Beginner European ski resorts

Top 10 best places to learn to ski in Europe

La Tania

Village charm, Laid-back atmosphere, Part of the mass...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Value-for-money
  • Linked ski area

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Tignes

Espace Killy ski area, Fantastic après ski, High alt...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Glacier skiing
  • Non-skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

La Plagne

Paradiski Ski Area, Bobsledding, High Altitude Skiing

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Glacier Skiing
  • Off Piste

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Sestriere

Relaxed atmosphere, Cuisine & Culture, vast Milky Way

Great for:

  • Families
  • Snow-sure
  • Groups

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Meribel

3 Valleys ski area , Excellent ski schools , Lively a...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Courchevel

5 star luxury resort, Vast 3 Valleys, Traditional cho...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Luxury holiday

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Zermatt

Glacier skiing, high altitude terrain, stunning panor...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Off-piste
  • hiking

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Niederau

Traditional Tyrolean village, Easy links to Ski Juwe...

Great for:

  • Families
  • First-timers
  • Alpine charm

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Flaine

All round resort , 265km well-groomed pistes, Ski in/...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Intermediates
  • Snow-sure

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

La Rosiere

Off piste snow cross, Ski France & Italy, Famille Plu...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Beginners
  • Kite Skiing

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

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To learn to ski or snowboard the very best Beginner European resorts, choose from our list of the Europe's top Beginner ski resorts.

All of these learner ski resorts have at some stage held titles like "best Beginner European ski resort" or "best beginner snowboard resort in Europe", or been included in the winners lists of top novice ski resorts such as "top Beginner European resorts", "top Beginner European snowboarding resorts"... the best places to learn to ski in Europe.

The definitive list of top ten best beginner European ski resorts.

Top ten best learn to ski resorts in Europe

The charming little village is a modest, family-friendly gem of the Three Valleys. With excellent access to the world’s biggest linked ski area and beautiful views from attractive tree-lined runs leading into this laid-back settlement, it’s an understated location to experience the Savoyard delights of snug accommodation and melt-in-the-mouth food at great value.

Tignes is somewhere you can ski longer, higher and further than most other resorts in the Alps. Owing its snow-reliability to the Grande Motte glacier, the local ski area is joined with Val d’Isere’s to form the mammoth Espace Killy - intermediates will have a whale of a time here. Choose between 5 different villages, whether your priority is convenience, cosiness or cheap accommodation. Tignes also has one of the most famous New Year parties in the Alps.

A fabulous all-rounder: ski the Paradiski’s wonderful mix of tree-lined trails, knee-deep off piste and wide open cruisers, before returning to whichever purpose built village or age-old hamlet you’re staying in. La Plagne’s easily one of Europe’s best ski resorts and one we visit again and again.

With world class skiing, beautiful vistas and a relaxed Italian atmosphere, Sestriere offers amazing, high altitude skiing conditions for all abilities in the heart of the Milky Way. For a stylish ski and apres week and short transfer, look no further.

Meribel has a special place in many British hearts – not simply because it’s slap bang in the middle of the biggest ski area on Earth. A resort for long ski days, ski-boot-stomping après and cosy chalets, there’s a great deal to do and ski here, which is why many of us have been coming back for decades.

Attractive, traditional and oozing style, Courchevel ticks all the boxes for a first class ski holiday. With masses of amenities and a quality area that’s well linked within the rest of the Three Valleys - not to mention an infectiously glam atmosphere - it’s no wonder Courchevel’s one of the most popular ski resorts in the world.

Stay in the world capital of alpinism and ski beneath the Matterhorn - the greatest alpine town in Switzerland and quite possibly the world, Zermatt has the perfect mix of snow sure conditions on the Matterhorn glacier, a vibrant mountain town (with après from super chic to super lively) and some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on the planet.

Set within Austria’s stunning Wildschonau Valley, Niederau offers the perfect base for skiing the entire Ski Juwel ski area. Oozing Tyrolean charm with a friendly atmosphere and a laid-back après scene, beginners can learn at a peaceful pace and intermediates can take advantage of the excellent links to explore the Kitzbühel Alps.

Part of the Grand Massif and fondly known as the “big snowy bowl”, Flaine was purposely plonked on the mountain for direct access to some of the greatest terrain around. While the village may not be brimming with Gallic charm, the skiing and facilities more than make up for it, a place much loved by powder hounds and families alike.

A quiet French resort giving snow lovers access to not one but two countries! Hop between French La Rosière and Italian La Thuile domains with the standard San Bernardino lift pass for a mountain culture overload. Go as easy or hard as you like from cruisey beginners slopes to fast paced kite skiing on the other end of the speed scale.


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