Best Ski Festivals 2021 – 2022 in the Alps

Best Ski Festivals 2021 – 2022 in the Alps

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After months of staying at home, we’re sure you’re looking forward to letting your hair down on the slopes this winter. Our guide to the best ski festivals for 2021/2022 includes the most exciting, eclectic and safe events happening across the Alps this season.

The Alps is known for more than just its slopes and ample snow. The mountains are also home to a variety of festivals throughout the season, garnering a reputation especially within the music community. From live music and late-night DJs to winter sports and snowball fights – ski festivals are back with new surprises and parties to delight revellers.

World-class pistes, live acts and electronic music are what make ski festivals in the Alps some of the best in the world. Find out what’s happening this season…

Rise Ski Festival

When: 11-18 December 2021
Where: Les Deux Alpes, France

In December, Rise Festival kicks off the winter season with a week of ski, music and snow festivities. Use your lift pass to explore 220km of slopes by day and head to the main stage or arena at night to see eclectic live acts and DJs with incredible production.

The resort offers some great beginner slopes as well as Europe’s largest skiable glacier – giving you plenty of options if you’re coming as a group.

The Rise Festival line-up for 2021 includes;

  • Folamour
  • Hybrid Minds
  • Patrick Topping
  • Purple Disco Machine
  • Shy FX
  • Hollie Profit
  • DJ Holland

The festival is currently sold out but you can still bag a ticket if you get on the waiting list.

What’s New?

In terms of keeping visitors safe, the festival claims: ‘We are constantly monitoring the situation and following guidelines when planning from both UK and French governments. Rise Festival aims to undertake all measures to ensure we run a safe, fun and awesome event, that all our customers deserve.’

Remember you will need proof of vaccination and you may need to wear a face covering in indoor settings. Keep checking the French travel restrictions and requirements before you travel.

How to Get There

Getting to Rise Festival from Chambery or Grenoble airport, transfers to Les Deux Alpes take just over 2 hours, or transfers from Geneva to Les Deux Alpes take around 3 hours.

You may also like: What’s New in the Alps this Season?

Zermatt Unplugged

When: 5-10 April 2022
Where: Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt Unplugged is a ski festival like you’ve never seen before.

This intimate festival shows off acoustic talent from around Europe on stages spread throughout the village.

Over 100 concerts are set to take place across 5 days. The festival has issued a save the date with the line-up to follow.

Zermatt is an eco-friendly, family-friendly resort with modern lift systems and comfortable accommodation – perfect as a laid-back ski festival destination.

What’s New?

After a smaller event in the summer, Zermatt Unplugged is hoping to return in full force in 2022.

Be sure to check the travel entry requirements for Switzerland before you travel.

How to Get There

A transfer from Sion Airport will take 2 hours, weather and traffic dependant. Alternatively, it takes just over 3 hours to get from Geneva to Zermatt.

Rock the Pistes

When: 13 – 19 March 2022
Where: Portes du Soleil, France

Rock the Pistes in Portes du Soleil is expected to return this March with over 35 concerts set to take place.

Explore 650km of slopes during the day and discover up and coming international artists in the evening.

How to Get There

Ski transfers from Geneva to Avoriaz in the heart of the Portes du Soleil region take around 1 hour 40 minutes.

Crowd of people watching fireworks on stage at a ski music festival

Tomorrowland Winter

When: 19-26 March 2022
Where: Alpe d’Huez, France

After last year’s event was postponed, revellers will be excited to get back to Tomorrowland Winter 2022.

With the highest stage at a dizzying 3,300 metres above sea level, expect incredible views, extravagant sets and the very best in electronic music.

This year’s Tomorrowland Winter line-up includes;

  • Afrojak
  • Kungs
  • Martin Solveig
  • Adriatique

And many more are soon to be announced…

What’s New?

The festival welcomes a brand new, covered and heated mainstage to help you dance the night away.

Check the French travel restrictions and requirements before you travel.

How to Get There

Geneva Airport to Alpe d’Huez transfers take an average of three hours.

