Whether you’re planning a ski trip with mates, colleagues or family, it’s inevitable that some of you will have more experience on the slopes than others. Don’t sweat it, though, there are plenty of ski resorts across Europe perfect for a mixed ability ski holiday!

We’ve put together a list of the best European all-rounders. Each one has been handpicked by our team for its mix of nursery slopes, trickier runs and outstanding off-piste. We’ve also added ratings for things like après ski, skiing distance and price, to help inform your decision.

Ski holidays aren’t just about skiing. There’s also the nightlife to consider, plus you’ll find European ski resorts often have an excellent range of restaurants to please even the most discerning foodie. And if your group has any non-skiers, you need a healthy dose of off-piste activities - from spas and sports centres to classic winter activities - to keep them busy.

Alpe d'Huez

  • Après rating ⅘
  • Price rating: ⅗
  • Skiing: 305km

This high altitude French ski resort is an absolute corker when it comes to mixed ability skiing holidays thanks not only to its dozens of brilliant slopes, but also its varied après ski offering.

The skiing here is excellent for all abilities. Beginners can make the most of the extensive nursery areas, while any experts among you will be kept busy with mogul fields and steep black runs at the top of the Pic Blanc Glacier. If you sit somewhere in the middle, Alpe d’Huez has a seemingly endless number of blues and reds, plus there’s always the option of hopping over to nearby Auris or Oz to check out their less crowded slopes.

Alpe d’Huez has a reputation as a party resort. When you’re all skied out, you can meet up at one of dozens of brilliant après bars, like Smithy's Tavern or Underground bar, for several rounds of drinks and table dancing. If that’s not your scene, tuck into a tasty meal at Le Passe Montagne or La Trappeur before heading back to your chalet for some chill time. The resort is also a great pick if you’re keen to self-cater thanks to an abundance of holiday apartments which are ideal for small to medium size groups.



La Plagne

  • Après rating ⅖
  • Price rating: ⅗
  • Skiing: 425km

La Plagne offers up over 400km of pistes to play with thanks to its location in the giant Paradiski ski area. The French resort sits on a plateau and is a fantastic pick for groups mainly made up of beginners or intermediate skiers.

If you’re a little more experienced and up for a challenge, La Plagne is linked to Les Arcs by the Vanoise Express cable car and it’s home to several terrifyingly steep runs on the Aiguille Rouge. There are also trickier runs within La Plagne itself which weave their way through the forest, in addition to great off-piste in between the two resorts and at the top of the Bellecôte peak.

Groups after a quieter après ski scene are well-placed in La Plagne, plus there’s plenty to keep non-skiers busy - think ice climbing, skidooing and paragliding. La Plagne is also a little more wallet-friendly than more mainstream resorts in the Alps and it's possible to find decent accommodation at a good price across all 11 of its villages.

Les Arcs

  • Après rating ⅗
  • Price rating: ⅗
  • Skiing: 425km

The other side of the Paradiski ski area, Les Arcs is the livelier of the two neighbours.

Les Arcs’s snow record is superb, making it an ideal pick for a group ski holiday throughout the season. Nursery slopes at all five of its villages make it particularly good for beginners, while the sheer number of blue and red runs means more experienced skiers are kept constantly busy. If you consider yourself a bit of a pro, Les Arcs’ lofty Aiguille Rouge is criss-crossed with brilliant black runs, including a 7km piste with a 2000m drop.

When it comes to accommodation and extra curriculars, you’ll discover different options depending on which of Les Arcs’ five villages you decide to stay in. Les Arcs 1800 is where the party’s at, while sleepier Peisey Vallandry closer to La Plagne is perfect for some R&R after a full day on the mountains. Arc 1950’s winter wonderland village is fully ski-in ski-out and offers a nice in-between.

Val Thorens

  • Après rating 5/5
  • Price rating: ⅘
  • Skiing: 600km

Val Thorens serves up a double whammy as not only is it part of the epic 600km Three Valleys ski area, but it’s also the highest altitude resort in Europe!

All that perfect powder is a dream for advanced skiers, especially those keen to go off the beaten track on back country trails with a guide. If you’ve got people in your group who are still learning the ropes, Val Thorens is criss-crossed with undulating blue runs. The resort is also largely ski-in, ski-out, meaning beginners won’t have far to go for their first taste of the pistes.

You can’t talk about Val Thorens without mentioning its après scene. It’s one of the rowdiest resorts in the Alps, with options ranging from high altitude drinking terraces like 360 Bar to live music venues with awesome drinks deals like Saloon. Val Thorens is pricier than some, but well-worth saving up for if you want an unforgettable trip with everything on your doorstep.

Meribel

  • Après rating 5/5
  • Price rating: 5/5
  • Skiing: 600km

Meribel is another Three Valleys resort with buckets of charm and miles of skiing. It’s a little more glamorous than your typical European resort and you’ll pay a premium price for its excellent accommodation, high end bars and gourmet dining venues.

Despite its occasionally hefty price tag, Meribel is hands down one of the most popular resorts in the Alps. The resort has access to around 600km of prime pistes, including numerous options at linked Courchevel and Val Thorens. Nursery slopes and ski schools are top-notch here, plus there’s loads of red runs for intermediates - including one which cuts all the way down the Mont Vallon. If you’re more advanced, check out the mogul fields at Bartavelle or hire a guide to take you off-piste.

