5 environmentally-friendly ski resorts

5 environmentally-friendly ski resorts

As a skier or snowboarder you probably love nothing more than hitting the slopes, enjoying the great snow and having a moment to contemplate the magnificence of the mountains. Unfortunately, the current climate crisis puts the possibility to keep enjoying nature as we know it at risk. Already, we have experienced some devastating changes in the mountains, with animal species in danger of extinction and ski resorts having to close because of the low snowfall

On the other hand, many ski resorts are taking action towards the preservation of the climate and are taking steps to provide an eco-friendly ski holiday for their guests. 

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland 

At Saas-Fee, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

The incredible feeling of inhaling fresh air when you arrive at the highest point of the piste makes you connect immediately with nature, especially when your ski holiday is a runaway from the hectic city life. Your whole body relaxes and you are ready to descend the slopes. 

To be sure that you take only the freshest breaths of air in the Alps, and to provide skiers with a sustainable ski holiday, Saas-Fee has been car-free since 1951. Not allowing cars in the resort, Saas-Fee reduces its environmental impact and its carbon footprint, taking steps to help to protect the Alps and improve the quality of life. 

Therefore, the Swiss resort is working to be a pioneer in ecological alpine tourism and is developing procedures to be carbon-free. Its efforts in sustainability have seen Saas-Fee win the title of “Energy Town”, because of the introduction of clear quality standards in traffic and energy policies. No other ski resort in Switzerland can show off its use of natural energy so consistently, as it obtains 100% of their electricity by renewable Valaisian hydroelectric power.

 

Pejo 300, Italy

At Peio, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Verona Airport.

Most plastics take an average of 1000 years to decompose completely. So if you consume a single-use plastic bottle today, it will still exist when your great-great-grandchildren go to college, along with all the plastic their previous generations have used. And yes, that can be a lot of rubbish. This crazy fact has shocked many people who have decided to stop reducing their plastic waste or even wholly stop consuming plastic at all and have a zero-waste lifestyle to reduce their impact on the environment. 

Aware of the impact the plastic has on the climate crisis and following the need to take steps to preserve our mountains, Pejo 3000 has become the first ski resort in Europe to ban plastics. The Italian resort has forbidden disposable straws, bottles, cutlery, glasses, packets of ketchup and mayonnaise and any other single-use plastic items. The new zero-waste action will reduce the disposal of plastic into the mountains and will help to preserve the local nature so all skiers can enjoy the Stelvio National Park for longer. 

Even if Pejo 3000 took the initiative, having a plastic-free ski holiday can be a personal ambition of any skier, besides the polyethene in your skis of course. If you are wondering where to start, we recommend you take a look at Laura Singer’s blog post – most of the things are free! http://trashisfortossers.com/zero-waste-travel-ki/

 

Avoriaz, France

At Avoriaz, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Designed to be a green ski resort, since the beginning Avoriaz has been zero-car, fuel monitored to avoid energy waste and has planned sustainable accommodation. These procedures have made them win the Green Key accreditation, the top international certification for eco-friendly tourist accommodation.

The resort has done great work building environmentally-friendly construction and developing a dual-energy network. Also, the French resort has two environmentally responsible snowparks and train their drivers to do their tasks in the most eco-friendly way. Lately, they’ve renewed their snow canyons to introduce modern machines which consume three times less energy, and they try to avoid using them so the skiers can enjoy the natural fresh snow.

 

Aspen, USA

At Aspen, approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes away from Denver Airport.

The world-famous ski resort Aspen has been a pioneer in sustainable skiing, applying eco-friendly procedures since 1997. Their goal to eradicate emissions has led them to be one of the first cities in the USA to be powered by renewable energy and become seven-times winners of the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence.

Besides, they don’t only advocate for green power and develop energy-efficient methods; they also take on the best eco practices in the resort. They purchase local food and beverages to reduce their impact, they are home for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (where they inform visitors of the local environment), and they take part in many local activities to protect the climate. 

 

Söll, Austria

At Soll, approximately 1 hour away from Innsbruck Airport.

One of the energy challenges that the ski resorts have to face is heating. To keep all the skiers and snowboarders warm, the ski resorts have to make significant investments in energy which directly affects the climate crisis. However, Söll is renowned for its green heating initiative. Rather than using gas or coal, they burn wood chips to make fuel to heat the entire bottom lift station, an excellent alternative to keep everybody warm and reduce the environmental impact. 

