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 Inghams list of the best ski resorts for beginners.

Alpe d’Huez, France (Check Availability)



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!

Arinsal, Andorra (Check Availability)



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.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (Check Availability)



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.

Lake Louise, Canada (Check Availability)



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!

Obergurgl, Austria (Check Availability)



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.

Saas-Fee, Switzerland (Check Availability)



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.

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