b'BEGINNER RESORTS05 07 09FOR TRIPS TO ALLTHESE RESORTS AND EXPERT ADVICE GO TOCRYSTALSKI.CO.UK 06 08 10HAVING SO MANY RESORTS TO CHOOSE FROM CAN BE BEWILDERING, SO WE ASKED THE EXPERTS AT CRYSTAL SKI HOLIDAYS TO PICK THEIR 10 BEST PLACES TO START06 07 08 09 10Kaprun,Alpe dHuez,Bardonecchia,Ruka,Passo Tonale, Austria FranceItaly FinlandItaly Dedicated nurseryOne of the sunniestGentle beginner runsThe largest beginnerSmall, family-friendly, slopes, and top tuition. resorts in the Alps.and a top ski school.ski area in Finland.and value for money. Easy runs on theNursery slopes andQuiet, sunny pistesAttractive village withQuiet, easy runs and Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. blue runs close to home.and short lift queues.Scandinavian character.excellent ski schools. A great aprs sceneGood aprs scene andSki two countries inA short transfer timeThe good lift system on and off the pistes. lots of off-slope fun. one day.of 25 mins. means few queues. Beginners will feel rightNicknamed the island inBardonecchia sits in aRuka is a completelyPasso Tonale is a high at home in Kaprun withthe sun thanks to oversunny valley right on thedifferent experiencemountain pass with a easy access from the300 sunny days a year,French border and twoto other European skilong, snow-sure season. resort to a selection ofAlpe dHuez is one of theof its three ski areas aredestinations, with lowMost hotels are within suitable blue and redseven resorts that makeinterlinked, opening uplight, cold temperatureseasy reach of the chairs, runs, including someup the Alpe dHuez Granda lot of terrain. Onceand a winter wonderlandand theres also a gondola gentle high-altitude onesDomaine. Its famous foryouve mastered thefeel. The slopes are quietthat takes you up to the on the glacier. Off theits exciting expert skiingbasics you can also roamand ski school groups3,000m-high Presena pistes, head to Kaprunsbut theres still plentifulacross the border to theare small, so learning isGlacierwhich is suitable excellent public poolsstuff here for beginners.resort of Montgenvremore personal. Ruka isfor beginners. The aprs and spa centre, and dontOnce the sun goes downin Franceall includedalso about more thanis more about chilled miss the Ice Camp, aAlpe dHuez parties hardon your lift pass. Theskiingtry a reindeerafternoon beers than series of interconnected if youve never sampledtown itself has an icesafari or dog sledding,partying hardor go igloos complete with icetheaprs life before,rink, sports centre and aor just cosy up in asnowmobiling or cross-bar and sun deck. youre in for a treat.lively aprs scene. traditional log cabin.country skiing instead.TOP TIP: Dine with greatTOP TIP: Head to the all- TOP TIP: Get inspired byTOP TIP: Learning withTOP TIP: Night skiing on panoramic views at dancing on-piste Foliewatching the pros atkids? Go at Christmasfloodlit runs is included the Gipfel Restaurant,Douce bar for awesomethe Olympic Ski Park infor the chance to meetwith your Passo Tonale at 3,000m.aprs, Alpe dHuez style.neighbouring Melezet.Santa on the slopes.lift pass.SNOWMAGAZINE.COM147Best resorts for beginners SL_RF_JW_SC_NEEDS IMAGES.indd 147 17/10/2019 15:53'