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Inghams celebrates its 85th birthday and is gearing up for Winter 2019/20 with a range of new product, catering changes and great offers available.

1. New Inghams Destination: Japan

Inghams is perhaps most excited about its launch of Japan for the 2019/20 ski season.

Japan is on many skiers' bucket lists for its incredible snow and skiing possibilities blended with fascinating ancient culture, wonderful sights and mouth-watering cuisine.

Resorts include:

• The Hakuba Valley, which spans across 10 diverse ski areas, all included in one lift pass (which is included in the price of the holiday!).

Inghams guests will be able to stay in the main resort of Happo-One, with easy bus links accessing the other resorts.

The Japanese Alps was put on the map after the 1998 Nagano Olympics and provides abundant snow and pristine powder conditions for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities to enjoy, making them the envy of their European skier counterparts.

• Nozawa Onsen, which started life as a hot spring village for resting travellers: the first onsen (traditional Japanese bath house) was constructed in the 16th century.

Nozawa Onsen, JapanNozawa Onsen, Japan

Today, the onsens are still managed by the local people and are a perfect remedy to aching muscles after hitting the slopes all day.

Skiing in Nozawa was introduced by the Austrians in the early 1900's.

There is varied terrain, long runs and a great section of tree-lined off-piste skiing, plus the area has a reputation for the heaviest snowfall in the Nagano district.

Regular readers will know that PlanetsKI was in Japan earlier in the autumn wrtting about the ski areas and everything else besides.

Nozawa Onsen, JapanNozawa Onsen, Japan















These article will give you a flavour of what to expect in the winter months:
Accommodation in these resorts range from more Western in style to traditional Japanese-style hotels with communal onsens, offering a choice for all who seek convenience, comfort and an authentic, cultural stay.

This vibrant country offers plenty to discover beyond the ski runs too.

There are the world-famous snow monkeys at nearby Jigokudani.

Snow monkeysSnow monkeys

Sadly not there when PlanetSKI passed through:
But they are pretty much gauranteed in the winter months.

Inghams guests can also lose themselves in the bright lights of Tokyo or the tranquillity of the temples in Kyoto since Inghams ski holidays to Japan also encompass an immersive city break.

Kyoto, JapanKyoto, Japan

Combinations and durations are flexible, with the option to ski in either one of Inghams' resorts and add on Kyoto, which was the Imperial Capital of Japan for over a thousand years.

All trips start with at least one night in Tokyo.

Inghams offers a five-night trip to Tokyo and Hakuba from £1,869 per person based on two sharing.

Price includes return flights (direct from London Heathrow), coach transfers, accommodation with ensuite facilities, five breakfasts and the Hakuba lift pass.

The package is valid for travel departing on 14th December 2019, 29th February 2019, and 7th and 14th March 2019.

For more information about Japan and all the others news from Inghams we detail below then check out the Inghams web site.

2. Back To Six Nights Catering

Inghams is also delighted to bring back six nights catering in all Chalets and Chalet Hotels.

The catering will include seven continental breakfasts with six mornings of cooked breakfast options, afternoon tea and cake on six days.

There is a varied evening menu available on six nights with a pre-dinner glass of prosecco and complimentary wine during dinner, and children's high tea provided at 5:30pm for children under 11 years old.

Inghams is also re-introducing canapes in its Chalet Hotels.

For the coming winter season, will now offer wine upgrade options, advance purchase beer packages, plus pre-bookable HUSKI meals on the staff night off.

3. Inghams Introduces Thirty-Six New Hotels Across Europe And Beyond

Inghams has further extended its popular ski programme with the addition of 36 new properties across Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

These include the brand new, modern, four-star Montivas Lodge in Livigno, Italy, which occupies a prime slope-side position and whose ethos is centred around sustainability and green thinking.

There is the three-star superior, traditional Derby Swiss Quality Hotel in Grindelwald, Switzerland, which prides itself on its superb, warm service and excellent cuisine including hearty four-course evening meals.

