If you’ve never been skiing before, it can be difficult to know where to start. With so many resorts and countries to choose from it's hard to know which would be best for a beginner ski holiday. Here, the Snow Centre’s partner, Neilson Active Holidays give you some top tips so you know what to look out for in a ski resort and what you should avoid if you want to make the most of your first time on the slopes.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Transfer time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Pros: Great value, quiet ski area
Beginners should head to El Tarter for its wide-open terrain, long gentle runs and fantastic, English-speaking tuition. El Tarter is a small, attractive resort with a peaceful and friendly atmosphere, that draws people back time and time again.
El Tarter is home to one of the best native English-speaking schools in the whole of Europe. Their top-class instructors have all the expertise to make learning to ski or snowboard a fun and rewarding experience. Watch your skills and confidence soar as you progress throughout your holiday. There’s also a dedicated beginner’s area where you can practice your skills without having to worry about the experts flying past!
Andorra’s (almost) tax-free status is another thing the resort is famous for, making it ideal for your first time. Whether you want to book a first-rate hotel or simply enjoy your spending money going further, you’ll find the cost of everything from drinks on the mountain and après-ski in resort, to accommodation and lift passes that are affordable in El Tarter.
Transfer time: 3 hours
Pros: Wide-open slopes, guaranteed snow
Les Menuires, is part of The Three Valleys ski area, but don’t let that put you off. Les Menuires is very family-friendly which makes it a great place for children and grown-ups to take their first turns on the snow. There are also some lovely runs for beginners who are already blue-run confident and want to push themselves a little bit further. Whilst you could access the entire 600km Three Valleys ski area from Les Menuires, beginners and improvers will be more than happy cruising the local area. The resort is full of lovely wide runs and tree-lined slopes with plenty of room to get those turns nailed.
Check out our Neilson Hotel Le Menuire & Spa for a super convenient base as you can virtually ski from the hotel (about 100m away) to the Preyerand lift (about 200m away) and you can ski back to within about 20m of the hotel without having to come out of your bindings. The main hub of Les Menuires, the Croisette area, is around 450m away and from here, the entire Three Valleys is at your feet.