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The Best Ski Resorts in Europe for Beginners
Are you planning your first vacation at a ski resort and don’t know where to start? Below are some of the top suggestions for anyone looking for the ideal destinations for a beginner skier – places of incredible natural beauty, modern facilities and endless kilometres of snowy slopes are there waiting to be discovered.
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Alpe d’Huez, France
Alpe d’Huez is considered one of the best ski resorts in France for beginners and is located at an altitude of 1869 meters. This particular ski resort has a fantastic network of slopes for beginners with a large number of green and blue runs attracting thousands of visitors every year, giving so many people the opportunity to get in touch with the magic of skiing. It is important to mention that in the Alpe d’Huez, there is also one of the largest and best ski schools in the whole of France, the ESF, with more than 200 instructors. The resort is also well-connected to other important areas, such as Oz, Vaujany and Auris, all within walking distance.
Avoriaz belongs to an area of 600 km of snowy slopes. It’s a reasonably safe ski resort, which is friendly to families and beginners. It is also a resort that includes a vast area dedicated to beginner ski users so you can safely and quickly move around.
This resort is located very close to the village of Morzine, which is also a fairly high-quality resort. Here, you can enjoy all a winter recreation centre has to offer and at the same time develop your skills in the sport of skiing. There are hundreds of interesting accommodation packages and ski passes at Morzine ski resort, such as Erna Low, which undertakes all the necessary planning actions for your vacation at good-value prices and gives you the freedom to wander around different areas. It is also important to note that a network of green routes connects the Morzine area to that of Avoriaz.
Car traffic is not allowed in the centre of Avoriaz, but instead, only carriages are used! Combine a carriage ride with a tour of Avoriaz’s fantastic architecture!
Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
The “Queen of the Dolomites” could not be missing from this list, as it includes a significant area dedicated to novice skiers that allows them to enjoy the sport of skiing, without the stresses of busy runs. But, in addition to the ski areas for beginners, you can find other activities in the centre, such as ice rinks, unique sledging trails and snow tubing. Cortina D’Ampezzo has been hosting significant sporting events for many years; in 2021, it hosted the World Alpine Ski Championships. This place brings together the best views of the Italian Alps, with sites like Lagazuoi and Tofana di Rozes being considered some of the most ideal for photography.