5 Best resorts for beginners

5 Best resorts for beginners

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There are a number of important factors to consider when booking your first ski holiday and choosing the right resort is definitely one of them. Gentle, easy and accessible slopes will provide a welcome introduction into the exhilarating and rewarding world of skiing and snowboarding.

 

As a beginner, you are likely to want to spend some quality time off the slopes (skiing is tiring stuff!) and so a bustling village centre with plenty of off-snow activities, bars and restaurants will be a welcome sight if you are looking to give your legs a little break from skiing. Many of our luxury ski chalets also feature their very own spa facilities, which is a great way to relax after a long day on the slopes.

 

Make sure you organise ski lessons ahead of your trip so you can learn the basics and be shown the best spots to practice your technique.

 

Never been skiing? >>Read our beginner’s guide

 

We’ve chosen five of our favourite resorts for beginners to help you choose the best holiday for you…

 

 

Les Gets

 

Make your first tracks in the family-friendly ski resort of Les Gets, located in the vast Portes du Soleil ski area. The nursery slopes in the village are convenient and Les Get’s wide and gentle slopes provide a steady progression onto the rest of the mountain. Les Gets also benefits from the secluded ‘Les Mappy’s’ beginners area, which can be accessed from the Chavannes cable car. Located in a secure and quiet environment, Les Mappy’s gentle slopes are served by four free ski lifts.

 

>>View our luxury ski chalets in Les Gets

 

 

Lech

 

This classic Alpine resort with a picturesque village and snow-sure slopes is a great place to try on a pair of skies for the first time. Lech is located in the extensive Alberg ski area, providing a wide range of terrain, including excellent beginner slopes. A T-bar lift next to the old church in the village serves beginner terrain and skiers subsequently graduate to the easy blue runs in Oberlech, such as Weibermahd.

 

This uber-glamourous resort oozes Alpine charm you won’t be short of luxury shops to peruse after a morning with your instructor.

 

Lech’s easy slopes make this Austrian resort a perfect early season destination if you are looking to learn to ski in the quietest period of the season.

 

>>View our luxury ski chalets in Lech

 

 

Meribel

 

With two separated nursery areas to master the basics, 8 green pistes to consolidate your skills and 25 blue pistes to get in the mileage, Meribel and its’ satellite resorts provide a comfortable destination to learn to ski or snowboard.

 

Meribel has two dedicated beginners areas located at the Altiport area of Meribel and in the centre of Meribel Mottaret. Once you have mastered the nursery slopes, you can cruise down Meribel’s long and gentle green runs. The green Blanchot run starts at the top of Saulire Express 1 gondola lift and leads back to the Meribel Altiport area with plenty of cool, fun features to entertain kids along the way. La Truite runs from Mottaret to Meribel centre and offers a long cruisy way back to your luxury ski chalet in the main resort towards the end of the day.

 

>>View our luxury ski chalets in Meribel

 

 

Courchevel

 

Courchevel is made up of five different villages, with Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850 being the best of the bunch for beginner skiers. Courchevel 1650 is the remotest resort of Courchevel’s constituencies and is the quietest option, however, both provide an abundance of gentle and beautifully groomed green and blue runs. The area below Courchevel’s Altiport is a haven for beginner skiers looking for a network of forgiving green runs.

 

The slopes in Courchevel are north facing, making this resort a fantastic choice during December and April when the mountain is a bit quieter, providing the ideal setting for a beginner.

 

>>View our luxury ski chalets in Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850

 

 

Val d’Isere

 

Val d’Isere is an all-time favourite in the Alps, with a state-of-the-art lift sytem, including excellent facilities for beginners. Your instructor can start you off in the village nursery area before taking the Solaise gondola up to two beginner ski runs serviced by covered magic carpets (moving walkways) to protect you from the elements…very welcome on chilly days! There is also a slightly smaller nursery area at the base of La Daille, just outside of the main resort of Val d’Isere.

 

Once you have gained confidence to explore beyond the nursery areas, head higher up into the Solaise ski area and enjoy the wide, beautiful rolling pistes serviced by the Madeline and Glacier lifts.

 

>>View our luxury ski chalets in Val d’Isere

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