 

Also, the Austrian ski resort uses eco-friendly snow cannons and has a stable system for sorting waste. 

Lastly, the future of the mountains is everyone’s responsibility, and all of us can make a change in our daily life.

Travel to the EU after Brexit: how it would affect my ski holidays?

Travel to the EU after Brexit: how it would affect my ski holidays?

 

Since the 31st of January 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. The new political relationship brings new arrangements for travelling across borders and with it new questions about how everything will work from now on.

Even if we’ve been reading news about the new political situation for the last few years, some people still have questions about what’s happening after Brexit. So far, British tourists in the EU haven’t experienced any important changes to their holiday, such as needing a visa to visit a European country or paying extra charges, as the travelling conditions will remain the same until the end of the current transition period. 

But, what does the transition period involve?

The 31st of January 2020 started the transition period. This means that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, but many agreements decided before this stage will still be effective, especially the ones related to travellers. The transition period will be over by the 1st January of 2021, bringing new rules and agreements that haven’t yet been defined.

 

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU?

With the UK and the European Union having a new set-up for the borders, the first question that comes to the mind of a British tourist is: will I need a visa to travel to Europe? During the transition period, British citizens won’t need to get a visa if they’re going to stay as a tourist for up to 90 days in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Therefore, after the transition period, British citizens will become “third-country nationals” and it’s likely that they will have to pay for a ‘visa-exempt travel’ if they’re travelling in 2021. Also, the European Union will implement the European Travel Information and Authorization System (Etias) by 2022, a specific programme for non-EU citizens that would like to travel in Europe, including British citizens. The application for Etias will cost 7 Euros.

 

What will I need to travel after Brexit?

After the transition period, at border control, British citizens may need to show their return ticket and prove that they have enough money for their stay. Also, once at border control, British citizens will have to queue in different lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. Besides that, when travelling between the UK and the EU, you’ll need to declare cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency).

 

Do I need a new passport?

After the transition period, you’ll need to renew your British passport if the expiration date is shorter than 6 months or if it is more than 10 years old. If you are travelling after the 1st of January 2021 and you need a new passport to meet this requirement, keep in mind that renewing your passport usually takes 3 weeks. 

 

How long can I stay in the EU?

British citizens will be able to stay as a tourist for up to 90 days in any 180 days in an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. 

 

Can I drive in the EU with my British driving license?

Driving in Europe will be the same for citizens with a British driving license until 2021. After the transition period, citizens with a British driving license may need to purchase an International Driving Permit (IDP) 1968 or 1949, it will depend on which country they are going to and how long are they staying. Therefore, it’s recommended to check the regulation of the country you’re visiting for your holiday.

If you’re travelling in the EU with your car, you might also need a ‘green card’ or valid proof of insurance and a GB sticker.

Of course, there are other issues with driving to ski resorts yourself and this is where a quality ski transfer operator can come in handy. 

How will Brexit affect travel insurance?

Until the end of the year, citizens with the European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) are entitled to have healthcare in any EEA member state as well as Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. 

Therefore, the Ehic is not a substitute for travel insurance and it’s recommended to always have travel insurance that covers your healthcare and pre-existing medical condition.

 

What will happen to roaming charges after Brexit?

The guarantee of free-roaming for British mobile in EU countries will disappear after the 1st of January 2021. We recommend you check the new terms with your phone operator to avoid any ghastly bills from getting that perfect photo for the ‘Gram. However, a new law protects you from getting phone charges over £45 without you knowing.

We hope this information has been useful and we’ve solved your questions about travelling after Brexit. In case you need more details, you can find more advice here: https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021

If you are going on a ski holiday after the 1st of January 2021, we recommend visiting gov.uk to check the latest news about Brexit.

Bon appè-ski! The best ski resorts for foodies

Bon appè-ski! The best ski resorts for foodies

For many skiers, a great holiday must include excellent snow and delicious haute cuisine. After a day on the slopes, you need to relax, enjoy the company and have a nice meal so the next day you are ready for those pistes. If you’re a foodie, taste a classic and warm raclette or explore new flavours like céleri and wild sorrel in sorbet, or risotto with smoked onion at some of the fanciest restaurants in the Alps.

