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Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I'm organising my first ever skiing trip with some buddies (also first-timers) and we have a few questions:

 

Which are the best resorts in France and Italy for first timers? Good teaching and easy slopes are what we're looking for!

 

Is it better to book flights and accomodation separately or get a package. I found cheap flights on here www.travelizer.co.uk/flight but don't know if I'm better off with a package from somewhere like SkiFrance?

 

What's a normal spending budget for one week of skiing?

 

All advice welcome and appreciated!

 

Leah

post #2 of 7

I will move this over to the Eurozone forum, you should get a better response there. 

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Thread Starter 

Great, thanks, didn't realise there was a special Europe section.

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It would be good to know WHEN you plan to go as you want to be high if it is late season.

 

Flaine and Avoriaz are both good beginner resorts. Look for deals which give you skis, boots, lift pass AND tuition. However neither are that pretty.

 

I would avoid Val d'Isere because the run down to the resort is a beginners nightmare. Take the chair down.

 

Look for last minute deals if you want to save money. I used this company many times http://www.skiline.co.uk/cheap_ski_holidays.aspx

 

Booking flights transfers and accomodation CAN be cheaper but the best deals are almost always the last minute ones. I have bood on a Friday afternoon and flown out Sat morning.

 

Chalet parties can be fun try Skiworld and they have good last minute deals from time to time.

 

My first skiing holiday was great fun but day 3 will be hard for some, the bruise on the left hip will be growing and your feet will be dismayed at the thought of returning to the foot crushers. Suck it up and get out there by day 6 most will be going up the mountain for a glorious long run back down. CAMERA TIME.

post #5 of 7
I ski Montgenevre and can heartily recommend it for beginners. Lots of major companies and independents take clients there.
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I ski Montgenevre and can heartily recommend it for beginners. Lots of major companies and independents take clients there.

Plus 1, lovely area for beginners, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much of it you can ski after just 1 week. 

 If you go with Neilson or Crystal it is well worth doing the lessons/liftpass/equipment bundle, it offers a decent saving.

 They will usually issue you the vouchers for equipment on the transfer bus. If you can, get your equipment from the shop that night. It will be transfer day in resort so the shop will be fairly quiet, the following morning will be a flustercuck as everyone will be trying to get sorted at the same time. 

post #7 of 7

Hi Leah,

 

If a lot of your group are beginners, then resorts like Alpe d'Huez, Les Arcs and La Plagne are great! They have something for everyone skiing wise.

 

In addition, they have loads of chalets so finding a deal (especially if you are a group) is generally not a problem. If you are flexible on your ski resort choice, which you seem to be, you can wait until fairly last minute (1 - 3 weeks before hand) and snag some amazing prices!

 

Hope that helps.

 

David

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