Winter Park, USA
Dave Whitlow, creative director of mountain equipment store Ellis Brigham, thinks the US resort Winter Park is the best option for beginners. 'With its new village at the foot of the slopes and a ski and ride school offering every kind of lesson you could wish for, this is a great place to learn to ski or board. The three distinctive mountains offer different skiing experiences, which makes it a good choice for mixed-ability groups too. If possible, allow for a day in Denver, the mile-high city.'