Skiing for beginners

Get all the information you need to prepare for your very first ski holiday

If you’ve just booked or are thinking of booking your first ever skiing or snowboarding holiday, there might be a chance you’re feeling a little apprehensive – and that’s absolutely fine.

Sure, gliding down a slippery mountain strapped to a board or two does sound a little daunting. Trust us though; in practice skiing is huge amounts of fun and is easier than you might think. And like most things in life, it’s made even easier with a little forward planning. Follow our guide on skiing for beginners to make your first foray onto the slopes as fun as possible.

Try it first & get to the right place

Get a first snow taste

Before you make the long journey out to the real slopes it is easy to try out skiing or snowboarding much closer to home. Indoor slopes provide a great opportunity to discover your passion for snow sports. If you’ve never seen snow before then you can get your first taste here before splashing out for a big holiday. With both gear rental and lessons available these indoor slopes are a great starting point.

Right place for little kids beginners

All ski resorts have skiing and snowboarding slopes for beginners, but you’ll have a lot more fun if you go somewhere that offers a wider range of easy runs. This way, you won’t get bored going down the same green run over and over. If you’ve got kids in tow, make sure to pick a resort where it’s possible to ski in and out of your accommodation. Walking long distance in snow boots is hard enough for adults, let alone junior skiers.

If you’re taking little kids for their first ski holiday, Avoriaz is ideal. The resort is completely pedestrianised, making it much safer for kids to explore, has numerous snow gardens and playgrounds for the little ones to get acquainted to skiing in a safe area, and has the Aquariaz water park for some slippery fun of a different kind. It’s also got access to a huge ski area of 650km that extends into Switzerland, so it’s hard to imagine getting bored. You can also ride around the town in a horse-drawn sleigh, which is fun for everyone.

Right place for all ages beginners

Alpe d’Huez is renowned for having excellent facilities for beginners, regardless of age. Alpe d’Huez has a high density of green slopes, giving beginners the chance to ski a great variety of slopes without testing your ability too early on.

Closer to home, Tomamu or Sahoro, located in Hokkaido, Japan, features fine power snow.