Your summer music festival antics may feel like a distant memory as the temperatures drop to below freezing but rest assured here at Ski-Lifts we have your Winter Festival scene covered!
More and more festivals across Europe are popping up in some of our favourite resorts, so here is the low down on some of the top picks so you can combine your winter holiday with a great festival experience.
What? Snowbombing Where? Mayrhofen
When? 6th-11th April 2015
One of the better know mountain festivals, this will be its 16th year running. But be warned this is not for the faint hearted, this electro fuelled event will require every ounce of energy you posses. Non stop Après partying, venues open till 5am and streets lined with people. Rumour has it very little skiing actually gets done at this festival –but mainly because the parties and performances are so great- you won’t want to go home to bed! Snowbombing offers a balance of ski village quirky, mixed with Ibiza clubbing with venues like the ‘Racket Club’ an underground tennis court/turned super club that has seen the likes of Disclosure and Groove Armada in previous years. Not to mention lots of fancy dress opportunities and other great concepts like the Arctic Disco (Pic above).
Line Up - Rudimental, Skrillex, Fat Boy Slim
Ticket Prices: Package Inc. accommodation start from £334
Transfers from: Available from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck
What? The Brits Where? Tignes
When? 21-28th March 2015
The Brits is one of the longest standing festivals you’ll find in the mountains and does a great job of mixing the music based fun with some fantastic freestyle Ski and boarding displays as well as playing host it the Britain’s Snowboard and Freeski Championships. Although the headliners are yet to be announced the music on is generally really varied, previous acts included Ben Howard, Rob Da Bank and Pendulum. The weeklong festival and competition includes Halfpipe, Big Air, Boardercross, Skiercross and Slopestyle events so lots to see and do plus some great Après Party’s. Why not enter the ‘Bangers and Cash’ rail jam where riders get on the spot cash prizes and spectators can enjoy a sausage or two.
Ticket Prices: Use code BRITS2015 when booking your lift pass to get 10% off. €32 for a day or €238 for 7 days
Transfers: Geneva to Tignes
What? Snowboxx Where? Alpe D’Huez
When? 21-28th March 2015
Snowboxx is a relatively new festival, last year it was hosted in Andorra and this year moved to a new venue in Alpe D’Huez. The festival is definitely the best value snow festival you will find, with ticket prices as low as £229 for a 5 day lift pass, 7 nights accommodation and the festival wrist band. So if you’re student living on a shoe string –this could just take care of your winter holiday! Snowboxx is set to offer up plenty of variety and already have some great features to get excited about, such as winter markets, ice skating and pool parties, giving the après vibe a slightly different approach. You’re likely to find a heavier amount of DJ’s here rather than bands, mostly from the Balearic music scene who would have been headlining shows in Ibiza through the summer. Tickets sold out pretty fast last year so get them whilst you still can…(line up tbc)
Ticket Prices: Starting form £229 inc. accommodation and lift pass.
Transfers: Grenoble to Alp D’Huez
What? Altitude Comedy Festival Where? Mayrhofen
When? March 23rd 27th March 2015
Altitude is one of the only comedy festivals by the snow, a huge selection of live comedy from some big names acts (2015 yet to be announced) The whole thing is curated by comedian and snowboarder Andrew Maxwell and in the past acts have included the likes of had Phil Jupitas, Al Murray, Nina Conti, in addition to more unusual acts like Abandon Man- a free style rapper that improvises song from information and stories for the audience. There’s six nights of comedy on offer and addition to this there are still après parties to be had at venues like the ‘Pistetakers’ bar. Described as ‘the funniest show on snow’ the festival will definitely deliver if you are a stand up comedy fan.
Ticket Prices: £150 + Booking Fee
Transfer From: Available from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck
What? Rock The Pistes Where? Portes Du Soliel (Various locations)
When? 14th-21st March 2015
And of course we couldn’t talk about winter festivals without a mention of Portes du Soleil very own festival ‘Rock the Pistes’ This year the resort celebrates its 50th Birthday so we’re sure it will go off with a bang. Last year Klaxons and Baby Shambles entertained the crowd, so bigger named acts are expected to emerge this year. Not to mention tickets are included in your lift pass and with 650km of piste to get round, it’s one of the largest skiing areas in the world. There’s a great mix of acts, from reggae to rock to dance and unlike some of its rival festivals, ‘Rock the Pistes’ actually does what it says on the tin – bringing the music to some prime piste locations, so you really get to explore the ski area and catch some great live music in breath taking locations.
Ticket Prices: Included in your Ski Pass- one day €43.50- 5 days €205
Transfers from: Geneva to Morzine, Les Gets or Avoriaz
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As you may be aware, winter is upon us and here at the Ski-Lifts office there are a few well seasoned team members that are willing to offer some wise words, advice and some sneaky tips for making your snowy holiday run as smoothly as possible.
