The 5 Best Skiing Destinations (For People Who Don’t Know How To Ski)

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So here’s a little known fact about skiing. It’s really hard. Turns out it’s not just a question of going on to the slopes, sliding down to the bottom and being awesome at it. It takes practice, and often a bit of teaching to get you going. So with that in mind, here are five of the best skiing destinations for people who need a bit of help getting started.

1. Les Arcs, France

This is a popular destination for skiers of all abilities, but it has a particularly good range of nursery slopes which are situated close to each of the resort’s main villages. Make us of the resort’s free beginner’s lift, and pick up some tips from the riendly instructors at the award winning New Generation ski school in Vallandry.

Then, as you grow in confidence, try out some of the more advanced slopes.

2. Tignes, France

At Tignes the Skiworld school offers specialist women-only classes of three to six students. This is good not only if you want to avoid some of the more macho jerks you can find on the slopes, but also because, frankly, women are built differently to men, and so ski differently. This is something that should be taken into account by your teacher as much as its now taken into account by ski gear manufacturers.

In Tignes you’ll find a nice selection of nursery, intermediate and expert slopes, so that you can try more advanced routes as you grow in confidence and ability.

3. The Chill Factore, UK

Of course, you might not want to wait until you’re out on the slopes before you find out whether or not you have the knack for the snow. This when it might be an idea to visit one of the UK’s many ski domes. The Chill Factore, next to the Trafford Centre in Manchester, boasts Britain’s longest indoor slope, with real snow, 180m of slop, and 50 minute courses from fully qualified instructors at only £17 a pop (£14 for children).

Yes, it’s not the same as actually being out there on the mountainside, but it’s a good idea to get the fundamentals sorted before you do it for real.

4. Wengen, Switzerland

The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is a mighty behemoth of a mountain at over 13,000 feet. However, within its shadow are some wonderful family resorts with some of the best ski schools around, as well as a lot of other activities you can do if skiing doesn’t quite strike your fancy. For instance, Wengen is also home to Europe’s highest funicular railway, which will take you up the Eiger’s lower slopes in style!

Alternatively, Wengen also offers a vibrant tobogganing scene!

5. Poiana Brasov, Romania

At Poiana Brasov they make a point of catering to beginners, providing them with invaluable beginner’s training at the sort of budget you’d want for something that, let’s face it, you’re not even sure if you’re going to like yet. Poiana Brasov boasts two nursery areas, both of which are staffed by instructors who are keen to help and infectiously enthusiastic.

And when you get board of skiing, you can always enjoy the great après ski scene, or even check out Dracula’s Castle!

Alex Narracott is a freelance writer working with Much Better Adventures. He definitely does know how to ski.

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