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Where to choose?!

With so many resorts to choose from, picking the right one for your group isn’t always an easy task, especially for first time Party leaders!

We’ve created this blog to highlight some of the things you’ll want to consider, weighing up the options for you and we’ve given some of our suggestions.

If you need help or advice in making your choice, our friendly team of ski experts are here to talk it through with you! Simply give us a call or drop us an email via the details to the right…

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How to get there:

The first question about travel is probably going to be how to get to resort, of course, if you’re going transatlantic, flying is the only option, but for Europe you can fly or take the coach and there’s pros and cons to both:

Air travel tends to be more popular smaller groups that wouldn’t fill a coach. The main benefit is a shorter journey time, however this is generally more costly than coach travel and then there’s transfer times from airport to resort to think about too.

Travelling by coach does take a little longer but you do have the benefit of being able to use the coach while you’re in resort which opens up the après ski options! There’s also time to stretch your legs and maybe squeeze in a bit of shopping on the ferry crossing. Coach travel is generally a more cost effective way to travel for groups of around 35+

Size of ski area:

If you’re looking for expansive ski areas with miles and miles of piste, we’ve got a good offering. Generally speaking, a beginner group won’t get to make the most of all that piste as they’ll be sticking to the gentler runs. If you have a more advanced ski group capable of tackling the terrain, the bigger ski areas are definitely worth a look!

For extensive ski areas, we recommend The Milky Way, Salzburger Sportwelt, or Serre Chevalier

If your group is of an intermediate level looking to progress, you’ll probably want a resort with a good selection of blue and red runs and enough kms of piste to keep them busy for the week.

For intermediate resorts, try Morzine, Folgaria or New Hampshire

Having 400km of piste to choose from is an exciting prospect, however, if you’re taking group of total beginners, the chances are they’ll be spending most of their time on the nursery slopes or gentle blue runs and would benefit just as well from choosing a resort with a lower mileage.

For first time skiers, we recommend Aprica, Tarvisio, or Vallnord

Snow cover:

Obviously a major essential for any Ski trip! We’ve chosen to feature resorts that have good snow records to help ensure you have a trip to remember but there’s still certain things that groups like to think about: What time of year are you going? What altitude are the slopes at? Does the resort have a glacier?

If you’re looking for a glacier, check out Passo Tonale or Zell Am See

If you want high altitude skiing, we’d say Serre Chevalier, Winter park or Milky Way

For Easter skiing, we recommend Obertauern, Marmot Basin, or Passo Tonale

Accommodation:

When choosing where to stay, you’ll want to think about what facilities you’re going to need, what’s essential to your trip? We have several accommodations that have been purpose built for groups and so generally suit perfectly but there may be other specifics you’re looking for.

Want accommodation catering specifically to groups? We recommend Salzburger Sportwelt, Obertauern

Want a hotel with it’s own pool? Try Prato Nevoso, Killington, or Marmot Basin

Need some space for group meetings in your accommodation? Look at Milky Way – Cesana, Milky Way – Claviere, or Passo Tonale

Distance to the slopes:

The question that always comes up is how far is it to the slopes/lifts and of course, most would want ski to door accommodation. With many factors to keep in mind like the facilities, price and distance to après, you may end up asking yourself “Does it NEED to be on the slopes?” While we have a great selection of accommodation in walking distance, you might find that actually, a 10 minute transfer to the slopes will work just fine for you.

You’ll find ski in/ski out options in Foppolo, Obertauern, or Prato Nevoso

For accommodation within 500m of lifts, we recommend hotels in Milky Way, Grandvalira, or Stoneham

Don’t mind a quick transfer? Have a look at options in Kitzbühel, New Hampshire or Zell Am See

Après-Ski:

Après-ski is a widely enjoyed part of any ski trip. Whether it be a quiet evening with hot chocolate and crêpes, or a more lively one of night skiing, there’s plenty on offer. Each resort will have different options depending on what’s nearby but almost all offer the tried and tested school favourites like swimming, bowling, ice skating and pizza nights!

If you’re looking for a good variety, try Milky Way or Passo Tonale

Like all your après activities within walking distance? We say Aprica

For more unique après activities, take in an ice hockey game or a wildlife tour in Marmot Basin