When you decide to learn to ski or snowboard, you’re not interested in black runs, snow parks and off-piste tracks! What you’d like to see – and only see - during your first week of skiing, is gentle blue runs and plenty of wide pistes! To really gain confidence on your first ski holiday, you need to keep a number of things in mind. Nothing is as important as wearing well-adapted winter clothing and hiring modern, well-maintained equipment. However, before reaching this point, an important decision needs to be made. Which ski resort should you choose for your first ski holiday?

As a beginner, it is wise to choose a ski resort with plenty of blue runs and practice slopes in or near the resort center. You don’t want to be exhausted by queuing for cable cars before you’ve even put your skis on for the first time! We also recommend booking accommodation with doorstep skiing so you can ski home at the end of a hard day – as long as your hotel or chalet isn’t located on the steepest black run in the ski area of course! A good ski school with English-speaking instructors is a must too! It’s essential that you understand your teacher when he’s shouting instructions up or down the mountain that could save your life! Not forgetting, of course, that after all the stress and emotion of the first few days, you will need to let off some steam in the evenings and relax in a friendly apres-ski bar or lie back in a spa or sauna!

Vlag FRSki in, ski out in Les Menuires

Les MenuiresLes Menuires is part of the huge, world famous ski area, The Three Valleys! Don’t be put off by this fact if you are beginner, as Les Menuires has many wonderful practice slopes including 12 kilometers of green runs and 37 kilometers of blue runs which are all located around the resort! Many of the nursery slopes are right in the centre of the resort which is always great news for beginners. One of the advantages of choosing a ski holiday in Les Menuires is that a lot accommodation offers doorstep skiing – a real luxury for tired legs! More about Les Menuires

Vlag ITBreuil-Cervinia - the ideal ski resort to learn to ski

Breuil-CerviniaBreuil-Cervinia is well-known for its rolling, wide ski slopes. There are over 70 kilometers of blue runs here and you’ll rarely come across a black run! Once you’ve got the hang of things, the red runs go on forever so you’ll be able to practice all the skills you’ve learned. Add to this, high quality piste preparation and you understand why Breuil-Cervinia is excellent for beginners. Who would not want to learn to ski under the watchful eye of one of the most famous mountain in the Alps, the Matterhorn? More about Breuil-Cervinia

Vlag FRLes Saisies - learning to ski is affordable and easy!

Les SaisiesThe ski resort of Les Saisies has numerous blue and green runs making it the ideal ski holiday destination for beginner skiers and snowboarders. Add to this, 2 free beginner lifts and separate beginner zones and you’ll see why Les Saisies is heaven on earth for beginners. For budding freestyle skiers, there’s even an easy “green” line through the snow park – something to tell everyone when you get home! Once you gain some confidence you can venture further into the huge Espace Diamant ski area, where there are no less than 108 km of blue runs! More about Les Saisies

Vlag ATPlenty of beginner’s slopes in the Ehrwald ski area

Ehrwald Ehrwald has long been very popular with beginner skiers as the surrounding hills offer plenty of wide, blue slopes where beginners can practice their first turns. Here you will find 73 kilometers of blue slopes and only 8 kilometers of black runs – beginner’s heaven! Once you’ve gained a bit of confidence and have the basic skills under your bobble hat, the Ehrwald ski area opens up as one huge playground! The run back down to the resort of Ehrwald is quite challenging but after a few days and some good lessons, you’ll be skiing it like a professional! More about Ehrwald

Vlag CHGently does it in Adelboden

AdelbodenThe pleasant ski resort of Adelboden in Switzerland is a perfect place to get the hang of skiing or snowboarding. The ski schools here each offer specially designed beginner lessons and the instructors have years of practice under their belts to make sure you get off to a good start! As a beginner, you will find a huge selection of beautiful, well-groomed blue runs and beginner lifts in Adelboden’s own ski area. More about Adelboden

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