Learning to Ski… The Easy Way

Adopting skiing or snowboarding as a new pastime is profoundly exciting. The thought of sliding gracefully down a snowy mountain with the wind whistling in your ears and huge mountains towering all around you whilst racing your friends to the next ski lift is enough to get anyone daydreaming. It can also be daunting though; “Will I fall? Will it hurt? Will I be able to stand up in the first place?!”. Just bear this in mind when you’re watching everyone whizz down the mountain looking like they were born on skis… Everyone was a beginner once!

Whilst you might be lucky enough to live close enough to an indoor snow centre or a dry slope in the UK, the truth is that most people’s first experience on skis or a board is on a real mountain, with real snow. So if that’s going to be you, it’s important that you end up in a resort that has what you need to get started…

3 key features of a great beginner’s ski resort:

1. The Slopes

The majority of ski resorts do have dedicated areas for beginners, but they’re often very small with only a couple of chair lifts or magic carpets (an outdoor travolator) to access the skiing. The best resorts have a good variety of lifts to allow beginners to explore more of the mountain rather than feel restricted to one small area. Look for resorts with slopes dedicated for beginners, rather than just a ‘slow’ area at the bottom of the main slopes. Finally, consider the altitude of the resort: generally the closer to sea level you are the warmer. As a beginner you’ll be spending more time on the lower part of the mountain, so the higher you are the more likely you’ll be to avoid slushy snow… Or worse, no snow at all!

2. Ski Schools

Having lessons as a beginner is hands down the best money you’ll spend if you want to enjoy your time on the slopes. Knowing what your legs and body are supposed to be doing and knowing how to get them to do it correctly will speed up your learning and boost your confidence. But you don’t want to end up crammed into a 20 strong group of beginners who speak different languages, taught by an instructor who only speaks basic English! So it’s important to consider a resort with a range of ski schools (this keeps the price competitive) with a good variety of packages. You should be able to book a half day in the morning OR afternoon if you wish, as well as the standard full and multi-day lesson packs. TOP TIP – Consider clubbing together with a few friends and booking private lessons. You may find it works out cheaper split between you and the smaller group size will ensure you get more one-to-one tuition.

3. Non-Skiing Activities

Let’s face it, skiing is hard work. During a full day on the slopes you burn serious calories picking yourself up off the snow, learning to turn and walking between to and from the bars on the sun terraces. But you’re supposed to be on holiday! A good resort for beginners will offer other things to do on and things to do off the mountain so you can make the most of your time. Aside from strapping bits of wood to your feet, adrenaline kicks can be had by renting a snow-bike, parapenting, snow shoeing into the wilderness or tobogganing down the mountain by moonlight (all with professional guides of course).

Away from the physical side of things, a good resort will offer spa services (often in a leisure centre) including massages, a good range of shops within walking distance, possibly a cinema, and importantly pedestrian-access ski lifts so you can meet your friends/family for lunch even if you decide to take a day off from skiing.

There are obviously many more things to consider for your first trip such as the location and type of accommodation – bus to the slopes or ski in/ski out? Catered chalet, self-catering apartment or hotel? Do you join a big group of friends or stick to a small group or family for your first trip? Should you shell out on your own equipment or rent? Each decision comes with its benefits and limitations, but we feel our Top 3 are make-or-break when it comes to getting the maximum enjoyment from your week in the mountains.

Remember, if you’re in any doubt, everyone at Skiworld is a passionate skier or snowboarder and would love to answer any questions you might have. We’ll put your mind at rest and have you champing at the bit to get on the snow in no time! Give us a call on 08444 930 430 or hop online and have a Live Chat with us at Skiworld.co.uk


The majority of ski resorts cater well for beginners, but La Rosiere in the French Alps is a cut above.
The slopes are designed with a gradual increase in difficulty, meaning that you’ll gain confidence to go faster and improve more quickly. For your first day, the nursery lifts at Font de Neige and Les Eucherts (4 in total) are free! There is a good variety of ski schools on offer in resort, including ones with English speaking instructors. You can book lessons in advance too.

On the slopes but off your skis you can get involved in paragliding, snowkiting, snowshoeing, night tobogganing, dog sledding and even ice driving. You can also take four different ski lifts as a non-skiing pedestrian during the day if you want to meet for lunch or just soak in the views.
If a bit of relaxation is what you’re after you can enjoy a spa treatment at various wellness centres, chill out in the cinema, go ten pin bowling, or just bask in the glorious sunshine that La Rosiere is famous for.

The best part about all of this is that Skiworld are currently offering exclusive Ski All-In Beginner Weeks to La Rosiere in January and February starting from £819 for adults and £685 for children, staying in one of our fully catered ski chalets just steps from the lifts. The price includes flights from Gatwick, coach transfers to resort, catered chalet accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and cake and 3 course evening meal 6 out of 7 days), 6 day silver ski and boot hire, 6 day helmet hire, 6 day morning ski lessons (2 hours each morning) and 6 day full area lift pass. Don’t miss out on this amazing beginner ski deal!


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