Insider’s Guide: The best ski resorts for groups

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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

Best for: Mixed ability

Are you introducing complete beginners to skiing but still want to be entertained on the slopes? 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 Chardonnet

Ideal for large groups, the Chalet Chardonnet is situated in Tignes Le Lac, just two minutes’ walk from the Tovière gondola. At the end of your ski day, get together to enjoy the hot tub and take in the amazing views over the lake from the sun terrace.

Find out more about Tignes here >

 

Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

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.

Find out more about Sauze d’Oulx here >

 

Westendorf, Austria

Best for: Family ski groups

An attractive and traditional ski resort is the perfect place for a large family ski group. The pretty village of Westendorf is no exception – full of rustic charm and a welcoming, family friendly atmosphere.

As part of the extensive Ski Welt area, the resort is particularly good for intermediates and there is an amazing nursery slope for beginners. Non-skiers in your family will be delighted with the range of activities: sleigh rides, day trips to Salzburg and winter walking are all available locally.

Inghams recommends: Hotel Post

The traditional Hotel Post is the perfect place to stay with your family. The range of facilities, which include a children’s playroom and a wellness area for the adults, will entertain everyone in your group. Premium group reductions are available on selected dates.

Find out more about Westendorf here >

 

Les Deux Alpes, France

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: Chalet Perce Neige

The Chalet Perce Neige is only a two-minute walk to the piste, where you can ski down to a choice of chairlifts. Sleeping 12-15 guests, the chalet is perfect for small to medium sized groups. In the afternoon, your group can spend time relaxing in the hot tub, admiring the views of the slopes.

Find out more about Les Deux Alpes here >

 

Verbier, Switzerland

Best for: Advanced groups

A reputation for some of the best off-piste in the world, as well as challenging on-piste skiing, makes Verbier a premier ski destination. For a group of experienced skiers there is nothing more enjoyable than getting a guide and exploring Verbier’s vast, challenging off-piste terrain.

After a day laying tracks in deep powder and diving down couloirs, what could be more enjoyable than a drink with friends? Verbier’s après scene is as legendary as its challenging skiing. There are many popular bars on the mountain, ideal for grabbing a beer. In town, live music venues and nightclubs guarantee an entertaining evening.

Inghams recommends: The Xtra Chalet de Verbier

The Xtra Chalet de Verbier is perfect for groups. Situated in the centre of town, this Xtra Chalet is ideally located for access to the lifts (just 5-minutes’ walk away) and the fabulous local nightlife.

Find out more about Verbier here >

 

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.

Find out more about Champoluc here >

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