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Where are the best european green slopes at ?

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AndreSilva wrote:
So many nice tips, thanks guys Very Happy
Apparently Alpe d'Huez is the winner here! For those that recommended it, do you think it's better compared to Courchevel for beginners ?


You are bound to get more people suggesting the resorts that more Brits go to.

I still think Montgenevre and Les Saisies are likely to be better for what you are looking for because these resorts have plenty of easily accessible gentle runs and are off the radar of the big UK tour operators meaning your wife is less likely to be knocked over by someone skiing too fast for their ability.
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@snowymum, not so. I've been to plenty of resorts that aren't on the "most popular" list of many British skiers (Are, Hemsedal, La Thuile, Risoul) as well as some of the more popular ones (ADH, LDA, Tignes, Soldeu, Morzine). I just think that ADH has a great set-up for beginners - the green pistes above DMC1800 are long, gentle, wide and there are a few of them. And you get a chair or gondola up, no drag lift. Not so many nice easy blue runs to graduate on to, mind, and that may be the main problem with ADH. Montgenevre looks good from the piste map, though.
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@AndreSilva, yes, I was there in early December 2019 (mainly Novo Hamburgo area for business) and no, I don't think south Brazil has alot of British tourists. Shame, as it has potential. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be going back this year though Sad
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In France, I'd go to les Saisies for more variety of flat runs. The great thing about les Saisies is even the blues are green

Yes, Les Saisies would be a good choice, as long as you don't want English language group lessons.
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snowymum wrote:
AndreSilva wrote:
So many nice tips, thanks guys Very Happy
Apparently Alpe d'Huez is the winner here! For those that recommended it, do you think it's better compared to Courchevel for beginners ?


You are bound to get more people suggesting the resorts that more Brits go to.

I still think Montgenevre and Les Saisies are likely to be better for what you are looking for because these resorts have plenty of easily accessible gentle runs and are off the radar of the big UK tour operators meaning your wife is less likely to be knocked over by someone skiing too fast for their ability.


The counterpoint being that she's also more likely to end up a a ski school where English is the primary language in a Brit. popular resort, not 5 minutes of miming and chatter in French/German/whatever followed by "Bend your knees. OK, we go!". Also my experience is that all nations, races, creeds and colours are equaly able to ski too fast for their ability.
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OK... so now we have 2 in the final combat: Alpe d'Huez x Les Saisies Twisted Evil

To try to make the decision easier, here are some plans:
- I'm planning to stay 4 nights.
- On the first day I will book a private instructor for her for around 3 or 4 hours, must be in English, Spanish or Portuguese, a female instructor would be best.
- If there are easy blue slopes that she can go once she feels confident after the greens, it's better, the goal is that she can ski many different tracks so she doesn't get bored.
- Ski in / ski out hotel is a plus.
- Worst case scenario would be in the first or second day, she gets completely freaked out, decides she hates skiing in a resort and don't want to do it anymore, in this case I would like to stay in a nice hotel with many other activities beside ski(like a spa resort), don't mind paying a bit more for a nice one.

Does this help in the final decision ? rolling eyes
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For AdH you could look at https://www.sunweb.co.uk/ski/france/alpe-dhuez-grand-domaine-ski/alpe-dhuez/hotel-spa-le-royal-ours-blanc as it's well located (not strictly ski in out but close enough to make not much practical difference) the link is to illustrate as quite a few companies go there so further searching advisable.

Also AdH has a very good outdoor pool about 150 mtrs away for public use.

It's a nice relaxed atmosphere during day and night in the town, a good mix for your requirements. Needs checking, but think you can ride the lifts to peak "pic blanc" ? and back down again to enjoy the fabulous view.
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On the pure green in LS she won't have ANY fast skiers zooming down behind her, and it has it's own nice n slow chairlift, there is no way anyone is going to freak out on that piste.

Even from the top of Mont Bisanne the motorway blue gradient probably doesn't exceed 10 degrees.
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AndreSilva wrote:

- On the first day I will book a private instructor for her for around 3 or 4 hours, must be in English, Spanish or Portuguese, a female instructor would be best.
- If there are easy blue slopes that she can go once she feels confident after the greens, it's better, the goal is that she can ski many different tracks so she doesn't get bored.
- Ski in / ski out hotel is a plus.:


I would do lessons on a dry slope or snow dome if you can this summer / autumn. No point wasting snow time.

Be aware that in France in peak periods you may find it hard to book privates except an hour or two at lunch. It is all hands to the pumps for group lessons.

As for English speaking instructors, Amélie Baptendier speaks English but I'm not sure if she is instructing next winter. Also look at Bérénice Cuvex Combaz and Sarah Braisaz (big sister of Olympian Justine) both get good feedback for privates. All ESF instructors and I would try making contact with them directly rather than through the ESF if you can to make sure you don't get swapped to Monsieur Bonnevie at the last minute. You'll have to book through the ESF but you'll at least be assured of who you are getting.


http://youtube.com/v/PzDM_C-5G2M

There is the ESI in Bisanne (I think).
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ski3 wrote:
Needs checking, but think you can ride the lifts to peak "pic blanc" ? and back down again to enjoy the fabulous view.


Yes, you can do that trip as a pedestrian
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davidof wrote:
I would do lessons on a dry slope or snow dome if you can this summer / autumn. No point wasting snow time.

She already did twice, once in real snow in Mont Tremblant and one indoor Smile
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@AndreSilva, I can't see any suggestions for Soldeu in Andorra - a nice nursery area and lots of blues that are essentially more like greens in other resorts, she'll be skiing a huge area of the mountain in a day or so. Plus a nice spa hotel in the resort.
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For spotlessly clean, small/zero queues it’s hard to beat Trysil in Norway for greens. Lots of drags though (although this means that it’s less likely to shut because of high winds). Cracking place but I’d recommend going half board as buying food and drink is expensive.
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Nice to see someone else recommending Trysil.

I forgot to mention that the instruction is very good and no issue with getting English (sorry I am making a presumption that you would behappy with this in lieu of Portugese!)

If you can be bothered self catering the cost overall isnt worse that a big Euro resort. There are plenty of supermarkets in Trysil town (so might pay to get a car) that are no worse that London prices for many things. But bring plenty of Duty Free booze if you like a drink.

But eating out is crazy money.
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Yep pretty much the rule in Norway. Don’t drink or eat out unless you like large bills. Having said that it’s lovely, scenic and everyone speaks English. The Radisson up on the mountain at Trysil is very good. Try for a bed and breakfast rate at the self catered option. In Geilo the hotels actually give you paper bags so at breakfast you can make your sandwich for lunchtime from the buffet.

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Much as I love Courchevel, for that feeling of safety with no big scarey drops, you really can`t beat Les Saisies.
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