a start to the 2018-2019 season that goes off with a bang. Kicking off on November 18, it is an eagerly anticipated event in the area and is perfect if you want a quick getaway to bright, uplifting Alpine scenery; all the more so if paired with our favourite place to stay in the area, Art and Relax Hotel Bergwelt.

Art & Relax Hotel Bergwelt, Obergurgl, Tirol, Austria

One of the highest-lying winter sports resorts, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl lies 3,000m above sea level and so gets an abundance of natural snowfall every year. With a true sense of excitement and festivity the opening of ski season is celebrated here with a full week of winter partying, live music acts, demos of the latest ski equipment and torchlight walks.

Art and Relax Hotel Bergwelt in the village of Obergurgl is a perfect compliment to this small but happy event. A classically arresting ski den settled on the traditional landscape of a snow-covered mountainside, Art and Relax Hotel Bergwelt is but a short walk to the ski season opening festivities, or to the ski lifts up into the mountains.

A traditional sense of cosiness is created by warm materials and blankets set against heirlooms, art and modern accents, all of which catapult this sumptuously gorgeous chalet into the ‘we would love to return again’ category. By ‘again’ we should say we really mean ‘again and again and again and again’.

Perfect ski day in Obergurgl, Tirol, Austria
Snow covered alps of Tirol, Austria
Skiing in Obergurgl, Hochgurgl, Ötztal

A mere hour away and running from November 18 to December 23 is another not to be missed tradition, the Christmas Advent Market of Imst. Imst is a beautiful, tiny town and fills to the brim on market days with local crafters and artists selling their wares, all alongside delicious food, warm drinks, Christmas presents and the twinkle of candlelight. A delightful trip away, this is the perfect escape for a dip into the skiing season and you will go home laden with gifts, great skiing experiences and an aura of pure happiness.

Imst Christmas Market in Tirol Austria

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Images © Art & Relax Hotel Bergwelt, Obergurgl & Ötztal Tourismus Austria

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