Ski Holidays for Beginners

A beginner skier learning to parallel turn
A single snowboarder plans his route down the Chamoisiere

Meet other first-time skiers on a social ski holiday

If you're a first-time skier travelling alone or in a small group, you have come to the right place. Welcome to The Ski Gathering — social ski holidays for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Meet like-minded and sociable people on a ski holiday that's equally suited to day-one beginners and seasoned veterans alike.

Perfect for beginners, travelling solo or in pairs

We have decades of combined experience providing first-rate ski holidays for beginners. So we understand that a first ski trip can seem a little daunting, especially if you're travelling alone as a solo skier. Well, we're here to help. At The Ski Gathering, you won't be on your own — you'll be sharing with other guests who are in the same boat as you.

beginner skier in Bansko beginner skier in Bansko

Meet other first-timers on our Beginners' Weeks

Everyone is welcome, but these beginner-friendly weeks are a great opportunity for inexperienced skiers and boarders to share their first or second trip with others who are in the same boat

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Beginners' Weeks 2018

Everyone is welcome on our beginners' weeks, you don't have to be a beginner. But we're encouraging first- and second-timers to come this week and meet other inexperienced skiers and boarders. As a beginner, it can be great to learn and ski/snowboard with others of your own ability. You're all in the same boat, enjoying the same experiences and you can learn from each other.

Find out about skiing and snowboarding - which is right for you?. If you're thinking the latter, you can also find out what to expect from your first week as a snowboarder.

Share with other beginners

The perfect ski holidays for beginners. Meet other first-timers and share the experience together. You can have private one-to-one ski lessons, or join group lessons and share the banter with the other beginners. After your lessons, join the others for a debriefing over lunch, or take time out for yourself.

Get tips and advice

We'll be here to answer your questions and organise everything for you — your ski lessons, ski hire, lift pass for the ski lifts etc. Any questions? We're really friendly, just let us know. Also, don't forget: the rest of the group were beginners once, too. They will have loads of tips and advice on how to conquer the mountain.

Useful infomation for Beginners

Single skier executing a parallel turn on skis

What level of skier or snowboarder are you?

When booking ski lessons, organising ski hire, or simply choosing the right liftpass, it is important to have an idea of your own confidence and experience levels. This page provides as handy guide for anyone trying to gauge their own abilities as a skier or snowboarder. Beginner skier, novice, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced skier or expert. This guide will help you decide which lessons, if any, are right for you.

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A skier or snowboarder admiring the Alpine view

Skiing Versus Snowboarding: which is right for you?

Skiing versus Snowboarding is a classic debate, and usually a pretty predictable one. Ask a skier, and they'll tell you skiing rules. Ask a boarder... well, you can probably guess. It can be hard to get neutral, well-informed advice, with evangelists from both camps passionately insisting that their chosen sport is by far the superior. So I should begin by laying out my cards. I am one of the few people who do both to a pretty similar level.

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An individual snowboarder mastering her new skills

All aboard: Week One as a Snowboarder

A Q&A with Phil Teare from The Ski Gathering. So you've taken the plunge and booked your first ever snowboarding holiday. Congratulations, that was a great decision - and one that will open up a whole new world of adventures for you! But what should you expect from your beginner's snowboarding holiday, and what happens next? This Q&A from The Ski Gathering will answer all your questions and put your mind at ease. Let's go!

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Skis against a snowy background

The improver's guide to buying ski equipment and clothing

On a summer beach holiday, you might only pack your bathers, your passport and some currency. Not so in winter, sorry. There is a lot of stuff that goes into making ski holiday the awesome experience it is. But what should you buy, what should you borrow, and what should you hire? In this article we will break down all the essentials for you, letting you know about some of the best deals and best snowsports specialists in your local area.

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Company when you want it, freedom when you don't...

Who are our ski holidays for?

Beginner Skiers

Advanced Skiers

First-time Solos

Mixed-ability 2s & 3s

Adults Only

Friendly, sociable people :)

Confused? We're here to Help

We know just about everything there is to know about ski holidays for beginners. Here are just a few things we can help you with...