 

 

Hospiz Alm, St. Anton, Austria

At St. Anton, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Innsbruck Airport.

St. Anton is a great destination for après-ski plans and that makes it a remarkable ski resort for foodies. Hospiz Alm, located in St. Christoph am Arlberg, is upscale fine dining with traditional alpine decoration, gourmet balcony and a wonderful terrace to enjoy the sun. The opulent restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine, such as Tyrolean duck and filet of pike.

 

L’Atelier Edmond, Val d’Isère, France

At Val d’Isère, approximately 3 hours away from Geneva Airport.

Part of the illustrious Espace Killy ski area, Val d’Isere is a world-renowned luxurious destination with top-rated accommodations and restaurants such as L’Atelier Edmond, with 2 Michelin stars for chef Benoit Vidal. A little bit pricey, the food of L’Atelier Edmond is well-known in the region. The menu has references to the traditional local cuisine and includes dishes such as céleri and wild sorrel in sorbet or crawfish with candied lemon. Also, the brasserie food is delicious too and it has a more reasonable price compared to the other dishes. 

 

Azimut, Courchevel, France

At Courchevel, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Courchevel is part of the famous Three Valleys ski area and one of the most exclusive ski resorts in France. The cosy and rusticCourchevel ski resort is also home to 7 Michelin-starred restaurants, with it being the resort with most Michelin-rated establishments in the Alps. Amongst these prestigious restaurants, Azimut stands out for its creativity in dishes like foie gras with caramel and braised chicory with orange and Porto cream.

 

Petit Royal, Courmayeur, Italy

At Courmayeur, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

The charming Courmayeur is one of the best ski resorts to enjoy the traditional home-made Italian cuisine combined with the alpine gastronomy. The chef of The Petit Royal, Paolo Griff, is considered one of the most promising cooks in Europe. His colourful dishes and his attention to local products has caught the attention of the gastronomy critics, giving him a Michelin star for his results at the Petit Royal.

 

Les Explorateurs, Val Thorens, France

At Val Thorens, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Home to some of the smartest hotels in the French Alps, the resort also has prime restaurants for the most exquisite palates. Inside the 5-star Hotel Pashmina is Les Explorateurs, awarded with a Michelin star and with a colourful decor inspired by mountaineering expeditions. The signature dish of Josselin Jeanblan is a combination of sea scallops, Nori seaweed and truffle and declination of Jerusalem artichokes: yum!

 

Da Vittorio, St Moritz, Switzerland 

At St Moritz, approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes away from Zurich Airport.

Close to the Italian border, the three-times Michellin-awarded chef Fratelli Cerea decided to open a restaurant in St Moritz, a recognised destination for superb après-ski plans. Da Vittorio St. Moritz is located inside of the elegant Hotel Carlton and it has a beautiful view of the mountain. Stefano Bacchelli, the resident young chef, explores new dishes around the traditional Italian cuisine. Some of the dishes you should try are the risotto with smoked onion or the classic Paccheri alla Vittorio. 

 

Il Gallo Cedrone, Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

At Madonna di Campiglio, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Verona Airport.

Madonna di Campiglio has a traditional charm, with centenary buildings and barely being able to spot a car in the streets. Still, in the centre of the resort, Il Gallo Cedrone combines an updated and modern style with traditional Alpine decoration. The young chef, Sabino Fortunato, doesn’t limit his menu to the traditional mountain cuisine and surprises the clientele with creative dishes with lobster and sea bass.

 

Piz Boè Alpine Lounge, Alta Badia, Italy

At Alta Badia, approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes away from Bergamo Airport.

With over half of the 130km piste marked blue, Alta Badia is a great destination for beginners, families and newbies who want to test themselves on the slopes. After trying your best for the first time, you deserve a fancy menu at Piz Boè Alpine Lounge with a stunning view of the valley. The restaurant offers Landin cuisine, a fusion of Italian and Tirolean styles that includes dishes such as carpaccio or barley soup. 

 

Le Chesery, Gstaad, Switzerland 

At Gstaad, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Sion Airport.

