Skiers learning to ski on one of our Skiing Holidays for Beginners

Beginners Ski Holidays

Guests pose in the snow Zell Am See Cable Car Zell Am See Skiing Photos in the Morzine snow

Adults only

No children allowed on our holidays

Beginner Skiers

This is suitable for beginners

Improvers Skiers

Great for improvers looking to get better

Meet new people

Meet new people from all walks of life

Learn to ski with other like minded solos. Join other beginners and improvers skiers on our beginners ski holidays.

Learn to ski and snowboard on our beginners ski holidays.

Holiday prices

Learn to ski this winter on our beginners ski holiday

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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 — beginners ski holidays. Specifically designed for people people who want to learn to ski or snowboard. Our beginners ski and snowboard holidays are the best way to ease into the world of skiing.

Everyone is welcome on our skiing holidays for beginners, 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.

First Time Skiing? Let us take care of everything!

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, Well fear not! We're here to help. From lessons to ski hire, transfers to clothing advice we will take care of it all! 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.

A typical day with The Ski Gathering

No single supplement. What does that mean?

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.

Button Lift Les Gets
Woman and child sledging in Les Gets
Solo skier in the Orelle Valley
Saalbach Hinterglemm, beginners skiing

What's included or not included?

The prices shown are per person, except where it is explicitly stated otherwise. Due to the variety of holiday types we run individual dates may have slight variations in what's included. To find exactly what's included in your holiday please see the what's included section of your preferred date in the prices table. Please note: flights are not included in any of our holidays.

A comprehensive concierge service is included in the cost of your holiday so please do let us know what you need and we will take care of it for you. We do not charge for this service.

Please note: On our beginners holidays in Les Gets it is mandatory to purchase the "Beginners Package" which includes a special discounted beginners lift pass and group ski or snowboard lessons with ESF Ski School. This is payable in resort.

Useful information for Beginners

Handy Packing List

Getting Organised

  • Passport (check expiry)
  • Ski Insurance and EHIC
  • Tickets & Boarding Passes
  • Currency (Euros)
  • Sunblock and Lip Balm
  • Swim-wear (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)

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Learn more quickly with a shared experience

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.

Which Level Am I?

Beginners

If you have never skied, or you’ve skied once but are not yet able to do a snowplough on a gentle nursery slope, this is the group for you. Basically this is for absolute beginners. No experience necessary.

Improvers

This group is best for you if you have skied at least once before and know the basics. You can make changes in direction and control your speed to a stop using a snowplough on gentle slopes. You’ve started linking snowplough turns and have tried skiing on gentle blue runs.

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. 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 :)

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Dates & Prices 2021-2022

December 2021

Sun 12 Dec 2021
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January 2022

Sat 08 Jan 2022
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Sat 08 Jan 2022
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Sat 29 Jan 2022
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February 2022

Sat 05 Feb 2022
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March 2022

Sat 05 Mar 2022
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Mon 07 Mar 2022
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Sat 19 Mar 2022
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Wed 30 Mar 2022
4 night short break
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4 nights

April 2022

A group of solo beginners skiers

A fantastic trip! We visited in March 2019 and it the hosts were absolutely lovely, the food fantastic and the village really fun. The skiing is perfect for intermediate skiers/boarders.

Katherine stayed with us in March 2019

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