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With skiers' and boarders' thoughts now turning to winter 2022/23, there's a world of great ski resorts to choose from. We caught up with tour operator, Inghams, to get their top ski resort recommendations.

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It's never too early to start thinking about your next ski trip and right now you've got plenty of time and a whole world of great ski destinations to inspire you. So where will you go for your next ski holiday? From the Alps of France, Austria and Switzerland to the Italian Dolomites or the Pyrenees, or from the magic of Finland to the epic heights of Canada, Inghams have it all covered. So, grab a coffee and explore Inghams pick of the best ski resorts in the world.

Who are Inghams?

Inghams have been taking skiers on holiday for more than 85 years and understand what skiers and snowboarders are looking for. The company's flight-inclusive holidays depart from 14 local airports around the UK and return airport transfers are all included. Inghams also offers self-drive options for those who like to keep their feet on the ground.

They organise all kinds of packages for skiers and snowboarders, from luxury ski resorts in Austria, group trips to France with traditional chalets, stays in beautiful mountain hotels in Italy, short breaks in Switzerland or that dream trip to Canada.

Whatever makes up your ideal ski holiday, Inghams trusted and knowledgeable advisors can help you through every step of your booking process.

Plus, it's not just the 85 years of experience or the great packages with flights, transfers and accommodation all included. Inghams also has some great deals for earlybird bookers. Check out inghams.co.uk to find out more.

Inghams' favourite ski resorts

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Tignes, France

A high-altitude, buzzing mini-metropolis in the High Tarentaise, famous for its reliable snow conditions and varied terrain, Tignes is a fantastic resort for skiers and snowboarders wanting to carve up the slopes from the top of the Grand Motte glacier to the valley villages. Half of a huge ski area it shares with Val d'Isère, Tignes has three main villages: Val Claret, Le Lac and Le Lavachet, which are linked together by a 24-hour free bus service and all with a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

The resort is best suited to keen intermediates and advanced visitors craving big mileage and big vertical, and for those looking for snow sure skiing early and late season. The variety of terrain is extensive, from the intoxicating glacial heights of La Grande Motte, to the thigh-burning long cruises down to the tree line and valley floor at Les Brevieres, and from the quiet powder fields around the Col des Ves, to the bustling groomed motorways linking towards Val d'Isère via the Col de Fresse and Toviere.

Head to inghams.co.uk for more info about skiing in Tignes.

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Whistler, Canada

Perennially voted North America’s best ski resort, Whistler has it all - more than 200 trails spread between two ski areas (Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains) linked by the famous Peak2Peak gondola. The skiing and snowboarding are world class and suit all needs, with plenty of easy blue and green runs for those finding their feet, and even more options for intermediates, plus bowls, backcountry terrain, heli-skiing and cat skiing for those who fancy something a little more daring.

Those looking for more than skiing can enjoy anything from ziplining to snowmobiling and husky sledding to hurtling down the ice on an Olympic bobsleigh track. Or if you’re all about the lively après ski scene, you'll love Whistler's nightlife. Whistler Village is the heart of the resort, clustered around the Skiers Plaza base area at the foot of the slopes on the Whistler Mountain side; the 'Village Stroll' pedestrian route snakes through the bustling core of shops, welcoming bars, restaurants of every stripe, hotels and apartments.

Head to inghams.co.uk for more info about skiing in Whistler.

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Obergurgl, Austria

Known as the ‘diamond of the Alps’, Obergurgl is a high-altitude, snow sure resort with plenty of ski-in, ski-out hotels. Renowned as a family resort, many of the hotels offer kids activities and are close to the ski school and lifts.

On the snow sure slopes, you get quiet, scenic pistes with terrain for every ability, with a great learning area and child friendly snow park. It's a small resort meaning you’re never too far from friends or family on the slopes, and at a height of 1,927m the views are spectacular. For variety, try a winter hike around the stone pine forest – a UNESCO natural wonder for the last 60 years.

With a community of 400 locals working in the traditional pubs, parasol-covered bars and rustic mountain huts – expect lederhosen, large beer steins and very friendly service. Indeed, this charming community attracts a loyal following of repeat visitors drawn from a cosmopolitan mix of European nationalities, many of whom return to their favourite family-run hotels year after year.

Go to inghams.co.uk for more info about skiing in Obergurgl.

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Saas-Fee, Switzerland

A truly stunning resort in which to ski, explore and admire the view, Saas-Fee is one of the longest-established resorts in Europe. Its charming yet lively traffic-free village and stunning scenery fits most people's image of an idyllic Swiss Alpine retreat. Great for families, it's also well-suited to young and lively beginners and intermediates.

Known as the ‘pearl of the Alps’, it's surrounded by a magnificent backdrop of dazzling blue glaciers and towering peaks. A resort that's equally well suited to beginners and intermediates, skiers and snowboarders alike, the glacial ski terrain is both picturesque and wild. The highest peak in the ski area is even accessible to pedestrians, courtesy of a funicular railway, and houses the world's highest altitude revolving restaurant.

There is plenty of off-slope entertainment too, from the state-of-the-art Aqua Allalin pool and spa complex to the Feeblitz bobsleigh/rollercoaster. Après-ski ranges from the sophisticated to the downright fun!

Go to inghams.co.uk for more info about skiing in Saas-Fee.

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Val d’Isère, France

One of France's longest established ski resorts and one of the world's most prestigious winter-sports destinations, 'Val' is on everybody’s ’bucket list’ with ski runs for all levels from cruisey blues to the infamous Face, and an après-ski scene that’s second to none.