Gstaad is famous for skiers and non-skiers who are looking for a luxury holiday. Amongst the extravagant places you can go, Le Chesery is a Michelin-starred restaurant ran by the Chef Marcus G. Lindners. The dishes change depending on the season and the preferences of the chef, but always maintains an updated traditional approach of the Swiss Alpine cuisine with a wide choice of fishes.

 

L’Arlequin in Aime 2000, La Plagne, France

At La Plagne, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

The general quality of La Plagne is moderate, but some restaurants make the exception. One of these restaurants is L’Arlequin in Aime 2000, with a great customer service provided by Monique and Georges, famous in La Plagne for their hospitality. The alpine-homelike restaurant serves raclette, fondue and tartiflette, some of the must-eat food on your holiday in the Alps. Also, you can find other unique dishes such as their creamy risotto with morille mushrooms or a salmon and beef tartare.

QUIZ: Where to ski and snowboard?

QUIZ: Where to ski and snowboard?

With more than a thousand ski resorts in the Alps, it can be hard to find the perfect place for that amazing trip that ticks all the boxes, especially if it’s your first time going on a ski holiday. Therefore, we’ve created a quiz to help you find your ideal destination and guide you in the right direction in your search. At each question right down your option -A, B, C or D- and at the end of the quiz count the letter it has been repeated the most. Here we go!

1. Apart from skiing, why would you like to go on a ski holiday? 

  1. As a break-away from the routine
  2. I just want to take to the slopes!
  3. Discover a new place
  4. Have a great time with my friends

2. How much should the transfer take from the airport to the resort?

  1. I don’t mind as long as the trip has a beautiful view
  2. Less than 2 hours, I’m too impatient!
  3. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
  4. I just want to arrive on time for the après-ski

3.  What type of skier are you?

  1. The one that takes their time to contemplate the views
  2. I’m a snowboarder
  3. The adventurous kind
  4. An après-skier

4. What’s your skiing level?

  1. Intermediate
  2. Expert
  3. Beginner
  4. I can try…

5. Which is your most-used emoji?

  1. 😍
  2. 💪
  3. 🔍
  4. 🍻

6. Best company to tackle the slopes with?

  1. My partner and people from my closest circle 
  2. Anyone who loves the snow as much as I do
  3. Somebody willing to explore around
  4. Friends! The more, the better

7. How will you spend your evening?

  1. Relaxed at the spa
  2. Still snowboarding or skiing
  3. Discovering a new place in town
  4. Drinking with my friends 

8. The most important thing about the resort?

  1. The scenery
  2. The pistes
  3. The connections
  4. The bars

 

Majority A – Val Thorens, France

At Val Thorens, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

After working so hard you look forward to treating yourself and relaxing. A great ski holiday must come along with a great spa! In the top-floor of the Pashmina Hotel, you’ll find the Occitane. You can have a massage, relax at the jacuzzi or at the steam room and take a nourishment treatment before descending the slopes. 

While you relax, and let the treatments take full effect as you have a glass of the finest champagne, you can enjoy the stunning winter panorama of the Trois Vallées. Also, if you want to explore other ski resorts, the Three Valleys is well connected by lifts with Méribel, La Tania, Courchevel and more.

Even if the first development built was a somewhat unsightly apartment block, Val Thorens is now home to some of the smartest hotels in the French Alps, more sympathetic with the Savoyard style. Some of the best hotels in the resort are Altapura, with an elegant Scandinavian style and Koh-i Nor, named after the largest diamond in the world.

 

Majority B – Avoriaz, France

At Avoriaz, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

All you care about is taking on those slopes! You are happier on the pistes and surrounded by snow, that’s why you’ll love the stunning views over the Morzine valley and Mont Blanc. Avoriaz has one of the best conditions to snowboard and ski: it has 600km of pistes to freeride, it’s usually one of the first resorts to get snow, and it’s the highest resort of the Portes du Soleil ski region (over 5900 feet). Also, the alpine resort has some of the best snowparks in Europe, including the Stash, a fun ungroomed area to freeride and freestyle. 

But if you go to Avoriaz don’t forget your swimming costume (yes, your swimming costume), you are going to need it at Aquariaz Indoor Water Park. Built on the top of a cliff, you can see the whole valley covered in snow while you’re swimming in a heated pool. Aquariaz has all the features you expect from a water park: a gently-flowing river to float around, an aquatic play area for young children, massage tables, and even a 10-metre high water half pipe.

