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Ski Signs

Ski Signs

To simplify matters for you, here’s our quick guide to the best resorts for beginners.

[part title="Alpe D'huez, France"]

Alpe Dhuez

Alpe Dhuez

Being a purpose built resort, Alpe D’huez fell victim to the architectural insipidness of the 60s and 70s and therefore errs on the unattractive side. However don’t let that put you off. Its less glamorous reputation means that it doesn't come with the hiked up prices the more exclusive resorts of the French Alps are stuck with. And regardless of its aesthetics, the scenery is still stunning.

Alongside the plentiful gentle nursery slopes, there is a further 70km of beginner runs to master while you get a handle on the basics. There are plenty of steeper runs too which, although you might not want to venture to yourself, are perfect if you’re heading away with a mixed ability group.

[part title="Saas Fee, Switzerland"]

SAAS-FEE WINTER

SAAS-FEE WINTER

The beginner slopes are tucked away from the masses, giving an added sense of security while you find your feet.

[part title="Bansko, Bulgaria"]

Bansko

Not only does Bansko cater well for beginners, sitting in Bulgaria it’s still a rough diamond, so while it’s brimming with rustic charm, you can dodge the high prices you’d be expecting to pay in the Alps.

Cortina

Home to 55km of beginner runs, there should be plenty to keep you entertained for the week, but if your legs just really can’t handle any more snow plough then joining the fur coat brigade for a spot of piste side sunbathing would never be frowned upon.

[part title="Serre Chevalier, France"]

SerreChevalier

The best areas to check out are Lelleneuve and Chantelmerle, which both offer flat, wide spaces well away from the hectic more advanced area, allowing you to comfortably get to grips with the basics in a calmer environment.

[part title="Courcheval, France"]

Courcheval

If the thought of mogul fields haunt you, it’s rumoured that Courcheval spends a whopping 20,000 euros a night on piste grooming, plenty enough money to flatten out the worst of your nightmares and provide the perfect courduroy conditions.

Courcheval offers a special pass for 14 euros a day which covers just the beginner lifts; a great way to test the waters without completely off loading the contents of your wallet. If the skiing does all get just a little bit too much, then Courcheval is never short of a Michelin starred restaurant for a long, leisurely lunch.

[part title="Cervinia, Italy"]

Cervinia
Despite neighbouring Zermatt, Cervinia offers a much cheaper alternative to the renowned Swiss resort while still boasting views of the infamous Matterhorn. With the piste altitude reaching 3,883m, Cervinia is known for being a snow sure resort and open longer than many other European resorts, therefore it's a great place to pick up some early or late season deals.

To get your first taste of the snow head to Plan Maison where there is a hub of easy going blue runs to get you started.

[part title="Espace Killy, France"]

ValdIsere

If Val d’Isere is Cinderella, full of French charm and beauty, Tignes is comparatively the ugly sister. But while the high rise apartments of Tignes might not do it for you looks wise, bear in mind that it’s a cheaper option than Val d’Isere.

[part title="Aspen, USA"]

Aspen

Its long and mellow slopes make it the ideal beginners playground for newbies to master the basics in a quieter environment.

[part title="Lech, Austria"]

Lech

If you’re a complete newbie, there's good choice of nursery runs in Lech, close to the town so you don’t have to venture too far up the mountain until you’re feeling more confident. Once you’ve got the very basics sussed then move on to the Schlegelkpof II or Kriegerhornbahn lifts for a bit more variety.

[part title="Mt. Bachelor, USA"]

Bachelor

The handy package includes five lessons, equipment rental, lift ticket, lessons and even a graduation gift, which means that you don’t have to worry about anything other than getting there.

[part title="Les Arcs, France"]

LesArcs