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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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