Ski Area - Intermediate and Advanced skiing
Inghams' guide to best ski areas and winter resorts for advanced and intermediate skiiing
Inghams skiing holidays brings you the best ski areas for intermediates and advanced skiers from Andorra to North America. More about the best ski resorts for Intermediate and Advanced skiing here
|Ski Area||Resorts||Km of Pistes||Rating|
|Dolomiti Superski, Dolomites, Italy ||Selva & Ortisei, Canazei & Campitello, Arabba||1220 km||5 Star|
|Whistler Blackcomb ||Whistler||8,171 acres||5 Star|
|Portes du Soleil, France||Avoriaz & Morzine||650 km||5 Star|
|Les 3 Vallées / The 3 Valleys, France||Meribel, Courchevel, & Val Thorens||600 km||5 Star|
|SkiWelt, Austria||250 km||5 Star|
|Grand Valira, Andorra||Soldeu El Tarter & Pas de la Casa||193 km||5 Star|
|Paradiski, France ||Les Arcs & La Plagne ||425 km ||5 Star |
|Milky Way, Italy ||Sauze d'Oulx & Sestriere ||400 km ||5 Star |
|Silvretta Arena, Austria ||Ischgl||340 km ||5 Star |
|Espace Killy, France ||Val d'Isere & Tignes ||300 km ||5 Star |
|Davos & Klosters, Switzerland ||Davos & Klosters ||300 km ||5 Star |
Dolomiti Superski - 1220 km
Skiing with Inghams in Selva you will find yourself in largest interconnected ski area in Europe. Set in the charming Gardena valley, it combines the best of Italian and Austrian traditions.
When in Selva why not try a new activity? You might like to go winter walking with a guide, enjoy ice-skating or take a break from the snow and spend an afternoon bowling or visit a wood carving artisan shop. You can even spend a day in Cortina, Italy’s most fashionable resort.
Selva is a paradise for all levels of skiers and also includes the Men’s World Downhill Cup run, not for the faint-hearted!
Whole area pass covers the entire Dolomites including Marmolada Glacier.
North America's biggest ski area - Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are now joined by the new 'Peak to Peak' Gondola
Whistler has consistently been ranked as the number one ski resort in North America by independent surveys - its ski area rising one vertical mile from the village.
Whilst in Whistler why not check out the Whistler Sliding Centre? The team there plan to offer visitors a piloted 4-man bobsleigh experience or a solo skeleton experience. The centre should open in December, and be open until March. Each experience will take around two and a half hours, which includes basic instruction to get you through the courses safely. After the runs, wind down with a warm drink. For more information see http://www.whistlerslidingcentre.com/
Portes du Soleil - 650 km pistes accessible from Avoriaz
Superb skiing in this traffic-free resort in the huge Portes du Soleil. The purpose built, very snowsure resort of Avoriaz is the highest in the huge Portes du Soleil - the world's largest international linked ski area, and, being traffic free, appeals to families as well as to skiers and boarders of all abilities.
The whole resort is easily accessible whether on skis or on foot, and there is a wide choice of shops, restaurants and bars, although the nightlife is relatively low key. The Portes du Soleil pass covers Avoriaz, Morzine and 13 more resorts in France and Switzerland.
Three Valleys - Chic Courchevel - 600 km of skiing and boarding
The most chic and prestigious ski resort in Europe, combined with sensational Three Valleys skiing. Les Trois Vallées or The Three Valleys is a ski region in the Tarentaise Valley above the town of Moûtiers with skiing within the Vanoise National Park. The Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world with lifts and slopes connecting the main valley resorts. It has more than 600 km of ski slopes, resulting in 18.5 km² of groomed runs.
One single ski pass allows skiing across the interlinked valleys. The Three Valleys pass covers Courchevel Valley, Méribel-Mottaret, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and La Tania. Courchevel pass covers 1850, 1650, 1550, Le Praz, La Tania. In addition, there are 120 km for cross-country skiing. Les Trois Vallées has 183 ski lifts, which can transport 260,000 skiers per hour.
Ski Welt - Austria's largest interconnected ski circus - 250 km
Ellmau is a picturesque resort on Austria's largest interconnected ski circus Located in the heart of Tyrol, the attractive village of Ellmau is situated between rugged Wild Emperor mountains and the more gentle Kitzbüheler Alps. It lies on the vast Ski Welt circus which interlinks eight resorts, including Söll and Westendorf, enabling access to nearly 280km of pistes. Wide, gentle nursery slopes are close to the centre and a ski bus links with the main lift, the Hartkaiserbahn, Austria’s longest cable railway. Ellmau also has 83km of cross-country tracks, which connect with those in St. Johann, making a total of 200 km.
The highest point of the Ski Welt is the Hohe Salve at a height of 1806m, which is situated between Söll and Hopfgarten. From the top of this there are panoramic views over to the Hohe Tauern mountain range including Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. The Ski Welt area pass covers Ellmau, Going, Söll, Scheffau, Brixen, Hopfgarten, Itter and Westendorf.
Grandvalira - Ski Andorra's largest ski area - 193 km
Excellent value, extensive ski area with reliable snow. The Grandvalira ski area offers an extensive 193km of pleasantly varied pistes – an area comparable with some more famous Alpine resorts.
