Best resorts for groups
We know how important après ski fun is when you’re away with your mates, so we’ve put together a list of the best resorts to visit as a group. As well as being full of great bars and entertainment, these resorts all offer big ski areas too, which is always handy when there’s lots of you! If you have any more hints and tips for making the most of your group ski holiday, let us know in the comments box below.
Don’t miss the famous La Folie Douce (meaning ‘Sweet Madness’), recognised as a French après skiing institute. There are now Folie bars in five French resorts, but it all started in Val D’Isère in 1981 when a mother and her son set up the first La Folie Douce – a place where visitors could enjoy great food and a superb atmosphere. It’s quite a place as our French Product Manager, Bryony, explains; “The Folie Douce has a hedonistic atmosphere with live music from a crazy band in crazy outfits! Don’t miss it if you’re after après-ski fun in Val d’Isère!”
Also in Val D’Isère is Dick’s Tea Bar, which has been packing in the masses since 1979. James from our Reservations team says; “Dick’s Tea Bar has legendary status across the Alps and is arguably the premier late night spot in Val D’Isère. Themed nights, live bands and events create a fantastic atmosphere and the party normally continues into the early hours. If you’re going to Val D’Isère, make sure to put Dick’s at the top of your après ski hitlist!”
In fact, Val D’Isère is full of good bars – swing by Le Petit Danois, the Moris Pub and Saloon Bar to name but a few!
Some consider Val Thorens the ugly duckling of the Three Valleys, but once you get up to the resort (the highest in Western Europe) you realise that it uncomplicated, practical and really quite nice. It has superb access to the vast Three Valleys ski area, with Méribel, Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville all easily reached, and with La Tania and Courchevel just the other side of Méribel. There’s great après too, with Bar 360 and La Folie Douce both located on the slopes, and the party continues at Frog Bar, Malaysia and Panda – all great places to head to!
Relax after skiing in Méribel at Le Rond Point Bar (Ronnies). This bar is ideally located on the way back into Méribel from the slopes, making it the go-to après spot at the end of the day. It’s the hub of Méribel and a constant hive of activity. Sam, from our Digital Marketing team says: “A mixture of superb live music and DJs, great drinks deals and an incredible atmosphere. If you’re looking for an amazing après bar in Méribel there are quite a few, but the ‘Ronnie’ is the place to be!”
For some added excitement, head to Alpe d’Huez where you can get a helicopter to Les Deux Alpes for a day’s skiing and then pick you up at the end of the day – pretty cool!
There’s a new La Folie Douce in Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes is also great for après ski – try Pano Bar on the mountain, which is a popular choice.
The Austrian’s have made après ski their own, offering bars a-plenty across all resorts. Enjoy an eclectic atmosphere of dancing on tables, live music and cheesy tunes!
Pure class. That’s all you need to describe Ischgl. It has superb infrastructure with state-of-the-art lift systems such as the Silvrettabahn which comes straight out of the town centre. A day on Ischgl’s slopes can take you to your limit and can take you many places. The “tax free” run across the border into Switzerland’s Samnaun Valley is a must and is easy enough to get to and get back from. Another highlight is Iscghl après and nightlife, with Feuer and Eis, Kuhstall, Trofana Alm and the Hotel Elizabeth’s Pacha all places that merit a visit. Stay with us in the resplendent Chalet Hotel Abendrot and you’ll want to come back time and time again!
Where to start? St Anton has always been a popular destination for younger groups, but has everything a seasoned skier could wish for; world class skiing with links to neighbouring resorts mixed with an incredible après scene.
Make sure you head to Mooserwirt, the must-visit bar following a day on the slopes. Expect table-dancing and sing-a-longs, as our Commercial Executive Ali will attest; “Mooserwirt was incredible, the highlight was belting out Hey Jude and Robbie Williams’ Angels with nearly 1,000 people around me!”
Or check out the famous Krazy Kanguruh Bar. Vying with Mooserwirt for St Anton après superiority, Krazy Kangeruh has been going strong since 1965 and is well worth a visit. It’s positioned on the opposite side of the Galzigbahn’s route from Mooserwirt, with either a short ski down the piste, or walk down the road back into St Anton. Adam, from our Digital Marketing team, said; “Krazy by name, Krazy by nature: the atmosphere, the music, everything! As they say; ‘don’t be lazy, come to the Krazy!’”
If you’re not exhausted by this point, there’s more amazing nightlife in the town centre with enough venues to go to a different place every night!