Passo Tonale, Italy

We all like something different in a ski resort, but if it’s your first time heading to the mountains, you might not know what to look for. Here’s our pick of the top resorts for beginners – we’ve given them five stars for their highly rated, English-speaking ski schools, their great range of gentle slopes, and all of the things you can do when you’re not skiing. Passo Tonale, Italy High in the Italian Alps, Passo Tonale has got plenty of quiet, easy runs accessed…Continue Reading “Top 6 ski resorts for beginners”

The Best Places To Learn To Ski In Europe

Learning to ski is a thrilling experience. You’re not only picking up a whole new range of skills, but you’re doing so in some incredibly beautiful places with lots of like-minded snow-seekers. While there are hundreds of ski resorts in Europe, not all are suited to new starters. So, to make things a bit easier, here’s our list of the best places to learn to ski in Europe. Top 7 resorts for learning to ski in Europe Arinsal, Andorra Part of the Vallnord ski area,…Continue Reading “The Best Places To Learn To Ski In Europe”

As we continue with our Crystal Ski Awards, as voted for by our customers (check out the first in the series – “Best Ski Resorts for Families”), we now look at the best places for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. We’ll also be looking at the best ski school if you’re looking to improve your technique or are new to the world of skiing. For those of you who don’t know a ski pole from a snowboard then we’ll quickly run through some technical…Continue Reading “Crystal Awards 2013 – Best Beginner & Intermediate Ski Resorts”

I have recently returned to the UK after living for the past two years in Austria. Not only did I have four fantastic seasons there, it was the country where I originally learnt to ski. Oddly, I started working in Austria as a summer rep and accidentally fell into working a ski season. Saying that, my winters soon ended up being my favourite seasons. Starting at the age of 30, I found that I was a pretty nervous skier, however, with the support (and laughter)…Continue Reading “Learning to ski in Austria”

For anyone who’s skied or boarded before, a winter sports holiday seems like second nature. Wind in your hair, speeding effortlessly down the slopes, twisting through the trees… but what if you’ve never been before? Is it really that simple? Here, to dispel the myths and inform expectations, is our guide to ski and snowboard holidays for beginners. Is it your first ski holiday? Here’s what’s involved? Winter sports holidays are all about having a fantastic time, surrounded by incredible scenery. A lot of it…Continue Reading “The Beginner’s Guide To Skiing”