Known for its great cruisy slopes and well groomed runs Grandvalira is the perfect place to learn and improve with Soldeu Ski School widely recognised as one of the best English-speaking schools in the world. S
Soldeu is very popular with skiers for its relaxed ambience, great facilities on and off the slopes and thriving bars, clubs and restaurants, while the resort of Pas de la Casa attracts a younger crowd looking for a bustling nightlife and is fast gaining reputation as a snowboarding Mecca.
El Tarter is a quieter, more family-friendly resort and like the rest of Andorra offers excellent value for money with duty-free prices. Access to the slopes is by modern gondola lifts from either Soldeu village or El Tarter. The lift network of Grandvalira whole area lift pass, greatly enhances the ski area for intermediate and advanced skiers and includes Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and also a free Ski Away Day (Thursday) in the Vallnord ski area of Arinsal and Pal (transport not included).
Paradiski, France - 425 km
Set high in the Tarentaise region of the French Alps, the slopes of Les Arcs and La Plagne – each already famously large areas in themselves - were joined a few years back to create one of the largest lift-linked ski areas in the world. Totalling over 425km of pistes, plus untold acres of off-piste to explore, the Paradiski area is now a magnet for skiers of all abilities.
Especially suited to keen intermediates, who will enjoy the long, wide open runs and fast, efficient lift system, the area offers plentiful challenges for expert skiers too. Beginners meanwhile will relish the great snow quality and that wonderful ‘top of the world’ feeling that come with the height of these resorts. Whichever side of the area you stay on, the trip on the unique double-decker Vanoise Express cable-car between the areas is a spectacular ride, and there are 17 villages in all across the whole area to tick off during your week.
Milky Way, Italy - 400 km
The Milky Way is an international ski area linking Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Sansicario, Cesana and Claviere in Italy with Montgenèvre in France. Hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics here meant that the ski area was meticulously upgraded, with state-of-the-art snow making now underpinning an already excellent snow record, and several new modern, high-speed ski lifts improving circulation around the area. As a result, its extensive 400km of slopes, plus great off-piste up above 2,000m, are more than a match for many more famous-name resorts, but the area retains its deserved reputation for excellent value and a warm and friendly welcome.
There are wonderful long runs and great views from the 2,800 Motta peak, big open spaces above the tree-line as well as picturesque wooded runs, an excellent snowpark for boarders, and a chance to treat yourself on the World Cup's famous downhill run!
Silvretta Arena, Austria - 340 km
The Silvretta Ski Arena with six interconnecting valleys and over 50 blue and red runs is ideal for intermediates. 10 of its 42 lifts rise up to 2,700 metres and, along with an extensive network of snow canons and north-facing runs back to the village, Ischgl enjoys an extremely reliable snow record. There is also a selection of picturesque forest runs and the lovely long Alp Trida run down to Samnaun (included on the local area pass).
With as many kilometres of off-piste as on piste skiing, Ischgl is an expert skiers paradise. Most of it is easily accesssible next to the pistes; for other sections a guide is required. Depending on conditions there is easy access to either powder or firm Spring snow. There are also 48km of black runs, many with moguls.
Espace Killy, France - 300km
Named after France’s most famous ski racer, Espace Killy combines the two ski domains of Tignes and Val d’Isère. The whole area is one of the most snow-sure in Europe, and thanks to the glaciers, you can ski here virtually all year round.
The huge combined area is a true skier’s dream, with an enormous variety of pistes for all levels of skier to enjoy, and plenty of seriously ‘steep & deep’ off-piste too, including some spectacular adventures only to be tackled with a professional guide.
From the top of the world on the Grand Motte Glacier, with its broad, open snow-fields, to the pretty forested pistes down to Les Brevières, the range is simply exceptional, and most skiers would be hard pushed to discover the whole area’s secrets in one visit. In short, Espace Killy is simply one of those absolutely ‘must do’ areas to be experienced and enjoyed at least once during your ski or snowboard career.
Davos & Klosters, Switzerland - 300 km
Skiing holidays in Davos give you access to six fantastic ski areas. The skiing in Davos is superb, giving skiers of all levels a vast area of 320kms of world class skiing to play in. Exhilarating stuff!
Skiing in Davos is a great place for beginners to start. The skiing in Davos is fantastic for intermediate and advanced skiers, offering variety and mileage - try the 12km challenge from Weissfluhgipfel to Küblis. Or hit the black runs on Rinerhorn and Jakobshorn for extra thrills! Davos also has a superb snow park on Jakobshorn, complete with wicked half pipes and jumps. Combine this with the resort's great off-piste and you'll see why this is a very popular resort with snowboarders.
Skiing holidays in Klosters gives the experience of a ski resort of international renown. Klosters is delightful, charming and traditional, a very attractive pretty place in which to enjoy some of the best skiing in Europe! Located only a stone's throw from Davos, Klosters and Davos share a huge, well-marked piste network of 320km.
Ski in Klosters for superb skiing at all levels. Take the cable car, which runs from the centre of the attractive village to Gotschna, and then onto Parsenn, the largest, most varied mountain or take the short bus ride to Madrisa, Klosters' own popular ski area, which has a relaxed atmosphere. Snowboarders should head for Jakobshorn and Pischa for some of the best snowboarding in the Alps and for cross country skiers, there are plenty of very good cross country trails.
For more information, see our extra information for advanced skiers and boarders >