For some people, the ideal group holiday would be a long stay on a sunny island somewhere with white sandy beaches, warm weather, pools, boat parties, beach bars and plenty of time to laze around and soak up the rays.
However, others have a very different idea of paradise; one which involves minus temperatures, steep slopes and lots and lots of action and adventure. If this is your idea of a perfect holiday with your friends, then check out these awesome ski resorts and start planning your next ski adventure.
- Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is well known for its steep slopes and its four unlinked mountains, but it actually provides great terrain for all levels, so even beginners will have a great time skiing here. There are loads of groomed intermediate runs and experts have access to hundreds of acres of steep and challenging terrain round the back. One of the most attractive things about Aspen is the people it attracts. This is the place to go if you want to be seen skiing with the rich and famous. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you might find that Aspen is a little too expensive.
- Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta
Considered one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in the world, Lake Louise, situated in the Banff national Park in Canada, is a great resort for advanced skiers with lots of steep, unforgiving slopes. However, there are slopes for the less advanced, too and it’s a perfect place to escape to, where you can hide away in a scenic winter wonderland.
- St Moritz, Switzerland
St Moritz is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in Europe, possibly even the world. It’s a haven for the rich and famous, and is all about luxury, fashion and indulgence. Filled with opulent hotels, high-end shopping and Italian fashions, St Moritz is one of the world’s most glamorous ski resorts. However, it’s not all about luxury. There are also some awesome ski slopes, and the resort has a great snow record. Plus, many of the visitors are there to exploit their riches and relax in the sunshine, so you’ll find that the slopes are crowd-free.
- Herbier, Switzerland
Herbier is the place to go if you want to show off your ski skills and generally look really cool. It attracts celebrities and royalty, as well as some of Europe’s most advanced skiers, so if you’re feeling confident, this is the place to find your competition. Enjoy great nightlife, luxurious accommodation and a sophisticated atmosphere.
- Courchevel 1850, France
Courchevel is yet another totally glamorous ski resort, this time situated in the 3 valleys ski domain, which is the world’s largest interconnected ski area. This makes it a great destination for those who take their skiing seriously, but it’s also an attractive destination for those searching for luxury and glamour. Go there to experience 5 star luxury hotels, dine in Michelin starred restaurants and party with the rich and famous! You can find more information on chalets in Courchevel with lovetravelphoto.com.
- Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France
In 1924, this resort hosted the world’s very first Winter Olympics. Now it’s one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, known for its 9209 ft vertical drop, and its 13.7 mile Vale Blanche ski run. It is situated at the bottom of Mont-Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. This is the place to go if you’re serious about your skiing.
- Cortina, Italy
This is another resort which has hosted the Winter Olympics, this time in 1956. An ideal destination for any thrill-seeking skier, Cortina has a total of 87 miles of groomed ski runs and 52 lifts. And it’s not just skiing that’s on offer here; you can also try out bobsledding, tobogganing and snow-rafting. Remember to bring your best ski-gear, because people here dress to impress.