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Planning a group ski holiday

There’s nothing quite like getting your friends or family together for a group adventure in the mountains. Chairlift chats, team selfies, friendly rivalries and fondue dinners – then going back and doing it all over again. Get some tops tips on organising a group ski holiday, and see our pick of places to go.

Tips for booking a group ski holiday

  • Decide who’s going: Sort out how many people are in your group, and then you can pick the best time to go and the right resort and accommodation to suit everyone.
  • Agree a budget: The cost of a ski holiday can really vary. Agree how much you each want to spend, and stick to that budget.
  • Book early: It can take a while to organise a big group, so start early to get the best range of accommodation and dates to choose from. Get in touch with us for help planning everything – we can even hold your options while you check what everyone wants. And we can arrange flights from different regional airports too if you need them.
  • Book your ski extras before you go: Book your lift passes, equipment hire and ski school in advance, so that it’s all ready when you arrive. If you book through us, we’ll get in touch with each person in the group to sort all the extras they need.

What makes a ski resort good for groups?

If you’ve got a mix of skiing abilities in your group, a good ski area will have something to suit everyone – beginners, intermediates and seasoned pros. The best group resorts are convenient to get around too, so you can have quick access to the mountain and also easily meet up with everyone for lunch or après.

And speaking of après, choose a resort that has loads of things to do off the slopes too – whether you want to dance on tables to cheesy Europop tunes, or have a go at family-friendly activities like tubing, snowmobiling and ice skating.

As for accommodation, look for self-catering apartments where you can stay as a group, cook your own meals and have space to catch up in the evenings. Or do you fancy a half-board hotel so that you can get a bit of privacy in your own rooms, and have your food included? Whichever one you prefer, lots of them have extra facilities like pools and spas too.

Use our ‘best for groups’ filter when you’re searching to narrow down your options.

Where to go skiing as a group

Saalbach, Austria

First-timers will learn the ropes quickly here – the ski school’s excellent and the beginner area is right next to the main street so it’s easy to get to. Meanwhile, the more experienced skiers in the group can head out to explore the 408km Skicircus area. Then everyone can meet up in town for lunch, or hop on one of the speedy lifts to a mountain restaurant – there are over 60 to choose from.

For those looking to hit the rails, boxes and jumps, the Skicircus has four snow parks. The Nitro park near Leogang has separate tracks for beginners, intermediates and pros. Anyone not joining in can cheer them on from sun loungers on the sideline.

Off the slopes, Saalbach is a charming village with lots going on – so whether you want to get your skates on at the ice rink or party ‘til dawn, every kind of group’s covered.

Tignes, France

One of the best resorts in France, Tignes shares a ski area with Val d’Isère and has over 300km of runs to explore. The experts in the group can make their way up to the highest point in the ski area, the Grande Motte glacier, while beginners pick up the basics in the nursery zone, which has free lifts. Progressing intermediates can practise on the wide, sweeping blues and then try out some of the longer reds.

There’s some great après down in the resort – especially Le Lac and Val Claret, which have plenty of places where you can stop for a drink straight off the slopes. Or if you’re want something the whole family can enjoy, get stuck into activities like snowmobiling and swimming.

When it comes to accommodation, there are five purpose-built villages that make up Tignes – from lively Val Claret and Le Lac, to quieter Tignes 1800 and Les Brévières

A groups of skiers
Tignes

Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Part of the Grandvalira – the biggest ski area in Andorra – Pas de la Casa’s got direct access to 210km of piste. The beginner area is up the mountain, so first-timers can hop on the gondola with everyone else each morning. And the ski school’s one of the best in Europe, so they’ll be moving on to the local blue runs in no time. Confident skiers can head further out to rack up the miles around Grau Roig and Soldeu.

As for the resort itself, it’s lively, great value and always popular with young groups. There are lots of self-catering apartments right next to the piste and plenty of bars where the party goes on all night – and the prices are a fraction of those in the Alps, thanks to Andorra’s tax-free status.

Alpe d’Huez, France

Alpe d’Huez is known for having high-quality ski schools and one of the best beginner areas in the Alps – ideal if some of the group are skiing for the first time. And when they’re ready to move on, there are lots of wide, open greens and blues to practise on. Any advanced skiers can take on challenges like the 16km Sarenne – the longest black slope in Europe.

When you’ve finished skiing, meet up at La Folie Douce for slopeside après or head back to town to celebrate the end of the day at hotspots like Smithy’s and Underground. Or have fun with some of the other activities here – there’s an outdoor ice rink, a heated public swimming pool and an Alpine Coaster toboggan track that uses virtual reality technology.

Zell am See, Austria

The Zell am See ski area’s packed with wide, scenic pistes higher up and pretty tree-lined runs lower down. The excellent beginner area is at the top of the mountain, so those who are just starting out can still enjoy the great snow cover and panoramic views up there. And there’s lots to keep the confident skiers and boarders happy too, including runs on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in neighbouring Kaprun.

When you’re not on the mountain, wander through the town’s pedestrianised centre, on the shore of Lake Zell. There’s a medieval church, bustling squares and plenty of streetside cafés and shops. And if you’re with mates, don’t miss a stop at Crazy Daisy, the popular après bar overlooking the lake.

Fancy heading to the mountains en masse? Bookings of 10 or more can save money with our group discounts, so get in touch with us to start planning your trip. Or take a look at our latest ski deals, and use the ‘best for groups’ filter to narrow down your options.

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