A ski trip is a great way to spend time with your valued clients or to incentives top performing staff. Most corporate ski events tend to be shorter stays, normally 3 to 4 days. It’s a good idea to keep the travel time to a minimum, transfers from airports near the Alps to the ski resorts take between 1 and 4 hours. Nobody wants to spend the best part of 8 hours on a coach on a three day break!
Depending on where your group is coming from and your nearest airport will determine which resorts will best suit. If you are in London, flights are available from City Airport, Gatwick, Heathrow or Luton into Geneva. From Geneva, there are several excellent ski areas within easy reach, both in Switzerland Italy and France. These include Verbier, Courmayeur, Chamonix, Morzine and Avoriaz.
If your budget will run to it booking a helicopter transfer from Geneva can turn a mundane journey into an adventure. The costs vary for helicopter transfers depending on the number of people, whether it’s a single or twin-engine aircraft, and the distance travelled but budget around £8,000 for 5 people to Val d’Isere.
When it comes to choosing somewhere to stay you have two real choices, either booking a catered ski chalet or a hotel.
A ski chalet suits some groups, it means that you can not only spend quality time on the slopes with your guests but also relax in the evening with them too as chalets have private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms but guests tend to congregate in the shared lounge areas. All chalets will include a three-course evening meal and wine. Many chalets have a hot tub too.
Chalets range in size from small chalets sleeping just 4 to jumbo chalets hotels sleeping up to 60 people. Prices range from around £400 pp for a simple chalet up to £5,000 + if you want to do it style.
Most chalets can only be booked for a full week, so consider breaking your group up into two, one part travelling from Saturday to Tuesday and the other from Wednesday to Saturday. The chalets will need a few hours for the change around to allow for cleaning and new bedding and towels.
If your preference is for a hotel choose a hotel that’s close to the slopes, your guests won’t thank you if they have to join a crowded bus to the ski lifts. Most corporate groups prefer a 4* hotel. Most hotels will have conference rooms available if there are required.
Some of the Austrian ski resorts are ideal for corporate ski breaks as journey times from airports are under 2 hours, many of the best hotels in Austria will have super spas which is ideal if some of your guests aren’t “ski all day skiers”
The object of any good corporate trip is to get people mixing together, to nurture relationships, and to get to know your staff or VIP clients. It’s difficult to imagine how anything could bring a group closer together than a well-planned ski break.
Below we have shown a list of properties that we believe work well for corporate groups.
Ski Line have been arranging corporate ski trips and team building incentive travel for the past 21 years. Our corporate team will work closely with you to help prioritise your requirements. We will identify the most suitable resort and accommodation for you and include all transfers, equipment rental and ski school/guides to make sure that your trip is a successful one.
During the day you will have fun on the slopes together and in the evening back in your own ski chalet, you’ll discuss the day's big wipeouts, or perhaps that important contract!
Our corporate clients include many Blue Chip companies, Law Firms and international brand names.
Most of our corporate groups choose a catered ski chalet over a hotel. It allows for a higher level of intimacy not available in a shared hotel environment. The benefits of staying in a ski chalet is that the group practically live together in a mountain home. During the day, its ski time and a chance for you or your boss to ski with the team or with your clients. Then in the afternoon it’s back to the chalet for a shower and afternoon tea and cake before sitting down at a huge dining room table for an evening meal, with all the trimmings.
Ski Chalets will have their private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and guests tend to congregate in the lounge area of the chalet, close to the roaring fire, relaxing in deep comfortable sofas so there is plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with everyone in the group.
Of course, the quality of the catering in ski chalets can vary. Some chalets employ gap-year students as cooks, while their training is extensive you will get dinner party quality food. Some chalets that appeal to corporate groups employ fully trained chefs and the food can be exceptional, many are able to recruit chefs who trained with Michelin starred chefs. You be surprised how many excellent chefs take a gap year to chef/ski for a winter in the mountains
Your guests are invited to join you in a ski chalet you rent for the week or for 3 to 4 nights. Chalets come in various sizes. A typical corporate group for skiline.co.uk is anywhere between 8 to 30 people although we do cater for larger groups too.
Most chalet bedrooms normally sleep 2 people, although some chalets will also offer larger multi-occupancy rooms. Typically guests don’t mind sharing a room in a ski chalet, the relaxed nature of a ski chalet holiday makes everyone a little more open. Many chalets will have zipped beds that can be easily made as double or twin beds. If your guests require a bedroom for sole use additional charges will almost certainly apply.
Some groups will book a chalet for the week but arrange for half the group to arrive at the beginning of the week to be replaced by the others in the group midway through the week.
Ski Line hold an ATOL licence (Air Traffic Organisers Licence) this means we are bonded for package holidays including air travel. We have contacts with all the best chalet suppliers and privately owned ski chalets in Europe and hold room allocations at some of the best hotels in the finest ski resorts around the world. We can arrange transfers between the airport and ski resorts. Anything from private taxi transfers, midi coaches and 60 seater coaches. If you want to arrive in style we can book helicopter transfers from most airports around the Alps.
Getting away for a weekend ski break with your colleagues is more popular than ever, For London City workers is easy, you could leave the office on Friday afternoon and be in Val d’Isere before midnight using London City airport to Geneva.
Don’t worry if not everyone in the group ski. We can arrange plenty of activities for non-skiers, spa visits, mountain walks with guides in snowshoes, skidoo rides, husky sledging, ice climbing and of course ski school for beginners.
Some of Ski Lines corporate clients we have worked with.
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