When I decided to learn skiing, all my friends were astonished. From the very beginning, I decided to buy skis and after that, I started to explore where to go. I didn’t know anything about skiing, good resorts or adequate equipment.
I’ve gone a long way since then and I’d like to share my experiences with you.
Where should beginners go to find their own remarkable ski pistes?
Pick out destinations for your upcoming winter vacation wise and slowly. Don’t hurry. You do not know anything about that specific vacation and have to find the resort which fit you the best. I can suggest you some of them I like the most.
Kranjska Gora is a beautiful small resort in Slovenia’s Julian Alps. The highest peak Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia and a part of the Triglav National Park. Some people believe that it is one of the Top 10 ski resorts for beginners in the world.
It’s well-suited ski resort for beginners and families. The most important for a newbie is that Kranjska Gora Ski School has an excellent reputation. This place is a home to a number of challenging runs, including a famous black run, which can be important for quick-learning beginners.
I warmly recommend you to take half board. Skiing there is very tiring and, by the time you come back from the slopes for the evening and take a hot shower and a meal at your hotel, all you want to do will be to go to sleep. Try to eat out a sample local dishes wherever you go, they are so delicious.
Sainte Foy in France is a small, cute and charming resort with the big reputation for empty slopes, high-quality accommodation, and a low-pressure atmosphere. The ski area is tiny but big enough for a beginner like you are. Plus, there is a long and gentle beginner slope ideal for practice on.
The upper slopes are north-facing. There is a lovely, slightly steep pitch with so little traffic on the mountain. All of that makes this place perfect for beginners.
Their local ski school is highly regarded and you won’t get that impersonal feeling which one newbie may suffer in bigger resorts. The beginner terrain is limited and beginners should look to stay slope side. All experience can be very relaxing and without any pressure.
Saas Fee is a beginner’s area and a cute car-free town in Switzerland. Whatever you imagine your perfect snow day, in the Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee, all your winter dreams will come true. This is the perfect place to spend your vacation with your family or best friends.
The town is a stunner, settled at an exceptional height and unhurried. It has kept a little of its old charm plus people are really welcomed there. The beginner slopes are set to one side of the main skiing area, but there are easy intermediate pistes to progress to higher up. An interesting fact is that there is the highest located restaurant in the world at 3,500 m. You can have a rest there after your ski classes.
If you go there with your children, they can join a kid’s class as beginners at the age of 7 to 11. There are some excellent club areas of their Kindergarten too. In the flat area, there is the best place for you to start your exciting journey into skiing.
The ski area of Winklmoosalm-Steinplatte in Germany is situated in the center of the Chiemgau Alps. This is one of the only few ski resorts in Germany where snow is practically guaranteed during all season.
There are a wide variety of slopes, cross-country ski runs, and romantic winter hiking trails which are absolutely ideal for beginners and families. It is a perfect place for learning to ski and to explore the mountain in your way. The red and blue runs are very adapted for children and beginners and it is not the ideal place for skiers who are looking for steep ski slopes.
Flat and wide slopes make the introduction to your new favorite sport easier. Keep in mind that the majority of the resort on the Steinplatte side is really well-suited for beginners. You will enjoy the ski area with its diverse slopes, numerous cross-country ski runs, and romantic winter hiking trails. If you ask me, it is a real paradise for families, especially if some of them have never stood on the skis before.
And the end, I can’t avoid one perfect place for young, nightlife-loving beginners. Mayrhofen in Austria is a bustling place, littered with ski bars, and blessed with some of the most outstanding mountain restaurants in the Alps.
It is well known for a large part of the ski resort which can be explored on blue slopes. Beginners will easily find good designated areas to start their adventures. On one side of the valley are the nursery slopes on the mountain Penken. As a beginner, you will be well-served there and will get an excellent area of nursery slopes at the top of their gondola.
On the other side is a small area of gentle runs called Ahorn. It is a really easy-going area you need to practice your first turns. Once you have mastered the basics, you can spend the other half of your holiday enjoying on this side of the mountain. Beginners can also take a cable car in the Ahornbahn and return home the same way at the end of the day.
Your first ski lesson
It will be easy if you, as a beginner, go on a family skiing holiday. It is OK to go by yourself too. Don’t worry, you will easily find company at the resort. Plus, mountains are mysterious and easily drag the man into their magical world full of shadows. There is a possibility that you will like being alone with the wind and silence there.
Anyway, as a beginner, you will need ski lessons. You can take group lessons but I highly recommend you to take private ones. It is a fantastic way to get started and build confidence. Also, you will see your progress and master the technique more rapidly. It’s worth the money.
In the other hand, there are a lot of possibilities to get adult group lessons in almost all resorts. They include a variety of special programs and activities to cater for every age, every taste or ability. The advantage is if groups are small.
Don’t hesitate to make a good assessment of your personal abilities and find your ski level. If you are not sure, ask the right person.
Fortunately, these days there are resorts which have summit disabled ski program. With the right equipment and instruction, anyone can enjoy the thrill of the mountains and the freedom of being on the snow regardless of a disability. Those programs ensure there are virtually no limits. Everyone can be a part of snow sports.
What clothes and ski equipment you really need?
Well, what can I say? At first glance, the list of clothing and equipment you need seems huge, but you have to be realistic. For the start, you actually need only basic things and functional clothing.
First of all, don’t buy your own skis, boots, and poles for your first ski holiday. Simply hire them at the ski resort. Give yourself a chance to decide if you are definitely into that sport or not. Also, you can borrow ski jackets and trousers from your friends or family.
In the other hand, you really have to buy goggles. Be sure that they absolutely fit. Otherwise, it won’t help much when the wind starts blowing. Helmet during skiing is ”must have” as well as base and mid layer. They will protect you and keep you warm and dry.
And the end, you need a backpack for storing extra layers, a water bottle, chocolate bar or a sandwich. It might be helpful especially if you lose yourself during your first lesson, just like me.
For the end, I have to tell you – Be smart! Wherever you go, don’t leave home without Winter-sports Insurance which includes ‘’Medical Insurance’’, ‘’Loss of use’’ and ‘’Lost passes/equipment’’.
Have a nice trip and enjoy the newly discovered sport!