Best ski resorts in Europe for Groups

5 Best Ski Resorts in Europe for Groups

Last Updated on August 11, 2023 by James

I have been skiing since I was 4 years old. And my best memories are going away with groups of friends.

Laughing when people fall over. Enjoying apres ski together. Having awesome group meals.

I have been working as a ski instructor in Europe for over a decade. And have visited dozens of resorts.

I have used my experience to rate the best ski resorts in Europe for groups. So you can make sure you choose the right location for your trip.

Best Ski Resorts in Europe for Groups

  1. Best Overall: Vaujany (France)
  2. Best for Advanced Groups: Zermatt (Switzerland)
  3. Best for Beginner Groups: Meribel (France)
  4. Best for Apres Ski: St. Anton (Austria)
  5. Best Budget Group Resort: Bansko (Bulgaria)
Vaujany Ski resort in Europe

1) Vaujany (France)

Vaujany is a picturesque resort situated in the Alpe d’Huez ski area.

The architecture is traditional and Ingram-worthy. A great change from some of the modern French resorts (sorry Tignes – but you lose on this one).

This lesser-known resort has great access to one of the best ski areas in the world.

I had the pleasure of enjoying Alpe d’Huez many times on group holidays and it was fantastic.

The ski area is massive. Over 250km of groomed slopes. And plenty of variety to suit all ability levels.

Some of the lifts in Alpe d’Huez can get busy during peak weeks.

But staying in Vaujany lets you skip the lines. That’s because it’s France’s best-kept secret.

There are a handful of accommodation options that suit groups. But I would recommend Chalet Saskia for larger groups. It has slope access and quality for a very reasonable price.

Skiing in Vaujany Ski resort in Europe

2) Zermatt (Switzerland)

I am biased because I love Zermatt.

I considered rating it number one. But the extortionate prices meant it misses out to Vaujany in my review.

Zermatt is a fantastic place to visit.

The Matterhorn provides an awesome backdrop for your photos. And the ski area is massive – including a huge vertical drop.

This is one of the most snow-sure resorts. The peak is above 3,000m and they even have a large summer skiing area.

The ski area is pretty advanced and the beginner area is not the best on my list. So I rate this highly for groups who can already ski blue slopes and above.

The town is picturesque as you might imagine. Luxury shopping and good apres ski. It has everything – provided you can afford it!

Zermatt ski resort

3) Meribel (France)

I had many group ski trips to Meribel. And I also took my ski instructor exams there – so I know this area very well.

The resort is brilliant. A great party atmosphere – both on and off the slopes.

I recommend taking a group trip to La Folie Douce for some on-mountain clubbing. Prepare to dance on the tables.

The ski area is massive. If you get the lift pass that includes Courchevel – you can ski for a week without getting bored. In fact, you can ski for 10 years and never get bored here!

I rate this resort highly for beginners because access to basic slops is easy.

They have two separate beginner areas and a bunch of easy green slopes. I have taught people to ski on them and it’s a great learning environment.

The downside to Meribel is that it can get busy. Lift lines get longer during peak weeks – so this isn’t a place for those looking to relax.

Meribel Ski Resorts

4) St. Anton (Austria)

The best apres ski resort – and I have tried them all!

Many people talk about bigger French or Swiss resorts being great for apres. But I love partying on Austrian slopes.

The live music and dancing on the tables is all there. Along with loads of Jaegermeister and massive portions of Austrian food to soak up the booze.

But this resort is about more than just apres. It has a massive ski area of over 200km which is awesome on a powder day.

The resort is better suited to advanced riders so keep this in mind.

And prices can get expensive if you stay right in the centre. I advise staying outside the town where you get better group booking rates. And it’s a bit quieter as well.

St. Anton Ski Resort

5) Bansko (Bulgaria)

The most classic budget ski resort. And a favourite amongst lively groups of skiers.

Bansko has traditionally been a holiday resort for the younger crowd. Group holidays here in your early 20’s are great fun.

Cheap alcohol, cheap food. Crazy nightlife and some of the funniest memories of my life.

But don’t underestimate the skiing. Bansko has 48km of groomed slopes and a fast lift system.

Intermediate terrain makes up most of the resort. So seasoned experts might be a little disappointed.

The investment in Bansko has been significant in the last decade. So this is more than a bargain resort now.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for a value-for-money group skiing trip.

Bansko Ski Resort

How do I plan a group skiing holiday?

Planning a large trip can get messy. But there are a few things that can make life easier.

  • Let one person take the lead. Choose the most experienced skier – they often know how to organise a ski trip already.
  • Start by finding the right resort. Base your decision on budget, ski ability, nightlife or family requirements.
  • Get accommodation sorted early. Big groups are best renting a chalet. And the good ones get booked fast.
  • Don’t leave transport plans till the last minute. Flight or coach it’s up to you. But it’s never easy to organise a big group of travellers.
  • Organise a lift pass before you arrive. This saves a long trip to the ticket office on the first morning.
  • Organise your food. I recommend catering if you are staying at a big chalet. Mountain food gets expensive so check everyone agrees on the budget.
  • Expect the unexpected. There are so many things that can go wrong on a group skiing holiday.
Group Skiing Holiday

Advice from a professional

I have been taking group ski trips for over 20 years. And worked in the ski industry for 10.

The type of trip you have depends on the people you are with.

You need to choose a resort that suits the group dynamic.

I chose the best ski resorts in Europe for groups based on personal experience. I know you will have a great time in these 5 locations.

They all offer something a little different. And some are better than others.

But they are all tried and tested.

The most important part is to enjoy yourself. I know ski trip planning takes a lot of time and effort.

But it will be worth it once you get there.

Best of luck and have an awesome holiday!