The Best End of Season Events In The Alps
As Easter quickly approaches, there are only a couple of weeks left in the 2017/ 2018 winter ski season. If you read our blog, you’ve hopefully managed to book a late-season ski holiday in the Alps. Whilst some resorts might be winding down, others are just getting started.
With a wide range of events taking place throughout the Alps, we’ve shared our favourite events that we think you’ll love too.
For the festival fans
Can’t wait for summer for your festival fix? Portes du Soleil the perfect option for a late-season ski trip.
A huge ski area consisting of twelve linked resorts in France and Switzerland, Portes Du Soleil offers plenty of variety. Boasting over 650km of pistes and 197 lifts, the runs are mainly intermediate but there are enough ski opportunities for all abilities.
Moving into its 8th year, the areas top end-of-season event is Rock the Pistes, an incredible week-long music festival you don’t want to miss. Consisting of 35 amazing concerts, the event is a mix of open-air concerts on the slopes and apres-ski concerts in the resort’s villages.
In addition to the likes of The Horrors, FFF and Oscar and the Wolf, the event also includes a Ski Slope treasure Hunt hosted by Sikkens. With at least 5 markets hidden on the pistes, participants can win free Portes du Soleil ski passes.
Want to go? Transfers from Geneva Airport to Portes du Soleil take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
For the adrenaline junkies
Looking to get your heart pumping and ready for a challenge? Verbier is the ski resort for you.
The main resort in Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 4 Valleys, it’s the ultimate location for action-packed adventures.
With the slopes closing on 29th April 2018 for the winter season, there is still time to try out Verbier’s 400km of runs. Not for those afraid of heights, the resort sits at 1500m and heights of 2,00m can be reached in under 11 minutes via two consecutive gondola rides.
In terms of events, Verbier certainly packs a punch, with the best freeriders in the world heading to the resort for Xtreme Verbier between 31st March 2018 to 8th April 2018 for the final of the Freeride World Tour.
If you want to be part of the action, hang around until 7th April 2018, for Verbier High Five Carlsberg. Verbier’s flagship event, High Five gives the public the opportunity to compete against some of the best ski racing athletes across events including giant slalom, mini KM, ski cross and trampoline. Paired with concerts and food stalls, this is an event not to be missed.
Planning a trip? Transfers from Geneva Airport to Verbier take approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.
For Indie-Rock Lovers
Catchy songs and sunshine skiing go together with the late-season trips, and no place does it better than Ischgl.
An increasingly popular Austrian destination, Ischgl boasts 238km of pistes served by 45 modern lifts that extend across the Swiss border to Samnaun. Great for intermediates, the resort is one of the biggest interconnected ski areas in Tyrol and is snow-assured from the end of November until the start of May.
The resort is famous for their star-studded ‘Top of the Mountain’ concerts and has previously featured the likes of the Killers, Rihanna, Diana Ross and Elton John. This year’s highlight is the Spring Snow Festival at the Alp Trida on 22nd April 2018. British Indie-Rock band Bastille will provide the soundtrack to your sunshine skiing, performing bestselling hits such as “Pompeii”, “Things We Lost in the Fire” and “Bad Blood”.
Thinking of going?
- Transfers from Innsbruck Airport to Ischgl take approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
- Transfers from Zurich Airport to Ischgl take approximately 2 hours 55 minutes.
- Transfers from Munich Airport to Ischgl take approximately 3 hours 10 minutes.
For a bit of everything
If you don’t want just skiing or music, Les Arcs is a great option.
Made up of four modern resort units, Les Arcs is purpose built and car-free. Featuring varied slopes, there is a nice mixture of long decants and woodland runs to suit a wide variety of abilities.
Popular with British skiers, it is only fitting that the ski resort is hosting a Great British Celebration between 26th March 2018 and 29th March 2018. Featuring everything from a football tournament and downhill skill competition to afternoon tea and a DJ party, the event aims to celebrate the British culture.
Visitors will also have the chance to meet Jenny Jones, who claimed the Bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics Women’s Slopestyle in Sochi, becoming the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in snowboarding.
Want to go?
- Transfers from Chambery Airport to Les Arcs take approximately 5 hours
- Transfers from Grenoble Airport to Les Arcs take approximately 3 hours 45 minutes
- Transfers from Geneva Airport to Les Arcs take approximately 5 hours 15 minutes
- Transfers from Lyon Airport to Les Arcs take approximately 3 hours 50 minutes
We hope this has given you some extra inspiration for your late-season ski trip.
There are end-of-season events to suit everyone! If you’re planning on attending one of the events, make sure you get a quote for your airport transfer from Ski-Lifts.
Ski-Lifts will provide reliable, hassle-free transfers from the airport to your ski resort.