Best ski resorts for beginner skiers

As a beginner skier or snowboarder, the most important thing is to feel confident on the slopes. It's hard to do that when you're surrounded by steep dropoffs and crazy skiers and snowboarders whizzing past you on all sides! Luckily, these resorts are nicely laid out with tame nursery slopes and enough terrain to let you develop your skills in a stress-free environment.

© Breuil-Cervinia

Breuil-Cervinia is known for its gentle wide pistes. There are over 70 kilometers of blue runs here and you’ll rarely come across a black run! Once you reach the next level, the red runs go on forever so you can practise all day. Read more...

  • At the foot of the Matterhorn
  • Well-prepared pistes
  • Good selection of blue and red runs
© Les Saisies
France, Les Saisies

Multiple blue and green runs are one reason to learn to ski at Les Saisies, but budding freestylers will be particularly delighted with the easy “green” line through the snowpark. Learning to jump has never been so easy! Read more...

  • 2 free beginner’s lifts
  • Separated beginner’s zones
  • Panoramic views of Mont Blanc
© Ehrwald
Austria, Ehrwald

Ehrwald has long been popular with beginner skiers, with plenty of spacious blue slopes where beginners can practise their first turns. The ski area has a whopping 73km of blue and only 8km of black runs, perfect for beginners. Read more...

  • High proportion of blue and red slopes vs. black
  • Good value for money
  • Quiet, family-friendly resort
© La Plagne
France, La Plagne

La Plagne is part of the Paradiski area, which has 425km of ski slopes. Aside from the nursery slopes, Paradiski has separated many pistes into an “easy” and a “difficult” half, so groups with mixed abilities can ski together. Read more...

  • One of the largest ski areas in the world
  • Over 170km of slopes for beginners
  • Lively resort centre
© Adelboden
Switzerland, Adelboden

Adelboden is a good place to work your way up through the levels, with a plethora of well-groomed blue and red runs as well as several beginner’s lifts. There are hardly ever queues and the snow is virtually guaranteed. Read more...

  • Experienced ski and snowboard teachers
  • Peaceful village atmosphere
  • Wide selection of restaurants and accommodation
© Risoul
France, Risoul

Risoul features several beginner’s slopes at higher altitudes, which is great in terms of snow cover – and lets you enjoy an even better view while you practise! The snowpark caters to every level, beginners included. Read more...

  • Pistes easily accessible from the resort
  • Attractive village built in wood and stone
  • Reliable snow conditions
© Les Gets
France, Les Gets

Connected to the Portes du Soleil, a separate ski area welcomes beginners at Les Gets, making it the perfect place for families with young children. Learn to ski in total confidence in the shadow of the mighty Mont Blanc! Read more...

  • Easily accessible from Geneva airport
  • Family-friendly
  • Range of alternate wintersport activities
© Soldeu
Andorra, Soldeu

Part of the fast-growing GrandValira, largest ski area in Andorra, Solden has access to nearly 200km of pistes. It is usually possible to ski back to the village, so no need to take a gondola down after a long day of skiing! Read more...

  • High-altitude slopes
  • Native English-speaking instructors
  • Reasonably priced town
© Saint-Gervais

Saint-Gervais has a long history as a wellness retreat and is still popular today as one of the best places in France to spend a relaxed ski holiday. 200km of green and blue slopes next to the village accommodate beginner skiers. Read more...

  • Incredible views of Mont Blanc
  • Cosy spa town with boutique hotels and restaurants
  • Scenic location
© Les Menuires
France, Les Menuires

Over 50km of green and blue pistes make Les Menuires a wonderful ski area for beginners. The family-friendly resort also has a dedicated beginner’s zone with a selection of routes that are ideal for starting to explore the sport. Read more...

  • Part of 3 Valleys ski area
  • Centrally located nursery slopes
  • Ski-in, ski-out accommodation available