Beginners Ski Resorts & Holidays

A Beginner or 'Improving' Skier is generally regarded as a skier or boarder who has spent up to 4 weeks on the ski slopes.

The first time a complete beginner skis, the result is usually a feeling of complete exhilaration and then you're hooked.

Here are a few tips to help beginner skiers make the right choice. For more info and to book your learn to ski holiday simply call one of our sales consultant on 0844 879 8832, or send an email by clicking the link at the top right hand corner of the screen.

They will recommend a resort and accommodation to suit your needs, whatever your level of skiing or snowboarding experience.

Learn to ski & snowboard packages

Many tour operators offer learn to ski or snowboard packages. These deals are ideal for first time skiing as they usually include all the extras that you need on a ski holiday - Ski/Board and Boot Hire, Ski instruction and a lift pass sufficient for the nursery slopes for 6 days and generally offer a significant saving on the cost of purchasing these items in resort.

These learn to ski packages are offered in resorts that are ideal for beginners skiing i.e. resorts with excellent nursery slopes and gentler pistes for you to progress to e.g. Andorra Ski resorts, Bulgaria Ski resorts as well as selected Ski Resorts in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

Rest assured that you'll be in good company on a learn to ski package. Part of the fun is falling over - and as a ski beginner you (and your fellow learners) will be doing plenty of it for the first couple of days!

Of course, you'll have the chance to relive your most spectacular falls of the day with your fellow ski beginners in the bar once you've come in off the slopes - the après ski atmosphere is as much as part of a ski holiday as the skiing itself.
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The best time to learn to ski

The slopes are less crowded in the low season - January and March - a real bonus as you have plenty of time and space to work on your technique.

Of course, low season prices are cheaper than in high season - learn to ski packages are also generally cheaper at this time too. 
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Great resorts for learning to ski

Some resorts are more attractive for beginner skiers than others. First time skiers and boarders should be looking at resorts with a good ski school and an inexpensive local beginner lift pass. The resort should have good nursery slopes and easy longer runs to progress to. A high proportion of Blue runs on the piste maps indicates a resort that is particularly well suited to inexperienced and first time skiers.

If you are a snowboarder, look out for resorts that have a Snowboard park & half-pipes.

Each of our ski resort guides have star ratings for each skill level. Look under the Beginners section to see how each resort matches up with your ski experience.  

Many ski beginners and improvers head for the friendly (and cheaper) slopes of Andorra, Austria and Bulgaria. Some examples of the best beginners resorts are shown below:  

Andorra ski holidays:
 Arinsal, Soldeu/El Tarter
Austria ski holidays:
 Ellmau, Kitzbuhel, Mayrhofen, Niederau, Seefeld, Soll, Zell Am Zee, Obergurgl, St Anton 

Bulgaria ski holidays:
 Borovets, Pamporovo
France ski holidays:
 Alpe D'Huez, Flaine, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Morzine, Risoul, Valmorel, Val d'isere, Meribel, Val Thorens, Courchevel, Chamonix,

Italy ski holidays:
 Bardonecchia, Passo Tonale, Sauze D'Oulx, Selva, Sestriere,
La ThuileCourmayeur
Switzerland ski holidays:
 Crans Montana,Villars, Saas-Fee, Wengen, Verbier, Zermatt

Of course, choosing the right resort is crucial to the overall success and enjoyment of you skiing holiday - let our sales consultants help you by recommending ski resorts that suit both your beginner ski experience and your preference for après ski activity.

Speak to a consultant by calling 0844 879 8832 or send an email by clicking the link at the top right hand corner of the screen.
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Fantastic Savings for beginner skiers

The Co-operative Travel work closely with all the major Ski Operators and always have deals available to reduce the cost of your ski holiday. The best savings are usually available to early bookers, who commit to their ski holiday between March and September for the following winter season.
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Ski Jargon for beginners

Ski Holiday brochures are packed with jargon. It's fairly easy to understand what most of the terms mean, some are more difficult. We can't hope to explain all the terms used here.

If you're struggling to interpret what some of these expressions mean - don't get frustrated or feel daft, simply give us a call on 0844 879 8832 and we'll quickly explain all to you.
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Beginners Ski Clothing & Equipment Hire

Setting yourself up with all the necessary ski clothing and equipment can be an expensive business, especially if you are a first time skier and you're not sure yet if you'll be hooked or not (we're sure you will be!). Therefore hiring essential items like Jackets, Trousers/Pants, Fleeces and Helmets, even Hats, Goggles, Gloves & Socks can be a good idea.

Hiring ski clothing is a particularly good idea., if you have children that are quickly growing up. 
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