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9 Oct, 2014

10 tips for planning a group ski holiday

 Group of four on the slopes

Planning your group ski trip is all part of the fun. Nothing gets people more excited about the prospect of a week of thrilling runs, epic mountain views and, of course, apres-ski action than sitting down to organise the holiday ahead.

But where to start? There’s so much to consider and factor in that actually organising the trip can sometimes be more difficult than it should be, especially when there’s a large group involved.

Questions such as where to go, where to stay, and how to get there will all no doubt crop up and you’ll soon realise that there is a vast array of different options available to you and your ski group.

However, there’s no need to panic! Just read our top 10 tips about how to organise a group ski holiday and you will be fine.

1. Pick the destination

It goes without saying really that your first port of call should be to decide where you are going. Europe has so many amazing places to ski and so it may take a little time to sit down and decide among yourselves where is best to go.

2. Please the majority, not everyone

When organising a large group holiday it is inevitable that at least one person will not be happy with the decisions made.

While the majority of the group are happy with the French Alps, another might have their heart set on Italy or Switzerland. Don’t get caught up in politics, just please the masses. Once you get there and hit the slopes, all complaints will likely be forgotten about.

3. Level of skiing ability

Whereas some people may be confident flying downhill at breakneck speeds, some members of your party may need gentle runs or even lessons.

Always ask around beforehand to determine the skiing ability of your party. Most top resorts are well equipped to deal with novices through to experts so you should be able to find a place that suits everyone.

4. Don’t book the first place you see

You might see a group ski holiday that looks amazing (great price, location and accommodation) and is tempted to book straight away - just refrain for a second!

It is always worth looking at all the options available first to make sure you get the best deal and everyone else in your party is happy. Above we said that you should not aim to please everyone, but if you only look to please yourself, you could end up being an unpopular addition to your ski trip and no one wants that!

5. What’s the apres-ski like?

If apres-ski options are to be a big part of your trip - and, let’s be honest, they usually are - then you need to look into what is available.

Most resorts will have a respectable nightlife scene but some are more legendary than others!

Couple on the slopes Group apres ski on the slopes

6. Do you want the spa facilities?

Will your group want to use spa facilities during the trip? These are popular after a hard day out on the slopes and it might be worth looking into a hotel that has a spa to help you recover before a night of apres-ski action!

7. Let one person take control

Organising a holiday can be difficult when multiple people all get involved and so it’s best to leave the majority of the responsibility with a willing participant.

Perhaps the person who first came up with the idea should take the lead and do the bulk of the legwork. This will lead to things getting sorted much more efficiently.

8. Call the experts

There are people who arrange and organise group ski holidays for a living and you shouldn’t be afraid to get these experts involved. Not only will they be able to advise you on the best places to go for your group but they can also help you decide on other important factors like travel.

9. Plan ahead

Don’t leave it until the last minute to plan a big holiday. For a short, impromptu city break this is fine and you may get a better deal for this type of holiday. However, for a big trip like a ski holiday where many different factors need to be taken into account, it is far better to start getting things ready earlier.

10. Forget about the organising perfect holiday

If you obsess over creating the perfect holiday for all involved you will be at it for a long time. With so many amazing resorts to choose from, finding the one that is absolutely perfect is nearly impossible, so just go with one that ticks the most boxes for you!

To find out more about group ski holidays, give one of our Ski Experts a call on 023 8020 6971 or email sales@skiweekends.com if you know what you are looking for, why not fill out our Group Enquiry Form?