The perfect skiing climate is combined with a collection of luxury hotels that keeps Austrias highest parish somewhat exclusive. Inexpensive accommodation can be found – you just need to be in the know and book early. The ski area is split between Obergurgl and the slightly higher suburb of Hochgurgl. Plenty of high, long runs overlook the dramatic Oztal valley and link a mix of new and antiquated lifts. Though you cant ski between the two areas, an efficient bus ABOVE: the high-altitude resort of Obergurgl has an excellent snow record. EXPANDABLE ROUND DINING TABLE DESIGN LEFT: a visit in April gives you the chance to catch some sun at one of the many mountain restaurants. ferries to and fro so you can ski Ober in the morning and then Hoch in the afternoon.