Ski Holidays For Beginners

If you have always wanted to ski but feel that after a certain age you will not fit in or be able to learn due to your age luckily, you have come to the right place.

Inghams have over 80 years of experience in the skiing and snowboarding industry and have introduced thousands of people to the fun and exciting world of snow sports over the years. Inghams know where the best skiing destinations lie and are experts at putting together ski holidays for beginners. You can trust the experts at Inghams HQ to give you the best advice on planning your first ever ski holiday whether it’s you as the beginner, a friend or partner, or children.

Learning the dos and don’ts of a new sport can be pretty intimidating to begin with. What do I wear? Where do I go? What do I need to go skiing? How do I do this/that, and what on earth are salopettes?! Where to ski and snowboard is one of our frequent beginner questions, alongside the where the best ski destinations are.

Inghams can help you arrange the following commodities for your trip:
Lift pass

Most of the Inghams resorts do an exclusive ‘Learn to Ski Package’ for Inghams customers, which includes all of the above for a great price. It’s worth checking during your booking if your resort offers this excellent combined package so you can save some pennies for the après ski!

Before you set off on your first ever novice ski holiday there may be various questions going through your mind about where to go, what to pack, what to wear, how do decipher your insurance policy and how to get some practice before hand... Have a read of some of Inghams Insider’s Guides and Quick Guides toskiing and snowboarding, written by their very own in-house ski experts.

Best Ski Resorts For Beginners
Finding a ski holiday for the first time can be very daunting. There are so many options it can be almost impossible to tell what the right choice is for you. Going to the right resort can make or break your enjoyment of the sport. To help you along the right path, here is the Inghams list of the best ski resorts for beginners.
Immediately above Alpe d’Huez is a fantastic snow bowl of easy green runs and wide-open pistes. They offer the perfect conditions for first-timers or those trying to build up confidence. Once you have progressed from the basics and have begun to move up to the next level, you can take the Marmottes chairlift where you can enjoy calm blue runs. Ski schools meet in several locations around Alpe d’Huez. The main ones start near the Les Grandes Rousses base station, or in the village by the Les Bergers and L’Eclose commercial centres and charlifts. No matter where you’re staying, there’s bound to be a meet up point near you.

Other activities:
A must see when staying in Alpe d’Huez is the unique and wonderful Ice Cave! La Grotto de Glace is carved into the glacier. Every year the exhibit of sculptures and artwork inside the cave change. Open to both skiers and pedestrians, it is well worth a visit and is accessed via the second tier of the Tronçon gondola. Other activities include an ice-skating rink, a swimming pool, snowmobiling, tobogganing, and even a chance to sky dive from Alpe d’Huez’s own Altiport. There’s plenty do to beyond learning to ski or snowboard!

Inghams recommends:

Stay with Inghams at ChaletHotel Les Cimes, fantastically situated for beginners and ski enthusiasts alike. The Grande Sure chair lift is just around the corner and the centre of the resort (where most of the ski lessons meet) is only a five-minute walk away.

Arinsal has been proclaimed a sanctuary for beginners. It’s where visitors come to start their new obsession with winter sports. Beginners greatly benefit from the wide, gentle slopes – there is even an allocated area for families and new skiers.Ascend the main gondola in the centre of Arinsal and you will be taken to the Comallempla area. This is where the ski schools gather to practice on green slopes allocated exclusively for beginners. You won’t have to worry about any other skiers rushing past as you learn.When you’re feeling confident enough to venture further, travel over to the connected areas of Pal and Arcalis to perfect your new skills!

Other activities:
Andorra is a duty free country so take the opportunity to grab some gifts on the cheap while you’re there. There is also a full programme of après-ski events including quiz evenings.

Inghams recommends:

When you stay at the Hotel Princesa Parc you get your equipment hire, lift pass and daily packed lunch included in the price of your room. It also offers excellent spa facilities such as a hydro-massage pool and a Turkish bath!

Avoriaz sits at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. This traffic-free resort is perfect for beginners. The nursery slope is so close it almost runs through the town. And with multiple ski schools around the resort, it couldn’t be more convenient for beginners. The runs around resort are gentle and wide and no matter which direction you ski there is the option to ski a lovely blue run. The wide Proclou run down to Super-Morzine is especially good run for beginners. You can easily get a gondola back up rather than continuing across to Morzine. Le Lil Stash beginners snow park runs alongside, if you start feeling courageous enough to try a jump by the end of the week.

Other activities:
As the resort is traffic-free, there are horse-drawn sleighs everywhere. Grabbing a trip from one end of Avoriaz to the other is great fun! There is also a swimming pool and a small ice rink in the middle of town, and a two-lane bowling alley and arcade in a complex on Place des Dromonts, which is a great way to spend an evening!

