We've never skied in Europe but have the opportunity to do so over the Xmas-New Year break. Our group consists of a beginner plus 3 strong intermediates and 2 advanced skiers. We've been skiing Deer Valley and Alta out west or Vermont slopes like Stratton in the Northeast.
Looking for the best shot at early season snow and a good mix of trails for the varied skill sets. I've heard not to expect the level of trail grooming that some of my group is most comfortable so grooming is a concern. We will definitely be hiring guides/instructors to make sure we get the most out of our time and we will lean to staying on the trails more than off-piste.
Currently looking at Chamonix but really quite open to anything. Half the group is starting in Paris so our thinking is to fly to Geneva and go from there. That said it seems just as easy to fly anywhere else in Europe so my primary focus is to find a ski area that gives us the best shot at a great trip.
Kind of a broad question and appreciate any guidance. cheers