Hunting down the best skiing holiday spots

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The crunch of snow beneath your skis, empty blue skies and gorgeous views, it’s little wonder the skiing is one of the UK’s favourite holiday pastimes.

There are few breaks that offer such an enticing blend of thrills and peaceful, mesmerising landscapes. Skiing is a wonderful way to stay fit and explore a new wonderland.

From exciting peaks best suited to experienced skiers to gentle slopes that welcome even the most nervous novice, the world has some top notch holiday spots. Find the skiing break that matches your ability level and see the world from the slopes.

First steps to skiing success

Before you hit the slops on your first skiing holiday, get prepared. Talk Skiing has a good guide to the rudiments of skiing, including technique and navigation tips. You’ll also find some nice advice for getting to grips with your skis from The Telegraph, which has collected an excellent selection of articles about learning to ski and snowboard. Watching 10 simple skiing videos from veteran instructor Ali Ross may also be a good way to start developing your skills before you get out on the snow.

Finding your perfect skiing spot

Once you’re ready to strap on your skies, head for a holiday spot that caters to beginners. France is a wonderful place to begin your skiing adventures, as it’s home to a wide range of gentle slopes and skilled instructors. Courchevel 1650, Sainte Foy and Alpe d’Huez all features fantastic resorts and the kind of conditions that will fire up your enthusiasm in no time. Have a look at the top beginners ski slopes in France as chosen by the team at J2Ski.

Another fabulous place to learn the ropes happens to be Colorado in America. There, you’ll find some extremely welcoming slopes and friendly instructors. Buttermilk Mountain is a wonderful place to learn, as are Beaver Creek and Telluride. Get the inside scoop on this great skiing spot on Ski Resort Info, which has a wealth of information about resorts all over the world as well as Colorado’s finest.

For some more tips to the world’s best skiing resorts for beginners, turn to Skyscanner and the Guardian, where you’ll find well-researched advice. When choosing your holiday destination, you might want to also consider TravelSupermarket’s smart guide to picking a skiing resort.

Confident skiers will likely want to get their teeth into slopes that afford more in the ways of thrills and spills. Iglu Ski’s list of its five favourite advanced ski slopes is a good place to find a little inspiration. You can also turn to The Telegraph for an extensive list of ski resorts suitable for those who have already honed their skills on the slopes. Finding the right place to enjoy a skiing holiday is more than just following the best snow, however, and this guide to the best ski towns from National Geographic is very useful for making great travel plans.

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