Beginners' ski holidays

You've come to the right place

You want to know exactly what's involved, so here it is.

We let you know what you'll need, the top places for your very first time and our ski pack bundles - including lessons, lift pass and rentals.

If you're new to snowboarding then we've some extra info on our learn to snowboard page too.

First-time bundles

Lift pass, lessons and equipment from £144

If you've never put on skis before then this is for you. Book a holiday with a first time bundle and all you need extra is ski clothes and spending money. All packages include:

  • 6 day standard ski hire and boots
  • Lift pass
  • Ski tuition

A few things to keep in mind: In some resorts the area where you first start learning doesn't need a lift pass, so you may not have a lift pass for the same duration as lessons, it'll be based on when you're likely to progress onto the main mountain runs. Lift ticket type can vary too and may not include the whole ski area. Lesson durations vary by resort, on the whole it's 6 days but may not always be the case so do check.

Our top resorts for first timers

As the ski experts, we know where's best to learn

We've been helping people learn to ski since 1981 - last season alone over eight thousand people tried skiing and snowboarding for the first time with us. We've whittled down thirty resorts to give you great choice but which we know are the best places for your very first-time, based on quality of ski school, number of gentle slopes and value of the first-time ski package.

Andorra - Inexpensive holidays, tax-free shopping and some of the best après and nightlife.
Top first-time resorts:

Austria - Pretty villages, beautiful scenery and unbeatable après. Our most popular place to learn.
Top first-time resorts:

Bulgaria - The cheapest holiday and first-packages, plus fun après not far off £1 a pint
Top first-time resorts:

France - Where the majority of snowboarders will flock to. Top resorts, fondue and vin chaud. Perfect.
Top first-time resorts:

Finland - More than just skiing, a huge range of activities, log cabins and home of Santa
Top first-time resort: Ruka

Italy - Italian food and wine, while you ski in the Alps - what could be better?
Top first-time resorts

Norway - Cosy log cabins and incredibly quiet slopes, perfect for a romantic ski holiday
Top first-time resorts:

Slovenia - Second only to Bulgaria on price, beautiful scenery and very friendly people
Top first-time resorts: Kranjska Gora

The basics of a ski holiday

Apart from flights, transfers to your resort (it can take a few hours to drive up to the high mountain resorts) and accommodation - all of which are included in our prices - as a beginner you'll need the following:


The fastest way to pick up all the basics of skiing or boarding. After just a few lessons you'll probably be able to tackle some of the easier slopes. It's tricky at first but it's remarkable how quickly you build up your confidence under professional tuition - just get through the first day and you'll be laughing.

Equipment hire

Skis or board, boots, poles, helmets. You're not going anywhere without them and the easiest thing to do is just hire them with us, ready to pick up in-resort. The reps and local staff will help you get the right sizes and fits.

Lift pass

There are lifts of various shapes and sizes that take you up the mountain. They are maintained by the resort along with the slopes themselves - it takes a bit of work to make the pistes lovely and smooth to ski on. The lift pass is effectively a ticket to the slopes and allows you on the lifts.

Ski clothes

You'll need to pick up these things before you go or maybe borrow them from a mate. There are loads of things you could get, but the essentials are as follows: waterproof jacket, salopettes or snowboard pants (waterproof trousers), gloves, socks, goggles/sunglasses and some thermals or thin warm layers that are easy to take off. For more information read our blog post.

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