Getting away from it all and hitting the slopes for the first time can be a fantastic experience for the whole family. Whilst the thought of organising a ski trip for the first time will present most people with a head ache, there’s no reason why you can’t create a perfectly successful holiday.
When selecting a resort you need to think about what it is you’re looking for. After all, there are hundreds of ski destinations around the world and many of them will specialise in different things. For example, whilst some may be particularly good for childcare facilities, others may offer top class après ski or luxury ski accommodation. Your choice of resort really should be based upon what’s right for you and your group.
As a first timer your number one priority when choosing a resort should be to check out which destinations boast themselves as being beginner friendly. Almost every resort will cater for beginners, although some will be able to facilitate this ability level better than others.
Check out our guide on some of the best places to ski for beginners:
One of the resort’s biggest draws is its abundant offering of British and English speaking instructors, making the learning process a lot smoother. There is plenty of terrain for beginners in the slopes both above and below the treeline. Soldeu boasts an excellent snow record with the majority of skiing lying above 2000m, the resort has also invested heavily in snow canons. There are two nursery areas for first timers to learn the ropes and those wanting to progress will also find a good range of slightly harder runs.
Les Arcs, France
This French resort is particularly well suited to beginners, with nursery slopes directly above the resort’s main villages. Out of all of the villages Arc 1800 is perhaps the best equipped, offering a wide range of bright and spacious runs. The purpose built resort has a free beginners lift and a good range of more advanced slopes for you to tackle as you progress.
Beaver Creek, US
Particularly well suited to families, this stylish and compact resort is a haven for beginners. With a large amount of terrain dedicated to teaching beginner skiers and snowboarders, first timers are well looked after here. The compact nature of the resort means that a lot of the accommodation is very close to the slopes, making the carrying of your skis or board around a lot easier, especially if you’re not used to it.
Alpe d’Huez, France
Hugely popular with British skiers, this resort’s wide and gentle slopes ensure that beginners are well catered for. The famous ESF ski school boasts an unrivalled reputation in giving learners the best possible start in the sport. Besides the skiing, the traditional village has plenty to keep visitors interested on and off the slopes.
For the majority of ski destinations, the best time to learn to ski is in early December or January. The slopes are generally quieter and the learning curve therefore less stressful. If this all sounds like your cup of tea, check out the numerous last minute ski deals that are around and give skiing a go.