Best Resorts For Beginner Snowboarders

by Fraser

We know that many snowboarders begin their adventures on the slopes on a pair of skis, especially children, and this article showcases the best reports to ski as a beginner.

If you’ve decided to give skiing a go and would like to arrange a winter sports holiday that will allow you to learn the ropes in an enjoyable yet unpressured way, you’ll find a great selection of locations ideal for novices all over the globe. For some help whittling down the extensive choice, read my guide to some of the best beginner-friendly destinations for your break.


The French Alps are one of the world’s most famous skiing areas, and there are plenty of resorts to choose from here that cater for novices. Les Arcs is one such spot, and the resort – which is comprised of several villages – is home to a good selection of nursery slopes, as well as a ski school where you can receive some expert tuition.

Another resort to consider is Courchevel, a chic settlement located in the famous Three Valleys ski area.

With over a dozen runs for beginners, you’ll have lots of space in which to practice. The apres-ski scene here is excellent and there are around 50 bars as well as a few nightclubs to visit. Pools, saunas, restaurants and sports centers are among the other amenities you can find at the busy resort.


A great spot for a family ski holiday is Bankso in Bulgaria. The UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts breathtaking mountain scenery and a good selection of slopes ideal for those new to skiing. What’s more, the resort offers great value for money, and you can book a break that includes skiing lessons to avoid having to find ski school and queue up once you arrive.

Pamporovo is another top Bulgarian winter sports destination that caters well for novices; the nursery slopes run down into the village and the beginner trails are long and gentle, easing you into the learning process. Affordable tuition is easy to find and there’s also a snowboard park if you fancy having a go at a different sport.


Arinsal in southern Andorra is a great place for beginners, offering 19 runs suitable for novices. The resort has improved in recent years by linking to Pal – a quiet settlement close by. There’s an excellent ski school to be found in Arinsal and the resort has very reliable snowfall, as well as cannons in case a top-up is needed. Soldeu is also worth visiting on a learn-to-ski holiday, as the township in the Andorran Pyrenees offers around 18 runs for beginners and picturesque surroundings.


World-famous for its brilliant skiing conditions, Austria has some great locations for beginner skiers. Ellmau is among the top spots for novices, and there are approximately 280 km of runs to be found here. The traditional village has nursery slopes on either side and also boasts a number of areas further up the mountain that are easy to navigate.

Scheffau is another resort you might decide to visit for your getaway, as the picturesque village has some gentle runs, as well as a children’s ski area called the KinderKaiserland. Set at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, the resort is within easy reach of other skiing centers and is linked to them by a short bus transfer. If you want to explore, you can get a single ski pass to access the wider Ski Welt area.

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