group ski resorts in France
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.