Finding somewhere beginner-friendly is vital so that you can build your confidence in a safe and varied environment. We have selected some top European ski destinations for beginners, to help you on your way
Saalbach-Hinterglemm - Austria
The internationally known resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm has over 200km of piste and with an altitude of 2100m is one of the most snow-reliable resorts in Austria. Almost half the pistes (31 in total) are easy blue runs, making this a great choice for the novice skier. The Hinterglemm area offers the best facilities for beginners out of the two villages, with large nursery slopes, three baby-lifts and a nursery area separate from the main slopes. In Saalbach there is a good, wide area of south-facing nursery slopes, the Turmwiese, which is serviced by a 6 person chairlift. As you progress from the nursery slopes, you can take the Kohlmaisgipfelbahn from the bottom, up to the south-facing Kohlmais mountain, from where you can ski down a choice of two blue runs back to the bottom.
Grandvalira - Andorra
Much extended and improved, Andorra offers fantastic value for skiers . Grandvalira reaches an altitude of 2640m and is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees. There is over 210km of skiing across 6 interlinked areas - Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Encamp, Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo. There are great facilities for beginners and dedicated nursery slopes throughout the area, but the majority of easy slopes are accessed at Soldeu and El Tarter where there are two large areas designed for beginner skiers at Els Espiolet, and Riba Escorxada. Beginners will soon be able to progress to the gentle slopes above the resort.
Les Deux Alpes - France
One of the best things about Les Deux Alpes for beginners, is that some of the easiest slopes are located higher up (on the glacier area). This means beginner skiers have the chance to experience high-altitude skiing which is snow-sure, and enjoy the breathtaking views from above. With an altitude of 3600m Les Deux Alpes is one of the most famous resorts in Europe offering great skiing with 220km of piste. Out of 96 runs 17 are green and 47 blue so there is plenty on offer for your beginners. Last season saw the opening of the fantastic blue run that runs from the top to the bottom - great aim for the end of the week!
Folgaria - Italy
Half of the pistes in the resort of Folgaria are blue runs, making this a fantastic choice for groups with lots of beginners. Nursery slopes are gentle and wide - great for building confidence, and there are seven magic carpet lifts which help novice skiers gain confidence getting up the slopes – drag lifts can seem daunting when you’ve never skied before! Many of the intermediate runs are lovely and wide, so beginners that progress well during the week. The ski school is friendly too, which is always reassuring for beginners. The best area for novices to practice is situated between Costa and Ortesino with easy, long and wide slopes accessed by chairlifts. Also, most of the runs are protected by snow-making cannons so you can ensure good snow whenever you travel.