The quantity and quality of lift-accessible off-piste skiing is one of Val d'Isère's prime attractions for serious skiers, offering high-altitude glacial zones, super-steep couloirs, and powder-filled bowls. The three distinct sectors that form Val d'Isère's pisted ski area also have their own distinct characteristics.

The range of off-slope activities is also good: the municipal sports centre houses two swimming pools, saunas and steam room, a fitness suite and climbing walls. There is also a small outdoor ice rink on the base-area slopes, plus a dizzying array of adventure activities on offer, including ice circuit driving, ice climbing, sightseeing flights in helicopters, tandem microlite aircraft or paragliding.

Go to inghams.co.uk for more info about ski holidays in Val d'Isère.

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Selva Val Gardena, Italy

Val Gardena ski resort, in the Südtirol region of Italy is the umbrella name given to a group of villages - Ortisei, San Cristina and Selva Val Gardena - in the heart of the beautiful Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Strung out along the floor of a beautiful valley, with direct access to the classic Sella Ronda circuit and the vast Dolomiti Superski area, these villages offer a quintessential Italian skiing experience. Selva, which sits smack in the middle of the two-way Sella circuit, is ideal for intermediate skiers, who can explore its local range of open and wooded red runs. And just 5km away are the sunny, open bowls of Ortisei – perfect terrain for novices and early intermediates.

Val Gardena has 175km of runs of its own, mostly easy and intermediate, but as part of the lift-linked Dolomiti Superski, it also has access to 1,200km of runs in 12 ski areas. A great range of hotels throughout the ski towns make this one of the top ski resorts in Italy. 
Guests can expect striking scenery, sun-soaked mountain bars and delicious Italian cuisine.

Head to inghams.co.uk for more details about skiing in Val Gardena.

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Levi, Finland

If you are looking for a ski experience with a difference, skiing amidst the silence of the Scandinavian fells bathed in an ethereal blue twilight will leave you with indelible memories.

The heart of downhill skiing in Finland, in recent years several new ski lifts have popped up in Levi, and there’s now a brilliant choice of accommodation and a wide choice of excellent restaurants and cosy bars. Its ski area is regarded as the best and most extensive in Finland and offers snow-sure, uncrowded skiing in an area of exceptional natural beauty, and has even earned a place on the World Cup schedule.

As the ski season starts and the polar nights approach, skiing takes place on the floodlit slopes. This pristine winter wonderland of snow-sculpted forests and glistening frozen lakes also offers an extensive choice of off-slope activities including exhilarating husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris and even a chance to spot the Northern Lights.

Head to inghams.co.uk for more details about skiing in Levi.

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Mayrhofen, Austria

World renowned for its incredible skiing, boarding and freestyle runs, this Mayrhofen is based around a large yet attractive traditional village in the scenic upper Ziller Valley. It has excellent amenities and a great après ski atmosphere, with two local ski areas that offer plenty to entertain skiers and snowboarders of all levels as well as access to more than 535km of piste and the largest ski area in Austria - the Zillertal.

It's one of the biggest names in Austrian mountain tourism and is a longstanding favourite with Brits, who enjoy its great blend of authentic Austrian ambiance, good skiing, and very lively nightlife. Be sure to explore the Hintertux Glacier for great powder skiing and sweeping views.

Freestyle skiers won’t want to miss a chance to practice your tricks one of Europe’s largest snow parks – Penken park. You can also try Austria’s steepest run – the Hara Kiri. There is plenty for beginners too – with good nursery slopes, ski schools and many blue runs.

Go to inghams.co.uk for more info about skiing in Mayrhofen.

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Méribel, France

Arguably the prettiest resort in France, being in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area makes Méribel the perfect location to hit the biggest ski area in Europe with some the finest intermediate terrain in the world.

One of the most Brit-centric resorts in the Alps, a longstanding policy of maintaining the traditional wood-clad, stone-tiled, chalet-style of architecture typical of this region, has resulted in Méribel being one of the more attractive resorts of its size in the French Alps. The wooded setting further enhances the effect and lends Méribel a pleasant Alpine village ambiance, despite the fact that it's actually a purpose-built ski resort. 

Progressive novices barely need to leave the local ski area, but most visitors will want to explore the full Three Valleys domain (encompassing neighbouring Courchevel and Val Thorens, also world-class ski resorts in their own right). All in all, it's a paradise for intermediates, entertaining for experts with some great off-piste terrain and great for snowboarders.

Head to inghams.co.uk for more info about skiing in Méribel.

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Soldeu, Andorra

Soldeu sits in the middle of the Granvalira, the biggest ski area in Andorra, with great value for money, good quality hotels and excellent ski schools.

Since they joined forces, the Grandvalira super-ski area has linked the resorts of Soldeu and Pas de la Casa giving more than 200km of slopes! This impressive lift system has state-of-the-art gondolas and fast chairs, which make it easy to rack up the piste-miles.  After a day on the slopes, try some tapas and discover the Catalan influences in the food, drink and lively après-ski.

The excellent ski school’s links with the British Association of Ski Instructors ensures most of the staff speak English - ideal for families and friends who are just starting out.

Intermediates have an excellent selection of blue and red runs to choose from, and advanced skiers and boarders will be pleasantly surprised by the off-piste opportunities. Snowboarding in Soldeu has vastly improved in recent times with a halfpipe, jumps, and snowboarding park with a sound system.

Go to inghams.co.uk for more details about skiing in Soldeu.

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