Other new hotels include:
  • The brand new five-star Design Hotel Levi in Finnish Lapland
  •  It will open its doors to the public for the first time in November 2019 and will feature 77 Deluxe rooms, three on-site restaurants and guests will be able to make use of the facilities at the Levi Hotel Spa ‘Spa Water World'.
Design Hotel, Levi, FinlandDesign Hotel, Levi, Finland

Why go to Lapland?

The resort of Levi boasts a ski area regarded as the best and most extensive in Finland and offers snow-sure, uncrowded pistes in a region of exceptional natural beauty.

Other activities include snowmobiling, ice fishing, reindeer and husky safaris, and - of course - hunting for the Northern Lights.

PlanetSKI was  in Lapland with Inghams a few years back.

Check out our blogs for the time to see what the experience is like:
Stay seven nights on a bed & breakfast basis from £1,739 per person based on two sharing in January 2020.

Price includes return flights from London Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol to Kittilä and airport transfers.

There is also the option to upgrade to half board.

• The newly-built Hotel Au Charmant Petit Lac, Champoluc

This gorgeous, luxury eco-hotel sits in the centre of Champoluc in Italy, just 300m from the Crest gondola.

A sustainable hotel that respects nature and is committed to the environment, the Au Charmant Petit Lac operates solely on renewable energy and uses local materials throughout.

Facilities include a pool with hydro-massage jets, sauna, steam room and sensory showers.

Stay seven nights on a half board basis from £1,119 per person based on two sharing in January 2020.

Price includes return flights from a number of regional airports and airport transfers.

• Les Arcs' Hotel du Golf, exclusive to Inghams

Perfectly located at the foot of the slopes and near to the local ski school, this ski-in / ski-out property is an ideal base from which to explore France's famous Paradiski area.

Les Arcs offers snow-sure skiing stretching to La Plagne, and is great for après.

The Hotel du Golf has a lovely spa area for soothing those aching muscles after a day on the mountain, as well as a cosy bar and lounge area with roaring log fire, and evening entertainment.

Stay seven nights on a half board basis from £799 per person based on two sharing in January 2020.

Price includes return flights from a number of regional airports, airport transfers and complimentary wine with dinner.

• Hotel Les Cimes du Soleil in Avoriaz

After a successful trial last winter, Inghams will now operate exclusively in this funky hotel in the world's largest internationally-linked ski area: Portes du Soleil in France.

Hotel Les Cimes du Soleil has ski-in / ski-out access in the heart of the quaint, traffic-free resort of Avoriaz and features a spacious bar and lounge area, a sun terrace with spectacular views, and games area with billiards table.

Stay seven nights on a half board basis from £734 per person based on two sharing in January 2020.

Price includes return flights from a number of regional airports, airport transfers and complimentary wine with dinner.

This Season's Big Discounts Include:

Ski Bundle Offer - Pre-book your lift pass with Inghams and get 50% off equipment hire or ski carriage.

Valid on holidays to France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia only (must be booked at least six weeks' prior to departure date).

Group Offers - including: up to one in six goes free.

FREE list pass for the group leader (of 15 guests or more, when all guests pre-book their lift passes); exclusive private resort transfers for groups of 25 guests or more.

Family Offers - including: FREE child places (for children aged two - five travelling on charter flights and staying in an Inghams Chalet or Chalet Hotel; subject to availability), family lift pass deals and other great discounts


Inghams was founded by Walter Ingham in 1934, born out of his enduring passion for ski, mountaineering and walking.

In 2019, Inghams celebrates its 85th year in business and the brand continues to pride itself on being one of the UK's leading, most experienced specialist tour operators, delivering a wide range of award-winning holidays to its loyal guests.

Today, Inghams offers winter holidays to over 90 resorts in eight countries, with flights from 21 UK regional airports.

It also has a popular Lakes & Mountains summer holiday programme to many European destinations and a dedicated Inghams Italy programme.

For more information, visit

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