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Best ski destinations for first-time skiers

Skiing for the very first time can be something that's just about as intimidating as it is fun. There are a number of factors that one should take into account before booking a trip as a first-time skier.

It definitely helps to go a resort that is more suited for beginners: somewhere that has structured lessons, perhaps offering all-inclusive beginner-packages. Most ski resorts do, but it would be advisable to look up reviews, before you book any.

Skiing holidays with Club Med are a brilliant choice for first-timers, as they specialise in groups of all levels. Keep an eye out for resorts that locate their accommodation close to the slopes, have high-quality skiing lessons in English and overall have beginner-friendly landscape.

Below is a list of five of the best ski resorts for beginners.

1. Cortina, Italy

Tucked away in an alpine valley, Cortina boasts gorgeous scenery as well as a joyous après-ski scene. Beginners shouldn't be put off by the aristocratic crowd that the resort pulls in - it's very welcoming to beginners, and hosts good-quality lessons by English-speaking instructors.

Although some take issue with the piste classification in the area, others recommend the quiet slopes, which are ideal for beginners.


2. Söll, Austria

Söll is just one resort out of the eight that are linked together in the SkiWelt, one of the largest piste networks in Austria.

With five-star accommodation as well as budget options, Söll is actually more suited to beginners than experts. There are only a handful of truly challenging pistes, which the beginner may wish to avoid, opting instead for the quieter, more open slopes.


3. Alpe d'Huez, France

Alpe d'Huez is easily accessible through its proximity to Grenoble airport. Although the beginner slopes can get slightly overcrowded, facilities for beginners are quite strong, with free lifts and speed restrictions in the novice areas.

The restaurants are good quality and value. The Mariandre Hotel in particular is quite child-friendly for skiers with kids - they also employ nannies to mind your children while you hit the slopes.


4. Saas Fee, Switzerland

Saas Fee is simply a great place for beginners. The nursery zone is expansive and out of the way of speeding experts.

Best visited during Spring, the Après-ski scene is delightfully varied, with loads of bars with happy hours and a generally healthy nightlife.

There are over fifty hotels in the area, ranging from the more opulent ones like Schweizerhof to a plethora of budget options too.


5. Chill Factore, Manchester

If you're really unsure if skiing is for you, perhaps you might like to give it a shot before booking your airline tickets.

The Chill Factore has a huge indoor slope, with skilled instructors who dish out short training sessions that last just under an hour, for incredibly affordable rates.

It's perfect for those who don't want to regret spending colossal amounts of money on something that they might not necessarily enjoy at all.

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