How to Choose the Right Ski Resort
When arranging a ski tour for a group, it is important to consider the needs and requirements of the individuals within the group, as well as the group as a whole. We are experts at matching the resort to each group, tailor-making every element of the tour to create the perfect skiing experience for all. Here are our top tips for choosing the right ski resort for your school group.
1. How experienced are your skiers?
Will you be taking a group of experienced skiers, or will some of your students be taking to the slopes for the first time?
If your group consists of skiers of mixed abilities, then you will need to travel to a resort that offers a variety of runs, catering for all.
If any of your skiers are still learning, you will need a resort that offers plenty of gentle slopes on to which they can progress. All of our resorts offer an excellent ski school to enable progression.
2. How large does the ski area need to be?
Experienced skiers may require a larger area to explore and stretch their ski legs, whilst beginners will usually be content with a relatively small ski area, as they are unlikely to venture far. Smaller resorts may also be quieter, offering the opportunity for skiers to work on technique with less crowded slopes and shorter queues for the lifts.
One other factor to consider: are all party members skiers, or will some be snowboarding? If you are travelling with snowboarders, a ski area that offers a terrain park may be worth consideration.
3. What about the accommodation?
For school groups, good quality youth hostels are often a great choice. In this type of accommodation, students will usually share multi-bedded rooms, whilst staff will often sleep in twin rooms. This type of accommodation is basic, functional, and often has in-house facilities geared towards youth groups.
Alternatively, many ski resorts offer a number of family-run hotels which welcome groups. These offer a warm, friendly welcome, often with restaurants boasting menus featuring delicious, home-cooked, traditional dishes.
You will also need to consider the facilities of the hotel. For example, do you need a ski storage/boot room? What about social areas/meeting rooms, in which your group can congregate? Is there an on-site restaurant where you can all eat together?
4. How close to the slopes do you need to be?
Will you need accommodation that offers doorstep skiing, or are you happy to travel a short distance to ski area?
Doorstep skiing is more convenient, but does usually come at a premium – if you are willing to travel to the resort you will be able to keep costs down. The exception to this is our range of low-cost accommodation options in France, which all offer doorstep skiing.
5. What will you do when not skiing?
One very important factor to consider when choosing your ski resort is the opportunities it offers for après-ski activities. If you are travelling with a group of lively teenagers, you may find that they enjoy energetic activities, such as swimming, bowling, sledging, or even bum-boarding! Foodie activities are always a winner with most groups; ice cream and pizza is not to be missed out on when in Italy!
These are just a few of the things that we take into consideration when recommending ski areas to our groups. To find out what resorts will suit your group, you may like to try out the ‘Find a resort’ tool on our website. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Ski Specialists to discuss your group’s requirements. Using all their knowledge and experience, they will listen carefully to your requirements and work with you to create your perfect school ski tour.