If this is your first time to hit the snowy slopes you can rest assured that you're in good hands with us.
Here is some handy advice to help you make the most of your first ski trip.
Choosing your destination
Our programme currently covers France, Austria, Italy, Andorra, Bulgaria and Switzerland. Each have resorts suitable for beginners and all have their own individual charm. When browsing resorts just check out our suitabililty rating panel at the top of each resort page.
French ski resorts are often purpose built and so it is very easy to find your way from the hotel to the ski shop to collect your skis and boots and get onto the slopes. (more)
Austria is the traditional home of skiing and first time skiers will love the cosy atmosphere and outstanding scenery which its resorts offer. (more)
Italians have carried their love for life through to their skiing and you will find their resorts friendly and entertaining both on and off the slopes. (more)
Andorra is particularly popular with beginners, with slopes there being relatively gentle and is renowned for its excellent ski schools. (more)
Booking your ski trip
Find your holiday using our Holiday Finder on our home page which lets you specify date, where you want to go, the number in your party, where you're flying from and the type of accommodation you are looking for. You will be able to reserve your ski pack (ski school, lift pass and ski/board and boot hire) when you are making your booking. Remember, to look for the 'Learn to Ski' and 'Learn to Snowboard' packs which can save you 10%.
Before you go
Before you head off on your ski trip, you will need to get kitted out with the right gear. Check out our What to Bring page for ideas. First time skiers often borrow or rent their ski clothing.
Your first day
Your first morning in the resort will involve a trip to the ski shop to collect your pre-booked ski and snowboard equipment. Take your time and make sure you get the right boots for your feet. Trying on a different pair of boots could make all the difference to your comfort levels for the week. Once you've your boots you'll get your skis and poles or board.
These proceedings are usually quite a frantic affair, so we recommend you have a good breakfast and get down there nice and early. Your rep will give you directions on the coach from the airport.
Once you arrive at the beginner slopes you'll be introduced to your English speaking ski instructor who will show you how to stand and walk in your new skis and will be teaching you how to ski for the remainder of the week.
The rest of the week
Most people find the first day or two a little tiring and you'll discover muscles you never knew you had. However as the week goes on and, with plenty of apres ski activity, you'll find yourself making real progress. Usually the ski school organises some races for the last day so the everybody can show off their new skills.
Learning to ski is great fun and very sociable. You're on your holidays - enjoy!
- In selected resorts, you will find reduced cost Learn to Ski packs containing everything you need to hit the slopes including ski & boot hire, lessons and a lift pass. Learn to Snowboard packs are also available.
- Experienced representatives in all our European ski resorts to help you find your feet and give you guidance during your stay.
- An excellent range of resorts chosen with 1st time skiers in mind.