While it's important to remember to keep your balance, not look at your tips and hire all the right gear, one of the most important things to get your holiday off without a hitch is to make sure you pick the right resort.
You should do some looking around to make sure you find a resort that has the right sort of terrain, which means that you want nursery or green level slopes and poma or magic carpet lifts so you can build up to chair lifts.
Two of the best places for you to try if you're a beginner are Avoriaz and Meribel in France, not least because they have wide expanses of areas just for novices.
Tough challenges for expert skiers
However, skiing and snowboarding are now widely recognised as extreme sports thanks to organisers like the X Games and Red Bull.
If you like your sports extreme and prefer a black run to a bunny run then there are two particularly jaw-dropping slope challenges waiting for you in France and Austria…
Flaine in France is a well-known spot for die-hard skiers, but it's La Combe to Gers that you'll want to look towards for this particular challenge.
Val d'Isere ready for opening weekend
As winter closes in and the snow gets deeper, more and more resorts open each weekend - and the next one to do so is one of the biggest and best.
Val d'Isere has a deserved reputation as one of the most glamorous resorts in the Alps and everything is gearing up for the coming weekend, as November 28th sees the resort opening.
While winter sports fans make their ski hire arrangements, the lifts are ready, the bars are poised, the preparations are in hand for the opening night party and, most importantly of all, the snow has started to fall in large quantities. The first big storm of the winter arrived in the last week and as temperatures plunge after a mild autumn, lots more is expected in the coming days.
Belle La Plagne - never short of snow
News this week that the opening of Val Thorens has been put back a week may alert some to the simple reality that, however diligently people may make their ski and snowboard hire arrangements, book flights and accommodation and take the time off work, sometimes the weather does not co-operate.
For those going to Val Thorens, the extra wait for the pistes to open is not a long one, but that will be of little comfort to anyone booked in for the first week who has to cancel and rearrange everything.
Val Thorens to open on November 28th
Val Thorens has been one of the most popular and highly-rated ski resorts in the world since it was first established in the 1970s.
From its superb slopes to its brilliant design and accommodation, everything about the report is top-notch. It even boasts the world's highest zipwire. The only thing it cannot do is control the weather.
This last fact has led to the opening of the resort for the new season being delayed.
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