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Learning To Ski and Board

Learning to ski or board is an amazing, even life changing experience and what’s more, you’ll love every part of it!

We’ve been introducing first-time skiers and boarders to the mountains for over 23 years, so we know a thing or two about organising beginner holidays, which can be complicated if you’ve not done it before. You’ll have questions like: “Which resort is best...What extras do I need to buy...What do I wear...How much will it all cost”... Well, give us a call because we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Speak to Our Expert Advisors

With 23 years of providing great holidays - we know a thing or two about skiing for beginners and intermediates. After all, we've all been through learning to ski or board ourselves at some point in the past!

We are here to help, so pick up the phone and ask our expert team about anything you need to know, such as: where to go... what you need... and so on. We will help you find the best holiday for your needs and hopefully save you two very precious things - time and money!


Learn to Ski or Board in 3 Days!

This may sound like a bold statement, but with the right care and attention, learning to ski or board is not as hard as you might think and with the right guidance, you’ll have the basics mastered in just a few days.

By using the very best ski and board schools, the majority of our guests will be ‘up and skiing’ or boarding after their first or second day and linking basic turns by their third day.

By the end of the week you’ll be exploring the wider ski area under your own steam and venturing further afield without an instructor.


Our ‘Tried & Tested’ Schools

One thing that we put a lot of effort into is hand-picking our ski and snowboard schools. We know the standard of tuition can have a big effect on your overall holiday enjoyment so we leave nothing to chance and only use the best ski and board schools, to ensure you get the best results, the nicest instructors and have fun all the way.


Which resorts are best?

You can learn to ski and board in almost any resort, but some are more suitable than others. We handpick our resorts for their suitability to all levels and especially for beginners and families. In each of our resorts you will find a large network of easy cruising green and blue runs with wide and open nursery slopes situated at altitude. This is important, so that you are not always confined to the lower ski area where the snow is not so good quality. 

As a beginner it is so much more enjoyable to find a network of green runs circuiting all over the resort with easy-to-use lifts to help you explore the wider area. We recommend MeribelMorzineLa PlagneCourchevel-La Tania for the very best beginner and intermediate skiing and boarding in France.


Our Ski Resorts

What You Will Need

For skiing and boarding you’ll need the right gear to keep warm and to help you stay out on the mountain all day. Speak to our ski and board team and we will gladly help you get started, but as a guide here’s what you’ll need:

  • Some accommodation, not too far away from the slopes!
  • A week-long ‘Local Area’ Lift pass (6 days).
  • Ski or Snowboard hire for 6 days. ‘Economy’ level skis are best suited to beginners
  • Some Lessons: We offer a 5  half-day course of lessons (with 1-day free skiing) 

Other Things You Will Need:

  • A helmet (you can rent one from us) 
  • A waterproof, insulated ski-jacket
  • Salopettes (padded waterproof trousers)
  • Waterproof ski gloves and thick socks 
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Thermals (part of a layer system) so you can peel layers off.
  • Sun cream, chapstick 

Book Your Ski Extras with us!

If you book your extras in advance, then we can offer some great discounts and help you in resort when you arrive. We will also price match if you find cheaper elsewhere!

We only use the best suppliers in-resort; and they perform very well for our guests. And you won’t have to traipse all over the village on arrival to pick up your passes and ski hire!  in fact,  we’ll deliver your passes straight to you and help you fast track the hire shops and help you get to your lessons.


Our ‘On the Snow’ service

If you pre-book your Ski Extras with us then our ‘On the Snow service' will help you get started in-resort. Alpine Elements ski hosts and reps will be on hand from the moment you arrive to answer any questions you may have. Once in resort our reps will deliver pre-booked lift passes straight to you and fast-track you through the ski hire shops (where we can)  so you can get on the mountain faster.

Our reps will also help with any equipment changes or lift pass problems and assist you with your ski and board lessons when using our specially selected suppliers


Douglas Thompson, 

Chalet des Neiges Les Arcs

“Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful holiday. Your Company and staff have been a joy to deal with, and in resort nothing was too much trouble. Thank you also for addicting my son to skiing and condemning me to a life of penury as I hand over large amounts of cash to Alpine Elements every year!"

Ski & Board Hire

From £69.90 per week

Our ski and board hire packs are some of the best value in resort; and we have skis and boards for every level - from beginner to expert - and all the specialist equipment you could need, from split-boards and touring skis to powder and cross country skis

They are often last year’s “Discovery Skis” and offer a good level of parabolic (carving) ski for very little money!

Available with and without boots and poles.


Meribel Extras


The Après-ski in Meribel is one very big plus point for this resort! The large British presence in the resort, ensures some interesting and exciting nights can be had! The shear variety of bars and restaurants ensures that all tastes and appetites are catered for. O'Sullivans, formerly known as Dick's T Bar is known throughout the ski world, and a great place to start (or finish!) the night. Meribel also has two good nightclubs for the party people in your group! There are some quieter venues for those easy going nights where food and wine are more important than packed bars and loud music. The variety in Meribel is very good indeed, try Barometer for a not-so-heavy dose of après-ski and then wind your way up to the village square for more lively entertainment.

