Youre a complete beginner when it comes to skiing or snowboarding? Looking for the ideal beginners ski resort to get the most out of your winter ski holiday? Our concise guide below details insider information on the best beginner friendly resorts in the Alps.
Morzine (France) Located in the Portes du Soleil ski area, just over one hours drive from Geveva airport, Morzine is a fantastic resort and perfect for beginners. There is a great selection of green and blue pistes allowing you to hone your skills and technique in the beautiful surroundings of the Portes du Soleil. Situated a stones throw from your Morzine ski chalet is the Pleney telecabine, directly next to which, is the main ESF ski school.
At the top of the Pleney telecabine you will find the TS du Belvedere chair lift which takes you to the top of a green beginners piste, a great place to have lessons and improve your technique before progressing to one of the blue runs which meander all the way to the bottom of the Pleney. Morzine is a family friendly resort which caters for all levels of ability. The town is lively and charming, full of great restaurants and bars, as well as two cinemas, an ice rink, indoor swimming pool and even a fish and chip shop.
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Morillon (France) As one of the five resorts which make up the Grand Massif ski area, Morillon is a great beginners resort offering very enjoyable skiing on gentle terrain. Morillon is one of the closest ski resorts to Geneva airport, you can be at the front door of your cosy ski chalet, just one hour reclaiming your luggage and finding your hire car/airport transfer.
With a choice of three ski schools (ESF, Zig Zag and 360 International) and a large beginners area, Morillon is a great choice for inexperienced skiers and snowboarders. Once in resort, you must ski Marvel, a fantastic green run which gently flows down the mountain side through an enchanted forest. Once you have progressed onto blue runs, try the Sairon piste, starting at 1700 metres altitude, the top section will be a good challenge for beginners as it is fairly steep to be graded blue, but once you have overcome that section, the remainder is gentle, wide and easy. Here you have the choice of staying in Morillon village which is a quaint, sleepy and traditional Savoyard village, or you find an apartment at Morillon 1100, which is a purpose built ski in / ski out resort approximately 20 minutes drive from the village.
Alpe d’Huez (France) Located at 1869 metres above sea level in the Isere department of the central French Alps, Alpe dHuez (host of some events during the 1968 Winter Olympics) is a fantastic snow sure resort which has ample runs for beginners. Assisted by 84 ski lifts, the ski area has over 150 miles of linked piste, many of which are green and blue. There is also a British ski school in Alpe dHuez which means you will definitely get the most out of your lessons and nothing will be lost in translation.
Boasting an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, you can be sure to have great weather in-between the essential snow showers. The resort is south facing so enjoys sun light throughout the day. To combat the strong, snow melting sun rays, Alpe dHuez has extensive snow making facilities to ensure the white stuff remains on the ground throughout the winter season. As with any large European ski resort, there are an abundance of good restaurants and bars, good value accommodation and a variety of non skiing activities to experience.
Lech (Austria) Lech is an exclusive ski resort in the Bludenz district of Vorarlberg in Austria. Home to a number of world and Olympic champions, Lech has become one of Europes premier ski resorts. The ski domain is well connected by ski lifts and the pistes are more often than not, in excellent groomed condition.
Lech enjoys one of the best snow records in Europe from the beginning of season in early December, right up until the last day in early May. The ski area gives direct access to over 171 miles of piste, lots of which are intermediate and beginner standard. Lech is a very picturesque village surrounded by beautiful scenery, peppered with fine hotels and cosy ski chalets. There are a few highly-regarded ski schools which employ English speaking instructors. With the choice of 9 bars, the aprs ski scene in Lech is lively from late afternoon until early evening.
Les Arcs (France) Nestled above Bourg Saint Maurice in the Tarentaise valley, Les Arcs is notorious for being a great choice for beginner and intermediate skiers. Since opening in 1968, the resort has grown substantially and now consists of 106 pistes and 54 ski lifts. Since 2003 Les Arcs has also been linked to the Paradiski area, which in total has over 260 miles of groomed piste. The ski area has a mixture of pistes out in the open, and pistes in amongst beautiful woodland lower down the mountain.
The ESF ski school in Les Arcs teaches parallel turns from day one, so if you prefer to avoid the snow plough phase, ESF Les Arc will help you to
progress very quickly. There are many ski in / ski out, ski chalets in Les Arc, which is very convenient for those wishing to get the most skiing time possible. For anyone on a more restricted budget, there is a good selection of more affordable accommodation in Bourg Saint Maurice, which is linked to Les Arcs by a high speed funicular train – linking the two resorts in just 7 minutes.
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