Is it your first time coming to the mountains to give skiing or snowboarding a go?
Be prepared for first time skiing, before your arrival.
If you have any questions, then please ask. We are more than happy to pass on any advice.
Clothing you need as a first time skier
- The most important parts of your body to keep warm are your hands and feet. It’s worth finding suitable gloves and socks as cold hands and feet are not much fun.
- When buying jackets and salopettes, check the waterproofing levels. Some jackets may look good but will not keep you warm. Ask the shop to ensure the level of suitability.
- For children rent ski clothes as they grow out of it so quickly.
- Helmets – children must wear them on the slopes. We recommend adults wear them too: whatever your level. As a bonus: they keep your head warm!
- Thermals – if you are a particularly cold individual invest in some thermals. These go under your clothes, salopettes and jacket. Layer clothes to keep warm.
Equipment for first time skiers
Hiring skiing or snowboarding kit is a good idea for beginners. Equipment is normally new or well maintained so it’s in good condition.
You can hire, skis, boots, snowboards, poles, and helmets.
The ski rental shop will ask your level of experience to ensure the provide the right equipment.
Beginner skiers/snowboarder lessons
If you have never put a pair of skis or a snowboard on, or have only had a go at the local snow dome, we advise you take at least one lesson. Snow on the mountain can feel very different.
If nothing else lessons teach you mountain rules and etiquette. You learn to respect the area and others around you. For your own safety and for other skiers and snowboarders.
It can get very busy during high season.
We can also guarantee you will have more fun after!
Peisey-Vallandry nursery slopes for first time skiers
- The children’s club is at the bottom of the Peisey lift. Access via the Télévillage Lonzagne (or lobster pots), which can be taken from Peisey village. This lift can be used with or without ski gear on, and is free. So adults can easily take children along to lessons.
- The nursery slopes, for adults and children, are accessed via the Peisey lift or Vallandry lift. Travel up the mountain to find a much shorter lift at the top called the 66. You can practise here.
- The Peisey and the Vallandry lifts also bring skiers down the mountain. So even if beginners go to the top, it is not necessary to ski all the way to the bottom.
- The Peisey-Vallandry and Les Arcs lift operators are very friendly and will slow the lift down for anyone looking like they might need it.
- We are more than happy to organise lessons if you haven’t pre-booked.
Paradiski ski insurance
- Don’t leave home without winter insurance. Ensure it covers the whole family for skiing. Sometimes, you have to pay an additional charge for ski/snowboard cover.
- The lift pass office also offers the Carré Neige which covers rescue and evacuation from the mountain. It costs 2 euros 80 cents per person, per day. Check out www.carreneige.com
If you have any questions, then please ask. We are more than happy to advise.