The world of skiing is incredibly exhilarating and challenging. From the very top of a snowcapped mountain right down to its icy base, you'll learn and see so much during your first alpine adventure.

Not only that, but you'll also create unforgettable memories involving spectacular views, heart-warming foods and luxury living spaces. But 'what are the best ski resorts in Europe for beginners', you may ask?

Europe is a prime skiing destination with tailor-made ski holidays covering world-renowned spots. From the extensive Alps mountain range to Lapland's snow sure slopes, you're almost spoilt for choice.

So, if you're looking for where to start, here's our experts' top beginner-friendly resorts following their recent trip.

"Europe is fabulous for first-time skiers, with experienced ski schools and gentle slopes" - Eleanor Ogle, Travel Specialist


1. Levi, Finland

Levi is home to one of the best ski resorts in Europe for beginners and intermediates. The winter wonderland is ideal for first-timers and families thanks to its host of beginner-friendly slopes and pistes. Not only that, but there are also many other non-ski-related activities such as dog sledding, reindeer experiences and exhilarating snow mobile rides. If you're lucky, you may even see the Northern Lights.

Beginners will benefit from the excellent ski and snowboard schools led by expert skiers. During your tailor-made ski holiday in Lapland, you'll learn all the basics needed for a memorable experience - and come across magnificent views of Levi's amazing scenery along the way.

"There are so many fun activties besides skiing when in Europe - try dog sledding, ice skating or explore the Alpine villages" - Eleanor Ogle, Travel Specialist


2. Four Seasons Megève, France

Featuring incredible wide-open slopes, immaculate ski-out accommodation and luxury indoor swimming pools, Four Seasons Megève is one of the most picturesque resorts for beginners in Megève. The idyllic chalet-style haven provides awe-inspiring views of the Alps and is nestled in a surrounding winter wonderland.

A day trip can quickly turn into a week full of high-end cuisine and exhilarating skiing activities at this luxury French ski resort. With snow-safe bike rides, ice skating and heli-ski safaris, you'll never run out of things to do during your time on the slopes. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy an exquisite meal with Michelin-starred dishes at La Dame De Pic.

“Four Seasons Megève is a perfect resort for entry level skiers. Most properties have ski-in and ski-out access onto green, easy slopes so you can warm your ski legs and build up courage. Plus, if you wish not to ski all day, you can soak in the charming ambience, enjoy elegant French cuisine and partake in a tour of the hidden wine cellar!" - Chloe Anderton, Client Services Assistant


3. Cervinia, Italy

Sitting in the shadow of the towering Matterhorn, Cervinia is a luxurious Italian resort with excellent ski schools, making it among the top 10 ski resorts in Europe for beginners. There's also a variety of pistes, high-altitude slopes, and fantastic snow coverage for a tailor-made ski holiday near the Dolomites.

Cervinia is not only one of the best places to ski in Europe for beginners, but it's also an incredible resort. Between learning your way around the slopes and marvelling at the impressive scenery, enjoy a hearty Italian meal or skate around the natural ice rink. At the end of the day, return to your luxury ski accommodation for a well-deserved nights' rest.


4. Lech, Austria

Part of the largest ski region in Austria, Lech is an excellent resort for beginners. There's an abundance of ski schools and instructors for you to choose from, and the progression from green slopes to longer blues is smooth. Beginners need around three two-hour lessons. So, make full use of the helpful learning areas on the edge of Lech and Oberlech (just above the main village) for a thorough introduction to the sport.

As you glide down the green piste terrain, take in the beautifully sunlit mountains covered in a blanket of snow. The idyllic scenery and reliable snow quality make it a popular resort for ski holidays in Austria.


5. Courchevel, France

Renowned for being Europe’s most exclusive ski resort, Courchevel is a beginner's paradise thanks to its excellent nursery slopes above Moriond 1650 and Courchevel 1850. With free access to modern lifts, progression to longer greens, and the option for advancing to gentle blue slopes at Biollay, beginner skiers can practice to their heart's desire. Don't forget about the stunning views of the French Alps, either.