When to go…
Not booked yet? Well, if at all possible we would suggest trying to avoid the half term queues (and prices) so try to pick your dates wisely. January is normally a great time for snow, but can be cold. March can be good for clear skies and small queues and normally great snow conditions. If you wait for last minute deals the start and end of season can be fantastic, with quieter slopes and cheap deals on offer.
If you have got kids, book your childcare in advance. Most hosts and hotels will be keen to assist you or have in house options, but will also offer advice and contact details for local babysitters and crèches- the same goes for their Ski lessons - book ahead as peak dates will get booked up in advance. If you’re struggling to find accommodation, check out the links here
from two of our trusted partners.
All the gear…
If it’s your first holiday on the slopes don’t blow all your money on new kit. Commonly know as ‘all the gear and no idea’ you really ought to try a week before breaking the bank on a top of the range board or a pair of skis. Renting the gear can be expensive so why not try our partners Doorstep Skis
to get your gear delivered and fitted directly in your accommodation in resort and receive a discount for booking online. For your jackets and pants try and plan ahead and buy in the end of season sales where you are likely to pick up gear at 50% off.
Work it out…
Depending how dedicated you are to your Skiing or Boarding progression, we would highly recommend doing some physical training before you go. Not only will this increase your endurance on the slopes so you can make the most of your ski pass, but it will help you minimise injury risk. The last thing you want is to be in bed on day two with sore, tired legs! Have a chat with your local gym about what exercises could be good for you, get running round your local park, or just hop on a bike!
Winter Sports Insurance
Double check your insurance policy covers you for winter sports. Some banks offer holiday insurance but make sure you read the small print for what it covers, should the worse happen you won’t want to be paying the costs for mountain rescue! We’ve partnered with Flexicover
who offer specialist ski and holiday insurance.
When to book…
And of course book your airport transfers in advance, trying to get something at the airport will set you back a pretty penny and peak dates get booked up very quickly! And of course we can help you with most requests and resorts! Get a quote for your trip here.
A little bit of planning and preparation should mean that you get the most out of your ski or boarding holiday and then we’re confident we’ll see you coming back for more year after year.
The Ski-Lifts Team
Posted: 11/5/2014 11:04:28 AM
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Time is precious when you’re on holiday and transfer time is therefore an important consideration when choosing a ski resort. Fortunately, the Alps offer a good range of resorts within easy access of airport and train stations. So whether you are looking for transfers from Geneva
or planning on taking the overnight train to Moutiers or Bourg St Maurice; you will find some excellent options close at hand.
Here is a selection of resorts with short transfer times across France
1. Chamonix, France – 75 minutes (88km) -
The transfer from Geneva airport to Chamonix
takes just 75 minutes, making this skiing mecca one of the most accessible resorts in the Alps. Geneva airport is also an international hub offering a large selection of flights from all over the UK. On reaching resort, visitors will be able to enjoy some of the finest scenery in the Alps and a huge range of terrain for all levels.
2. Verbier, Switzerland – 50 minutes (54km)
Verbier, part of the Four Valleys ski area, is located just 50 minutes from Sion airport
. The area boasts 412km of high altitude pistes and is widely regarded as one of the best off-piste resorts in the world. It is worth noting however, that flight options to Sion are much more limited than to Geneva airport, situated 160km or just under 2 hours from Verbier.
3. St Anton, Austria – 60 minutes (100km)
St Anton is a lively resort with a large linked ski area offering 260km of marked pistes. The journey time of just one hour from Innsbruck makes the resort an ideal destination for short breaks. The town is famed for its après ski and nightlife and friendly locals. Ski Lifts offers a range of private and shared transfers to St Anton from Innsbruck airport
4. Espace Killy, France - Val d’Isere and Tignes - 40-45 minutes (30km
) – Eurostar runs an overnight service on Fridays and a day service on Saturdays dubbed ‘the snow train’ that runs throughout the winter. A quick transfer later and you arrive in your chosen resort, allowing you to make the most of your holiday time. Transfers from Bourg St Maurice to Val d’Isere
and Tignes are becoming increasingly popular for families and groups looking to avoid long airport transfer times. Ski Lifts also provide transfers to Les Arcs
, La Plagne
and the Three Valleys
from snow train stations.
5. Mayrhofen, Austria – 60 minutes (65km)
The picturesque Tyrolean resort of Mayhofen is part of the Zillertal valley which offers a huge range of slopes including Austria's only year-round ski area, the Hintertux glacier. The resort’s terrain and facilities also include some serious steeps and the Vans Penken Park with its 6 dedicated areas. Mayhofen has a lively nightlife and has become well-known for its annual ‘Snowbombing’ festival. Ski Lifts offer private and shared transfers to Mayrhofen from Innsbruck.
