Best French Resorts for Groups

The Greatest Group Skiing in France.

Meribel

3 Valleys ski area , Excellent ski schools , Lively a...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Val d'Isere

½ of Espace Killy, Fantastic après, Traditional cho...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Morzine

Family ski destination, Traditional Savoyard charm, 6...

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Families
  • non skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Les 2 Alpes

Glacier Skiing, Awesome après, Loads to do

Great for:

  • Nightlife
  • Off Piste
  • Groups

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Val Thorens

Highest resort in Europe, Top of the world's biggest...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Snow Sure
  • Non skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Tignes

Espace Killy ski area, Fantastic après ski, High alt...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Glacier skiing
  • Non-skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Les Arcs

Paradiski Ski Area, Famille Plus Montagne label, High...

Great for:

  • Snowboarding
  • Off-piste
  • Families

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Alpe d'Huez

Glacier Skiing, Awesome Après Ski, 300 days of sunshine

Great for:

  • Nightlife
  • Off Piste
  • Terrain Parks

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Chamonix

Traditional mountain resort, varied, high altitude t...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Off-piste
  • après ski

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

La Plagne

Paradiski Ski Area, Bobsledding, High Altitude Skiing

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Glacier Skiing
  • Off Piste

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

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Top 10 Most Popular

Brits book more group trips to France than anywhere else: It’s easy to reach from our side of the channel, and there are all sorts of resorts to choose between – from cosy mountain boltholes to big-time ski towns.

Our favourite group ski resorts come with ALL the whistles and bells to make the week super for everyone: Big, mixed ski areas, oodles of activities and more restaurants and bars than you can shake a ski pole at.

France: Top 10 Ski Resorts for Groups

The king of chalet resorts, Meribel’s a long-time favourite of Brits and one of the world’s top spots for big skiing and big après. Whether you’re all staying in central Les Allues, cheaper Mottaret or one of the smaller hamlets, chalets make a sterling base: get one for sole occupancy if you want to rule the roost, or opt to share with others and see your group size double. There are plenty of other options if self-catering or a hotel stay would work better – with the same easy access to a fabulous ski area. Right in the middle of the mammoth 3 Valleys, no-one’s left out in groups of mixed abilities: beginners have their very own ZEN zones, while more experienced skiers can head off and explore the biggest ski area on the planet – pistes, parks, powder and all. Every kind of après ski is covered here, from the mountain mayhem of the Rond Point to the sugary delights of the Grand Marnier Creperie.

It’s got the charm factor, the legendary ski area and the world-beating après that brings groups back year after year. We love Val d’Isere’s old-school Savoyard town, where non-skiers can explore the shops, spas, and cafes while others take to the mountains. Beginners have a whole hill devoted to snow-ploughing (at the top of the Funival) and with links across the Espace Killy, intermediates won’t be short of ground to cover. Experts will be in their element, with some of the steepest blacks and deepest powder runs in the country (don’t miss the Face run or the Banana off piste). If your usual get-togethers include drinks and dancing, the original Folie Douce at La Daille’s gondola station can’t be missed, with Dick’s Tea Bar taking care of the after-party back in town.

Take an old Savoie village, position it just-so in the middle of the enormous Portes du Soleil and make it easily reachable by car and plane. Morzine’s terrific for groups: skiers can explore the slopes of TWO countries, non-skiers can soak up history and culture galore and everyone will love the range of activities and restaurants on offer. From the kind, tree-lined blues to the mogulled Chavanette on the Swiss border, there’s a heck of a lot of ground to cover on the mountains. Morzine has the best après in the PDS by a long shot - head to Infernos (on the Nyon plateau) or Le Tremplin (at the base) for a classic piste-side party and for a late one, Tibetan plays all the guilty pleasures! We’ve had some wonderful evenings round the table at L’Etale – steaks, fondues, pizzas - or for coffee, cake and live music it’s all about Beanies. Night tobogganing from the top of Pleney makes for a hilarious evening together, and sports lovers can watch some brilliant matches at the ice hockey stadium.

