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 party 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 with a certain country in mind, so we’ve grouped our recommendations by nation. Ask everyone their approximate level/ability, plus the most important aspect of their skiing holiday. Is skiing or snowboarding the most important thing? Or is it more about the après ski parties after a day on the slopes? Do you want the relaxing experience of being in a group catered ski chalet, enjoying food together in your own place? Or would one of our group ski hotels be more suitable, with greater facilities and room types?
We recommend France a lot because it has lots of large, linked ski areas which give you a broad choice of bases that all access the same terrific ski domain. It also has some smashing après ski for afters, as well as bundles of different activities. And getting here’s a breeze, whether you fly, drive or travel in by train. It’s no surprise then that this is the number 1 destination for people flying from the UK.
Austria’s ski resorts great and small give groups good opportunity to party or relax as much as they like. The resorts are friendly, full of traditional charm and give you access to great quality skiing. Add to that the superb service and 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 - what’s not to love with big linked ski areas and traditional villages to enjoy long lunches and soak up the views, sunshine and Italian cuisine and culture.
Switzerland 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”. 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 come at a higher price. Swiss group ski holidays are about traditional charm, vibrant nightlife and superb skiing.
Andorra also offers fair facilities for groups, plus terrific value for money with first time ski packages, free kids lift passes and some of the more reasonably priced resort bar and restaurants. 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, Grandvalira, with 210km of pistes, to rival the best linked areas in Europe.
Packages across the pond are better value than ever, whisking you to all-star resorts in regions like Colorado and British Columbia. Groups are terrifically catered for, with spacious condos and hotels full of facilities.
|Resort||Country||Best features||Holidays from (price per person)|
|Meribel||France||Lively mountain bars, enormous ski area, super group ski chalets||£207|
|St Anton||Austria||Excellent expert terrain, world-famous après ski, plenty of activities||£551|
|Val d'Isere||France||Espace Killy ski area, top après ski scene, great group chalets||£227|
|Mayrhofen||Austria||Snow festival host, varied ski area, great pubs & bars||£286|
|Sauze d'Oulx||Italy||Cheap ski holidays, great value après ski, linked ski area||£465|
|Verbier||Switzerland||Legendary après ski, awesome backcountry, luxury group chalets||£545|
|Morzine||France||Huge ski area, lively mountain bars, great group chalets||£354|
|Ischgl||Austria||Mountain music concerts, top notch ski area, plenty of activities, lively après scene||£649|
|Pas de la Casa||Andorra||Cheap group ski holidays, lively & low-cost après, non-ski activities||£268|
|Val Thorens||France||World’s biggest ski area, amazing mountain bars, plenty of group chalets||£235|
|Tignes||France||Snow sure Espace Killy ski area, great après bars||£225|
|La Plagne||France||Big, snow sure ski area, various villages & accommodation types||£184|
|Selva||Italy||Vast Dolomiti Superski region, super for foodies, relaxed après ski||£424|
|Chamonix||France||Large mountain town, various ski areas, brilliant après ski||£200|
|Kitzbühel||Austria||Pretty medieval town, high quality ski area, great après ski||£285|
|Les Deux Alpes||France||Snow sure skiing, good for groups with beginners, great après ski||£218|
|Zermatt||Switzerland||Foodie favourite, luxury group holidays, excellent ski area||£753|
|Whistler||Canada||World class ski resort, tons of activities, lively mountain town||£836|
|Les Arcs||France||Huge Paradiski region, snow sure, numerous village bases||£193|
|Soldeu and El Tarter||Andorra||Cheap group ski holidays, linked ski area||£319|
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