Are you looking for help deciding on the best ski resorts for beginners in Europe? We know it can be difficult to decide where to make your first snowplough into the world of skiing. If someone in your skiing group is new to the sport, you might need to spend a little more time choosing your ski resort. We’ve hand-picked the best beginner ski resorts in Europe for your first ski holiday. All complete with excellent après-ski, a fantastic atmosphere and a variety of nice easy beginners’ slopes.
One of the best ski resorts for beginners in Europe, Cortina is home to some of the best beginners’ slopes in the Dolomites. The area is ideal for a slightly longer stay, as there are also progression slopes for when you’ve built up some confidence. You can choose from a selection of ski schools with supportive instructors who can teach in a variety of languages, from English through to Chinese.
The Dolomites ski area is a UNESCO world heritage site, guaranteeing spectacular views on your way down. Many of the slopes are also floodlit for atmospheric night skiing. Other activities available to enjoy include go-karting, snowshoeing and sledging.
A popular destination for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, Les Arcs has a free beginners’ lift. It also has nursery slopes above every main village throughout the ski resort, making it an ideal option for first timers.
Located in the Savoie region, you can also expect delicious regional specialities, such as raclette cheese or Tarte aux Myrtilles – sweet blueberry tart. Other après ski options include Restaurant L’Arpette, where you can expect traditional tartiflette along with breath-taking views over the snow-shielded valley. If you have time, stay to watch the sunset from their outdoor deck.
We highly recommend Tignes as one of the best beginner ski resorts. This popular ski resort has something for everyone so is well suited to groups. A varied selection of nursery slopes mean you can easily perfect your glide here. As soon as you’ve gained some confidence, choose from a selection of long, cruisey blue runs that will build your stamina and technique. Tignes is a particularly high resort, so it has a longer ski season than most resorts and great powder conditions into early spring. It also has an excellent selection of ski schools for all abilities.
An excellent, snow-sure nursery slope hugs the edge of this bustling village, nicknamed “the pearl of the Alps”. It’s almost traffic-free, with charming chalets surrounded by glinting, snowy peaks. There are also plenty of activities for children and supervised slopes where they can perfect their turns.
Saas-Fee has three T-bars serving up the beginner practice area at its base, and skiing lessons are always readily available. For those looking to push themselves a bit further, the Mittaghorn lift can be taken up for slightly more challenging runs and a spectacular view of Saas-Fee’s gorgeous surroundings. The ski resort is perfect for a short ski weekend. There’s plenty of après ski to be found in the quaint town centre, as well as other winter activities such as tobogganing and sledding.
Finish your activity-filled day with a meal at the Michelin-starred Fletschhorn. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu and offers a selection of 1,200 wines, in cosy yet elegant surroundings. Alternatively, taste some mouth-watering wines at VINarium in the four-star Hotel Schweizerhof.
Lech is one of the best ski resorts for beginners in Europe. A quick glance at Lech’s map might look intimidating for beginners. But don’t let that put you off. Less confident skiers can access almost all parts of the mountain, safe in the knowledge that there will be a safe and gentle route down. The exclusivity of this ski resort is also a bonus for beginners. Runs are unlikely to be swamped at any point in the season. Lech has a strict policy of only issuing 14,000 lift passes in a single day, keeping the slopes free from large, obstructive crowds.
Cervinia is the highest altitude ski resort in Italy with the most reliable snowfall and guaranteeing conditions. For those strapping on their ski boots for the first time, there is a nursery slope accessible directly from the village. There’s also a good number of ski schools to choose from. What makes Cervinia perfect for beginners, is the extent of easy runs available for those looking to take a step up. Cervinia has over 40 kilometres of easy runs that often have long, wide slopes making it one of the best beginner ski resorts.
This laid-back ski resort is one of the best ski resorts for beginners in Europe. It’s relatively quiet here and sees lots of sunshine on its south-facing slopes. Beginner skiers can make use of two free ski lifts that access nursery slopes. This means you can spend the first couple of days finding your ski legs and learning the basics. There are excellent ski schools on offer in resort. They’ll have you progressing to the wide, gentle blues in no time.
Another plus for La Rosière is its wide variety of ski-in ski-out accommodation. Being near the slopes saves walking in your boots with your skis which is a big help when you’re starting out.
Linked to La Rosière in France, La Thuile is a sweet village that tends to have quiet slopes and one of the best places to ski for beginners. Popular with families due to its free childcare, easy beginner slopes and purpose-built accommodation, the ski resort has fantastic facilities. In the town, there is a large indoor swimming pool and a great selection of authentic restaurants serving Italian cuisine.
Avoriaz is ideal for beginner skiers or snowboarders because there’s easy access to wide-open blues around the area. It’s one of the best ski resorts for complete beginners due to the nursery slopes next to the main car-free village. There’s plenty of choice of ski school options too, we’ve partnered with SkiBro, New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their lessons. The resort is perfect for all abilities so if you have mixed levels in the group everyone will be satisfied.
Alpbach is one of the best places to ski for beginners because of its small nature and plenty of blue runs. The welcoming locals and stunning mountain views is a perfect destination for those trying skiing for the first time. The ski schools and childcare are of a high standard, so you’re in good hands on the mountain. There’s also the opportunity to try cross-country skiing too if you’re feeling adventurous.
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