NYE in the Alps
I’m sure you all love the mountains as much as we do here at Ski-Lifts. Hopefully, you’ll agree that there is absolutely no better way to bring the New Year in than spending your time skiing and partying late into the night at one of these resorts in the Alps!
Think huge parties in the streets, that’s exactly what St Anton is like on NYE. Head down to the pedestrianised centre of the town and you can enjoy one of the rowdiest countdowns in the Alps, with fireworks firing in every direction above you. What could be better than staying in a catered chalet and your hosts rustling up a feast, without you having to even move? It may come as no surprise, but the slopes around St Anton on January 1st are usually pretty empty until midday, so if you fancy some early morning skiing, this is your day! Of course, you’ll need every second to explore the 350km of slopes in St Anton and the surrounding resorts.
Pas de la Casa
Pas de la Casa stands at Grandvalira’s highest point at 2100m and it opened in November, so there will more than likely be a good covering of snow come New Year. Pas de la Casa, like most Andorran resorts, is known for being cheap, so it may come as no surprise to hear that this resort is a place for big parties and small prices. There’s no time to be twiddling your thumbs in this resort, with 210km of slopes and 3 snow parks. Pas is up there with the best when it comes to après. Think free shots, cheap beers everywhere and constant happy hours, that’s what you’ll get here, the perfect recipe for NYE celebration when pubs and clubs usually stay open until the early hours of the morning.
You don’t need to break the bank this New Year by heading to the Alps, Sauze can do everything that the neighbouring Swiss and French Resorts can do – for much cheaper. You certainly won’t be compromising when it comes to parties and pistes. You’ll be spending your New Year skiing on the 400km slopes of the Milky Way, which link over to Montgenevre, on the French side of the border. Sauze has some of the liveliest bars in the Italian Alps, which is perfect for anyone who is wanting a party on the 31st! Not forgetting, Sauze is only an hours transfer from the nearby Turin Airport.
Zermatt is a stunning village with its timber buildings, famous church spire and cobbled streets, all overlooked by the marvellous Matterhorn. The standard of food in the lavish gala dinners that most hotels throw is sky high. There are lots of local traditions that happen here in Zermatt on the 31st, everyone gathers in the church square to enjoy fireworks, music and drinking from the outdoor bars, which accompany the countdown. There a huge amount of area to cover when it comes to skiing around Zermatt, with 200km of slopes covered by the local lift pass alone.
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A favourite amongst the Brit’s and for good reason as well, a New Year celebration in Meribel is high on the list of must-dos. The NYE celebrations usually start with a family-friendly torch lit descent into the Chaudanne area. Following that, the amazing firework display begins, with roaring and colourful fireworks spraying in every direction. For a true alcohol-fueled new year, it is recommended to head to legendary Le Rond Point, on the only night of the year it is open until the early hours. Of course, there is always the option of an early night and getting up prior to midday to explore the near-empty 600km of slopes across the Three Valleys.
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There are a few options when it comes to celebrating New Year in Mayrhofen. One of these options is to jump on the New Year’s Eve train, where the Zillertal Railways will take you from Jenbach to Mayrhofen, whilst stopping for entertainment at each of the train stations along the way. There’s always the option to head to one of the rowdy and heaving bars in the resort. Then on New Years Day, there’s usually a horse-drawn carriage procession leading to the racecourse, then you can place your bets and see if your year will get off to a lucky start.