Sometimes beginners are confined to the bottom of the mountain, while the rest of the group get the best views and snow conditions higher up… Not so in L2A, where the smoothest runs are at the summit of this topsy-turvy ski area. Seasoned snow lovers aren’t short changed, with powder fields, steep gullies and the 2200m vertical of the Grand Couloir Chutes. Freestyle Land makes for a cracking meeting point, where the DJ rips up a storm, burgers sizzle on the BBQ and freestylers do their stuff on a variety of features. To continue the party scene, head to Pano, which draws the crowds to the Jandri mid station with its south facing terrace. Or, try something different from the never-ending list of activities, with firm favourites including husky sledding, ice dodgems and visits to the Ice Cave.

For starters, it doesn’t get higher than this: At 2300m, VT nabs the top resort altitude in Europe, meaning the snow history is incredible. It doesn’t get bigger than this either: You’re in the largest linked ski area in the WORLD, and we’re yet to find anyone who’s left out in all its 600km of glory (newbies, veterans, freestylers, freeriders, XC skiers, winter walkers…). This is one of the most convenient resorts too. Being purpose built, nearly the whole thing’s ski in, ski out – keeping trudging to a blissful minimum. The après isn’t bad either, it kicks off at Folie Douce on the sunny south side of the hill, or if you’re meeting on the northern side, 360 is just as lively. As the name suggests, Le Rendezvous is an awesome place for crowd-pleasing brunches, lunches and evening pizzas. If that’s not enough to get the pulse racing, check out the Tyrolienne – a whacking great 1300m zip wire all the way over the valley to Orelle.

With a huge, high ski area and all sorts of accommodation, Tignes is a brilliant all-rounder. The local slopes are a tad more intermediate friendly than neighbouring Val d’Isere: Blues and reds weave back down to base and the ones on the Grande Motte glacier are so snow sure they’re skiable in the summer. With the Espace Killy pass in hand, the opportunities go on and on… deep powder tree runs, top-to-bottom descents and meeting points on and off the mountains. Speaking of which, Le Loop bar is a favourite (just off the learner’s slope) and Folie Douce (towards Val) has to be experienced at least once. There are some weird and wonderful activities for the whole group to get stuck into: from ice diving to the awesome Bun J ride - a combination of a ski jump, bungee jump and zip wire. Indoors, Lagon in Le Lac should have something to keep the whole bunch happy with pools, slides, a huge spa and a gym (and if these don’t crack a smile, knowing access is free with the Espace Killy ski pass sure will).

Whichever of Les Arcs’ altitude villages you stay in - the ‘original’ 1600, lively 1800, American-style 1950 or sky-high 2000 - you’ll be up and out on the glorious Paradiski each day. And what a place - 425km of slopes see mixed ability groups well provided for: from the wide blue groomers to the steep Aigulle Rouge descents and the cool Rodeo Snowpark. Share a private instructor if some of you are learning or improving, or get a guide to lead the 20 minute hike from the Grand Col chairlift for awesome off piste. There’s many a way to let your hair down at the end of the day, from cheap drinks at the Red Hot Saloon in Arc 1800, to skidoo tours. Or for something really special book an evening in a Mongolian Yourte, where you’re greeted with a flickering fire and a decadent Savoyard dinner…

Occupying one of the sunniest, snowiest spots in the Alps, only an hour from Grenoble Airport, Alpe d’Huez is a well-placed people pleaser. You’ll find a huge range of accommodation scattered around, from the upbeat old town to the Altiport chalets on the outskirts. Beginners can take their first glides in the learner areas by the Ront Point du Pistes, while experts head straight to the Pic Blanc where the 16km Sarenne is the world’s longest black run. For even more of a mettle-tester, give the 8000m Everest challenge a go - skiing all four descents off the mighty 3036m peak... The Folie Douce sees the mountain rocking come afternoon, and downtown you’ll find quirky bars like the Underground, plus quirky activities like snowy laser tag.

