Beginner Ski Holidays

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Choosing a resort for your first ski holiday can be challenging, especially when there is so much choice. We recommend first timers go to quieter resorts where beginners can learn in an unpressured environment.

Somewhere with good beginners slopes and ski schools is important, having a huge ski area isn’t. As a beginner it’s possible to save on lift pass cost and go for smaller resorts and have a great ski holiday. Convenient resort bases also make life easier for beginners, to minimise time carrying skis and walking in ski boots

Seefeld ski resort
Learning to ski doesn’t need to be daunting if you choose the right ski resort

Here our top 5 ski resorts for beginners

Avoriaz, France

There is virtually no faff-factor on an Avoriaz ski holiday, as all accommodation is ski-in / ski-out. The nursery slopes run through the village and there is a fantastic beginners area with a range of green and blue runs just below the resort. The ski schools are also excellent. Confident beginners will be able to ski some of the  more demanding blue runs at higher altitude, so there’s a real variety of beginner ski slope.

There’s no need to buy the full Portes du Soleil lift pass, the local Avoriaz ski pass will suffice for a beginner ski holiday.

Avoriaz ski resort
The gentle slopes below Avoriaz are great for building confidence and learning to ski

Les Saisies, France

Little known Les Saisies is a quiet ski resort where things move at a less frantic pace than at the larger, better-known ski resorts. This combined with the small vertical drop and plentiful green and blue runs make it a great option for a beginner ski holiday.

Confident beginners who want to explore a larger ski area can upgrade the Espace Diamant pass, as it’s possible to ski the large circuit exclusively on green and blue runs.

Les Saisies ski resort
The gentle slopes in Les Saisies are great for learning to ski

Alpe d’Huez, France

Alpe d’Huez is a real jack-of-all-trades and does beginner ski holidays well. There’s lots of ski-in / ski-out accommodation and the nursery slopes in the village are quiet and wide. When ready to progress onto the bigger mountain, there are some lovely, wide green and blue runs at higher altitude.

The run down from the Folie Douce apres-ski bar is a blue run, so beginners wanting to partake in some apres-ski can do so without a terrifying run down afterwards.

Alpe d'Huez ski resort
The gentle ski runs above Alpe d’Huez are great for building confidence

Seefeld, Austria

Seefeld’s small ski area is almost exclusively catered towards beginners, making it a great place to learn. In addition, there is a raft of non-skiing activities available (everything from curling to snow-shoeing), so if you decide skiing isn’t for you, your holiday won’t be ruined.

Seefeld ski resort
Seefeld has lots on offer in addition to skiing, such as some great cross-country skiing

Alpbach, Austria

Alpbach doesn’t score highly on the convenience front, but once you make the bus ride from the village to the slopes you’re met with wide, gentle and beautifully prepared ski slopes – all in glorious Sound of Music type alpine scenery. Add to that cosy mountain restaurant, jolly apres-ski and friendly locals and you have a great first ski holiday.

Alpbach ski resort
Alpbach has plenty of wide, gentle slopes which are perfect for learning to ski