If you’ve ever watched Ski Sunday and thought, ‘I’d love to try skiing’, or perhaps one of your friends went once, loved learning to ski, but for some reason you couldn’t make it…now is your time to start. Every skier was a beginner once, and this guide should help you find the best beginner ski resort to start your own journey into the skiing world. The French Alps are easily accessible and very user friendly. Here we have three of the best ski resorts for beginners….
Perfect for beginner skiers, Meribel, sitting in the centre of the Three Valleys, offers a huge amount of pistes for beginners and for those looking to progress. There are two separate nursery areas, 8 beginner green pistes and 25 blue intermediate pistes. The piste signage is also incredibly clear and easy to follow on the mountain meaning navigating the resort is as easy as possible.
Chalet Trois Ours is a fantastic base to learn to ski in Meribel, suitable for all ages, families and groups. It is situated on the blue Doron piste and opposite the Adret chairlift; skiing out of your luxury chalet for access to The Three Valleys has never been easier. The chalet sleeps up to 12 and offers the most luxurious accommodation to sooth aching muscles after a day learning to ski in the mountains.
La Rosiere benefits from being at 1,850m as well as west facing, so the snow stays in excellent condition on the lower nursery slopes. However, the sun shines on the mountain throughout, and the morning icy chill soon dissipates. The main beginner ski areas Lievre Blanc and Clarines sit towards the middle of town and provide a wide, quiet area perfect for learners of all ages.
Tempted by a beginner ski holiday to La Rosiere? Chalet Valeriane sits directly opposite the nursery slopes and the ski school meeting point making it ideal for beginners of all ages. The chalet is a wonderful place to enjoy a traditional French alpine experience on your beginner ski holiday.
Courchevel is one of the best resorts to learn to ski. The local slopes comprise 150km of runs, of which 23 are green and 35 blue. The beginner zones are gently sloping and will allow you to practise your turns before deciding whether or not to venture further up the mountain. These areas are called ‘ZEN’ areas and are marked on the Courchevel piste map, always located next to at least one free chairlift. One of the best is the Pralong Zen area which is situated next to the Ferme and Altiport drag lifts. This large beginner ski area makes for a great place to start off on skis or a snowboard.
Courchevel has some of the most exclusive properties in The Alps and Chalet Namaste is no exception. Ideal for beginner skiers, and nestled next to the Bellecote Green Piste. It has just had a multi million Euro renovation and is absolutely stunning. Read more about Namaste in this blog.
So, now is the time to start! Book your first ski holiday with the Ski In Luxury team to one of our recommended ski resorts for beginners, and before you know it you’ll be cruising down a beautiful white piste in the sunshine with the trees whistling by and a huge smile on your face. Give the Ski In Luxury Team a call on 01202 203650 or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!
Beyond beginner? Take a read of the other blogs in this series for resorts that match your ski ability: The Best Resorts for Intermediates, The Best Ski Resorts for Advanced and The Best Resorts for Off-Piste.