Ski Lessons

Ski lessons are a must on your first ski holiday. We'll chat to you and find out what sort of lessons will work best for you, then get everything booked for you. On your first morning, we'll show you where to meet your instructor.

Ski Hire

We'll explain what equipment you will need to hire, then arrange for delivery and fitting on your first morning at the chalet. For skiers, it's usually skis, poles and ski boots. For boarders it's a snowboard and boots only. Helmets are recommended for all and they can be hired, too.

Airport Transfers

For France, the main airport is Geneva — about an hour from Les Gets and Morzine. For our Bansko holidays, the best airport is Sofia, with Thessaloniki in Greece providing a handy alternative. Let us know which flights you have booked and we will arrange an airport transfer to suit.

Ski Lift Pass

A lift pass gives you access to the chair lifts and cable cars which get you onto the mountain. We can advise on which lift pass will best suit your needs and arrange for it to be delivered to the chalet when you arrive. One less thing to think about.

Packing List

Packing for a ski holiday can seem like a bit of a logistical operation. Use our handy packing list to make sure you don't forget anything. Don't forget your lip balm!

Anything Else...

All sound a bit confusing? We're here to help! Just get in touch any time and we will do our best to answer all your queries. When it comes to ski holidays for beginners, there are no stupid questions, so just fire away :)

How can we help?
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Handy Packing List

Don't forget your lip balm...

Getting Organised

  • Passport (check expiry)
  • Ski Insurance and EHIC
  • Tickets & Boarding Passes
  • Currency (Euros)
  • Sunblock and Lip Balm
  • Swimwear (some chalets have hot tubs & saunas)
  • Phone Chargers & Travel Adaptors
  • Any Medication (e.g. travel sickness)

For the Mountain

  • Ski Jacket
  • Salopettes (ski trousers)
  • Ski Goggles
  • Waterproof Ski Gloves
  • Thermals & Mid-Layers
  • Balaclava and Woolly Hat
  • Thick Ski Socks
  • Ski Helmet (can be hired)

How can we help?

info@theskigathering.com +44 (0)1654 634 123

A typical day with The Ski Gathering

Morning

As is the norm with any shared chalet holiday, all guests enjoy breakfast around the same time. Usually, this is in time for the keenest group members to reach the first ski lifts when they open around 9 a.m. When you're ready, we'll show you the way to your morning ski lessons. Very exciting...

On the Slopes

In lessons, you'll be starting off gently on the nursery slopes. Ski pistes are graded by difficulty and you will be building gradually up to blue runs. Reds can wait until next year. You can share lessons with a group of other beginners, or get private one-to-one tuition. Whatever works best for you.

Evening & Dinner

Join the others for aprés ski drinks in the resort centre, or head back to the chalet to get the first slice of the afternoon cake. We'll all have dinner together (six nights). Check in with the rest of the group for extra tips after your first day's lessons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a dating holiday?

No. The Ski Gathering does not offer "dating ski holidays" or "ski holidays for singles", as such. Instead, we tend to think of our ski trips as shared chalet holidays for individual skiers and sociable solo travelers.

Who will be there?

You will be sharing the chalet with other independent travelers just like you. Some will be beginners, others more experienced. There may also be some groups of two or three skiers who are of mixed abilities and so would like the chance to ski separately but with other people.

Do I have to 'join in'?

No. There are no formal or pre-arranged group activities. Nobody telling you how to have fun. It's totally casual. Meet other friendly people and do whatever makes a holiday awesome for you. If you'd like to do your own thing, we can arrange private one-to-one ski lessons for you, just let us know.

Which resorts can I choose from?

We currently offer ski holidays in Meribel, Morzine and Les Gets. All three of these resorts are beginner-friendly and have top-class ski schools for group or private lessons. Read more...

Is there a single supplement?

No. Single skiers and snowboarders share a room so there is no single supplement to pay. A simple solution to an age-old problem. Read more...

Will I be sharing a bedroom?

