There’s nothing quite like a skiing holiday to the French Alps with your friends and family. Think beautiful scenery, cosy log fires, chairlift selfies and plenty of snow. Here’s some top tips on what to think about when organising a group ski holiday in 2022.

It can be tricky arranging a large group skiing holiday if there is a mixture of skiing abilities, so make sure to manage expectations beforehand. Choose a ski resort that caters to mixed abilities so that the group can split up during the day and everyone can enjoy the skiing. Check our guide to 10 Reasons to Book at Skiing Holiday in Chatel 

Research the cost

Skiing can be expensive so make sure you’ve thought of everything. From accommodation and food, to lift passes, insurance and equipment hire, the cost of a ski holiday can really vary. Agree how much everyone is happy to spend and try stick to it. In the Portes du Soleil, you can buy a full lift pass which gives you access to 12 different resorts across France and Switzerland.

The Portes du Soleil ski pass covers 12 resorts of the Portes du Soleil, 266 pistes ctering for all levels, 195 lifts, 10 snowparks and 89 slope side restaurants. Prices for a 6 day pass (approx) Adults €260 | Children €195 | Youth/senior €234
If you don’t want to buy the full lift pass, the Châtel Liberte ski pass  covers 73 slopes, 61 lifts and 130km of skiing. A 6 day pass (approx) Adult €199 |  Children €149 |  Youths/senior €179 This covers Châtel (Barbossine, Super-Châtel, Linga and Pre-la-Joux), La Chapelle d’Abondance, Torgon and some of Morgins in Switzerland too (Corbeaeu sector). 

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Book your skiing holiday in advance

It can take time to organise a large group skiing holiday so it’s best to start looking early to have the most choice. If you’re travelling without children, then avoid the popular half-term holidays which are often in February. To save hassle, you can also book your equipment hire and lift passes in advance. In Châtel, SkiHire2u will bring the equipment direct to the chalet!

Airport transfers


Choose your resort carefully. Once you land at the airport, some resorts can be up to three hours’ drive away. Châtel in the Portes du Soleli resort in France is just a 90-minute bus transfer from Geneva airport, so you can be at the resort with minimum fuss.  

Look for a ski resort suited for groups


If you have a group with mixed skiing ability, then you’ll need to choose a resort which can accommodate beginners, intermediates and seasoned pros. Look for resorts which are easy to move around with good bus links and choose accommodation that’s close to bars and restaurants so your group can easily meet up for après ski. Check out Everything You Need to Know About the Portes du Soleil.

If you have beginners or non-skiers in the group, look for a resort which offers things to do off the slopes. Some such as the Portes du Soleil offer family friendly activities like sledging, tubing snowmobiles, swimming pools and ice skating. 

When looking for accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A catered ski chalet is a fantastic option because you won’t need to bother with any cooking or cleaning. You can focus on socialising and catching up in the evenings with friends while your chalet hosts take care of everything else. Read more: Catered Ski Chalet: 5 Reasons to Book this Winter


Fancy heading to the mountains en masse? You can book Chalet la Fontaine for a maximum of 10 guests. Click here to make an enquiry.