Once a year, Avoriaz also hosts the Snowboxx Festival, with many ski and snowboard activities and an epic après party. Each year the line-up of the festival is headed by some acclaimed DJs such as Jax Jones, Annie Mac and Rudimental, amongst other artists. 

 

Majority C – Borovets, Bulgaria

At Borovets, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Sofia International Airport.

For you, each day is a chance to discover the world and skiing is just a pretext for new adventures! If you know the Alps well already, and they’ve lost their charm, then you should ski in Borovets, located at the foot of Mount Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans. This Bulgarian resort has great connections to other places worth exploring and it’s easy to find excursions to Sofia and Plovdiv. Also, it’s near the Rila Mountains and you can visit the fascinating Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. 

At 2925 metres of altitude, Borovets is a more budget-friendly destination compared to the Alps, and it has a wide offer of courses and activities for beginners. Still, intermediates can also have fun in the Balkans.

The resort also offers great après-ski plans where you can make other international friends, have fun and share some travelling recommendations. Besides, many skiers highlight Borovets’ nightlife as a key feature, as it’s the ski resort with the most bars per square km in Europe. Bulgaria is also one of the cheapest countries in Europe to buy beer, but you might want to try Rakia, Bulgaria’s national drink.

 

Majority D – St. Anton, Austria

At St. Anton, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Innsbruck Airport.

Taking to the slopes is an exciting idea, but you can’t stop thinking about the après-ski plan! St. Anton nights are well-known in the ski scene. Skiers and snowboarders can start their afternoon in the legendary après-ski mile, listening to live music and having an Austrian beer in bars like Mooserwirt, Taps, and Krazy Kanguruh. If it’s after 8pm and you are still looking for a place to continue the party and have some Jagermeister, you can go to Piccadilly/Postkeller, a complex in the middle of town with two ambiences: an area to drink and talk and another one if you feel like dancing. 

St. Anton is one of the snowiest areas in Europe, offering excellent snow conditions suitable for skiers and snowboarders of any level. However, experts will have a great time on the slopes in the resort and they can test their skills in areas like Galzig. On the other hand, the Nasserein area is more suitable for beginners and they can join the Ski School Arlberg, the largest school in Austria.

The Alberg region is the largest linked ski area in Austria and the lifts are highly efficient. With your ski pass, you’ll be able to ski at any point of the 305km in the Ski Arlberg area and visit neighbours resorts of St Christoph and Stuben and any of the other place in Lech and Zurs.

 

Happy with your resort? Which one is going to be your next destination? Share it with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, we’d love to know the result!

 

Upcoming events in the Alps this ski season

Upcoming events in the Alps this ski season

After choosing a destination with stunning scenery and a great ski resort, buying the plane tickets, arranging the airport transfers with Ski Lifts and booking a relaxed and comfy chalet, you might be searching for activities to create enjoyable memories with your family or a group of friends. For this reason, we want to keep taking the hassle out of your holidays and suggest some exciting events for you to attend in the Alps.

International Hot Air Balloon Festival at Château-d’Oex

International Hot Air Balloon Festival

From the 25th of January to the 2nd of February.

At Château-d’Oex, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Every January Château-d’Oex hosts hundreds of hot-air balloons for a 9-day colourful event in the Swiss Alps. The event includes a night-time show, flights in a hot air balloon, passenger flights in a helicopter and Wednesday afternoon is always dedicated to children, with many entertaining activities for families. 

See all the activities at https://www.chateau-doex.ch/fr/Z4237/festival-des-ballons-test-vitrine

 

Snowattack Festival 2020

From the 25th of January to the 2nd of February.

At Les Orres, approximately 3 hours away from Turin Airport.

For the 13th time, the French Alps welcome the Snowattack: a skiing, snowboarding and music festival that promises to keep you up all week. At Snowattack, you can start your day running a ski contest, participating in a Snow Dodgeball or tackling the slopes in a bikini. With sunset, the fun doesn’t stop, all the music events start and provide an endless amount of parties until dawn.

Check out the line-up and all the activities at https://snowattack.hu/en/

 

Backcountry Festival Davos 2020

From the 30th of January to the 2nd of February.

