Booking your first skiing holiday can be complicated enough. Where to go? Which resort is best? What to take? What will it all cost? And probably above all, will I enjoy it?
The answer to that last question is the easy bit – yes, you’ll love it! But to make life simpler on the rest, see opposite for our ‘Beginners Top 6’. All of them combine the key ingredients for a successful first holiday - great snow, first-class ski instructors, plenty of après-ski of course, and outstanding value for money. Our Reservations Team know all the resorts and hotels inside out to help with any questions you may have, and then our Resort Representatives will take over and be on hand all week, to help you enjoy your holiday to the full!
Our Top Tips for New Skiers & Boarders
|Choose your resort carefully. The big-name resorts may not be the best choice, so check out our ‘Top 6’ for some ideas.||But forget the designer ski gear - it’s expensive and won’t make you ski any better!|
|Pre-book everything before you go. You’ll save money, time and stress by getting your instructor, liftpass and equipment all lined up in advance, so our Resort Reps have everything ready for you on arrival.||Invest in a few classes before your holiday. An hour or two at a UK indoor ski slope will certainly give you a head start, and just some basic fitness effort at your local gym will help avoid aching muscles. (See our Skiplex offer)|
|Don’t skimp on good quality sunglasses, suncream, gloves and socks. Warm hands and feet are the key to enjoying the snow!||For any help or advice, please give our friendly Reservations team a call on 01483 79 11 11.|
Inghams Beginners Top 6
Most resorts in our brochure have dedicated beginners’ ski lifts and slopes, and all have ski-schools. But some places really go ‘the extra mile’ to welcome newcomers to wintersports, and it is these that we especially recommend here, with full details of what’s included in the chart below.
|OBERPERFUSS, AUSTRIA ‘Small, but perfectly formed!’ describes this resort precisely. Brought in new this year specifically with beginners in mind, it offers super-short airport transfers, ideal beginners’ slopes, friendly and welcoming ski instructors, and amazing value Ski-Inclusive offers.||KRANJSKA GORA, SLOVENIA Great value prices both on the mountain and in resort, combined with a first-class ski-school and mainly easy skiing, make Slovenia an excellent choice. With the majestic Julian Alps as a background, you’ll quickly find your ski legs, and be off exploring the mountain.|
|SEEFELD, AUSTRIA There can be few better places to start than on the gentle slopes in the centre of this friendly Tyrolean resort. The ‘Happy Card’ lift-ticket (from approx. £11) means you only pay for the ski-lifts as you use them, which is a tremendous saving for your first days on the snow.||MORZINE, FRANCE This picturesque Savoyarde village is one of our favourites, with easy short transfers from Geneva, and excellent ski and board instruction. Wide, gentle slopes start right in the village itself, and you’ll soon progress to the longer runs down to neighbouring Les Gets.|
|SAUZE D’OULX, ITALY Pronounced ‘Sow-zee Doo’, this resort has long been a favourite Learn to Ski choice for British skiers. Aside from the excellent English-speaking ski school, it’s also a tremendously fun, lively place to be, with great après-ski bars and nightlife with typical Italian flair!||SAARISELKÄ, LAPLAND This, our most northerly resort, is a particularly good choice if you’re keen to try a whole range of winter activities, as well as skiing or boarding. There are husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris to enjoy, and you have an excellent chance of seeing the Northern Lights!|
Our TOP 6 resorts and packages for guests new to skiing and boarding
|Resort||‘New to Skiing’ Packages from:||Ski or Board + Boots Rental||Ski/Board instruction included:||Lift-pass:||Other details:|
|Oberperfuss||Included in basic price||Included||5 days x 4 hours||Included||Prices from £699 include everything from flights, transfers and half-board hotel, and everything you need to learn to ski!|
|Seefeld||£210||Included||6 days x 4 hours||‘Happy Card’ pay-as-you-go||Short transfers – only 30 minutes from Innsbruck.|
|Sauze d’Oulx||£245||Included||6 days x 3 hours||Included||Lively Italian resort with great après-ski!|
|Kranjska Gora||£189||Included||6 days x 2 hours||Included first 3 days on lower slopes||Comfortable 4-star hotels with swimming-pool here start from only £474 per person.|
|Morzine||£295||Included||6 days x 2½ hours||Included||One of France’s most charming, traditional and friendly resorts.|
|Saariselkä||£159||Included||5 days x 1½ hours||Included||Ideal choice for anyone wanting to sample more snow activities than ‘just’ the skiing.|
Terms, conditions and date exclusions apply (see resort pages for details), and all offers are subject to availability. ‘New to Skiing’ packages are strictly for complete beginners only. Anyone who does not attend the free beginner ski/board classes provided will be judged not to be a genuine ‘beginner’, and will accordingly be asked to pay locally any upgrade price for the lift-pass and equipment-hire.
Win a ski lesson!
To celebrate our 80th anniversary, we have 80 ski lessons to giveaway. All you need to do is 'Like' our Facebook page and click on the link to answer the question. All correct answers will be put into our prize draw, good luck!
Free book and DVD
We are proud to be a partner of the Warren Smith Ski Academy - world famous for its expert ski coaching. A free copy of Warren’s excellent ‘Go Ski’ book and DVD is available to the first 100 guests booking one of our ‘New to Skiing’ packages. Simply book your holiday, and then email your booking reference number to: firstname.lastname@example.org