Group Ski Holidays
If you are planning a group ski holiday to the Alps with your friends, we’re here to help you choose the ultimate ski resort. Finding the right resort for your group ski holiday could be a tedious affair. With 90 amazing years in the ski holiday industry under our belt, allow us to guide you through the steps of narrowing down the right resort for you and the group you would be travelling with. Your next ski adventure could be the best yet, if you decide on the right one. Regardless of the size of your group, whatever the ski ability levels of each individual in the group are, and even if the members of the group are after different attractions, look no further than Erna Low to help you find the perfect ski resort destination for you.
Things to Consider When Booking Your Group Ski Holidays
Whether you are with friends or family, a break away to the mountains is most enjoyed surrounded by people whose company you enjoy the most. You get to share and appreciate the best of times together; the breathtaking scenery, cosy evenings and wild après-ski nights and heading back to excellent accommodation together with funny stories for the morning after. When booking a group holiday there are a few key areas to consider. The skill ability level of the group and the range of pistes and if they fit the profile of the group; the variety and quality of accommodation available at the resort, do they match the needs of the travelling group and of course, the après-ski scene. The resorts that match all these key areas should be ideal to suit the entire group. We have provided a bit more insight regarding these areas and how they may be very important for the entire group.
There is hardly anything better than a group ski holiday together with your friends. There are lots of memories to make and quality time to spend, especially if you don't get to see each other too often. Staying as a group in a chalet style apartment or multiple apartments would be ideal if you all wanted to have as much time together as possible. Spending time out on the pistes and the après-ski would naturally create the best memories but staying together and bonding back at the accommodation is just as important to the overall chemistry of the group. When choosing accommodation, it is also important to ensure everyone is happy with the chosen establishment and make sure it suits everyone's individual needs.
Having the privacy of your own space in a hotel room may work just fine for groups where members have varying preferences. Some of the group may be very chirpy early risers and others lose the ability to communicate with other humans in the morning until they have had a coffee so having personal space is important to different sets of people. Some may not be as skilled and keen on skiing as other members of the group and may leave the slopes early for a spa treatment back at the hotel. Hotels allow flexibility where you have your own space when you need a break from the group and as breakfast is usually included in the price, it can be more relaxing than self-catering. It is however good to keep in mind that while hotels do provide privacy, having a comfortable area where you can all relax together is probably important. Hotels are sometimes a more suitable option for corporate retreats and office getaways.
Renting a medium to large chalet style apartment (depending on the size of the travel group) would be a lot more cost-effective and value for money if you go for a fully equipped modern chalet. Widely considered as the ultimate ski holiday alpine experience, chalets offer you the pampering of a luxury hotel combined with a home away from home feeling. They also have charming features like large stone fireplaces and elaborate wood and stone interiors. They also come catered or self-catered. Fantastic for groups who want to spend as much time together as possible. Perfect for hen parties, birthdays, etc.
Apartments are another favourite for travelling groups. Very similar to chalets, in providing the home away from home feeling. They are usually self-catered and offer very similar flexibility to chalets where the occupants have free run of the apartment. There are also luxury apartments that are equipped with saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs as well. Apartments are also very cost-effective and are often excellent value for money in comparison to luxury chalets and hotels. They come in all levels of quality thus allowing for flexibility with tighter budgets. Ideal for smaller groups looking to save on accommodation costs.
We have partnerships with a host of chalets, hotels and apartments in the Alps so whatever resort you decide on visiting, be rest assured that we can provide you with a range of accommodation options in that resort. For more information on accommodation selection, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For many, one of the most important aspects of the group ski holiday experience is the après-ski. If you and your friends are planning to have great nights out in the resort, after a long day on the slopes, an exciting après-ski scene is integral to the holiday experience and will form a significant part of the fun memories that will be made especially if you are travelling in a large group. The ultimate ski resort experience is made off the piste just as well as on the piste. Depending on what the group is after, a calm rustic evening, table dancing bars or an all-night DJ set, look no further than Erna Low for the best group apres ski locations.
Mixed Ability Skill Level For Group Members
A key aspect of choosing the right holiday for the group is ensuring that the resort has the best-suited ski terrain and pistes that meets the skill level requirement of the members within the group. Some resorts may have great après-ski evenings and splendid accommodation but may have pistes that may either be too far below or too high above the skill ability level of the group. The ideal resort should have, along with other attractions, pistes that easily suit everyone's ability. Naturally, the bigger resorts with the larger ski areas will most likely have a range and variety of pistes at different skill abilities; so that could be a starting point when choosing a resort for your group. For any beginners in the group, check to see if the resort has nursery slopes and good ski schools. If you have snowboarders in your group, ensure you look out for any snow parks within the resort or adjoining resorts that have snow parks that can be accessible via gondolas. France has a good number of expansive ski areas that are connected to a variety of resorts and usually have a ski pass that covers the lifts across the areas.
