No matter your age, learn to ski in unforgettable destinations with Powder Byrne’s dedicated in-resort services, award-winning children’s programmes from 4 months to teenagers, and exclusive learn to ski in style and ski guiding programmes for adults. We know that the first ski holiday for a family can be a little daunting which is why our experienced head office and in-resort teams take care of all the little details leaving you to relax and take in the experience. Our ski holidays for beginners are all completely bespoke and our travel consultants and client concierge team are there to guide you through the process from start to finish.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BOOKING A SKI HOLIDAY FOR BEGINNERS
* Ski passes – To make purchasing a ski pass easier and more convenient, you can opt to use our pre-paid Ski Pass Service. Our resort teams will collect and check all the passes required for your party prior to your arrival. These will be handed to you in resort, by our local Powder Byrne team, in preparation for your first day on the slopes.
* Lessons – Whether you are starting out or keen for some high-altitude adventures, lessons are a great way to improve. We work with the best ski schools in each resort, who alongside the Powder Byrne team, make sure you get the most out of your ski holiday. Our Learn to Ski in Style programme is great for adults who are new to skiing, and our award-winning children’s programmes are perfect for younger ones, with the best child to adult ratios on the mountain.
* Equipment hire – We work with premium ski hire companies, with a great selection of ski equipment for all levels and our local in-resort teams will ensure a seamless ski hire experience upon arrival into your resort.
OUR RECOMMENDED SKI RESORTS FOR BEGINNERS
Our resorts have been selected for their picturesque villages and snow-sure conditions, as well as being home to a good range of beginner slopes alongside some more advanced options for groups of mixed abilities. Speak to our travel consultants for expert advice on booking your ski holiday and browse our recommendations of ski holidays for beginners below.
With around a third of all pistes being blue, the Swiss resort of Arosa is ideally suited to ski holidays for beginners. The Tschuggen beginner ski area just above Arosa is home to lots of easy blues, with the Hörnli piste starting at 2511m offering a long blue run home for the more confident beginners. For kids learning to ski, there are four children’s ski areas (in Arosa, Inner-Arosa, Prätschli and Tschuggen Hütte) that are easily accessible, making it an ideal resort for families with young children.
Arosa offers some great mountain side restaurants which are easy to get to for beginners including Weisshorngipfel at the top of the Weisshorn lift, or Brüggerstuba, half-way up at the middle station or Tschuggenhütte near the beginners area. The fun doesn’t stop off the slopes, with world-class spa facilities at the Tschuggen Hotel to relieve tired muscles as well as traditional alpine activities such as ice skating on the lake and night tobagganing.
Explore one of the most stunning alpine regions and learn to ski surrounded by dramatic views of the Eiger and Wetterhorn mountains. The Bodmi ski area a short bus ride from Grindelwald village (included in your lift pass) is designated for beginners with a drag lift and mini jump areas for adventurous learners. This is connected to the First ski area with lots of wide open blues which aren’t too busy as well as plenty of excellent mountain restaurants with traditional alpine cuisine on offer. On the other side of the mountains towards Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg is easily accessible with new lift openings and the old cog railway, with 33km of easy blue slopes including the home run down to Grindelwald.
Flims, Laax and Falera is home to 88km of runs, which are suitable for beginners (just over a third of the total ski area), notably the runs near Foppa and Crap Sogn Gion which are both easily accessible from Flims Dorf. The gentle and wide pistes make for ideal practice areas for those new to skis. Towards Falera there is a snowy wonderland and two ski parks for kids. If you head over to the Laax side of the mountains, then the Beginner Park caters to Snowboarders and Freestylers who are learning.
Off the mountain there is also the Freestyle academy in Laax where novices can practice jumping like the pros. The Waldhaus Spa offers unparalleled facilities, with indoor and outdoor pools, as well as aromatic steam baths and saunas. Flims is a great all-round destination for ski holidays for beginners.
Zermatt offers extensive facilities catering to beginners to skis, and with a snow-sure glacier, the resort offers up a high-altitude option for ski novices. There are three dedicated nursery slopes, Wolli’s Park at Sunnegga with state-of-the-art facilities including four magic carpets just a 5 minute funicular from Zermatt, Täsch and Randa, as well as plenty of sloping blues in the Gornergrat area. The beginners parks are all located in easy-to-access areas up the mountain, meaning they are ideal for groups of mixed abilities.
Off the slopes experience a classic alpine village with no cars and the luxurious spa at Mont Cervin Palace as well as world-class mountain dining
“We were looked after so well by the team, as always the kids had a ball and we loved every minute. Flew by all too quickly and could not fault it.”
Elba – Summer 2019
“The transfer was fantastic. From the start, Jamie was smiley, enthusiastic and he made us feel relaxed and welcome. He was knowledgable and had so many supplies (food and drink) for the family. He went out of his way to make it comfortable and drove safely and even managed to get us an earlier ferry. FABULOUS!”
Lenzerheide – Winter 2018
“A special thank you to Tom for all his help and for organising snowshoeing and spa bookings for me while my family were off skiing.”
Adelboden – Winter 2018
“We have had a phenomenal ski holiday thanks to the PB team and incredible service and attention provided. Nothing was too much trouble – we’ve been spoilt beyond belief. Every person has been an absolute joy to coordinate with. We’ve simply had the best time! You can’t improve – you’re simply the best.”
Crete – Summer 2021
“Excellent. Kat and her entire team were amazing. It was them that made our holiday. Happy children and relaxed parents. “
Polo Valley – Autumn 2018
“My children are completely addicted and want to come back. That is down to the people at Polo Valley; from those who taught us, to the lovely grooms that look after the ponies. A feeling of mallet on the ball and simultaneously trying to control a pony is a complete hit with the boys and has made my daughter fall in love with horses all over again. Thank you for mission impossible made possible!”
Zurs – Winter 2018
“The ski guiding programme was definitely the highlight of the holiday for me and my wife. We had not skied in Zurs before, so it was really nice to have an experienced guide to show us around the slopes and take us to the best restaurants and bars.”
Klosters – Winter 2019
“Nothing was too much trouble and every request was met with a ‘can-do’ attitude. This was our first Powder Byrne holiday and we are already making plans for our next!“
Zurs – Winter 2020
“Fun-loving but professional staff really added to our holiday experience. Our children loved the final children’s Yeti race day – it felt so special for the whole family. We can’t wait to do it all again.”
Elba – Summer 2018
“We had a brilliant time! The team couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. We had some amazing tennis lessons and our boys loved the kids’ programmes. They had tears at the end of the holiday!”
Crete – Summer 2018
“Beautiful resort at Porto Elounda and flawless service – we’d recommend Powder Byrne to anyone wanting a chilled and stress-free holiday.“
Crete – Summer 2018
“Very good activities and staff were excellent. Our children have loved it. Thank you so much, we recognise how hard you all work.”
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