Where the best place for a novice skier to go?

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Where the best place for a novice skier to go?

Post by caroline postlethwaite » Thu 28 Jan 2010 10:52

We have got into skiing recently & enjoyed Pyrenees 2000. Where do you recommend for gentle long slopes with lovely scenary?

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Post by Nigel » Thu 28 Jan 2010 12:48

We like Les Angles....good long green runs ideal for beginners

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Where the best place for a novice skier to go?

Post by pfrancis » Thu 28 Jan 2010 13:33

I agree, good station for beginners. If at all possible try to avoid the french school holidays as it gets very busy indeed. I asked them the other day what their busiest period is and they replied 14-21 February.
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Post by thumbelina » Thu 28 Jan 2010 15:31

Les Angles is lovely for families.

Slightly further afield are Arinsal and Arcalis in the Vall Nord in Andorra.

The French school holidays are 13 Feb until 1 March so, as Paul says, anytime outside of these two weeks is preferable.

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Post by caroline postlethwaite » Sun 31 Jan 2010 18:16

Thanks for that. It seems most people prefere Les Angles.

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Post by blackduff » Sun 31 Jan 2010 19:07

Caroline
Font-Romeu which is included with the Pyrenees 2000 is enourmous and for a family, it is great place to learn. F-R has the best schools are kids, as well as adults. For a beginning group, I would spend most of the lesson there. I think that they used to have English classes too.

I ski at other places, in fact most of the places here and I stiil like Font-Romeu for some pistes (Record). Les Angles is great for the steep areas too. But when the snow turns to slush, it's slow skiing down to the parking area.

Check the prices too. This will give some thoughts too.

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Post by Jenny Rhodes » Sun 31 Jan 2010 20:06

Font Romeu has some great green runs for beginners but as you progress you will soon find it limiting. As others have said, Les Angles has some great runs which after a few days you will be able to ski, even from the top to the bottem of the resort. The easy runs in LA face to the east so do tend to have better snow than the easy runs in FR which face south. FR has some great black runs that you will enjoy as you get better but I do find the skiing there a bit limited.
Once you have had a few days skiing and if you plan to ski in the half term break then try Puyvalador. It is normally quieter and has some nice long green and blue runs from the top although the lift system is a bit vintage!!
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