There are many reasons we love to holiday in high altitude ski resorts. First there's the incredible experience of skiing on the glacier where the snow is present all-year-round, then there's the reliability of snow at altitude - the high points are always the first place to see snow settle. Finally, there's the epic mountain vistas, which are simply breathtaking.
Despite these three constants, no two high altitude ski resorts are alike. And the ski resorts in Inghams collection are full of their own unique character. Whether you are looking for early winter fresh snow or an end of season blast, aiming high is a great way to ensure an enjoyable ski holiday on the mountains. Find the resort that's right for you this winter with Inghams best high altitude ski resorts...
Set high in the stunning Ötz Valley, the alpine Austrian village of Obergurgl is nestled against the backdrop of the Hochgurgl glacier, bringing season long guaranteed powder from November to May. This Austrian gem, boasts queue-free lifts, crowd-free slopes and ski-in, ski-out accommodation making it an ideal choice for improvers and families. Make the most of your lift pass and check out the superb Sölden ski area, which offers a further 145km of high altitude glacier skiing. The opening of the 10 seater Kirchenkarbahn II gondola for winter 18/19, will only add to this resorts appeal.
Les 2 Alpes, France
Snow is guaranteed in the French resort of Les 2 Alpes which boasts the highest skiable glacier in Europe, peaking at an impressive 3,700m. With 220km of varied snow-sure pistes, World class snow parks and a buzzing après ski scene, it’s easy to see why the resort is such a hit with British skiers. The powder filled off-piste is impressive and beginners and intermediates can explore the mass of blue and red runs on offer. From the top of the glacier, skiers can cruise all the way down to the village of Mont de Lans at 1,300m – a huge decent of 2300m!
If there is snow in the French Alps, you’ll likely find it in the high-altitude resort of Tignes, situated in the Savoie Alps. With guaranteed skiing virtually year round due to the towering Grand Motte glacier, the resort shares its huge ski area with neighbouring Val d’Isere and offers wide open bowls, forested pistes and spectacular views across the Alps. For blue and red-run skiers there's an enormous variety of leisurely cruising runs from the very top of the glacier. The more adventurous should aim for the L’Aiguille Percee for that perfect insta shot.
In the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt is one of those ‘must try before you die’ top ski destinations mixing all the positives of skiing together to create a superpower that few resorts can match. Superb intermediate and advanced slopes, fantastic snow conditions, magnificent scenery and fantastic mountain restaurants. Discover the highest slopes at a cool 3,883m, with terrain extending all the way to Cervinia in Italy via the Glacier Paradise. If that wasn’t enough, this winter see’s the opening of the World’s highest gondola at Klein Matterhorn at almost 4,000m! Unwind in the charming traffic-free village filled with quaint little streets offering an elegant mix of boutiques, cosy bars and mouth-watering chocolate shops.
For high, snow-sure slopes, long sunny days, superb skiing and great value restaurants the lively Italian resort of Cervinia is hard to beat. Sitting at the top of the Aosta Valley, Cervinia is one of the highest resorts in the Alps and its ski area is linked to Zermatt in Switzerland to create endless skiing possibilities right into spring. Explore miles of red and blue runs or hop over to Zermatt for more challenging terrain. Hit the town and dabble in some fun après ski in one of the many lively bars.