In most cases, yes. That's how all of our guests can avoid the single supplement. There are some single bedrooms in Morzine chalets Thalassa and Chez Claude. Otherwise, you can opt to share a twin, triple, quad or five-bed room, depending on the chalet and its availability. See all chalets...

A single room in one of our chalets A single room in one of our chalets

No Single Supplement!

But what is a single room supplement, anyway?

The single-occupancy supplement is generally the biggest headache for individual skiers travelling alone. Usually, solos have to pay a premium for the empty bed, making ski holidays unaffordable for most singles and solo skiers. With The Ski Gathering, you'll be sharing a room so there is no single supplement. Sharing a triple or quad room, you pay slightly less than those sharing a twin.

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Where you'll be staying

We work with some of the very best chalet companies in The Alps to deliver the best service, the best accommodation, and the best value possible. Whether you choose to visit Meribel, Morzine or Les Gets, you should expect premium service and expert knowledge from all our staff in resort.

Bansko, Bulgaria
Chalet Garibaldi in Bansko

Chalet Garibaldi

A spacious, traditional chalet in the resort-centre 'old town' of Bansko. Sleeping 15 guests in eight ensuite bedrooms, and with a great location, Chalet Garibaldi is a dream for groups of solo skiers. Inclusive drinks with evening meals. Access to pool, steamroom and sauna. Read more...

  • Up to 15 Guests
  • Central Location
  • Amazing Value
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Morzine, Portes du Soleil
Our solo ski holidays in Chalet Chery des Meuniers, Morzine.

Chery des Meuniers

Fifty metres from the bus stop, Chery des Meuniers combines a terrific location with unbeatable value. Facilities include an honesty bar, free wifi throughout, flatscreen TV, iPod dock and a secondary living area often used as a quiet den. Read more...

  • Up to 12 Guests
  • 50m to Bus Stop
  • Amazing Value
See Chalet Details
Morzine, Portes du Soleil
Chalet Thalassa in Morzine.

Chalet Thalassa

With a private chalet bar (incl. local draft beer), hot tub and sauna, this chalet provides the perfect sociable space for a solo ski holiday. Space to mix when you want to socialise; space to escape when you're ready for some down time. Read more...

  • Up to 18 Guests
  • 100m from Bus Stop
  • Private Chalet Bar
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Morzine, Portes du Soleil
A singles ski holiday twin room in Chez Claude

Chez Claude

A welcoming chalet with indoor sauna and a log fire. A secondary living area upstairs provides space to spread out, call home, or take a moment's down time for yourself. Just 50m to nearest shuttle bus stop, you'll be on the slopes in minutes. Read more...

  • Up to 10 Guests
  • 50m to Bus Stop
  • Indoor Sauna
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Les Gets, Portes du Soleil
Chalet du Coin in Les Gets.

Chalet Du Coin

Rated #1 on TripAdvisor, Chalet Du Coin is a luxury chalet with a menu and facilities to match. Premium catering, private chalet bar with all-inclusive drinks, outdoor hottub, sauna, cosy log fire, Nespresso machine, the list goes on. It doesn't get much better than this. Read more...

  • Village Centre
  • 250m to Ski Lifts
  • Inclusive Drinks
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Les Gets, Portes du Soleil
The Alpine Lodge luxury chalet in Les Gets.

The Alpine Lodge

In every sense a luxury chalet. Expect the best catering, prepared before your very eyes by head chef Raphael. Enjoy all-inclusive drinks in the expansive living area, or head for the outdoor hottub. Just 300m from the lifts, shops and slope-side aprés ski bar. Read more...

  • Village Centre
  • 300m to Ski Lifts
  • Inclusive Drinks
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Meribel, Three Valleys
Chalet Belmont in Meribel

Chalet Belmont

This luxury chalet offers our "Me+Ski" package. This is less of a meet-up social trip than our usual solo holidays. You will be sharing a chalet with regular groups and couples. You can take room for yourself and there's no single supplement. Or bring 1-2 friends along to bunk-up with. Read more...

  • Me+Ski Package
  • 1-3 booking together
  • Luxury Chalet
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