Filtered by:
Inside The Outdoors

Top 7 Ski Resorts for Beginner Skiers

14.01.2016 | Winter Wonders

If you have never been skiing before, it can be a little daunting knowing where to begin. There are a lot of things to take into consideration before booking your holiday – Where to go, what to buy, what to hire, and so much more. Here is a list of some of the top resorts that are perfect for beginner and first time skiers, to make your life a little easier!

For some bookings first time beginner packages are available; in these packages you get your ski hire, lift pass and lessons all included at a discounted price. These packages work out great value for money than paying for each separately.

  1. Arinsal – Andorra
Arinsal - Andorra

Arinsal – Andorra

Arinsal is ideal for beginner skiers as it offers 19 different beginner slopes, and 18 intermediate, so you’ll be spoilt for choice ! There is good snow reliability in Andorra which is important, especially for beginners as fresh powdery snow is much easier to ski on. There are plenty of friendly, english speaking instructors to teach you the ropes and Arinsal is definitely great value for money.


  1. Pamporovo – Bulgaria
Pamporovo – Bulgaria

Pamporovo – Bulgaria

Bulgaria has the highest proportion of people learning to ski than any other country. With 11 easy slopes to choose from, and some great deals for first time skiers you can understand why. There are 2 nursery slopes which you get taught on before you make your way to try out some of the green slopes available.

The ski schools have english speaking instructors who are mostly focused on those who have never attempted skiing before so if you are completely new to skiing then it is a great place to learn. There are lessons and places available if you are not a first timer but still want some guidance in improving your ski skills too.

  1. Ruka – Finland
Ruka - Finland

Ruka – Finland

Ruka has the largest beginner ski area in Finland, and with quiet slopes it is great for spending a bit more time getting to grips with the slopes. In some of the snow parks there are 3 magic carpets which are great fun for the children, and even the adults!

More than half of the slopes do not close until 7pm, so there’s no need to get up too early or if you fancy trying other activities you do not have to sacrifice an entire days skiing.

There are 8 green and 10 blue slopes, but very little for those who are more advanced looking for something challenging. There are packages, and lessons available with instructors who speak great english, so by the end of your trip they should have you skiing most of the runs with ease.

  1. Scheffau – Austria
Scheffau – Austria

Scheffau – Austria

Scheffau is Austrias biggest linked resort, and with wide, gentle runs and an excellent ski school it is perfect for beginners. There’s limited acres ski activity, but if it is a quiet family atmosphere you are after rather than the party scene, then this is definitely for you.

The KinderKaiserland is specifically designed for younger kids, to give them a gentle taster at what it’s like going down the slopes. With great instructors who are extremely patient, it is a great school for those who may  be nervous about first time skiing.

La Plagne - France

La Plagne – France

5. La Plagne – France

La Plagne is one of the most popular resorts for UK skiers, and most of the ski areas are wide, undemanding slopes which make it ideal for beginners. There are specific beginner areas throughout the whole resort so that you can learn without the pressure of too many skiers around you. With english speaking instructors dedicated to getting you confident on at least the blue runs by the end of the week you should pick things up in no time. There are also special slopes for those slower skiers or beginners, as well as practise lifts near the base of the resort.

  1. Kranjsa Gora – Slovenia
Kranjsa Gora – Slovenia

Kranjsa Gora – Slovenia

Kranjsa Gora is a family friendly resort, which offers a great ski school specialising in developing student’s abilities. There are plenty of practise lifts near the base of the resort, and a separate beginners area so that you can learn without too many other skiers around you. Most of the slops are wide and not too steep so they are easy to get used to. They also offer a great first time ski package here which works out great value for money.

  1. Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy
Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo has 78 runs, and 52 of them are ideal for beginners so if you are new to skiing, then you will be spoilt for choice. The slopes are pretty much always well groomed, and 90% of them have snow making facilities which make them much easier to ski down.

There’s a separate beginners area, and plenty of wide slopes and slopes for you to advance onto. There are only 8 runs for the advanced skier, so in comparison it is much better suited for those relatively new to skiing. There are also practice lifts near the base of the resort for you to get to grips with.

Now that you have a few ideas on where to go to as a beginner skier, don’t forget to get your ski outfit sorted for your big trip. Have a look at range of Ski Jackets, Snow Boots, Ski Accessories, Salopettes & more! To make things a bit easier for you we’re now also offering complete ski packges for Men, Women & Kids! 

View-All-ski-jacketsView All Snow Bootsview-ski-packages