Getting away and hitting the slopes on a big group ski holiday is a fantastic way for family and friends to get together and enjoy quality time in each other's company.
During the summer months is the best time to start thinking about organising a group ski holiday as there are many early booking offers available for groups, including half price lift passes, ski all in packages, off peak saver weeks and low deposits from £99 pp.
Here are the top 5 ski resorts that any group of friends or family will love for their winter holiday:
5. Soldeu, Andorra
If you love the choice of skiing and attractions of large French resorts, but seek for a more cost-effective alternative then look no further than Soldeu. The attractive Pyreneean resort sits at the centre of the Grandvalira ski area with access to a fantastic 210 km of pistes, enough variety to satisfy even the most demanding skier.
With large properties, numerous restaurants, shopping and bustling night life there is plenty to do off the slopes as well. Andorra is well known for its duty free status and drinks are not served in uniform measures but by the amount that you want. This all helps to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on ski holidays in Soldeu.
The place to stay: Hotel Bruxelles & Hotel Del Clos
Snowboarding in Soldeu
4. Alpe d'Huez, France
Alpe d’Huez is one of the ultimate all-round ski resorts. This extensive ski area boasts 250 km of pistes, 2 snowparks, 50 km of cross country trails and the longest black run in Europe. The huge town will have something to suit every taste with the massive variety of bars and restaurants on offer.
If you still have energy after a full day on the slopes and a night on the tiles, there are lots of activities in the town to discover, including ice skating, swimming, snowmobiling, dog sledding, parapenting, ice diving and much more.
Iglu Ski has ski deals to over 40 properties in Alpe d’Huez, with chalet, hotel and apartment options to cater for all types of groups. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert skier, you will love the variety that Alpe d’Huez has available.
The place to stay: Chalet Le Lac Blanc
High altitude slopes in Alpe d'Huez
3. Mayrhofen, Austria
Set in the beautiful Ziller Valley, Mayrhofen has long earned its place as one of the world's top ski and snowboard resorts. The ski area is large, varied and high.
The terrain offers a good mix of cruisers and steeps and is well laid out for beginner skiers around the mid station of the Finkenberg. For advanced skiers there is the Harakiri piste, as well as some impressive off piste ski terrain.
There are good quality and affordable accommodation options which makes Mayrhofen a top resort choice for families and large groups. Mayrhofen is famous for the legendary end of season blowout, Snowbombing and has some of the finest Austrian après bars to keep you entertained throughout your holiday.
The place to stay: Chalet St Lukas & Chalet Stoanerhof
Mayrhofen's beautiful village at the foot of the slopes
2. Tignes, France
Skiing in Tignes in so vast, it is great for all abilities. Joint with the just-as-amazing resort Val d’Isere, the 300km Espace Killy ski area is one of the most loved circuits in the world.
Tignes is perfect for adult groups with the large selection of accommodations and après across the resort, and families will love this ski area with the fantastic beginner areas and excellent ski and snowboards schools. Children will love the activities in Tignes, with ice skating, bowling, swimming pool and Husky rides on offer.
I have had amazing ski holidays in Tignes with both family and friends groups, and still consider it to be one of my favourite ski resorts.
The place to stay: Chalet L'Armoise
Friends enjoying Tignes
1. Sauze d'Oulx, Italy
There is no surprise that Sauze d’Oulx is a firm favourite amongst British skiers. With over 400km of pistes over the extensive Milky Way ski area there is excellent skiing available for all skiers. From the stunning tree lined runs of Sportina to the black runs of Mount Motta and Mount Sises. With long hours of sunshine you can ski all day long then party all night long in the lively town.
Down in resort, Sauze d'Oulx's original village has retained its old world charm, while the newer part provides all you need for a fun-filled holiday. The transfers are short, the accommodation is good value and the food is delicious.
The place to stay: Chalet Le Valentin
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