Popular Resorts For a Group Ski Holiday
We have put together a few suggestions of some of the best resorts for visiting as a group based on the areas we believe will be most beneficial to all within the group. Feel free to contact us for any additional information as we will be more than happy to provide you with any further information.
Méribel sits in the middle of the Three Valleys and prides itself on being at the heart of the world’s largest ski area. A full Three Valley ski pass gives each ski pass holder full access to just over 600km in pistes at a maximum altitude of 3000m at its highest point in Val Thorens. There is a good selection of runs across all skill level abilities from wide blues to challenging reds and blacks; therefore, regardless of the skill level of the group members, there is something for each one on the slopes. Méribel also has a very good snow record, so you can be assured of plenty of the white stuff. For non-skiing members of the group, there are lots of other activities to get involved in. The Olympic centre has an indoor swimming pool, climbing and an ice skating rink. There is also a cinema in the resort and a good number of spas for pampering.
Méribel is also very well recognised for its lively apres ski nights with a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants. The apres-ski does not have to start at night as La Folie Douce kicks things off on the slopes from about 3 pm every day so you don't even have to get back down to the resort to start the party. Other very popular bars and hang out spots to look out for include, “the Ronnie” better known as the Rond Point, and Copina Tapas Bar to name only a few.
Tignes is widely recognised as one of the best ski resorts and is very popular for group ski holidays. Making up part of the Espace Killy ski area, Tignes is one of the highest resorts sitting at an altitude of 2100m with its highest point at 3450m. Due to its high altitude and mostly northern facing slopes, the pistes at Tignes have some of the best snow conditions you can find in France. What the higher resort centres may lack in historical charm in comparison to other resorts, it more than makes up for this with the ski access area. As part of the Espace Killy, the ski pass gives access to 300km of pistes and 154 runs serviced by 91 lifts. Tignes is a perennial favourite amongst hardcore skiers and visitors, particularly as it usually has excellent snow conditions. With great piste grooming services and lush snowy pistes, there are runs for every member of the group. Beginners can go over to Lavachet and Rosset slopes which are easy runs for beginners and novices. Intermediates have full up to 38 blues and some gentler red runs while advanced seasoned skiers can find a good number of off-piste opportunities across the 300km ski area. Tignes shares the Espace killy ski area with Val d’Isère which makes it a truly amazing experience for you and your ski group, especially if you are all passionate, avid skiers. Away from all the pistes, Tignes has a famously lively après-ski scene and when it comes to partying, the more the merrier. Assemble the crew and hit the Loop Bar for drinks and cocktails on a terrace that overlooks the slopes, from there you can all make your way down the resort centre to Saloon Bar but if you are after some late-night dancing with your pals, Cocorico is your best bet. Tignes is an all-round popular resort that caters to all and should be up for consideration for your group skiing holiday.
One-third of the Three Valleys ( and the second Three Valley resort to make this list!), Val Thorens is an ideal group ski holiday destination. Both the Three Valleys ski pass and the Val Thorens-Orell local ski pass offer great group discounts, so if you’re visiting as a group of more than 3 you can opt for group ski passes and save some money among yourselves. The ski terrain is so extensive that if the group has a mixed skill ability level, there are runs to cater to everybody’s level. Snowboarders are very much welcome and at home, at Val Thorens, if there are any in your travelling group; there’s a well-equipped snowpark in Val Thorens which covers 70,000 square meters. There are several wide open terrains Meribel, Les Menuires and others for freestyles. The snow conditions are great and the area has an amazing snow record as well as state of the art snow cannons to provide cover during shortages. Away from the pistes, Val Thorens has a wide variety of accommodation choices ranging from 2-star to 5-star establishments and what makes this crucial is the number of options available at Val Thorens. The resort is also a world-famous apres-ski destination so if you and your friends were coming to Val Thorens to party, there are very few ski resorts with a better atmosphere than Val Thornes where you can find some of the best festivals, parties and DJ sets on any ski resort. There are also several lounges and bars for late-night drinking and a vibrant emerging club scene. Plan your group ski holiday to coincide with some of the countless amazing events happening in Val Thorens. Over the years, events such as the Trophée Andros; a car circuit race across French ski resorts, has started at Val Thorens. The resort has also played host to the opening of the Skicross World Cup and the Ski and Boarderweek in Val Thorens. These are the sort of memories that are even more priceless if shared with some of your closest friends and family. If you are looking for a group getaway and wish to have the ultimate fun experience together, Val Thorens has to make your list of considerations.
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Whether the aim of your group visit to the Alps is for long days on the pistes or partying and having a great time, look no further than Erna Low for any recommendations. We have been in the ski resort industry for 90 years and have established long and trusted relationships with the majority of the ski resorts in Europe. For savings on travel, accommodation, group ski passes and transportation, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
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