Group ski resorts

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The best resorts for groups are those that offer a lot of terrain and thereby ensure plenty of skiing for all abilities. It’s also a bonus if the resort has great facilities to entertain your group off the slopes. As a general rule the larger resorts tend to offer the best variety of skiing and snowboarding for large groups. The bigger ski resorts also offer more variety of restaurants and après ski to suit all tastes and more choice of accommodation, which helps when trying to find a group ski holiday suitable for everyone’s budget.

Groups often start a holiday search preferring one country & it's often easier to start at the country or resort level, so we’ve grouped our recommendations by nation. Ask everyone their approximate level/ability, plus the most important aspect of their skiing holiday. Après ski partying after a day on the slopes? Is skiing or snowboarding the most important thing? The relaxing experience of being in a group catered ski chalet, enjoying local culture and food together?

Best ski resorts for groups

France has probably the biggest number of great group ski areas that we would recommend. Some are specific resorts and there are also large linked ski areas, which give a broad choice of resorts that all access the same terrific ski domain. France is the no 1 destination for people flying from the UK. All these recommendations have great ski areas, with lots to do off the slopes too.

  • 3 Valleys, with the biggest European ski area, there will be skiing to suit everyone.
  • Espace Killy, outstanding skiing with loads of off piste and snowsure winter skiing on the glacier
    • Val d'Isere more traditional and a bit more chic, better nightlife; Tignes has better value and closer to best skiing and the glacier.
  • Paradiski with every type of piste and more than enough off piste challenges, spectacular Vanoise Express joins the two major resorts. Two “resorts” are made up of smaller unique villages.
    • La Plagne lots of small villages with lots of character, tree-lined and glacier skiing; Les Arc more open skiing but well organised purpose built tiered resort.
  • Chamonix with three distinct areas along the valley, a bit more spread out, but some of the world best skiing and après. The distances between ski areas might mean less skiing together as a group but plenty more stories to share over après.
  • Les Deux Alpes with equal amounts of groomed and off piste terrain and the added bonus that the easier runs are at the top of the mountain, mean that there is great skiing for all as well great views! Hopping après scene.

Austria is the place to party, on and off the pistes as it happens. The resorts are friendly, full of traditional charm and access to great skiing. Add to that the superb service and general better value for money and you can’t really go wrong choosing an Austrian ski resort as your group holiday destination.

  • St Anton world famous for on piste après ski, like at the crazy Crazy Kangaru at the top of the last piste into town! The skiing is also very good especially for advanced levels, plenty of choice being part of the Alberg Circus ski area, with 260km of pistes. St Anton also is said to have thehe best snowboarding in Austria.
  • Kitzbuhel is famously swish, with perfect pistes, thrilling off-piste and lovely mountain huts for that all important catch-ups over hot chocolate. Plenty of facilities, entertainment and nightlife.
  • Mayrhofen is a pretty Tirolean village with a vibrant nightlife. The extensive ski area is across the Ahorn and Penken mountains, but you can buy the Zillertaler Superski pass, and get access to an amazing 639km of pistes.

Italy is as focused on the food and wine as on the skiing, the whole package and experience. And what is not to enjoy, amazing sun record, great skiing with augmented snow and traditional villages to enjoy long lunches and soak up views, the sun and the Italian cuisine and culture.

  • Milky Way Ski Area, a linked ski area is has easy enough routes for competent skiers to tour the villages en route, sampling the cuisine, wine and culture along the way.
    • Sauze d'Oulx known for its lively and welcoming atmosphere and good value skiing. Sestriere a good all round resort, with great snow surety, often plays host to international competitions, due to is great skiing facilities.
  • Dolomiti Superski Area, gives you access to the biggest ski area in the world. Full on adventure, exploring the resorts of Selva in Val Gardena, Corvara, Canazei and Campitello in Val di Fassa to name a few of the 12 included in this area covering 1200km of pistes. Expect excellent Italian hospitality, food and wine and enjoy the beauty and culture, with the constant backdrop of the awesome mighty Dolomites themselves.

Switzerland and it’s skiing for groups sits somewhere between the high sure French resorts and the fantastic après of Austria. With the best of both of its neighbouring alpine nations, it’s a case of Switzerland “having it all” and, if you look for half board or catered chalet holidays (so that much of your food costs are covered in the package) this doesn’t need to at a higher price. Swiss group ski holidays are about traditional charm, vibrant nightlife and superb skiing.

  • The 4 Valleys and Verbier in particular is a good choice for groups.
  • If your group is no beginners then Zermatt is our favourite for style and chic, with its extensive skiing and cosmopolitan flair can also be an option.

Andorra also offers fair facilities for groups, and offers great value for money with first time ski packages, free kids lift passes and some of the more reasonably priced resort bar and restaurants. Recently Pas de la Casa, Soldeu and El Tarter have joined with surrounding resorts in 6 valleys to create one of the biggest linked ski areas in Europe, the Grand Valira, with 205km of pistes, to rival the best linked areas in Europe.

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