After becoming familiar with the gentle nursery slopes, explore the glitzy après ski scene from slopeside restaurants to sophisticated hotel lounges at this fabulous French beginner ski resort. It's a snow sure destination which provides everything a confident beginner needs for a perfect ski trip.

"The trip was an incredible snowy adventure from start to finish. I’d never set foot in a pair of skis before the trip and after just a few hours' private tuition, I was in my element! I’ve definitely got the ski bug now. The hotels in our portfolio make the whole ski experience effortless, whether you’re a beginner like myself, or an expert.” - Sophie Cahill, Marketing Communications Manager


6. Méribel, France

The French Alps is also home to Méribel, one of the best ski resorts for beginners in Europe. It's home to incredibly gentle slopes, luxurious ski accommodation and excellent snow conditions. The luxury French resort has long been a British favourite, and is located at the heart of the vast Three Valleys ski area.

For a comprehensive introduction to skiing at this breathtaking European resort, the green runs near Yéti Park trail and Mottaret feature two separate nursery slopes and eight gentle pistes. These beginner facilities, paired with a vibrant live music scene and indulgent fine dining experiences make Méribel one of the best ski resorts in France.

"Dining is a huge part of a ski holiday that everyone can enjoy! Whether it's Michelin-starred cuisine, warming fondue or indulgent desserts, it's a highlight of any trip" - Joy Woodside, Ski Product Manager


7. Villars, Switzerland

Overlooking Lake Geneva, Villars is a popular resort for advanced skiers and veterans of the slopes. But, it also offers a wide variety of choice for novice skiers when it comes to blue piste opportunities. Among Swiss ski holidays, Villars ranks high with the best beginner ski resorts Europe has available.

The incredible tree-lined skiing slopes, quick access from Geneva and luxury ski chalets make it an ideal destination for learning. After suiting up with your protective ski gear, enjoy a relaxing ride on the gondola before reaching the 1810m summit of the Bretaye. This Swiss resort is purpose-built for all skiers, ensuring your experience is nothing short of breathtaking.


8. Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Offering panoramic views of the Alps and an excellent choice of non-ski activities, Saas-Fee is high up on the list of top ski resorts in Europe for beginners. It's snow sure, has fantastic beginner slopes, and is surrounded by a stunning snowy setting. Following a downhill descent, get the ski lift back to the top and gear up to go again. This purpose-built resort for beginners will have you hooked from the start!

At the edge of the alpine village is a large nursery area where you can make good progress on a variety of slopes and gentle blues. The excellent snow conditions are sure to make your experience unforgettable.

"This gorgeous ski resort in the stunning Swiss Alps is more than ideal for beginners. Its progressive slopes between Felskinn and Morenia or the green pistes of Kreuzboden above Saas-Grund are excellent - and are accompanied by amazing scenery with the imposing glacier. Learn the basics and enjoy your time at this beautiful ski resort." - Joy Woodside, Ski Product Manager


9. Badrutt's Palace, St Moritz, Switzerland

Situated between a shimmering blue lake and the sun-drenched valleys of the Engadin Alps, Badrutt's Palace Hotel is a luxury ski resort in St. Moritz. The amazing facilities, including beginner lifts, green skiing slopes and excellent equipment hire, are perfect for first-time skiers. Not only that, but the indulgent Palace Wellness spa and toasty outdoor swimming pool are an ideal combo for a relaxing escape.

This fantastic resort also offers tobogganing, hiking and ski touring to immerse you in its beautiful snowscape. In the evenings, enjoy a delicious meal at IGNIV, headed by Michelin-starred chef Andreas Caminada, and take in the sensational panoramic views at this majestic Swiss beginner resort.


Ready to hit the slopes for the first time on a luxury ski holiday?

Allow us to to help plan your European ski resort getaway — speak to one of our Travel Specialists today and we'll tailor-make your whole stay so it's entirely bespoke for you. 

Along with finding your perfect hotel, see what extra experiences we can curate. From beginner lessons to the best restaurant reservations and other unique activities, we'll put you at the heart of holiday.

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