There are still some great winter months in the French Alps to be enjoyed so now is the time to get a group of friends together or plan some “bleisure” with business associates. One of the best places in France for group fun is Morzine Avoriaz, in the heart of Portes du Soleil. Morzine boasts one of Europe’s largest ski areas with more than 650Kms of piste for snow sports yet is only 1 hour transfer from Geneva so getting there is simple.
Morzine has been popular with skiers and boarders for decades with its excellent slopes for all levels and its lively vibrant après ski atmosphere. This bustling village is sure to give your group a holiday to remember. The other ingredient required for a memorable group trip is good planning. Here are a few tips on how to keep it all together, in mind and group.
- Get everyone together in person if possible. Is your group is for personal social pleasure or are you are organizing a club or business group? For the former the group will decide when the best time to go is. For the latter the date may have already been set. Ask everyone’s expectations for accommodation, entertainment, etc. Keep everyone informed of organizing progress – even start a social media group to share updates and answer questions.
- You need to know who is actually going and get some form of commitment from them. For social groups money is usually the easiest form of commitment. Accommodation will usually require a deposit so make sure everyone agrees to pay this when asked.
- Decide whether the group will travel together or meet at the resort. Obviously the former may help to keep costs down if you are booking and travelling as group. It is even more imperative that the plan runs well to get the most out of the two days on the slopes.
- Make sure you are all “on the same page” regarding reasons for the group going together. Are you are all going to snow board or ski to some level? Are there one or two party animals that may prove boisterous at 3am when others want so sleep after a hard day on the slopes? Plan accommodation accordingly.
- Decide what accommodation is best for the group – hotel, serviced pension, chalet? Make sure someone has does the research and handles the booking on behalf of the group. Consider the options for sleeping arrangements, services and food, how easy it is to get to the ski area, the après ski opportunities.
- Prepare a budget and meet up again to discuss and collect all the necessary money. Offer advice for what to pack, maybe some things can be shared by the group.
- If there are beginners in the group, one of the more experienced can explain about the skifield pass options and how to hire a ski instructor (highly recommended for at least the first few days). It can daunting to a novice to get to a ski area where they can feel the excitement but not understand what is going to happen, where to go, etc.
- Make sure everyone has suitable insurance to cover any unlikely event. You could also prepare a list, especially for beginners so they know hat to pack for the mountains. Of course one can usually buy things there, but ski resorts can be notoriously expensive so be prepared where you can.
- Once you are there, most likely people will go off and do their own thing but make times and places for meeting during the day like lunch at one restaurant, après ski drinks at a favourite bar so the group can share good times together.
- Once you return home, share all your great memories on social media. Meet up for a few drinks and start planning your next easy trip.
You might even consider returning to Morzine in the near future as organising gets even easier the second time. There are always different events throughout the winter season including French and International music festivals on the ski areas, husky sledding races like the epic Grande Odyssee. Morzine hosts its own snow sports festival with Basscamp Sessions of electronic music with international DJ’s, and all night parties.