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Posted by Anonymous 11th February 2015

Choosing a suitable resort as a beginner skier can be a difficult decision. We asked ski holiday experts Alpine Elements which French ski resorts they would recommend for beginners. Here’s their take on some of the best resorts in the French Alps with facilities suitable for first-time skiers and snowboarders.

Alpe d'Huez

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Posted by Beth Alexander 9th September 2013

The Go Ski Go Board campaign from Snowsport England (supported by the Tirol Tourist Board) is kicking off this month, and last week I had the chance to go to the launch event at Hemel Snow Centre, both to find out what it’s all about and to have a go at snowboarding. It was Thursday September 5th – most likely the last hot day of the year, if you remember?

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Posted by Beth Alexander 25th March 2013

After much anticipation we arrived in Austria and were greeted by snowy Alps and a stand-up shot of the potent local schnapps at our Mayrhofen chalet. Everything was as it should be. Now to sort out our ski rental.

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Posted by Beth Alexander 15th March 2013

Having spent all my holidays thus far in sunny climes, my packing list has usually been pretty straightforward - but I have no idea what to pack for my first ever ski trip.

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Posted by Beth Alexander 26th February 2013

With my first ever ski holiday approaching fast, the time had come to start researching some cheap flights to Europe. I’ve always been under the impression that if you want a good flight deal, then you go straight to the easyJet, Monarch and Ryanair websites, and do a labour intensive search through all of London’s airports, on all three websites.

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Posted by Beth Alexander 20th February 2013

After years of seeing my friends heading off on ski trips to Europe (I’ve always preferred the idea of a beach to learning to ski on a freezing cold mountain top), I’ve finally decided to give it a go and join the MadDogSki team on a late season ski holiday.

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Posted by Gareth Edmundson 3rd January 2012

Learning to ski as an adult can be very daunting, so get a head start with these ten ski tips for beginners, straight from a brand new ski convert. Before I start though, what’s written below is not meant to replace someone teaching you. Think of these tips to supplement your fabulous friend or instructor.


25th February 2015

There’s only two months left of the ski season but there’s still some great skiing to be had. Head to the Alps for the best deals, here guests can save up to £550 per person in Europe’s top resorts, including Val d’Isere, Meribel, St Anton and Courchevel, with Powder White’s late deals for March.

14th March: Chalet Hermine, Courchevel 1850

Now just £749pp (was £1299) – saving £550pp


24th February 2015

Self-drive in Flaine – save 35%

Erna Low is currently offering 7 nights staying at Les Terrasses de Veret, Flaine on a self-catered basis, including return Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade for £137 (pp/based on five sharing). The residence boasts easy access to the slopes, an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Starting 28th March 2015 for one week. Book before 5th March 2015! (subject to availability).


24th February 2015

The Easter holidays are a great time to get a final snow fix while basking in the spring sunshine. Pierre & Vacances are currently offering 20% savings on the 4 star Premium residence Les Crets in Meribel. This residence, nestled at the heart of Meribel showcases the Savoie region's architectural traditions. The interior design, with its warm welcoming colours reflects its authentic mountain spirit. At 1750m the views of the mountains and the lake are beautiful and at this height there is still plenty of snow around so guests can ski in and out from the doorstep. 


24th February 2015

The food lover’s ultimate ski holiday – now with 35% off selected weeks in March.

No need to choose between a gastronomic break and a ski holiday when booking with Powder N Shine. Each chalet’s chef has recent experience in the kitchens of a Michelin starred restaurant, including the renowned Petrus in London’s Belgravia – so imaginative cuisine and excellent wines are guaranteed.


24th February 2015

Whether you need day care whilst you hit the slopes, or just an extra hand getting the kids from pyjamas to piste, reliable childcare is an absolute must in resort. Not only does VIP Ski offer fantastic childcare, but when families book their ski holidays this year they are offering free childcare in several resorts on certain dates.


11th February 2015

Ski Total is offering the Chalet Ibex in the popular resort of Flaine for just £519 (was £789) for a week departing 15 March. Flaine is known as the gateway to the Grand Massif ski area with its 265km of pistes and the Chalet Ibex is a modern contemporary chalet ideal for groups of friends. The price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, free Wi-Fi and seven nights catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course evening meal with complimentary wine.


11th February 2015

20% off accommodation in Japan


11th February 2015

Esprit Ski is offering a stay in the idyllic village of Gressoney, Italy, right in the heart of the Monterosa ski area, for just £374pp. The Chalet Hotel Valverde provides an excellent location adjacent to the main ski lift and only 4 minutes' walk to the village centre.


11th February 2015

La Cimes des Arcs – Save 20% on accommodation- departs 21 March


4th February 2015

It is a proven scientific fact that you get a ‘happiness boost’ from planning and anticipating a holiday. Happiness also leads to greater productivity in the work place, thus benefiting employers as well as employees – everyone’s a winner!

Once more, past studies into happiness levels suggest that people may well get more out of several small trips a year, rather than one big break. 

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