A guide to booking a group ski holiday
Booking a ski holiday for a large group can be tricky to manage but it is worth it when you arrive and have a great time skiing and hanging out with everyone.
We know that you love skiing with your friends and family. We also know that arranging for them all to go on holiday at the same time can be a challenge which is why we have put this guide together.
Step 1 – How many in your group?
First get a rough idea of how many people want to go on your ski trip and ask for their contact details.
If you’re not planning a ski trip to Meribel or La Tania then you will need to decide where you want to go.
You should set up a communication channel for the whole group this could be an email list, Whatsapp chat or a Facebook group.
Step 2 – Set the date
Unless you are travelling on a specific date, like half term or Christmas, you will need to work out what is the optimal date for your group and an idea of what budget people have.
We recommend that you send out a poll to everyone who wants to come on your ski trip. You could use a polling site like doodle to find out the groups availability.
You may need to do a second poll but try to narrow it down to 2 potential dates.
Step 3 – Make an enquiry
Now you have a resort, date and a rough idea of how many people want to go on holiday it is to call the tour operator and find out what the options are.
You will get the best results if you are clear and know the group’s needs.
We know that organising the trip can be a challenge which is why we reward a group leader with a free lift pass!
The other perks are that you get to pick the best room, have the final say and know you won’t end up in a rubbish resort.
Step 4 – Picking your ski holiday
Picking your chalet is the next step and it is this point when many factors will come into play such as size, price and location.
At this stage, you might find yourself with a few options. In our experience as a group leader, you will find it easier if you decide on the best couple of options and pitch it to the group.
You should also be prepared to compromise. If you are a really big group you may struggle to discover a chalet that you will all fit into so you may need to look at ski properties next door to each other.
Step 5 – Confirming your ski holiday
Getting a deposit from everyone is a big challenge and the last big hurdle. You should make sure that everyone is ready to book and can send the deposit to you immediately.
As a rule, most chalet companies will hold a chalet for a week if you are booking early. This will give you time to decide and get the deposits collected.
If you are booking near or during the season you may only get a few days.
Payment is the next step. If you don’t want to get involved in collecting money (and we wouldn’t blame you) then we can help as will collect all the individual balance payments.
Then all that is left for you to do is enjoy your holiday in the company of your friends and family.
Give us a call to find out which chalets in Meribel and La Tania would suit your group. Phone the team on 01273 466535.