Beginner ski and snowboarding holidays

If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, then the whole experience can be a little daunting. Our aim at Thomson Ski is to make the introduction to winter sports an easy and pleasurable experience with our learn to ski & snowboard packages. To help you choose the right resort, we’ve even rated our resorts on how good they are for beginners and we offer a selection of ‘First Time’ packages.

First-time ski or board

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.

The basics of a ski or board holiday

Apart from flights, transfers to your resort and accommodation – all of which are included in our prices – as a beginner you’ll need the following:


Lessons are crucial to picking up the basics as quickly and safely as possible. After just a few of them you’ll probably be able to tackle some of the easier slopes. It can be tricky at first but it’s remarkable how quickly you build up your confidence under professional tuition – just persevere 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, poles and helmets so that they’re waiting for you to collect in-resort. The reps and local staff will help you get the right sizes and fits.

Lift pass

There are lifts of various shapes and sizes that take you up the mountain. They are 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.

Winter 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 essentials are as follows: waterproof jacket, salopettes or snowboard pants (waterproof trousers), gloves, socks, goggles/sunglasses and some thermals or thin warm layers that are easy to take off.

Top 10 beginner ski resorts

Our favourite beginner ski resorts are listed below:

  • La Plagne, France
  • Niederau, Austria
  • Claviere, Italy
  • Ruka, Finland
  • Scheffau, Austria
  • Val di Fassa, Italy
  • Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Arinsal, Andorra
  • Alpe d’Huez, France
  • Pamporovo, Bulgaria

Top 10 beginner snowboarding resorts

Our favourite beginner snowboarding resorts are listed below:

  • Alpe d’Huez, France
  • Arinsal, Andorra
  • Avoriaz, France
  • Borovets, Bulgaria
  • Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Panorama, Canada
  • Sestriere, Italy
  • Söll, Austria
  • Val di Fassa, Italy
  • Zell am See, Austria

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