Best resorts for beginners

That first trip for someone can either inspire you or despise the very notion of going again. Here are our top resorts for beginners.

#1. Corralco, Chile

The beginner area in Corralco has to be some of the best learning terrain in the World! That’s a big statement for sure, but the sheer width of runs and the consistent 10-15 degree pitch means that this is the ideal place for anyone learning to link their turns or...


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#2. June Mountain, USA

Beginner freeriders can take their time on a few gentle, un-crowded slopes. This can be attempted alone or under the laid back tuition of the instructors available. For those novice freestylers who wish to learn the art of the pipe there are also instructors around to teach you what you...


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#3. Ischgl, Austria

There isn’t a huge amount of beginner terrain, but what is available is perfectly maintained and easy to get to. From the top of the Silvrettabahn from the village you’ll enter one of the main beginner thoroughfares, so it’s best to jump onto the Fimbabahn lift to the area leading...


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#4. Mammoth Mountain, USA

Beginners, if you can't learn or improve at Mammoth, then you're into the wrong sport. The area is perfect for novices, with plenty of green and easy progression blue runs at the lower sections and excellent snowboard tuition available. Sesame Street run off chair 11 at Main Lodge is perfect for beginners,...


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#5. Livigno, Italy

Beginners will find this resort perfect for learning, with wide gentle runs located at lower sections within easy reach. There are also no runs merging into these areas, making it not at all intimidating for newbies. The ski shop Dr Rent has some excellent board for hire and the staff dress...


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#6. Mount Hood Meadows, USA

Beginners are treated to a good number of trails that are easy to reach and easy to negotiate. Mt Hood Express gives access to some interesting green runs and some tame blues. The local snowboard school has a host of teaching programmes for all levels, including a Mountain Master Programme.


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#7. Mount Bachelor, USA

Beginners-this is a mountain that you'll appreciate, with its selection of good, easy green runs that can be ridden from the mid-section of the Pine Marten chair. The runs descend in a manner that allow you to steer onto a more interesting and challenging blue as you gain confidence. The...


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#8. Beaver Creek, USA

New riders will find themselves with ample runs to choose from, especially in the Arrow and Drink of Water areas. Another great feature at Beaver Creek is the Chaos Canyon Adventure Zone, a fun park of baby-sized hits and glades for even the smallest rider to take a crack at,...


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#9. Squaw Valley, USA

Beginners are blessed with a perfect mountain to learn on. There are fantastic learning areas at the base of Squaw as well as another area further up the mountain beneath the lifts of Baileys Beach and Mountain Meadow. Once up and running, the smattering of greens and blues throughout th


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#10. Mayrhofen, Austria

Pistes served by the Horbergjoch & Wanglspitz chairs in Rastkogel offer great wide beginner slopes, and there’s another good slope next to the Tappenalm lift. The Ahorn area, is rarely busy despite the new cable-car and offers plenty of wide open pistes perfect for beginners, although there are a few...


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#11. Puy St Vincent, France

Beginners have a decent resort to learn in. The vast majority of the lifts are all chairs, and you can start off taking some of the narrower green routes through the trees before venturing out on the wider but still gentle blue slopes which litter the resort. Unlike many resorts,...


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#12. Nozawa Onsen , Japan

Beginners have a resort very suited to learning on. The base areas such as Hikage, Nagasaka and Karasawa all have good wide learner slopes with a perfect gradient. When ready to try the gondola head up to Uenotaira and try the 2km beginner run. Despite it being in the same...


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#13. Nevado de Chillan, Chile

Beginner snowboarders are well catered for at Chillan, with good learning terrain and a well-supplied ski school. Most of the instructors here work internationally and have excellent English, so if you’re in Chile and are looking for somewhere to learn to ride, Chillan is a good option. There is a...


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#14. Galtur, Austria

Beginners are the one group of riders who will really like Galtur. The flats are easy to reach from the village and riders should have no real problems, unless they are scared of using the drag lifts that serve many of the runs (including the easy ones). Still, as the...


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#15. Breckenridge, USA

Beginners have plenty of easy runs, many of which can be found on Peaks 8 and 9. The fact that novice trails like Silverthorne are wide enough for all newcomers helps to make this a great beginners' resort, especially around the Quicksilver lift on Peak 9.  On Peak 8, 7...


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#16. Val Gardena, Italy

This place is a first timer’s heaven, but plan your journey out so you don't end-up somewhere out of your depth. The runs up above Ortisei are full-on, perfect nappy territory. Lift wise, you'll be unlucky to end up on a drag-lift and there are plenty of Gondola's if you're...


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#17. Les Deux Alpes, France

Beginners starting out couldn't ask for a better place to make steady progress. The only problem is that the home runs down the front face are amongst the steepest in the resort, although there is a winding green run as an alternative. A real bonus is that the gentlest terrain is...


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#18. Sierra Nevada, Spain

Beginners; the Borreguilles area is full on for learning the art of hurtling down a mountain on a board, but not the only place to go. Sierra Nevada beginner area Photo: Sierra Nevada tourism Much of this resort is excellent for novices with good snowboard instruction fac


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#19. Murren, Switzerland


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#20. Mt Baker, USA

Beginners won't be completely disappointed with Mt Baker, with the option of learning on plenty of easy runs that are spread out around the area, the best being located on Shuskan. The best place to start though is on one of the free handle tows and progress up to Chair 2...


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