Skiing isn’t like any other holiday, once you get the bug that is it; I have known dedicated sun worshipers give up their summer holidays for an extra week on the slopes. So where is the best place to start? Below are 5 good resorts for skiing beginners.
1. Mayrhofen, Austria
A town dedicated to the year-round hospitality of skiiers and nestled in the Austrian Alps, Mayrhofen offers tourists the opportunity to ski Austria’s steepest marked run, or experience it’s vibrant music atmosphere – Mayrhofen caters for all.
2. Alpe D’Huez, France
Alpe D’Huez is a large resort, sprawled in winter sunshine just east of Grenoble.Known for their long and high runs which split into different paths amongst their gentle nursery slopes, Alpe d’Huez is perfect for the family with mixed abilities, and the chalets all have a sizeable charm.
3. Courchevel 1650, France
With its airstrip, glamourous hotels and six-star Michelin restaurants just minutes away, the slopes of 1650 link into those of the 1850, a more developed part of Courchevel. With streets lined with good ski shops and restaurants, 1650 makes a comfortable temporary home for those who aren’t used to the status and glamour 1850 incites.
4. Passo del Tonale, Italy
Located just on the border of Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige, Passo del Tonale is renowned for its ability to keep the long ski season, the Tonale slopes are ideal for learners, with other runs for the more experienced.
5. Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
From its origins as a gold-mining town and Wild West roots, Breckenridge boasts slopes for all abilities, an abundance of lively bars and restaurants and a shared lift pass with other nearby resorts, enabling your holiday to have true variety.
If you are heading for the slopes for the first time don’t forget to arrange specific winter sports travel insurance, existing medical conditions can also be covered under this policy. Winter sports holiday insurance offers additional cover to that of a standard travel insurance policy, the extended cover includes such things as, mountain rescue, loss of ski pass, piste closure along with cover for your actual skis.
Going on a skiing holiday without the appropriate travel insurance policy can be very costly, so always make sure you have the correct policy. If you are going to be snowboarding or some other type of snow sport check your policy will cover you, you may have to pay extra to cover certain things such as off piste skiing, although if this is your first ski holiday it is highly unlikely you will require off piste cover! Please also remember if you are buying travel insurance for existing medical conditions, make sure you declare all your medical conditions and medications you take.