At Davos und Umgebung, approximately 2 hours away from Zurich Airport.

The Backcountry Festival Davos will take place for the fourth time this winter 2020. The Festival, with a base camp in Hotel Montana, offers daily courses and activities, such as ski tours, Snowshoeing and Freeride, Splitboard and avalanche courses. The activities are available at any level, from newbies having their first ski holiday to experts of the Davos slopes. An excellent opportunity to enjoy the snow with your family and friends or meet other skiers in the Swiss Alps. 

Find more information at https://www.backcountryfestival-davos.ch/

 

Snowboxx Festival 

From the 21st to the 28th of March.

Avoriaz’ stunning scenery

At Avoriaz, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

In the heart of the charming Avoriaz, you can join many activities, such as beginners ski and snowboard lessons or freestyle lessons to become a pro. And from skiing to an epic après party. The line-up of the festival is headed by acclaimed DJs such as Andy C, Annie Mac or DJ Ez, amongst other artists. Snowboxx offers an epic week full of music, ski and snowboard activities and more.

Visit https://www.snowboxx.com/index.php for more details. 

 

Coverfestival Davos

From the 26th of March to the 29th of March.

Skiing in Davos

At Davos, approximately 2 hours away from Zurich Airport.

Apart from winter sports activities at Davos, you can also enjoy The Davos Cover Festival, with International cover acts and tribute bands playing your favourite chart hits. With several locations such as the Bolgen Plaza or the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, the festival stands for fun days in the snow and pure nightlife.

Don’t miss your favourite tribute act and see all the details at https://www.coverfestival.ch/

 

Red Bull Home Run

The 4th of April.

At Davos (Jakobshorn), approximately 2 hours away from Zurich Airport.

Red Bull has organized the craziest downhill race in the Alps. The contestants will start the race at Jatzhütte, sprint to their boards and descend the slope until the finish line at Bolgen Plaza. There will be four categories; ski women, ski men, snowboard women and snowboard men, and each one will have a winner. The first ones to cross the finish line will win a ski weekend with hotel accommodation in Davos for two people. After the race, everyone will be able to enjoy the biggest end of season party in Davos, with live music, food and drinks. 

The registration is already open, check all the details at https://www.redbull.com/ch-de/events/homerun

 

Rüfi 900

The 4th of April.

At Lech Zürs (Arlberg), approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Innsbruck Airport.

Rüfi 900 is an Uphill Challenge at the Lech Zürs am Arlberg that starts at the parking lot of the Schlosskopf lift and finishes at the Rüfikopf platform. Ski tourers, mountain runners, hikers or even cross-country skiers can prove themselves and ascend up 960 metres of altitude difference with an average gradient of 78%.

Check the different categories and the equipment recommendations at  https://www.lechzuers.com/en/ruefi-900/

 

Snowbombing

From the 13th to the 18th of April.

At Mayrhofen, approximately 1 hour away from Innsbruck Airport.

Once again, another music festival that combines fun mountain experiences during the day and awesome live concerts and parties at night. Liam Gallagher, Foals and The Street, amid other musicians, will be the soundtrack of an amazing week in the Alps. Party in a forest, rave in an igloo, hang out in luxury spa hotels and meet a community of like-minded party starters. 

For the line-up and details, check out https://snowbombing.com/

 

Weingondeln – Wine Gondolas

The 17th of April.

Lech Zürs landscape from the gondola lifts

At Lech Zürs (Auenfeldjet), approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Innsbruck Airport.

Have a unique wine tasting experience after a morning on the slopes. Enjoy the amazing scenery of Lech from a gondola lift while you try a great selection of Austrian wines. 

For times and prices visit https://www.lechzuers.com/en/event/wine-gondolas/

Lech in spring

Oberlecher Spring Festival

From the 18th of April to the 19th of April.

At Lech (Oberlech), approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Innsbruck Airport.

If you are going to enjoy some late-season skiing in the Austrian Alps, you shouldn’t miss the Oberlecher Spring Festival. A great après-ski plan with several music bands playing in the open-air while you enjoy the sunny terraces of Lech. 

For more details go to https://www.lechzuers.com/en/event/25th-oberlech-spring-festival/