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Our Top 5 Beginner Ski Resorts

If you’re thinking about learning to ski, you have a few important decisions to make that could shape your skiing future. When is the best time of year to ski? Should I take some dry-slope lessons beforehand? Should I do a beginner course or go to an improvement camp? Is there a ski helmet big enough for me? Which resorts are best for beginners?

It is this last question that could determine whether your first skiing holiday will also be your last. Pick the wrong resort and the experience could put you off for life, but pick the right one and you’ll be hooked. So, we have compiled this list of the very best beginner ski resorts to prevent any future ski champions having a fear of the slopes.

To compile the Top 5 Beginner Ski Resorts, we had to consider everything from the length of transfers, ski school facilities to the number of beginner runs. With these things in mind, we compiled this shortlist of the very best beginner ski resorts.

Alpe d’Huez

Very popular with UK beginners, the slopes of Alpe d’Huez are a great place to learn to ski. The famous ESF ski school makes learning fun and easy while the resort centre gives you the chance to do so much more than just ski.

Alpe d’Huez will prove a great choice for one of your first ski holidays. It is a snow-sure resort with plenty to keep you interested on and off the slopes. Like eating? There are a plethora of excellent restaurants to choose from. Like drinking? So many great après venues including Smithy’s the Underground.

La Plagne

The resort of La Plagne welcomes beginners to easy-to-ski slopes, ski schools with quality English-speaking instructors and as a bonus – short flight and transfer times.

While you’re at La Plagne, take some time off from the bruising learning curve of beginner skiing by having a ride on the Olympic bobsleigh. Skiers of all abilities will love the extra treats that La Plagne offers, including the outdoor ice rink, paragliding and a heated pool.


As one of the world’s most celebrated resorts, it isn’t really a surprise that Whistler is also one of the best for beginners. Skiing in Whistler is an unforgettable experience with so many highlights from the great snow to the amazing après.

Got a few weeks to spare? Take advantage of the 3 week ski instructor course with nonstopski where you can learn to teach skiing and ski like a professional yourself.


Wide and gentle are the words that best describe the beginner slopes of Scheffau, Austria. As part of the world-famous Ski Welt circuit, Scheffau does offer you miles of piste to explore, but less adventurous will have plenty to enjoy on the impressive nurseries.

Crystal offers a great First Time package at Scheffau. If you’ve never tried skiing before then this is a brilliant introduction that will ensure you don’t get left behind. The off-piste activities are as relaxed with informal après and quiet mountain restaurants to enjoy.


Start your ‘ski career’ in Obergurgl if high-altitude, alpine charm appeals to you. Another Austrian resort that boasts gentle slopes for the nervous beginner, Obergurglers can ski up to 16 different beginner slopes.

Snow conditions are generally decent and usually very reliable giving you more chance of skiing on some fresh dump. As an extremely popular resort, accommodation is good and you can be sure of a selection of nightlife that will make your trip a memorable one.

Image used courtesy of Wingingit.

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