1. For beginners – Westendorf
If you're a group of first-timers and don't want crowds and busy pistes, the charming resort of Westendorf is a great bet. The nursery slope has a chairlift (thus avoiding the humiliating falling-of-the-drag-lift moment) and is right in the heart of the village, while the gondola goes up to lovely wide blue runs that are rarely busy. It's a quiet resort, but there are a couple of lively après ski bars (the Moskito does fine cocktails) and there's a real sense of a normal Austrian life going on alongside the ski season.
• Igluski.com (020 8544 7191); has a week at the Hotel Schermer from £896 half-board, including flights and transfers on 6 March almost 5 years ago