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

Skiing Holidays for Beginners

Learn to ski and snowboard on our beginners ski holidays.

Learn to ski this winter on our beginners 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 — 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.

Dates & Prices 2019-2020

Prices for the 2019-2020 winter season will be online at the end of May 2019. Thank you for an amazing 2018-2019 season. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us here.

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Which Level Am I?

Level 1 - 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.

Level 2 - 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.

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.

Who are our beginners and improvers 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. 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?

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 travellers.

Who goes on our beginners holidays?

You will be sharing the chalet with other independent travellers 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 we 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 ski holiday awesome for you.

Which resorts can I choose from?

We currently offer ski holidays in Chamonix Les Houches, Meribel, Morzine and Les Gets. All these resorts deserves to be near the top of any skier's bucket list, offering genuinely world-class skiing on- and off-piste. 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 certain chalets. Otherwise, you can opt to share a twin, triple, quad or five-bed room, depending on the chalet and its availability. See all chalets...

Are transfers included?

Airport transfers are typically not included in our chalet prices though this does vary from resort to resort, we are very happy to arrange your transfers for you.

When should I arrive?

The best time to arrive (when possible) is some time in the mid afternoon of the first day. If however you need to arrive in resort at another time we will do our best to accommodate you. The reason we recommend mid afternoon on the first day is because it give you an excellent chance to meet the other guests

Will there be children in my chalet?

Typically no, unless specified there are no children on our holidays. Our adult only ski holidays are run in Chamonix Les Houches, Meribel, Morzine and Les Gets. Currently the only holidays that may have children on them are our "Just Ski" holidays and our single parents holidays.

What's included or not included?

The prices shown are per person, except where it is explicitly stated otherwise. They include chalet accommodation with breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals (except one staff night off). Some chalets offer inclusive wine and beer - see your chalet page for details. Flights are not included and all other extras such as ski passes, ski hire and lessons can typically be arranged through us at an additional cost. Book your flights and let us take care of the rest!

See exactly what's included

Chalet Package Included in the price

Included Our basic prices cover bed & breakfast, plus afternoon tea and evening meals every day except the staff day off. Drinks packages vary between chalets. Also included is towels and bed linen. We have hairdryers in each chalet.

Flights Not included

Not included in the price. Choose the flights that suit you best and let us know your flight details so we can organise some airport transfers for you.

Airport Transfers Not included. Available as an Add-on

Not included in the price unless otherwise stated for specific locations. We know all the best local suppliers, though, so please do just let us know if you would like us to arrange your transfers for you.

Ski / Snowboard Lessons Not included. Available as an Add-on

Not included in the price, unless stated otherwise for certain specific packages. Let us know your requirements and we will find the best possible price for your ski and snowboard lessons.

Ski / Snowboard Hire Not included. Available as an Add-on

Not included in the price, unless stated otherwise for certain specific packages. Let us know your requirements and we will find the best possible price for your ski hire.

Lift Pass Not included. Available as an Add-on

Not included in the price, unless stated otherwise for certain specific packages. Let us know your requirements and we will find the best possible price for your liftpass.

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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