Top 5 Ski Resorts For Beginners

Top 5 Ski Resorts For Beginners

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Starting up any new sport or hobby isn’t easy, with preparation, learning and knowledge all needed before you even jump onto a board or slip into a pair of skis. We’ve covered many aspects of the prep before but where do newbies head to once they’re ready to actually hit the snow?

We’ve selected 5 different locations that have been selected for that laidback vibe towards new learners, which also have slopes that reflect the learning curve that most beginners will find themselves on.

Without further ado, and in no particular order:

Méribel (France)

Méribel offers many options for beginners at different stages and ages. Beginners can choose from 8 free ski lifts, 17 “mini-pass” lifts (29€), or all of Méribel Valley for a 3-hour pass (44.50€). Several of the runs at Méribel are accessed by a pull-cord lift, which is a rope attached to the cable that tows you up to the top of the slope while standing; or by a drag lift, on which you stay upright but are given the support of a seat while the cable pulls you to the top. With access of many options, beginners can progress at their own pace, making Méribel not only a great destination for getting started but also a better choice for beginners eager to take their skills to the next level.

2 hrs from Geneva, or 2 hrs 15 minutes from Lyon

Selection from autofrance.net

ASPEN SNOWMASS USA

Kids love learning at Snowmass thanks to the gentle beginner areas, like Fanny Hill and Elk Camp, ski school characters and state-of-the-art facilities. The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center is a 25,000-square-foot, forest-themed facility that provides a basecamp for hot chocolate breaks, lunch, playtime, arts and crafts and childcare. The little ones tend to learn quickly, and before long they will be able to make turns and stop. Then it’s time to head up the lifts and explore Snowmass’ uber-fun beginner tree trails.

Aspen Snowmass’ Beginner’s Magic makes learning to ski a comfortable and enjoyable experience for adults, too. Knowledgeable rental staff members fit you with proper, comfortable equipment, and there’s an after-skiing shoe service so you don’t have to walk around in your ski boots when you’re done with your lesson. Atop the Elk Camp Gondola at Elk Camp Meadows, professional instructors will teach you the fundamental techniques, how to operate your equipment and mountain awareness—all while you enjoy spectacular alpine views.

Schlepping ski gear and walking in ski boots can be one of the most challenging—and frustrating—aspects when learning to ski. Beginners love Snowmass because 95 percent of the resort’s lodging is located slope-side—it’s easy to get on and off the slopes.

Where to stay: For a convenient ski in ski out location, tons of services and amenities, and easy access to ski-school meeting areas, book your stay at Crestwood Condominiums.

Selection from ski.com

Les 2 Alpes (France)

There are 96 in the Les Deux Alpes area, of which only 12 are black and 22 red, while 45 are blue and 17 are green. Many of the easier runs are Ski Tranquilleslopes (slow ski slopes) perfect for beginners and there is also a large variety of great ski schools in the area for those who want to benefit from some tuition.

Four nursery areas are available, with some of the slopes in the village serviced by free lifts, meaning that total beginners dont have to buy a full area lift pass straight away. However, the vast majority of the beginners slopes are towards the top of the mountain, meaning that while you may have to buy a full pass for these days, you will also benefit from any fresh snow just as much as your more advanced friends. And benefit you will Les 2 Alpes has a fantastic snow record, with north-facing slopes that manage to hold the white stuff as long as possible!

While there is a blue run back down to the main resort so you can ski all the way home, its best to avoid this run right at the end of the day as it can get very busy. Furthermore, this mountain gets more difficult towards the bottom, so dont be fooled at the top into thinking you can do it if you arent the most confident. You dont want to get half way and realise you can go neither up nor down!

Les 2 Alpes is a resort that has a great atmosphere off the slopes and is a lot of fun for younger adults. It has an energetic party scene and many decent bars, restaurants and clubs, with good prices and deals throughout the season.

Selection from inthesnow.com

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