Choosing the perfect beginners ski trip

Chamonix
I would love to book a ski trip for my husband as a Christmas present but as neither of us has ever been skiing before, I don’t know which destinations are best. I would really love some advice on affordable ski resorts in Europe that will guarantee us a great ski holiday.

I would love to book a ski trip for my husband as a Christmas present but as neither of us has ever been skiing before, I don’t know which destinations are best. I would really love some advice on affordable ski resorts in Europe that will guarantee us a great ski holiday.

It can be difficult to pick the perfect ski resort for a first time skier as there are so many great destinations in Europe to choose from. While some resorts have the reputation for being expensive, there are plenty which offer a great skiing experience without breaking the bank.

As ski novices, it is important that you look at resorts that cater for beginners. I would highly recommend Chamonix in France as it is ideal for both the beginner and the seasoned skier and offers some great things to do and see off the slopes.

Situated in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Chamonix is bordered by Switzerland and Italy and dominated by the incredible Aiguilles de Chamonix mountain chain which peaks at the top of Mont Blanc.

It is the perfect place to go for a weekend break or a week’s ski holiday as you will never run out of things to do or tire of the breathtaking views. The streets of Chamonix offer a colourful mix of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés which will guarantee you and your husband a great après-ski experience.

As novices, you will find many pistes to suit your abilities as there are a number of ski areas in Chamonix which will provide easy slopes for quick progression to intermediate and more advanced terrain. In the ski areas of Les Planards, Le Tour, Argentieres, Vallorcine, Chamonix/ Brevent as well as Les Houches there are beginner slopes for all ages.

And if you are feeling even more adventurous, Chamonix is also renowned as a base for the more extreme winter sports such as ice climbing and extreme skiing as well as paragliding, canyoning and Wingsuit flying.

Chamonix staged the first Winter Olympics in 1924, guaranteeing its profile as a tourist destination.

The area is also famous for its spectacular cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi peak, once the highest cable car in the world when it was built in 1955. But don’t fear, it has been upgraded several times, most recently in 2008. Another cable car will take you to the spectacular peak of Planpraz.

Where to stay:

Le Labrador (***)

Prices from €93 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Situated in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Le Labrador is close to Chamonix Olympic Stadium and Les Planards ski lifts. After a day on the slopes, you can relax in the hotel’s spa tub or enjoy the use of the health club and sauna. The hotel provides a shuttle service which will get you to the slopes in no time and they also offer ski equipment storage and opportunity to purchase ski passes. Guests can enjoy après-ski drinks at the hotel bar or eat in the hotel’s restaurant.

Auberge Le Beau Site (***)

Prices from €71 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Situated in the heart of Les Houches, the Auberge Le Beau Site allows for easy access to the popular shopping, sightseeing and entertainment areas and is close to Les Houches Ski Resort, Bellevue Cable Car and Parc de Merlet. The hotel offers several ski facilities including ski equipment storage and a ski school which is perfect for beginners. Other facilities include a sauna, terrace, snack bar and ski-in/ ski-out access.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!