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Ski holidays for beginners

Have you dreamt of an amazing European ski holiday despite having little to no experience on the slopes? Learn how to ski while having an incredible holiday at one of our stunning ski resorts in France and Austria.

All resorts are specially designed to provide access for beginners to some of the world’s best and most renowned ski and snowboard schools. And while you’re getting to grips with the sticks, it’s important to know you’ll be having a relaxing, fun trip that’s full of options for food, drink, shopping and après-ski.

It all starts with knowing what to expect when starting out on your ski adventure.

Learn to ski with expert tuition

When you get to your resort, you’ll have the chance to meet the trainers looking after you when hitting the slopes for the first time. We work with local ski and snowboard schools who know the slopes like the back of their hands.

Classes are carried out based on the level you think you’re at and are as follows: 

  • Level 0 – Never ever skied before
  • Level 1 – You can just about do turns and have been on slopes before
  • Level 2 – Your snow plough is good and can just about parallel turn
  • Level 3 – You can parallel turn on blue slopes
  • Level 4 – Blue and red slopes are ok but black is still a challenge
  • Level 5 – You can go on pretty much any slope
  • Level 6 – You’re more or less competition ready and want expert tuition 

Knowing where you fit (even if it’s between levels) helps your instructors know how to tailor lessons and make skiing a breeze.

What destinations are available?

We have locations across France and Austria,  including some of the most world-renowned resorts for providing the authentic ski holiday experience.

In France our resorts are:

In Austria our resorts are:

Regardless of the resort, beginners will always have the comfort of incredible tuition and coaches providing you with all the knowledge to master your new-found skills.

What ski schools do Mark Warner work with?

Beginners at our resorts in Tignes can work with our fantastic partner ski school Evolution 2. We also work closely with Oxygene in Méribel and La Plagne. As for our Les Deux Alpes resort, we partner with ESF while in St Anton, guests can pre-book lessons with the amazing Arlberg Ski School.

All the instructors at these schools are fully qualified and experienced in teaching both complete beginners and those looking to develop their existing ski skills further. You will learn everything from how to attach your boots to your skis, to travelling downhill on parallel skis, and even how to go around slalom poles.

What classes are available for beginners?

Mark Warner offers an adult beginner skiing package designed to help those with little to no experience gain the skills needed to feel confident on the slopes. Our experienced English-speaking teachers will work with you as part of a small group providing you with all the know-how you need to take to the slopes. Most resorts have a maximum of 12 per group to ensure everyone gets an attentive experience, while most average 8 to 10 members.

 Your resort will either offer half-day sessions or the possibility of a full day lesson that gets you up to speed quickly.

Beginners ski holidays for families

All resorts are family friendly, and some offer day and evening childcare so that parents can rest assured that their little ones are well taken care of while they are on the slopes.

Chalet hotel rooms are spacious enough to add a cot, and for families with older children, interconnecting rooms are available.

What ski classes are available for children?

Ski and snowboard schools for children are available across all our ski resorts allowing the whole family to learn and enjoy their time on the slopes. Our English-speaking teachers are well versed in training children and will provide a caring and relaxed atmosphere for your kids to learn and feel right at home on their skis.

Children as young as four years old can take advantage of our excellent ski schools. It is essential to book these lessons early as spaces can be limited, especially during school holiday periods. With the childcare available at some resorts, children are picked up and dropped off for the ski school so that parents can head to their classes or straight to the slopes.

Beginner’s ski holidays for groups

Are you thinking of taking a big group ski holiday as a special adventure? Private group lessons are available, but we do recommend that guests book this in advance of travel to guarantee you’ll get your own instructor.

Find out more about jetting off on a ski holiday together by visiting our group ski holiday page.

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