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Holidays & Travel: Choosing the right resort

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
Question:
I want to take my family away for the first time this winter and am looking at a beginner friendly resort that also offers challenges for an advanced skier, where fits the bill?
Answer:

Of primary importance here is that your resort suits beginners; if the snow is half decent then an advanced skier should be happy anywhere. An ideal choice should therefore have snowsure and preferably sunny beginner slopes right in the heart of the resort. The last thing you want on your first holiday is a long bus ride or a busy gondola ride up to a beginner area high above town.

Based on this the French resort of Alpe d’Huez would be perfect, with its excellent beginner slopes fanning out from the town’s accommodation – much of which is ski-in ski-out. I have skied there myself and found numerous advanced options, with the Tunnel Run and the 16km Sarenne up there with some of the best runs I’ve skied.

Another option worth considering is the Swiss resort of Wengen. It sits on a sunny plateau surrounded by stunning scenery, including the mighty north face of the Eiger which towers above the resort. Although at a relatively low altitude, recent investment in snowmaking infrastructure has ensured the resort’s sunny beginner slopes (that lie right in the heart of town) are snowsure all winter. Whilst the kids are at Ski School head up to the slopes served by the Eigernordwand chairlift, which not only have fantastic views but also retain the best snow conditions in the resort.   

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