Events in the Alps During the 2017/18 Season
Live music, racing and unmissable events throughout the Alps this winter!
There’s a whole host of events throughout the Alps this winter. If you’re thinking of heading to the Alps, we’d highly recommend basing your trip around one of these events. Some old favourites return and there are new and exciting events around the corner. From France to Austria, to Italy and everywhere else in the Alps, you’re bound to find something you’ll love.
The Grand Odysee Husky Race
Portes du Soleil – 13-24 January
The largest husky dog race in Europe takes places across fourteen resorts in the Savoie region of France, including; Samoens, Les Carroz, Flaine, Les Gets, Morzine and Pas de Lys. Teams of dogs and mushers are set against each other as they try and cross these resorts as quickly as possible.
Snow Camp Alpine Challenge
Portes du Soleil – 19-22 January
Teams of 4 riders aim to clock up over 150km of GPS tracked skiing and snowboarding over two extremely action-packed days across 15 resorts in the huge Portes du Soleil ski area in France. The teams will navigate to as many checkpoints as they can across all of the ski resorts.
The White Ring Race
Lech & Zurs – 21 January
It’s the 50-year anniversary of the ski circuit between Lech and Zurs; ‘White Ring – The Circuit’. The first race was held in 2006, since then, this unique race has developed into a tradition with diehard fans. The course record is currently held by Olympic and World Champion Patrick Ortlieb, will it be beaten this year?
FIS Alpine World Cup
Until 18 March
The 2017/18 World Cup is the 52nd consecutive annual tournament for the FIS. The World Cup began in October 2017 in Solden, Austria and its finale is in Are, Sweden on 18 March 2018. The FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup is the crème de la crème of alpine skiing competitions. The tournament is hosted in several resorts across the world, including resorts in the Alps in; France, Italy, Austria and Germany.
International Fireworks Festival
Courchevel – 9,16,23,28 February 2018
The 13th annual International Fireworks Festival is held in the 3 Valleys again in February 2018. The stunning firework festival attracts over 8,000 guests each year. The fireworks wow everyone, not to mention the stunning mountain backdrop. This is an event that is not to be missed.
Carnival at the Cortina Dolomite
Cortina – 23-28 February
Enjoy the most colourful time of the year. There’s a full programme for everyone to enjoy, including sport, music, excellent gastronomy and so much more. What’s not to love about this carnival!
Les Gets – 11 March
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Portes du Soleil and SkiColor is one of the main events here in 2018. There’s a whole load of resorts from where you can join in the fun and celebrations. This event was inspired by the numerous colour runs held worldwide. Are you ready to ski down a run through explosions of coloured powder?!
European Snow Pride
Tignes – 18-25 March
The European Snow Pride was reinvented into its current form in 2012, since then the event and has grown ever more popular and it is now the most important and popular European gay ski week. The event attracts hundreds of guests from across the globe.
Avoriaz – 18-25 March
If you’re looking for a festival with an unbeatable lineup, then get yourself to Snowboxx Festival. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival. There will be music around Avoriaz every evening, plus daily apres ski fun that you can only find in Avoriaz.
Rock the Pistes
Portes du Soleil – 19-25 March
One of the events of the season is held in the Portes du Soleil from the 19-25 March. The festival is spread across the entire ski area and each resort will host a number of indoor and piste-side concerts. You literally have to ski to some of the venues and party in your ski boots. The festival is included in the cost of your list pass, what more can you ask for?!
The Great British Celebration
Les Arcs – 24-30 March
The whole of Les Arcs will take on the colours of the British flag for this celebration of Great British culture. The festivities last over 4 days. There are only 3 rules you need to abide by, according to the motto; have fun, party and ski!
3 Vallees Enduro
3 Valleys – 2 April
For the last 15 years, 1,500 amateur skiers have been coming to explore the 3 Valleys, the world’s largest ski area. The area is discovered through special races, which are as different and as fun as possible. The aim of the day is for skiers to be able to discover the 3 Valleys in a fun way.
Zermatt – 4-8 April
This atmospheric festival is legendary, its reputation has grown every year since 2007. The unique acoustic festival has stages in the village and also at dizzying heights up the mountains. When the spring sun shines, the best piste conditions prevail. There are 13 stages overall, so there’s a bit of something for everyone
Electric Mountain Festival
Solden – 5-6 April
The Electric Mountain Festival brings the best artists of the Electric Music scene to the Otztal. For 2 days, Solden will become the ultimate party resort. This festival combines skiing and the best party vibe, all in the heart of the Otztal Mountain World. Admission is included in your Solden day ski pass.