Events, Competitions and Festivals in the Alps this Winter

Over the last few years there has been a steady increase in the number of events and festivals that take place throughout the Alps each winter.

Many of these events are focused around skiing or snowboarding competition, or other winter alpine sports, but some are all about the music or something else completely different.

That means that if you plan your holiday around one of these events, you still get to enjoy your time on the mountain and all of the other parts of the holiday that you love, but also you can take in a spectacular event that will give your holiday some stand out memories.

We’ve had a look through some of the events that are going on this winter and have tried to bring together a broad selection of some of the things that are going on.

Mayrhofen in Austria plays host to two of the biggest annual festivals in the Alps each year.

First up this year is the Altitude Comedy Festival (formerly held in Meribel) running from the 18-23rd March 2013. The line up is yet to be released, but 2012 brought in some of the biggest names in stand up, including Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle and Ed Byrne.

Shortly after is the Snowbombing music festival, running from the 1-6th April 2013. Now in its 10th year, past headliners have included Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim, De La Soul and many more.

Morzine in France is one of the resorts to have taken up the challenge and over the last two years it has seen the creation of two new music festivals of its own.

Basscamp Festival launched in April 2012, offering a week of renowned DJs and culminating in a spectacular street party. The dates and line up for 2013 are yet to be announced.

Rock The Pistes, saw numerous bands playing at venues across the mountains right throughout the Portes Du Soleil at the end of March 2012.

For something slightly different, head to Andorra and the resort of Pas De La Casa, for Pas Rocks. A week long celebration of St Patricks Day

If music or comedy aren’t really your thing, then take the opportunity to see how the world’s best skiers and boarders go about things, by watching one of the many competitions taking place throughout the Alps each winter.

Perhaps the biggest of them all is the winter X-Games, taking place in Tignes from the 20-22nd March 2013. With the biggest stars from around the world turning up to compete in a range of competitions including Slopestyle and in the Super Pipe.

Immediately after this in Tignes, from the 23-30th March, it’s the turn of The Brits – the annual competition and festival moves from its home Laax (Switzerland) this year.

Perhaps you want to watch some of the best extreme freeriders in the world compete?

The Swatch Freeride World Tour hits Chamonix from the 26th January to the 1st February 2013 and then Verbierfrom the 23-31st March 2013.

The FIS World Cup runs from the end of October, right through the season and includes competitions in disciplines ranging from Downhill and Slalom, to Cross Country or Speed Skiing, Freestyle to Ski Jumping.

Events take place throughout the Alps, in resorts such as Val D’Isere and Courchevel in France, St Anton andKitzbuhel in Austria, Alta Badia in Italy and Adelboden in Switzerland.

The World Championships are also taking place this coming winter, in Schladming in Austria from the 5-17thFebruary 2013.

For a completely different spectacle, you could try the Grande Odyssee race.

This epic husky sledding race makes its way through the French Alps from the 12-23rd January 2013 and takes in resorts such as Les Carroz, Flaine, Megeve and Val Cenis.

Or how about watching Polo being played on a playing surface of snow and ice?

You can watch the Polo World Cup on Snow, in St Moritz, from the 24-27th January 2013.

Or the Trophee Andros, a French circuit motor racing championship, but where all of the courses are covered in ice. Events are taking place in Alpe D’Huez (21-22nd December 2012) and Val Thorens (8-9th December 2012) to name just two.


This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is going on, we’ll try to keep you posted with other events as we hear about them, but remember you can always check a resorts website before you go on holiday to see what might be going on there whilst you are visiting.

If you know of any events that you think people should know about, please drop us a message to and we’ll try to mention it.