If you love finishing off ski days with a few pints and some cheeky table dancing, many of Meribel’s drinking venues stay open into the small hours, with Jack’s Bar a team-favourite. The resort is also a haven for non-skiing activities, with options ranging from indoor climbing to horse drawn sleigh rides through the snow.

Mayrhofen

  • Après rating ⅘
  • Price rating: ⅗
  • Skiing: 515km

If the snow-capped peaks of the Tyrolean Alps sound pretty idyllic, picturesque Mayrhofen is the resort for you. It’s perfectly set up for mixed ability groups, with around 140km of pistes split up into awesome runs for every level of skier. For even more space, you can venture out into the wider Zillertal Arena for an additional 400km of sublime slopes.

Beginners will want to make a beeline for the Ahornbahn where the majority of the nursery slopes are located. If you’ve already been on a few ski trips, you’re in luck as almost 50% of Mayrhofen’s ski slopes are geared towards intermediates. There’s also a nice selection of black runs for pros to contend with, including the legendary Harakiri that’s famed for its 78% inclines!

Mayrhofen’s party scene has really taken off over the past few years and it’s now considered one of the liveliest ski resorts in Austria. If your group would rather have a quieter evening and a good night’s sleep, the resort has loads of cosy restaurants where you can tuck into tasty Tyrolean grub right next to a roaring fire. Family groups are also well-catered for thanks to off-piste amenities like the Erlebnisbad adventure pool which boasts a 101m-long water slide.

Tignes

  • Après rating ⅘
  • Price rating: ⅗
  • Skiing: 300km

Part of the previously named Espace Killy ski area (now Tignes-Val d’Isère), Tignes is a great resort for mixed ability groups who are also after a wide range of extra curricular activities.

Tignes is linked to neighbouring Val d’Isère and between them there’s a whopping 300km of skiing to contend with. The resort is awesome for beginners, with around 60% of its slopes rated blue or green. Intermediates are also in luck thanks to a range of red runs throughout the resort, while advanced skiers have the opportunity to head off-piste at the fantastic Le SPOT area.

Tignes is split into five separate villages each with their own allure and facilities. Tignes Val Claret is the location of most of the resort’s buzzing party venues, while smaller Tignes 1800 has a more laid-back vibe and amazing access to the resort’s top ski runs. If anyone in your group isn’t planning on skiing, there’s a bevy of off-piste attractions to enjoy, including the Grand Motte Glacier funicular which provides insane views of the French Alps.

Morzine

  • Après rating ⅘
  • Price rating: ⅘
  • Skiing: 650km

This stand-out resort is nestled in the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area and couldn’t be better for groups with a wide range of skiing abilities.

The greater ski area boasts over 600km of well-groomed pistes plus some epic off-piste routes. You can either opt for the Morzine-Les Gets pass which offers up plenty to beginners, or the Portes du Soleil pass that grants access to around 300 ski runs in France and neighbouring Switzerland.

When you’re not learning the ropes on the nursery slopes near Le Pleney, perfecting your turns on one of 100 red runs or attempting the staggeringly steep Swiss Wall, duck into an awesome après bar or have your fill of Mexican, Italian or Michelin-starred French food at one of Morzine’s many restaurants. Discover more about Morzine here.

Pas de la Casa

  • Après rating ⅘
  • Price rating: ⅖
  • Skiing: 210km

Groups on a budget that still want a solid selection of pistes to suit everyone will be well-placed in Pas de la Casa. Pas is one of a handful of high altitude ski resorts in Andorra and its runs are spread out across the peaks of the pretty Pyrenees.

Part of the Grandvalira ski area, Pas has over 200km of prime skiing terrain to tackle, almost half of which is wide and meandering, making them enough for novices but still great fun for everyone else. The Grau Roig area is the place to be if you’re after a bit more of a challenge, while you’ll find no fewer than three snow parks perfect for practicing any tricks.

It’d be a shame not to take advantage of Pas’ cheap après ski while you’re in town (starting at Irish-themed Paddy’s Bar and ending at Bilbord nightclub), nor Andorra’s low tax shopping at the resort itself and in the country’s capital, Andorra la Vella. Food and accommodation is similarly affordable, plus the resort doesn’t scrimp when it comes to ace off-piste activities.

Flaine

  • Après rating ⅖
  • Price rating: ⅗
  • Skiing: 265km

If you’re after a decently priced destination for a shorter ski trip that provides plenty of pistes for your entire group, Flaine is a good shout.

The French resort is the largest in the Grand Massif and is situated just over an hour’s drive away from Geneva just across the Swiss border. When it comes to skiing, beginners won’t have too far to trek as most of the excellent nursery slopes are located close to the centre of Flaine. A deluge of cruisey blues and trickier red runs will keep intermediates properly entertained, while Flaine’s famous off-piste offering is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Flaine resort itself is a quirky mix of Bauhaus architecture and more traditional-style chalets in Le Hameau, while there are a few more unique attractions up for grabs, including the fascinating Flaine Art Centre. If you want to indulge in some après after a long day of skiing, there are a handful of decent drinking holes. Flaine is definitely geared more towards families, though, so few places stay open beyond midnight.



Conclusion

This is our pick of the most suitable resorts for mixed ability groups. Hopefully it’s given you some food for thought! If you’d like to chat about these or any other resorts, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We help you plan the ideal trip, book it without hassle, and make the most of it while you’re away. Visit here to get started.