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Beginner ski holidays

If you're thinking about your first ski or snowboard holiday, don't be daunted, it's great fun! The beautiful scenery, fresh mountain air and lots of laughs are just a few of the highlights.


We're here to help you work out what to expect, what to take and where to learn. Stick with us and we'll turn you from a nervous beginner in to a piste pro in no time.

Beginner ski holidays include...
  • Return flights
  • Resort transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Services of your Neilson host
  • Expert advice from our UK & in-resort teams

To ski or snowboard?

The best way to work out what's better for you is to ask yourself, 'what do I want to do?' That's really all it comes down to.


Some things will help. If you used to skateboard as a kid, you'll probably take to snowboarding much quicker. The same as if you used to rollerskate or ice skate, skiing is probably more your thing. Whichever you choose, you're destined to have some serious fun and laughs along the way.

What to expect

Trying something for the first time can be a bit scary, but it's also massively fun. Just remember that you're surrounded by people that all share a common interest; a passion for skiing and snowboarding.


So that you're not going in to this blind, we can talk you through your first week as a skier or snowboarder so you'll know what to expect whilst on holiday.


And don't worry, we're with you all the way, so get in touch.

What to take

Like all holidays, you need to make sure you've got what you need. A ski or snowboard holiday is no different, you just may not know what you need yet! 


To help out, our ski specialists can give you some tips to ensure you're fully prepared for your arrival in the snow. Tips like what to bring/not to bring, some of the lingo and what things you need to book in before you go.


Follow these tips and you'll look like a pro on the snow in no time!

Where to learn

The choice of resorts is pretty big, but don't worry as we'll help you choose the right place for you to learn to ski.


Some resorts aren't actually that suitable for beginners. You need to be looking out for lots of green and blue lines on the ski map (those are the easiest slopes) and really good ski and snowboard coaching schools.

Ski pack bundles for beginners

There's a few things you'll need to book before you go. A lift pass (gets you up the mountain), skis or snowboard and boots (tricky without these) and tuition (essential).


We have handy bundles which you can easily add to your booking. The beauty of these bundles is that they save you money as well as time at check out. The prices you see on the site aren't available in resort, so we recommend you book them up before you go.

We're here, if you need us

Everyone is different. We've been looking after skiers and snowboarders for nearly 40 years now and have given advice and support to them all. Some just wanted tips, others needed their hands held all the way. That's what we're here for.


From the first call or email to the final (teary) goodbye on the coach back to the airport, we're here for any questions you may have. You can get hold of us by calling...


0333 014 3351

And remember, there's no such thing as a stupid question.