When you ski with a large group of friends it’s usually within a group of skiers with mixed ability and therefore it’s great to be able to plan a ski holiday to a resort that has great terrain for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers alike. Here’s a handful of our favourite resorts for groups of skiers who want great skiing to suit everyone’s ability.
Méribel is one of the resorts that British skiers’ favour as a holiday destination, and for good reason. Méribel brings a lot to the table including great skiing for all abilities, brilliant après-ski, a beautiful village and plenty to do off the slopes. Méribel is also at the centre of Les Trois Vallées with access to a vast wealth of 600km of skiing.
Beginners have a lot of opportunities to improve their skiing ability around the Altiport area as well as the Mont Vallon area where they will find plenty of gentle green and blue runs. The pistes are very well maintained with plenty of wide blue and red runs that are perfect for intermediates looking for a challenge. Advanced skiers will also have a wealth of tough skiing to get through, particularly from the top of Saulire, and when there is fresh snow the off-piste can be unbeatable.
Tignes is a purpose-built resort lying at 2,100m and part of the world-famous Espace Killy ski area which it shares with its lively neighbour Val d’Isère. The town itself is filled with great restaurants, bars and things to do if you fancy a day off skiing.
For the beginners and intermediates, the top of the Grande Motte has a good base to learn with great wide runs that are steep enough to provide a challenge. There are also great runs from Tovière down to both Le Lac and Val Claret. For more advanced skiers, be sure to check out the black, Trolles, this run takes you from the top of Tovière right down to Le Lac. The Espace Killy is also renowned for its brilliant off-piste for skiers looking for freeride.
Part of the Milky Way ski area and known for its excellent mixed skiing, Sauze d’Oulx is a thriving town with lively après-ski great and is great for groups of skiers looking for an Italian winter getaway.
The extensive area of the Milky Way offers a great amount of skiing for all levels of ability. For beginners, the nursery slope is very close by and has a magic carpet, so you won’t have to worry about drag lifts. Intermediates have excellent cruising terrain all around the resort with plenty of long blues and slightly steeper reds. The more advanced skiers can tackle blacks around Borgata and Sestrieres or go off-piste, we recommend the Rio Nero run between Oulx and Cesana.
St. Christoph is the close neighbour and satellite village of the famous St. Anton. Whilst St. Anton is more lively and larger than St. Christoph, it isn’t particularly beginner friendly so staying in nearby St. Christoph is much better for those travelling with beginners.
Beginners have a nursery run right by the village and the blue Mainsee I & II runs are nearby and perfect for learning on. Intermediates and advanced skiers can indulge on the vast and wonderful ski area of the Arlberg; with its great blue, reds and blacks up at Kappall and Valluga as well as brilliant long, cruising blues down to Stuben. The Arlberg is also renowned for its fantastic off-piste for those looking for freeride.