6. The French Portes du Soleil resorts (Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets) – 65 minutes (75km).
The huge skiable domain of the Portes du Soleil is conveniently located for passengers arriving into Geneva airport. Les Gets is situated just 75km from Geneva with a journey time of approximately 65 minutes, while its close neighbours Morzine and Avoriaz are just another 5 km and 15km away, respectively. Ski Lifts offer a wide selection of transfers to Morzine
and the rest of the Portes du Soleil including shared and economy options on some routes.
7. Sauze d’Oulx, Italy – 90 minutes (90km)
Sauze d’Oulx is located approximately 90 minutes from Turin airport
. The resort links with Sestriere
to form part of the extensive Milky Way ski area. There are good slopes for all abilities including some excellent off-piste and a terrain park.
8. Megève, France – 65 minutes (87km)
Megève is a bustling village with high-end restaurants, designer shops and some of the most picturesque slopes in the Alps. The resort is located close to Chamonix
and St Gervais
and forms part of the Evasion Mont Blanc
ski area offering access to over 450km of pistes. Megève can be reached in approximately 65 minutes from Geneva airport.
9. The Grand Massif, France – 65 minutes (77km)
The Grand Massif resorts of Morillon
and Les Carroz
boost some of the shortest transfer times in the Alps. The closest, Morillon village can be reached in approximately one hour from Geneva dependent on road and traffic conditions. The Grand Massif comprises 5 resorts of varied terrain making up the 4th largest linked ski area in France. The area includes plenty of wide, rolling tree-lined runs as well as a snowpark in Flaine
10. Alpbach, Austria – 52 minutes (57km)
Alpbach is a small Tyrolean ‘chocolate box’ village situated just 57km from Innsbruck airport
. A gondola installed in 2012 now connects the resort with its neighbour Auffach offering a combined area of 140km of pistes. This new area, Ski Juwel, offers convenient nursery slopes and a good mix of cruising intermediate runs and more challenging terrain.
The Ski-Lifts Team
Posted: 10/31/2014 1:25:37 PM
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Following on from the Portes du Soilel opening dates
, we’re now looking at when the main French resorts
will be opening up.
Partial opening of Grand Montets is planned from 6th
to 19th December, snow conditions permitting. Brevent-Flegere, Balme/Vallorcine
and Les Houches
will be partially opening from 13th
December and the rest of the area opens up on the 20th
The majority of the area will stay open until the 19th
April, except for Grand Montets, which has a planned closing date of 27th
April, but will hopefully be open for longer if snow conditions allow.
The lifts in Flaine
open on the 14th
December, followed by Les Carroz
on the 21st
The main Grand Massif area is expected to close on the 21st
April, with the planned closing date for Flaine on the 27th
The Grand Motte glacier opened at the start of October, so you can already ski in the Epsace Killy!
and Val D’Isere
both open on the 29th
November, all the way through to the 3rd
, the highest resort in the Alps, opens on the 22nd
November and the lifts are open through until the 10th
open on the 6th
December and all of the 3 Valleys link open as well.
Planned closing of the 3 Valleys area is 24th
The higher altitude areas of La Plagne
open on the 13th
December, with Les Arcs
& Peisey Vallandry opening the day after. The Vanoise Express opens up the Paradiski link along with the rest of La Plagne, on the 21st
December and the lifts are open until the 26th
THE SOUTHERN ALPS
is open from the 6th December until the 25th
April, although some of the smaller resorts close earlier.
Les Deux Alpes
is open from the 29th
November, La Grave opens later on the 6th
December, snow conditions permitting and both resorts close on the 26th
lifts open on the 13th
December and are open until the 19th
April, although the Briancon area will close slightly earlier, on the 13th
Posted: 10/17/2014 9:26:00 AM
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With the evenings getting shorter and the mornings decidedly chillier, we’re starting to think about winter and the white stuff! So we’re taking a look at when the lifts are opening across some of the main ski areas in the Alps, starting with the Portes du Soleil
The first resort to open their lifts in the Portes du Soleil this winter is Les Gets
. Snow conditions permitting, there will be a partial opening of the Chavannes area at weekends from the 22nd
November, through until the 13th
December, when the Chavannes & Nauchets lifts open daily. The rest of the Les Gets ski area will open on the 20th
December, as will the Morzine
will also be offering some pre-season, weekend skiing on the Pre-la-Joux area, starting on the 29th
November. The lifts in the Pre-la-Joux and Linga area will be open from the 13th
December, and also, the link with Avoriaz
. The rest of the area will open up on the 20th
Avoriaz opens the lifts on the 12th
December and will kick the season off with, Rock on Ultimate, a weekend of ski & snowboarding testing, concerts and parties from the 12th to the 14th
. The lifts will be open through until the 26th
The whole of the Portes du Soliel area will be open from the 20th
December, through until the 19th
Ski-Lifts offer Shared transfers to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets from the 13th
December and Private transfers are available year round.
Posted: 10/13/2014 12:27:27 PM
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