The European Alps are one of the most popular destinations for beginner skiers to develop their passion, so we’ve put together some tips to help first-time skiers make the most of their trip.
It is a good idea for beginners to hire equipment in resort or borrow their gear and accessories from friends. Not only does it save money, but it means that beginners can try out the different equipment to get an idea of what suits them best before investing in their own.
Practice on an Indoor Ski Slope
A session or two at an artificial or indoor ski slope will help first timers get to grips with the absolute basics of movements and actions needed to make a downhill run without falling. There are a number of indoor ski slopes in the UK that can provide individual or package ski lessons.
Book Ski lessons on the Slopes
The best tuition for beginners is provided by the ski schools in resort, with many destinations offering English speaking instructors who will be able to teach the correct technique from the very beginning.
Some British ski schools operate in multiple resorts, such as BASS, which provides tuition in Chamonix, Chatel, Les Gets, Megeve, Meribel, Morzine and Val D’Isere.
Choose a Great Resort for Beginners
Most destinations in the Alps will feature ski schools and some blue runs for the less experienced skiers and boarders, but choosing one of the popular Alpine ski resorts with great all-round facilities can help you make the most of the whole experience.
Morzine, Meribel and Les Arcs are particularly good choices; Morzine offers access to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area, which provides 35 green and 127 blue slopes for new riders to test the skills they have learnt every day.
Meribel is also a part of another of the largest linked ski areas in the world; the Trois Vallée ski area. There are a variety of nursery slopes and green runs to experiment on, whilst some of the ski schools in resort have their own private beginner lifts.