Beginner ski and snowboarding holidays

If you're new to skiing then we recommend you go to our sister company, Crystal Ski Holidays. They're a ski specialist and love to share their passion for the mountain. They've got loads of ideas and advice to help beginners choose the right ski holiday.

After this season you won't be able to book on this site, so go to Crystal now to get ahead of the curve.

Check out Crystal's beginner resorts and advice.

If you want to find out more about Thomson Ski holidays read on.

First-time ski or board

Our first-time packages are for complete beginners, so if you've never put on a ski or board before then this is ideal. You'll need to book it before you travel, and all the items you need to get you skiing or boarding are included:

  • 6 day standard ski or board hire and boots.
  • Lift pass*.
  • Ski/board tuition**.

* In some resorts, where beginner lifts are free, lift passes are of differing durations which correspond with when ski schools judge that you'll be ready to progress on to other slopes. In other resorts the lift pass type varies from beginner through to area passes.

** Lesson durations vary by resort.

These packs for complete beginners, so if you’ve never put on a ski or board before then this is ideal. All the items you need to get you on the mountain are included here, and are only available to pre-book. It includes:

  • 6 day standard ski or board hire and boots.
  • Lift pass*.
  • Ski/board tuition**.

* In some resorts, where beginner lifts are free, lift passes are of differing durations to match when ski schools judge that you will be ready to progress further around the mountain. In other resorts the lift pass type varies from beginner through to area passes.

** Lesson durations vary by resort.

Top 10 beginner ski resorts

Here are our favourite beginner ski resorts:

Find out about our top 10 beginner snowboarding resorts

Beginner cross country skiing

Cross country gives you a very different perspective of the mountains, like alpine, downhill skiing it can be as energetic or relaxing as you want. It's relatively easy to pick up, skating-style or classic, and with just a few lessons you'll be confidently sliding your way around.

Best for beginners: Seefeld, Austria.

The basics of a ski or board holiday

Flights and transfers to your accommodation are included in our holidays, as a beginner you'll also need;

Lessons

Ski school is essential for getting to grips with the basics quickly and safely. After just a few lessons you'll probably be able to tackle some of the easier slopes. It can be tricky at first but it's amazing how quickly your confidence grows with professional tuition. Stick with it and you'll be having fun in no time at all.

Equipment hire

The easiest thing to do as a beginner is to hire equipment with us when you book your holiday. You can arrange your skis or board, boots and helmet so that they're waiting for you to collect in resort. The reps and local staff will help you get the right size and fit.

Lift pass

There are lifts of various shapes and sizes that take you up the mountain. They're maintained by the resort along with the slopes themselves - it takes a bit of work to make the pistes lovely and smooth to ski on. The lift pass is effectively a ticket to the slopes and allows you on the lifts.

Ski clothes

You'll need to pick up these things before you go or maybe borrow them from a friend. There are loads of things you could get, but the real essentials are: warm, waterproof jacket, salopettes or snowboard pants (warm, waterproof trousers), gloves, socks, goggles/sunglasses and some thermals or thin warm layers that are easy to take off.

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