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.
Val Thornes, France
Val Thorens is known for its fantastic snow quality throughout the winter season, with the majority of the skiing being above 2000 metres, reaching up to 3,266m it’s the highest resort in Europe. Being part of the largest interlinked ski area there are no limits on where you can go. Those with a full area pass have the opportunity to explore the wider Three Valleys ski area. In addition to this Val Thorens is a lively resort and there is no shortage of places to go after a day skiing. The famous Folie Douceis situated under the Plein Sud chairlift, and has live music, DJs and dancers throughout the winter season.
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.
St Anton, Austria
St Anton is in the heart of Arlberg ski area. This ski resort is known to be popular amongst strong skiers and boarders, with plenty of challenging runs. This great high alpine resort still has good options for beginners and intermediates as well as boasting a good après ski atmosphere. There is also a range of winter sports available here for those who want to try something new or just have a bit of fun in the snow.
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