Short ski breaks for groups
With over 20 years experience organising ski breaks, we know that the mountains are a great place to unwind. Flexiski can take all the hassle out of a group ski trip and leave you to simply enjoy the good stuff.
Great wine, epic books and amusing tales, some things are meant to be shared and a ski holiday is no exception. A ski trip with friends and family can be the highlight of your year, there's no better way to experience the mountains than with a bunch of great people. Below we share a few handy hints and tips to get the most out of your ski time as well as some of our favourite ski resorts and accommodation for group skiing.
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With a larger group, it strangely makes it easier to do the things you want to do. The group can easily split into smaller groups if some want to party and others want a quiet night in. If you have different abilities it's easy for some to go on extreme adventures such as Heli-skiing in Canada whilst others chill out on the mellow slopes and you can still meet up for lunch. As long as you pick the right resorts you'll get a great mix of options that the whole group will enjoy - this is where our ski specialists knowledge comes in to take the hassle out of selecting the right resort for you. Let us know what you want on a ski trip and we can recommend places you'll love.
Have your own space
Depending on your group size, you can hire out a whole chalet and have your own private lounge or go for a hotel with a decent spa to relax in after hitting the slopes each day. Our new self-catering apartments offer another alternative, many of them have all the facilities of top hotels yet give you the communal space and freedom that makes chalet holidays so great.
Offers and group savings
There'll be plenty of savings you can make on a group booking, especially if you book early. We regularly roll out some early booking offers you can take full advantage of such as BOGOFF equipment, per person discounts or chalet incentives.
Taking the hassle out of a group booking is where we come in. We can tailor make any duration for any dates you require. Avoiding peak dates such as New Year and Half Term is always a little easier as well as considerably more pocket-friendly. Give our ski specialists a ring on 0208 939 0862 and they can talk to you about the best options available.
We can offer anything from accommodation to the full package with flights, transfers, lift passes, equipment hire, restaurant bookings, dog sledding, off-piste guiding, or anything else you fancy. You're on holiday after all.
Now we all know group après is great fun and roaming around the mountains with your mates is a blast but we think it's learning as a group that you see the most benefit. Whether you're just a little rusty after a few years off the slopes or it's your first time on skis having a mate or two to laugh through all the falls, mishaps and aching legs is invaluable when getting to grips with the mountain. Even if it's just to boost your confidence you'll be half way there before you start.
Where should we stay?
Choosing where to stay can be the hardest part for friends and family to agree on, it's difficult to find somewhere that will keep everyone happy. Big ski areas are always good as they offer a range of pistes to suit all abilities, après is another popular request with lively resorts drawing the majority of our groups. Also having something for the non-skiers in the groups is definitely on our radar. With all that in mind here are some of our top recommendations for groups.
We will tailor your trip based on the requirements of the whole group as well as individual needs, so whether you’ve been skiing since you could walk, or are a complete novice, everyone can join in the fun. Organising group ski holidays for over 15 years, we can advise on the best resorts for your group, find accommodation to suit your budget and book all aspects of your trip to save you any hassle.
Our most flexible hotels for group skiing
Some hotels are far more flexible when it comes to groups than others. Here's a couple that we have a great relationship with and they love the idea of group skiing as much as we do.
Hotel Banyan, St Anton - Austria
It's not the biggest hotel in St Anton by a long way, in fact, it has less than 50 rooms but sat just off the main street, within easy walking distance to lifts, bars and restaurants, it's a definite group winner.
Hotel Terrace, Engelberg, Switzerland
Engelberg is one of our most easily accessible resorts for a short ski break and the skiing doesn't have as strong a reputation as it deserves. When the hotel throws in the lift passes with each room who can say no?
Explorer Hotel, St Johann, Austria
Brand new to flexiski it's right next to the slopes and the hotel concept is one of simple and comfortable convenience. Walk to the lifts or the town and it's 10 minutes from Kitzbuhel as a little bonus.
Our short break ski chalets
The flexiski operated stamp of approval means the chalet is operated by our own team of staff. What that means is that you'll get excellent service throughout your ski holiday. There are currently seven flexiski operated chalets on our programme across Europe of varying sizes, all of which are perfect for groups. Find out more about our chalets below:
- Chalet Amalien Haus, St Anton - sleeps 30
- Little Haus, St Anton - sleeps 8
- Chalet Fauner, St Anton - sleeps 16
- Chalet des Cascades, Les Arcs 2000 - sleeps 14
- The Loft at 272, Chamonix - sleeps 7
- Chalet Ophelia, Meribel - sleeps 26
- Vieille Forge, Courchevel 1850 - sleeps 8
What's the best time to book?
For groups, it's always better to start organising early on. Especially if you are looking for a weekend break. Weekends tend to get booked up early and whilst there may still be available for small groups of 6 for example, anything over 10 and you'll be struggling by the time November comes around. Flights also only tend to go up as it gets closer to your departure date, group rates can be very good if booked in advance. So in general, the sooner-the-better, peak dates can get booked up a year in advance. It doesn't hurt to get the ball rolling now, it'll make life easier in the long run.
What's the price of a group ski break?
The price of a group ski break can vary dramatically, anything from around £500 per person up to, well a lot more than that. There are also group incentives to take into account such as every 10th lift pass is free when you book with flexiski. To get a better idea of possible costs, take a look at our example prices on our group ski break page.
Where is the best après ski?
Having a lively après scene can be a big draw for a group ski break. Even if the whole party doesn't want to party each evening you're almost guaranteed to have a few amongst you who do. Even if you don't fancy dancing on the tables, having a little life in resort makes for a much better atmosphere all round. It's why places such as St Anton and Ischgl are perennially busy with groups of friends. But where are the best resort for arpès, where are the hidden gems? Take a look at our blog post on the best resorts for après ski and pick which resort you fancy most.
Our top 3 resorts for short break group skiing
ST ANTON - Austria
- Consistently our number one resort in Europe
- Very lively après scene - slopeside bars and Europop table dancing
- Huge ski area lift-linked with Lech and Zurs
- Plenty of non-ski activities from wellness centres to rock climbing walls and tobogganing
- Most suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers, but neighbouring resorts or Rendle have plenty of opportunities for beginners
MERIBEL - France
- Low rise, wood clad, chalet-style buildings make Meribel very attractive
- Middle valley in the largest linked ski area in the world
- Plenty of tree-lined skiing in the Meribel valley or pop over to Val Thorens for high alpine steeps or Courchevel for beautifully mellow skiing
- Lively après scene and nightlife with famous bars such as Folie Douce or Rond Point
- Close to slope accommodation that can be very flexible
ST JOHANN - Austria
- Our favourite understated resort
- Genuine charm with a large permanent population - it's not just full of tourists
- A traditional market town full of ornate buildings
- Impressive snow record and North facing slopes (keep their snow for longer)
- Small resort feel with a few buzzing bars and plenty of quieter spots - great on mountain lunches
- Kitzbuhel is 10 minutes down the road if you want a really lively night out
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