Ingham’s recommends:

Stay in the L’AmaraApartments, recently built luxury apartments; they combine a modern feel with traditional comforts. They are virtually ski in/ski out with free use of the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and fitness room – perfect for beginners.

Cortina offers one of the best beginner areas in the Dolomites. Those new to the sport will discover the perfect blend of easy slopes, breath-taking views and Italian tradition. The Socrepes area, which can be reached by the Col Druscie cable car in the centre of town or by bus, has fantastic nursery slopes. Socrepes is also the meeting point for most of the ski schools. Interestingly, the Cortina ski school was the first to open in Italy, and since then they have been providing excellent ski and boarding lessons for all ages.

Other activities:
Cortina offers a range of non-ski activities to suit any mood. You may want to try another exciting winter sport such as snow-kiting. Alternatively, get your adrenaline pumping with climbing, or maybe just have an afternoon off to visit a museum or gallery.

Inghams recommends:

Sport Hotel Barisetti is a favourite with Ingham’s guests. It is located in an ideal location opposite the Col Druscie cable car and is only 1-minute from the bus stop. It’s especially convenient for beginner skiers going to ski school each morning. Facilities also include a bar, tavern, a games room and a small spa.

Known for its spectacular scenery and situated next to the beautiful lake of the same name is the resort of Lake Louise. Beginners can enjoy this huge area of opens pistes, giving plenty of opportunity to learn to ski on wide-open slopes. Beginners can explore everything the Lake Louise ski area has to offer as green runs descend the mountain from every chair lift. It is also a great resort for children to learn to ski. Located at the base station is the Minute Maid Wilderness Adventure Park, the perfect place for little beginners to practice their new skills.

Other activities:
Having a ride with a pack of huskies on the outback nature trails makes for a perfect family break from the excitement of skiing. Dog sledging is the perfect activity for exploring and enjoying the beautiful Canadian scenery. The rush of cold air on your face is exhilarating, and the kids are sure to love it!

Inghams recommends:

Stay with Inghams at the Fairmont Chateau and enjoy incredible views of the frozen lake and surrounding peaks. This hotel offers an excellent standard of accommodation with an indoor pool, hot tub and distinguished spa facilities. Relax in style as you recover from a tiring day learning to ski.

Obergurgl is a fantastic, high resort where the focus is on beginners and family skiers. The wide, treeless slopes are perfect to practice your turns and gain confidence before heading further up the mountain for slightly more challenging runs. There are two beginner areas, one in the village centre near the Rosskar chair lift and the other at the bottom of the village by the Festkogel chair lift. There is a big variety of slopes to practice on. You can even take the Top Express Gondola over to Hochgurgl for more beginner-friendly blue runs. The Obergurgl ski school has an excellent reputation and all its instructors speak English. Use of two chair lifts from the base station at Obergurgl is included free with ski school tuition.

Other activities:
Have a go a snowshoeing! It’s a lot of fun and you can enjoy the mountain hikes and take in the terrific scenery in deep, unscathed snow. Also in Obergurgl, is an ice-skating rink and an indoor golf park, which is great for an afternoon of family-fun.

Inghams recommends:

The Hotel Edelweiss& Gurgl is exclusive to Inghams and fantastically located - an easy blue leads right to the front door. With the Hohe Mut and Rosskar ski lifts, right next door, getting onto the slopes in the morning couldn’t be easier. The hotel also has a wonderful heated indoor-outdoor pool complex with saunas, steam room and spa.

Known as “the Pearl of the Alps”, Saas-Fee is a beautiful beginner-friendly resort, where many of the blue runs could easily be classified as green they are so gentle. Tucked away at the far end of the village are secluded nursery slopes, ideal for first time skiers and snowboarders.However, don’t feel you have to stay on the nursery slopes for long. Once you’ve built up your confidence you can test your skills on the smooth blue runs from the top of Felskinn to Morenia and back to Saas-Fee. Confident beginners may want to accept the challenge of the Allain glacier. With friendly red runs, it may be the perfect end to a week’s adventure.

Other activities:
Saas-Fee hosts a number of sporting events throughout the winter, including the Ice Climbing World Cup and the Downhill Glacier Bike Race, which bring bustle and excitement to the resort.Midway up the Allalin gondola, at 3,457m, is the world’s highest revolving restaurant. The Threes!xty restaurant treats guests to 360° views across the surrounding mountains while they enjoy lunch.

Inghams recommends

Stay with us in the family-run Hotel Allalin, recently voted as one of Tripadvisor’s Top 25 hotels in Switzerland. The Allalin is an attractive hotel with a lovely swimming pool. Guests can enjoy free packed lunches, and use of the heated ski and boot storage room at the Alpin Express Lift - you don’t have to worry about carrying your heavy skis around!
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