In the entire history of skiing, it’s never been a better time to learn as far as the equipment and facilities of these ski resorts for beginners are concerned. Back in the old days, when skis were stick-thin and unwieldy, it could take weeks to gain even a basic level of proficiency. But the modern, lightweight, shorter and broader skis are easier to control, allowing you to be up and confident within a couple of days. In addition, the slopes are far better groomed than they used to be – much more forgiving for debutants.

Greenhorn British skiers would be wise to master the basics on one of the UK’s many dry or, even better, artificial ski slopes. (Good examples of the latter include Snozone in Milton Keynes, The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead and Chill Factore in Manchester.)

Once out in the mountains, though, you’ll find plenty of ski schools plying their trade. Virtually all instructors speak English and many resorts offer huge, wide nursery slopes, with magic carpet lifts rather than the much trickier drag lifts of old.

Although airline tickets are becoming much pricier, there are still many convenient routes from the UK to the top ski resorts in Europe. To help plan your debut, these are the best ski spots to try if you’re a beginner. 

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