The Ski and Snowboard Short Break Specialist

Beginner Ski Holidays – an understanding approach

Each season we have lots of people taking their first ski holiday with us, and we are delighted to be able to help and support them through the process. We understand what being a beginner is about – and sometimes how daunting it can all feel.

After all – we were all beginners once, needing someone to explain what it was going to be like, help us put ski boots on for the first time, show us how to carry skis and so on.

The best location for beginners is  our home base, the  Aravis Lodge, where Ski Weekender’s dedicated ski team are on hand to help you through many of the stages of learning to ski or snowboard, and your first experiences on the mountain.

At the lodge we have our own ski hire facility on site, plus are able to arrange private lessons for beginners and improvers with selected English-speaking instructors with the ESF in Le Grand Bornand.

On your first morning, one of our ski team will be on the mountain to help you find your instructor, and to show you the best restaurants for coffee or lunch – plus, our team are always around in the lodge to answer any questions you may have.

Our ski team offer a patient and understanding approach, and we are with you throughout…

A short break introduction – perfect for beginner skiers

A ‘Beginner Ski Weekend’ or Short Break is a perfect introduction to the sport without the full commitment of using a week’s holiday. 3 or 4 days skiing is enough for most people to “get the bug”, and leaves you wanting more without getting too tired or “over-it”.

The great value Ski Midweek trips can be an ideal way to see if you like it, without breaking the bank!
3 days skiing from Monday to Thursday is an excellent “taster” period for adults and kids alike – plus you benefit from the quieter midweek slopes.

We suggest 2 hours of lessons each day to learn the techniques with an instructor, with the rest of the day spent practising and exploring. It can be quite tiring learning to ski, and 3 days is within most people’s reach, whilst giving you great insight and experience – and we are confident it will leave you wanting more…

Le Grand Bornand – an excellent ski resort for beginners

Le Grand Bornand is extremely well set up for the newbie skier of all ages. It has developed an entire area spanning 1.5 hectares, based around the Rosay sector with wide, smooth nursery slopes and some some longer, sweeping green runs for when you feel more confident.

Le Grand Bornand has also made a significant investment in a ‘magic carpet’,  L’Alpage Express, which at 200m long  is the longest in Europe.  It is a covered ‘lift’ a little like the airport travellators, though this one takes you up the mountain – and is ideal for for beginners!

Of course, there are plenty of more challenging slopes as well, for when you feel more adventurous, and for other, more experienced members of your party.

See our full Resort Information for more details >>>

FREE group ski lessons for beginners in Le Grand Bornand over Easter 2021

For people staying at our base, the Aravis Lodge and Annexe over Easter 2021, we are offering private dedicated group lessons, run in conjunction with the ESF (École du Ski Français) of Le Grand Bornand.

Our preferred English-speaking instructors will take groups purely made up of our guests, which creates a supportive and fun environment – with group sizes typically of around 4 to 8 people, so a great way to learn to ski or snowboard!

We break down the week into 3-day and 4-day blocks to suit our Monday and Thursday arrivals, with 2 hours instruction each day of your stay – so you can book a course of group lessons for 3 days for Midweeks or 4 days for Weekends.

The free ski lessons are available for beginners and improvers only, making this an ideal opportunity to try out skiing for the very first time! Find full details here >>>

Questions about any aspect of a Short Ski Break in the French Alps?

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We've been here for more than 17 years and can help with all aspects of planning your ski holiday.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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