Posts Tagged ‘French Ski Festivals’
As any seasoned skier will know, the après ski is nearly as important as the white stuff itself when choosing which resort to holiday in this winter.
The French Alps are renowned for great food and great nightlife, but many resorts also host internationally renowned ski festivals throughout the season. From six-day comedy events, to extreme sports competitions and showcases of hot new bands, snow-fanatics are spoiled for choice in the Alps throughout 2010.
Below we have listed our top picks for the best ski festivals in the French Alps this winter:
Altitude Festival, Meribel
20th-26th March 2010
If you’re planning to squeeze in a ski trip to the French Alps at the end of the season, make your way to the fabulous resort of Meribel for first-class snow action and belly laughs on the piste. Featuring some of the biggest names in comedy, the annual Altitude Festival offers the ultimate in après-ski entertainment. The highlights of the festivals, in addition to brilliant stand-up performances, include screenings of comedy films, gigs and a lot of messing around on the piste. This year’s line-up includes performances from Newton Faulkner, comedy from Phil Jupitus and music from DJ Yoda.
Hot deal: A weeks accommodation in Pierre & Vacances Meribel Les Crets for the duration of the festival starts at €952.00 for a one bedroom apartment sleeping up to four people.
Little World Festival, Meribel
13th-19th March 2010
Organised by top British act, The Feeling, Little World Festival combines five days of skiing and snowboarding in the largest ski area in the world with entertainment from Europe’s biggest bands and DJ’s. With over 40 live gigs during the week and free outdoor concerts on the piste, the festival is an ideal choice for music lovers. This year’s festival includes music by Sophie Ellis Bextor, Glenn Tilbrook and, of course, The Feeling.
Hot deal: A weeks accommodation in Pierre & Vacances Residence du Tueda for the duration of the festival starts at €637.50 for a studio apartment sleeping up to four people. http://bit.ly/4xfSyG
16th April 2010
Tignes is already renowned for it’s après-ski parties, but TignesFest offers an extra reason to visit the resort in 2010. TignesFest is a festival showcasing new musical talent and best of all – it’s completely free! Popular radio DJs from the UK’s hottest stations, including Radio 1 and Kiss FM host the show where music from live DJs and new bands keep the crowds entertained.
Hot deal: A weeks accommodation in Maeva Grande Motte ski resort – Tignes during the festival starts at €475 for a studio apartment sleeping up to four people.
British University Snowboarding Council (BUSC) main event
27th February – 5th March 2010
The BUSC Main Event will this year be venturing to Alpe d’Huez for six nights of partying and hedonistic mayhem. Featuring over 2,000 revellers, the event is not for the faint hearted and all culminates in an open-air mountain party on the final night.
Hot deal: A weeks accommodation in Résidence Pierre & Vacances L’Ours Blanc during the festival starts at €490 for a studio apartment sleeping up to four people.
La Clusaz Carnival, La Clusaz
16 Feb 2010
Families love this famously fun and light-hearted carnival that fe
atures street parades, music and fireworks. Costumes can be hired from the tourist office and the bars are open all night. The traditional Savoyard village is regarded by some as one of the most picturesque in the French Alps – the perfect spot for a family break.
Hot deal: A weeks accommodation in Résidence Maeva La Perrière during the festival starts at €450 for a studio apartment sleeping up to four people. http://bit.ly/5uO4jZ
Winter X-Games Europe, Tignes
10th – 12th March 2010
Tignes plays host to one of the world’s biggest alternative and extreme sports events. Winter X Games Europe is the first Winter X Games to take place outside the United States, where the world’s top sportsmen and women compete against each other on two wheels, in the air, on skis and on snowboards for both medals and prize money. There will be eight different competitions over three days, including Ski and Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle for men and women as well as a Snowmobile demonstration.
Hot deal: A weeks accommodation in Résidence Maeva Le Lac during the festival starts at €355 for a studio apartment sleeping up to four people.
Three Valleys X-Wing Rally Finals, Three Valleys
5th April 2010
The main resorts in the Three Valleys region, including Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens join together for this one day event in which the slopes are open to everyone, regardless of ability. Having fun is the order of the day, with the only requisite being that the Three Valleys region is explored and admired. Events and competitions are organised throughout the day with ski passes and holidays to be won.
Hot deal: A weeks accommodation in Pierre & Vacances Le Tikal during the festival starts at €690 for a studio apartment sleeping up to four people.