Insider Guides: The best ski resorts for groups

Best resorts for groups

It can be tough to keep everyone happy on a ski holiday. There will always be someone diving down the steepest black as soon as the first lifts open and another who prefers a leisurely lie-in and a gourmet breakfast.

Finding that elusive ski resort which will please everybody in your group can be hard. Whether you’re travelling in a mixed ability group, partying with mates, or after a relaxing retreat with friends, we can help find the best resorts for you.

Tignes, France

Val Claret

Best for: Mixed ability

Finding the right mixture of challenging pistes and gentle cruising can be hard. Thankfully Tignes gets this mixture just right.

The gentle blue and green runs from the top of the Borsat chair are superb for beginners, while more significant challenges can be found on the Grand Motte glacier. A wealth of on-mountain and ski-to-the-door bars and restaurants also make it easy to arrange places to meet for lunch and at the end of the ski day. The après ski is awesome too!

Inghams recommends: Chalet Hotel Rosset

Ideal for large groups, the Chalet Hotel Rosset is situated in Tignes Le Lac, just a minutes’ walk from the Rosset chairlift. At the end of your ski day, get together to enjoy the relaxation area and swimming pool, or settle in front of the log fire in the lounge, where afternoon tea is served.

Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

Sauze d'Oulx

Best for: Great value parties in the snow

The friendly, laidback atmosphere in Sauze makes it an ideal destination for skiing all day and partying until late into the night. The resort has an unrivalled reputation for being lively and fantastic bars, live music venues and clubs line the streets.

The varied and extensive ski area offers everything from tree skiing to long, high, open runs. You should find something to suit all tastes in your group. The pistes can be surprisingly free of crowds too, ensuring plenty of space on the slopes for your group.

Inghams recommends: Hotel Hermitage

The fantastic location of this hotel, opposite the Clotes lift and only two minutes’ walk from the thriving village centre, make this the perfect hotel for large and lively groups. With premium reductions available, this is one of the best value places to stay in the Alps.

 

Obergurgl, Austria

Obergurgl

 

Best for: Family ski groups

Known as the ‘Diamond of the Alps’, Obergurgl offers guaranteed snow, queue-free modern lifts and immaculate slope grooming. There are two beginner areas and a ski school with an excellent reputation, great for helping little ones find their ski legs. For intermediates there is an extensive choice for skiers who like long, spacious blue and red runs.

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl has some challenging black runs and good moguls on the unprepared ski routes or book a guide to explore the deep powder off-piste skiing on the Hohe Mut in Obergurgl. A day trip over to the glacier in Sölden is well worth it. As an experienced skier or boarder this area presents an exciting challenge.

Inghams recommends: Hotel Alpenblume

Hotel Alpenblume is a classic family friendly chalet-style property located in a quiet side street only two minutes’ walk from the nearest piste and ski school meeting point, and 4 minutes walk from the Festkogel gondola.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt

Best for: Advanced groups

Widely considered one of the best ski resorts in Europe, due to the endless on and off piste options, charming village and the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt is not to be missed by experienced skiers. With its extremely high altitudes and abundance of north facing slopes, powder-hounds will find plenty of deep snow, days after it falls. Adventurous skiers will find unlimited potential in the Monte Rosa area, one of the most heavily glaciated areas of Europe.

After a day laying tracks in deep powder and diving down couloirs, what could be more enjoyable than a drink with friends? Zermatt has a fun and lively après and night-time scene, with après starting at the end of the slopes in charming huts, and continuing into town with live music venues and nightclubs guaranteed to make an entertaining evening.

Inghams recommends: Hotel Alex

The Hotel Alex is perfect for groups. Situated in the centre of town, this hotel is ideally located for access to the lifts (just a minutes’ walk away) and the fabulous local nightlife.

 

Les Deux Alpes, France

Les 2 Alpes

Best for: Combined skier and snowboarder groups

Les Deux Alpes is a premier destination for both skiers and snowboarders, and together, the two usually mismatched groups can easily explore the mountainside. The glacier provides some incredible riding, suitable for all abilities, while the world-class snow park welcomes both freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

This relaxed resort has a thriving après scene and is a great place to party with friends. The iconic Pano Bar provides on piste entertainment towards the end of the ski day. And in the town, there are a host of bars and nightclubs catering to all tastes.

Inghams recommends: Hotel Serre Pallas

With stunning mountain views, close by to a variety of local restaurants, bars and shops and easy access to the ski lifts, the Hotel Serre Pallas is a perfect choice groups. The hotel is a three minute walk to the nearest lift (Diable Chairlift), and another five minutes towards the ski school meeting point and Jandri Express Lift. To unwind after skiing, the hotel bar with its open fireplace is the ideal place for you and your group.

Champoluc, Italy

Best for: Relaxing group retreat

Champoluc is a hidden gem. The resort is ideal for intermediate and expert skiers looking for a rustic retreat. In one of three very well-connected valleys in the Monterosa ski area, Champoluc offers extensive off-piste as well as two away days on your lift pass. If your group just wants to ski and chill this is the resort to visit.

The village has a quiet atmosphere and there is an excellent range of restaurants serving delicious food at reasonable prices. It is a great ski holiday destination for a quiet night out with friends.

Inghams recommends: Chalet Hotel de Champoluc

With its central location right next to the slopes, the Chalet Hotel is perfect for large groups. The authentic Alpine feel is ideal for unwinding in style at the end of the ski day, as your group enjoys a relaxing drink in the bar and lounge area.

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