Beginner Ski Holidays

Here at Alpenglow, we know about beginner ski holidays. Give us a call with your requirements and we can recommend the best catered chalet for you using our unparalleled resort and chalet knowledge. If you prefer to contact us via email instead then please click on the contact us button below and send us a message. We can then get cracking with a search and will email you with our top options. You’ll be on that first chairlift before you know it!

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Beginner Ski Holidays

When booking your first ski holiday, finding the right resort and chalet is of paramount importance, much more so than for a group of experienced skiers. First and foremost, you should be looking for a resort that has a good selection of not only nursery slopes but also pistes that offer beginners something slightly more difficult on which to hone those fledgling skills.

In terms of accommodation, proximity to a piste is important but perhaps more so is ease of access to a ski school meeting point. We do recommend catered chalets as the best choice for groups with beginners. Learning to ski or snowboard is a very tiring experience, spending a whole day falling on your bum does take it out of you so coming back to a chalet and being cooked for and cleaned up after is definitely the way to go!

Getting either of these decisions wrong can hugely affect your overall enjoyment of the holiday, especially choice of resort. If you do pick the wrong resort then it may well put you off skiing altogether. Pick the right resort which gives you the right level of slopes to learn on and the right ski school to learn with and you will be hooked. Say goodbye to beach holidays!



Just by looking at the piste map, you can see what this resort offers an inexperienced skier. A large selection of nursery slopes in and around the resort level. These pistes are serviced by a good selection of modern and quick lifts which means you get more value for money out of your lessons. As far as a ski area goes, there isn’t anywhere better for a beginner.


Whether you are staying in Courchevel 1850 or 1650, beginners have a huge selection of green and blue pistes on which to learn some new skills. 1850 is arguably slightly more suitable thanks to two of the best beginner pistes in the Alps, the Bellecote and the Verdons. Both are perfect for learning on, the Bellecote is slightly more forgiving whereas the Verdons is a little steeper in places offering beginners a slightly tougher piste on which to progress onto. 1650 is still very good and offers one big advantage, quieter slopes. There are some superb ski schools here too, we recommend New Generation for most lessons and Magic in Motion for kids lessons.


Often described (incorrectly in our opinion!) as too flat for serious skiers; La Plagne is definitely one of the better resorts for a first time ski holiday. Pay attention to which area you pick, most are very good but Montalbert is slightly too isolated and only has one ski school. Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre are the best parts of the resort to stay in, both areas have excellent nursery slopes as well as decent selection of ski schools. A good tip for learners staying in Plagne 1800, rather than signing up to the ESF school in Plagne 1800, go with Oxygene Ski School in Plagne Centre who will come and pick you up and take you in a minibus up to Plagne Centre which offers a much better range of nursery slopes.


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