Morzine Extras


Morzine is a very pretty village with excellent facilities, numerous bars and cafes with boutique shopping to keep the non-skiers entertained. A nice day trip away from the ski fields is to Saint Jean D'aulps. This charming, almost cute, little resort is part of the same ski area and connected by the area's shuttle bus. The traditional nature of Morzine is very evident in its facilities, architecture and frendliness, resulting in a very pleasant village to stay in. Being quite a large summer destination as well as winter mountain resort there is lots to offer almost all year round and, it has the right amount of British prescence. Socially it is one of the livelier resorts in France, offering late night venues for partying or relaxed drinking and dining venues for the more sedate and family orientated skiers, as well as pizza and other take aways.

Val DIsere Extras


Val d'isère is a world renowned resort with extensive shopping, a vibrant cafe culture is one of the best high-altitude resorts offering a range of skiing to suit all abilities. Val d'Isère is teaming with nightlife! The apres ski kicks off with a from about 4pm onwards and offers some very lively establishments, many of which have passed into skiing folklore! Then there are late night bars and bar-cum-clubs which stay open until 4am. This resort has over 50-60 bars and restaurants to choose from.

La Tania Extras


La Tania offers expansive skiing for all levels. The resort is not only part of an immense ski area, but a very varied one which suits all levels. Family beginners and Intermediates are well suited to the networks of easy cruising runs that line the resort. La Tania also has some of the finest descents and the longest runs in the whole 3 valleys. La Tania's slope quality brings visiting skiers from all other resorts.

Around La Tania

With a traffic free centre La Tania is very popular with families and the novelty of being able to ski or board through the resort! You can also ski to the shops, the bars and even the ski lift! Quite a rarity in any sprawling ski resort nowadays! There are excellent facilities which include indoor climbing, tenpin bowling, ice karting, dog sledding and ice skating. Live music and late night venues can be found most nights. Ideal for families and skiers as you can ski right through the resort to our hotel! The resort has plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes for lunch (most ski-to-door) and some lively apres ski bars and late night venues. Our Hotel Montana offers convenient apres ski and happy hour prices for guests. If you want a livelier bar then head out to the Ski Lodge, Chrome bar or Taiga bar. These late night venues will then get going again after 10pm and run until the early hours!

St Anton Extras


From exclusive areas such as the cruising paradises that are Lech and Zürs to the sunny aspect of Sonnekopf's powder runs, there is enough to challenge any level of skier. Intermediates and Advanced skiers are probably the happiest in St Anton, but the welcome for beginners is warm.

Tignes Extras


Four Ski Villages
Tignes is twinned with Val d’Isere and both benefit from sharing the same ski area. It’s made up of four villages at different altitudes, each with its own atmosphere. In Val Claret and Le Lac, you’ll be in the heart of the action – Val Claret is at the top next to the glacier train and Le Lac is the next one down. Both offer bustling bars and clubs. If you prefer a quieter base, choose Le Lavachet (next to Le Lac), or Les Brévières - the original ‘old town’ of TIgnes. Both offer doorstep access to the best slopes, but are further away from the glacier train - which suits the experts who want to sample the Grande Motte. However the glacier is easily accessed in just one or two lifts from Brev’ and Lavachey. About the Skiing & Boarding
The slopes in Tignes are characteristically wide, long lasting and highly efficient, all served by a modern Express lift system. This allows for some effortless skiing for all abilities, less slope congestion and not so much waiting in lift queues! If you like off piste and snowboarding then you’ll also love the seemingly endless off-piste itineraries in the area, and everyone loves the long descents and excellent snow quality which characterise the resort.

La Plagne Extras


The snow sure nature of La Plagne is helped by the glacier skiing at Plagne Bellecôte, which extends up to 3250 metres. From here you will find an up to 2000m vertical drop, with some Black and Red slopes together with a seemingly endless supply of powder, and some of the longest descents in France. Our Chalets in La Plagne are mostly ski to door or very close to the slopes. They are also just a short, easy ski to the ski school meeting points - so convenient skiing is definitely something which you can look forward too.

Around La Plagne

La Plagne Centre (2000m) has fallen foul of the dreaded concrete touch but the huge amounts of snow seem to make it look fresh and pleasant all season round. As you would expect it is the largest of the Villages in La Plagne and is a Mecca for shops, bars and restaurants. 1800 has by and large escaped the planners concrete nightmares, with more of a chalet-style, and a warm and friendly atmosphere, with a handful of good bars and restaurants and some ski shops. Ski buses run up to Plagne centre until midnight, this all helps give skiers the perfect mix: lots of apres ski and very pleasant surroundings"

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