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As a first-time or novice skier, we realise that booking your first ski holiday can be daunting. But at Skiworld we know exactly what it takes to get you off to a flying start (and not a giant tumble!) We can advise you on the right resort, accommodation and all the extras to suit you - so you can make the most of your holiday and be skiing like a pro before you know it!
Need some suggestions of where to go on your first ski trip? Our Ski Specialists are available to help you. If you'd like to discuss anything about ski holidays with us, you can get in touch with us easily...
If it’s your first time this can be confusing. Make sure you have a thermal under layer, a fleece on top and a waterproof outer layer. On top of this you’ll need cold weather gloves, ski socks, goggles, a helmet and probably a face covering like a Buff. Most of this can be picked up cheaply or even hired if you book far enough ahead.
When you’re sitting out for lunch you might want to swap your goggles and helmet for sunglasses and a beanie. Don’t forgot lip balm and sun cream as the sun can be intense bouncing off the snow. Plus water and a little rucksack to chuck it all in. Make sure to grab a piste map in resort too. The rest is just adding your chill vibes to the mountain scene.
Aside from wearing a helmet and respecting the snow conditions, it’s good to brush up on skiing etiquette. The basics are –
Absolutely! If you’re a beginner the need is obvious. But we recommend them to everyone, the more you improve the more the mountain opens up to you. The true joys of skiing only reveal themselves after quite a bit of development. If you are travelling on a school holiday date, we would strongly advise you book early as there are only a limited number of instructors out there!
We can help you organise lessons ahead of time so everything is prepared and protected – just look at the options on Manage My Booking.
Your piste map and the signs in the mountain will all be colour coded. In Europe this normally goes –
Please note some of this can be ‘best guess’ by the resort. A blue may have a short steep bit in, or be steep overall but very wide giving you lots of space and time to turn.
You can cruise around blues for days if you take it slow. But skiing is still a whole body work out (not just legs!) and having good overall fitness will certainly help you enjoy it more. We’ve put together some ski fitness advice here.
We have selected a number of our properties as 'Beginner Friendly' because they offer the easiest, most convenient access to the ski school meeting point and other resort amenities. You can filter your property search to "Good for Beginners" to see all the options available, or browse the options below.
There are a lot of options to decide on when taking a ski holiday. Such as where to go, where to stay, what type of accommodation to stay in. As well as where to rent skis from, where are the best places for après-ski, what is après ski?! But our friendly Ski Specialists are here to help. We are all passionate skiers and boarders at Skiworld, who love talking about anything snow, so don't be afraid to ask questions!
If this is your first ski holiday, the easiest way to get started is by booking one of our packages, which include regional flights (or Eurostar to some French resorts), transfers and accommodation. We offer both self-catered ski apartments, catered ski chalets and hotels in some of the world's top snow-sure resorts and we can also organise lift passes, ski hire, ski school and lessons, so you can rest assured that everything will be ready for you before you arrive in resort.
With our help, all you'll have to worry about is mastering those turns and getting down the hill!
Read more about the best ski resorts for beginners.
For your convenience you can now pre-book lift passes, ski hire and lessons on our website. Add them at the time of booking your holiday or at a later date via the 'Manage My Booking' online portal.
Take the hassle out of booking group lessons and let us do it for you. We work with only the best ski schools, tried and tested for their service, convenience and most of all their patience! We can pre-book group lessons on all dates so you get the choice you want - don't leave it to chance when you get there.
Call our knowledgeable Ski Specialists on 0330 102 8004 to book your ski extras, or book online!