Each of Cham’s ski areas has its own character: There are four beginner zones, with Balme hogging the bulk of the gentle slopes. Brevent’s spot on for intermediates, while the Grand Montet’s expert territory, with the black Point de Vue run and some of Chamonix’s best off-piste. Share the price of a mountain guide and you can tick off the legendary Vallee Blanche (an awesome 22km glacier descent). But skiing’s just one of MANY pastimes here: others include snow-kiting, speed-riding, ice-climbing and winter-walking. Hop on the Montenvers cog-railway to Mer de Glace for a tour of the spectacular Ice Cave, or just spend all day exploring the town. With so much to do all over the valley, it’s the norm to split up, spend the day wherever suits you best and re-group later on: Chambre Neuf has loud après ski down to a T, and with restaurants serving pub food, Savoy classics, Italian, Chinese, Mexican… even a Maccy D’s, there are plenty of options for group suppers.

When a resort has ELEVEN villages with so many kinds of accommodation (apartments, chalets, hotels of all ratings), it shouldn’t take long to find a base that suits everyone. There’s just as much choice in the ski area: beginners and intermediates can get the local pass for an impressive 225km, while more adventurous skiers almost double the terrain with the Paradiski pass. Plagne Centre and Belle Plagne have a multitude of bars, restaurants and cafes - like Saloon Bar where they mix tasty house cocktails until 5am. The ‘Snakegliss’ sees you all sweeping down the hill in a line, or you can rack up speeds of 70km/hour on the legendary bob sleigh.

France has a number of options that we would recommend, some are specific resorts and there are also ski areas, which give a broad choice of resorts. France is after all the largest skiing country and the most popular destination for us Brits due to us knowing a bit of the language and it being so close, most of the French resorts are built for function and convenience.

First up is the 3 Valleys, with the biggest linked up ski area in Europe, it has endless pistes to suit everyone in your group. The resorts are also quite different and offer options for all budgets, from the good value more family orientated La Tania to the posh side with Courchevel (especially glam 1850), and the legendary après ski of party town Meribel in-between. There is also Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe and very snow sure. All have decent of slope facilities and vibrant nightlife, except La Tania which is substantially smaller, connected easily to Meribel by lift for skiing, but fair cab ride away from any major après at night.

Next up is Espace Killy, with the resorts of Val d'Isere and Tignes, which superbly meets all skiing demands especially with the skiable glacier. Both resorts have great nightlife and are snow sure, with plenty to do when you are not skiing. Val d’Isere is the slightly more upmarket of the two areas, with much more traditional Village feel, but Tignes although more purpose built has great facilities and has more good value options and closer to the Glacier and off-piste scene. Moving onto our next recommendation, the Paradiski area and the resorts of La Plagne and Les Arc. The Paradiski ski area is vast 425km of pistes, very well distributed for all abilities. The two resorts are connected by the largest cable car in the world, the Vanoise Express, which can carry around 200 people, each journey. It is an exceptional way to view the ski terrain you are about to explore! The area around La Plagne has the Glacier, tree lined pistes and more villages to ski between; Les Arc on the other hand has wonderful open skiing, with plenty of red and blue alternatives to get down the same slopes. La Plagne is made up of 10 separate Villages and Les Arc 4, all with a something different to offer, but regardless of which village you stay in with 144 lifts all the ski area is easily accessible. The nightlife is good in both resorts, in Les Arc especially it is easy to get between the villages and even possible to walk. You may need to arrange transport home if enjoying a night out in a different village than where you are staying.

The next French choice on our list is Chamonix, the oldest resort in France and as it is a fairly substantial town is has plenty on offer off the slopes as well as terrain to suit all abilities, albeit situated in different parts of the Chamonix Valley. Bear in mind is that with these resort ski areas fairly spread out, you will probably find that different abilities will ski in different areas and that you will not all be together all day and should take the approach to meet in one of the many après bars at the end of each day to swap stories and prepare for your night out.

And our last French choice in the top ten for Europe group ski holidays is Les Deux Alpes, with around 225km of slopes and about the same for the off-piste loves, there is a Glacier and plenty of easy runs at the top of the mountain which means all levels of skier get to enjoy the amazing views, The resort is one of the liveliest in France and has a large selection of activities to enjoy as well the numerous restaurants, bars and clubs. The resort has plenty of purpose built accommodation conveniently located close to lifts, which are spread throughout the valley. There is also a free shuttle bus in the resort which should make meeting up easy.

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