Skiing with friends can be one of the most exciting ski holidays to plan. Going on a ski holiday with friends is the best way to bond and create lifelong memories. With plenty to do on and off the slopes the hardest decision is to choose where to go. Whether you are looking for the best ski resorts for mixed-ability groups, the best mountain restaurants, and the most lively après bars, finding the right ski resort to suit all of your needs is where we can help.
We recommend having a departure date in mind, the type of accommodation which will suit all, and organising finances before anything. This will set you and your group up for having the best ski holiday with friends.
Mixed-Ability Ski Resorts
The likelihood of you and your group being at the same ski level is slim, so we advise finding a ski resort that has a good range of ski slopes. Having a varied terrain allows beginners to progress at their own pace, whilst the thrill-seekers can explore the black slopes and off-piste to their heart’s content.
The best ski resorts for mixed-ability ski groups are the more established ones. Big-name ski resorts such as Avoriaz in France; Obergurgl in Austria; Sestriere in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland, but there are many more.
Our knowledgeable ski experts can talk you through the best options for your group’s particular abilities.
Selecting the right accommodation to suit you and your friends on your ski holiday is important. There are thousands of ski accommodations to choose from across Europe and North America, plus there is the aspect of whether to go all-inclusive, chalet board, or self-catered.
Amongst your ski group decide whether you would prefer a hotel, apartment, or chalet to make your home away from home for the week. All options have their benefits depending on your need for flexibility and convenience.
All-inclusive accommodation gives ski groups the convenience of having everything organised. Simply arrive at your destination and have everything taken care of. From ski lessons, flights, transfers, and food, it is a hassle-free option.
Chalet board is one of the most popular types of ski holiday for British holidaymakers. Enjoy the convenience of having a chalet host and chef cook you delicious meals during the week. Generally, this includes breakfast, afternoon tea, and a three-course meal either five or six nights a week. Choosing chalet board gives guests the cosiness feel of being at home combined with the service of a hotel. What’s not to like?
Self-catered ski holidays are one of the most popular choices for groups of friends. It is one of the most cost-effective choices and is one of the most flexible. Plus, with self-catered accommodation, there is the utmost privacy. Treat yourself to a lie-in and stay at après without being late for your evening meal. It is completely up to you!
Activities off the slope only add memories to your ski holiday with friends. Try something outside the norm and consider one of these for your Alpine fix off the slope. Why not try tobogganing, husky sledding, or even ice-karting? There are also a range of impressive spas, swimming pools, indoor climbing walls, and bowling alleys in some ski resorts. Having non-skiing activities lined up is a brilliant way to maximise your ski holiday
Skiing with your friends may be an occasional trip, so choosing a nice restaurant or two can elevate your ski holiday. Alpine cuisine is seen as some of the best food you can have in Europe, and the most traditional. Think fondue, tartiflette, raclet, French onion soup, and many more delicious dishes.
Treating yourself to a gourmet dining experience is imperative on your ski holiday with friends. Enjoy new regional specialties in spectacular settings, complete with views to die for. Sample as much local produce (including wine) as there is on offer!
Now après may be at the top of your friends list in terms of priority on a ski holiday. Après influences the choices of where some ski groups may go (skiing may even come second!). Let’s be honest, it is an essential part of any group ski holiday. The most lively hotspots include Verbier, Val d’Isère, Mèribel and St Anton. Fortunately, many après bars can be found at the base of these ski resorts. This gives the non-skiers in the group a chance to enjoy a true Alpine tradition.
The party usually kicks off at 3 pm, when the sun starts to lower and the snow can get slushy. From 3 pm until 8 pm expect to see professional dancers, DJs, happy hours, and the crowd dancing on tables. Ski with your friends all day and as you see the sun is starting to set, head straight to the main après bar to get your fix.
Our ski experts have years of experience so if you would like more information or tips for skiing with friends, call our ski experts today on 020 3627 4508.