2017 News and events
La Grande Première, Val Thorens 25-26 November 2017
The highest resort in Europe rolls out the red carpet for the start of the ski season. In recent years the snow conditions have been superb for this opening-weekend fiesta that includes all manner of gear testing, special offers, games and opportunities to try out a huge range of snow sports. One for those for whom ski season can’t start soon enough!
Les Menuires Geek Festival, Les Menuires 9-10 December 2017
A brand new event specially conceived for geeks! Indoor entertainment includes a retro gaming arcade, next-generation gaming experience and a virtual reality arena. On the slopes guests can expect a giant laser game and a “Game of Riders” photo-call inspired by Game of Thrones as well as concerts and board games in the bars.
Rise Festival, Les 2 Alpes 16-23 December 2017
Now into its fourth year, this music festival co-hosted by promoters Ibiza Rocks and Rough Hill in partnership with tour operator Wasteland Ski brings 5000 British dance music fans to the resort. With past headliners including festival smashers Sigma, Kano and Clean Bandit, the 2017 edition promises to be the biggest yet!
Black Pig Festival, Saint Lary 20 January 2018
Celebrating the famous Porc Noir de Bigorre - the delicious hams which come from the locally bred pigs – this is a lovely festival day with pop up stalls around the town and fun après ski atmosphere
La Grande Odyssée, Savoie Mont Blanc 23-24 January 2018
One of the world’s most spectacular dog-sledding race, the 2018 edition spans two weeks, 12 stages and ten resorts, including Megève, Les Gets and the resorts of the Haute Maurienne Vanoise. One for dog lovers!
Le Tournoi des 6 Stations, 6 resorts 12-18 February 2018
Now entering its 4th year, this epic rugby sevens on snow tournament between 6 resorts, each fielding a team of ex international players, is a huge hit with families at half term. Last year’s tournament included giants of the game like Mike Tindall, Colin Charvis and Serge Betsen. 2018 resorts: Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Valmorel, La Clusaz, Châtel, Megève.
Skicolor, Les Gets 10 March 2018
Inspired by the Color Run event, Skicolor- now into its 4th year- is an event which paints the mountains in technicolor. Participants ski down a specially-designed run through explosions of coloured powder, the goal being to cross the line covered in as much colour as possible. Great fun!
European Snow Pride, Tignes 17-24 March 2018
Europe’s biggest gay wintersports, music and film festival returns to Tignes. On the programme as magical après-ski parties, huge pool parties, film projections and of course an enormous gay pride parade.
Rock the Pistes, Portes du Soleil 18-24 March 2018
This free music festival with headliners playing on stages dotted about the vast Portes du Soleil ski area has quietly grown into the best mountain music festival around with something for everyone. The festival features an eclectic range of acts to reflect the breath-taking variety of locations. Last year’s festival was headlined by BRIT Award winner Rag n Bone Man. 2018 line-up announcement to follow.
The Great British Celebration, Les Arcs 24-30 March 2018
In recognition of the resort’s popularity with British skiers, this fun event celebrates all things British with Robin Hood “team archery”, Zorb football, toboggan races and concerts, with the Union Jack flying loud and proud throughout!
Speed Masters, Vars 27-30 March 2018
This annual gathering of speed skiers has a fairly simple mission statement each year: to break the Speed Skiing World record on the resort’s legendary “flying kilometre course”. Italian Ivan Origone was flashed at a hair under 255 km/h here, accelerating faster than a Formula 1 car. How fast will they go in 2018?