Booking your first ever ski holiday can sometimes be a daunting task. Trying to find the best resort for beginner ski holidays, deciding between whether to stay in a ski chalet, club hotel or apartment, booking your lessons, buying your lift passes and hiring your equipment can all seem a bit of an up-hill battle (sorry couldn't resist the pun!)
Look for resorts with user-friendly lifts. Button drag-lifts are easier to use than T-bars. But the best lifts for novices are gondolas and detachable chairs that virtually stop to allow you to get off- normal chairs don't slow down at the top, so you have to dismount at speed and often end up collapsed in a heap in a rather undignified fashion.
However all is not lost, Iglu Ski is here to do all that work for you and organise the ideal beginner ski holiday, tailored exactly to your needs.
Recommended Beginner Ski Resorts
To whet your appetite, we have put together below a selection of our favourite beginner ski holidays to a range of resorts that we feel are perfect for beginners. Whether you are looking for a resort where you can ski all day and then sleep all night like Kuhtai, Austria or ski all day and party all night like Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes in France, we have the knowledge and guidance to help you make the right decision.
Look out for Learn to ski and Learn to snowboard packs. They include a lift pass, tuition and equipment, they are widely available and they normally represent fantastic savings on otherwise separately bought items.
Recommended Beginner Ski Holidays
Have a look at the following tantalising ideas for your first ski holiday experiences:
Chalet Le Lac Blanc 2 - Alpe d'Huez, France
Alpe d’Huez is an excellent all-round resort with an extensive range of slopes and amenities. Chalet le Lac Blanc II is very enviable, as its conveniently located on the slopes, with the ski school meeting point and main lift just 30m away. Perfectly designed, this spacious and comfortable accommodation is ideal for eager learners, keen to hit the slopes early on their beginner ski holiday. Packages include catered chalet accommodation (breakfast 6 mornings, afternoon team and dinner on six nights with wine), flights, transfers and free ski guiding and coaching (for winter 2016/17).
Hotel St. Gothard - Arinsal, Andorra
Combinelearning to ski or board with lively après ski on a beginner ski holiday in Arinsal. Hotel St Gothard offers something for everyone, from relaxing in the sauna to a lively disco and is only a 10 minute walk from the centre of Arinsal and the Gondola lift. Prices include hotel accommodation on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner), flights and transfers.
MPM Hotel Guinness – Bansko, Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a fantastic option for beginner skiers as the packages offer excellent value for money for your first adventure to the mountains. The ski areas are limited but there is plenty of runs for a beginner to make their first turns. Hotel Guinness is in a great location in the town centre and just 200m to the slopes and ski school meet points. Holiday prices include half board hotel accommodation (buffet style breakfast and dinner) with flights and transfers from the airport to the hotel. The hotel also has an indoor pool and sauna for relaxing in the evenings.
Special priced ski packs can be purchased for ski holidays in Bulgaria which include a lift pass, ski/board and boot hire, with half day lessons. These cost approximately £170 pp on top of the holiday, where as in other destinations in Europe this all can cost up to £500.
Recommended for beginners: Club Med La Plagne 2100, Club Med Tignes and Club Med Serre Chevalier
Club Med offer premium all-inclusive packages that are fantastic for beginners with a bit of extra money to spend. These holidays do look more expensive than most holidays at first, but when you break down the cost, they are excellent value for money. These are ski holidays with lift pass and tuition included, as well as drinks and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) with premium accommodation. If you stay at Club Med for all meals and après then you don’t need to worry about spending another penny in resort. The only extras that you may need to think about is renting equipment or childcare.