Skiing and snowboarding can be some of the best winter activities imaginable, providing you with breathtaking views, fast and athletic activity, and a bonding experience that culminates in hot chocolate and hot tubs at the bottom of the run. But, in order to safely enjoy skiing and snowboarding, you need to first put in time to learn the sport safely.
So, if you find yourself in a situation where you want to learn to ski and snowboard before your next trip, here are our top 5 recommendations throughout Europe:
- Bulgaria: Did you know that Bulgaria has the highest proportion of ski visitors there simply to learn the craft? Known for cheap and accessible ski resorts and mountains, the country is actually the most hospitable when it comes to teaching skiing and snowboarding to visitors. Additionally, the instructors are famously friendly and more than happy to work with you from sunrise until sunset. You don’t need to feel embarrassed in this country!
- Andorra: Andorra’s mountains are packed with green and blue runs that are perfect for those just starting to get their snow legs. From the Soldeu el Tarter, sitting at the centre of the Grandvalira ski area, to the Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig, there are thousands of kilometres of slopes that cater to every kind of skiing and snowboarding level.
- Switzerland: Although the Alps might seem intimidating at first, try Saas Fee in Switzerland if you’re just beginning. It’s a picture-perfect, car-free town with some of the best snowboarding resorts for beginners in the world. The beginner’s slopes are tucked away from the masses, so you can take your time exploring the art without worrying about bystanders.
- Italy: In Cortina, you can access 55km of beginner runs, where you can spend more than a week exploring slopes that were intended for those just beginning. Since 90% of their snow-making facilities come with snow making machines, you can also always know that you are skiing and snowboarding on perfect, powdery snow, which makes the overall activity easier to access.
- France: Although the likes of Serre Chevalier might not come with the glamour notorious at French ski resorts, it is one of the best snowboarding resorts in the Alps without the extensive tickets. It also comes with 137km of beginner runs, nestled in Lelleneuve and Chantelmerle, with flat and wide areas set away from the bustling activity on the other side of the mountain.