Ski resorts are not all created equal. As a newbie skier or snowboarder, picking the right resort for you could lead to a lifetime passion for the sport. Picking the wrong resort on the other hand might leave you feeling wet, cold and frustrated.
Excellent ski schools and plenty of gentle runs on which to build confidence are obligatory requirements for beginners. But it’s also important to consider what the resort has to offer in terms of apres-ski, restaurants, and other non-ski related activities.
OnTheSnow has selected five of the best ski resorts for beginners.
Compact, reliable snow cover, friendly and providing good value for money, Arinsal in the Vallnord area is a sound choice for those who are just starting to slide. Andorra has suffered in the past with something of a downmarket reputation but those that have skied Pal-Arinsal know differently. More than €100m of investment has gone into the area’s infrastructure and these efforts have seen the increase of developments resembling the architecture in Verbier and Meribel.
The ski slopes are wide and generally quiet which means that beginners have space in which to practice those first turns. The runs are best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers: large beginner areas can be found in La Caubella 1950m (from La Massana) and in Comellemple 1950m (at the gondola lift from Arinsal). Once you progress, nearby Pal, linked by gondola, has more challenging runs as well as scenic tree-lined runs.