Alternatively, Grenoble airport is just a 90 minute drive away.

Snowboxx Ski Music Festival

When: 19-26 March 2022
Where: Avoriaz, France

This open-air festival combines great music with lighthearted events such as igloo after parties and bottomless brunches.

Attracting past headliners like Fatboy Slim, Stormzy and Chase & Status, this festival is a must if you’re serious about big names in music.

The resort is situated in Les Portes Du Soleil ski area – the largest connected ski area in the world!

This year’s Snowboxx line-up includes;

  • Annie Mac
  • Andy C
  • Becky Hill
  • Horse Meat Disco
  • Sonny Fodera
  • Joel Corry
  • Nathan Dawe

Don’t miss the resale on the 23rd of November.

COVID19 Update

According to the festival website: ‘In the event of a full cancellation or rescheduled date, ticket-holders will be entitled to transfer their ticket to a rescheduled show, or a full face value refund on their package.’

How to Get There

A transfer from Geneva to Avoriaz takes just over an hour and a half. Or, if you’re travelling from Chambery airport it will take an extra hour.

Altitude Comedy Festival

When: 28 March – 1 April 2022
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria

Slopes, DJs and laughs – what more could you want from a skiing and snowboarding holiday? Altitude Comedy Festival offers something a little different to most ski festivals out there. With roast battles and live acts from your favourite comedians, this festival promises to be one to remember.

This award-nominated festival was created in 2007 by comedians Andrew Maxwell and Marcus Brigstocke and is the world’s No.1 alpine comedy festival.

The 2022 lineup includes:

  • Marcus Brigstocke
  • Andrew Maxwell
  • Rich Hall
  • Zoe Lyons
  • Shappi Khorsandi

How to Get There

Airport transfers from Innsbruck to Mayrhofen will take around 1 hour.

Snowbombing

When: 4-9 April 2022
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria

Another big hitter attracting some of the biggest live acts and dance music DJs around, Snowbombing in Austria knows how to put on a party. When you’re not exploring the varied slopes, take part in Bongo’s Bingo or chair lift speed dating. From forest to igloo, party all over the picturesque Mayrhofen ski resort this April.

This festival is ideal for groups of friends looking to let loose on the mountain!

Here’s a taste of the impressive 2022 Snowbombing line-up;

  • Bicep live
  • Eats Everything
  • Korupt FM
  • Andy C
  • Rudimental
  • Camelphat

What’s New?

New for 2022 is the mountaintop brunch – featuring Austrian food platters, singalongs and games. Eat lunch on top of the mountain and let the fun commence!

Be sure to check the Austria travel entry requirements before you book.

How to Get There

Salzburg to Mayrhofen transfers take around 2 hours and 30 minutes, depending on traffic and road conditions. If you’re short on time, Innsbruck to Mayrhofen transfers are usually an hour quicker.

Caprices

When: 8-10 and 15-17 April 2022
Where: Crans Montana, Switzerland

This mountain festival in Switzerland is set to take place across two weekends in April 2022. Combining electronic music with lively après ski and stunning alpine surroundings, previous artists include Audiofly, Chain and Digby.

The Caprices 2022 line-up and tickets are coming soon…

How to Get There

From Geneva, a transfer to Crans Montana will take roughly 2 and a half hours. From Zurich it takes a fair bit longer- around 4 hours.

Musilac Festival

When: 6-10 July 2022
Where: Aix-les-Bains, France

Located by the Lake Esplande in Aix-Les-Bains, Musilac has become the biggest pop-rock event in the area.

The Musilac village has plenty to enjoy, including restaurants, a wine bar, a bubble bar, a mojito bar, a juice bar and lots of other stalls selling delicious treats.

The Musilac 2022 line-up includes;

  • Dropkick Murpheys
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • Sum 41
  • Benjamin Biolay
  • Hatik

How to Get There

Catch a ski transfer from Chambery airport.

Large audience in front of stage at a ski festival

Staying Safe at Ski Festivals in Europe

With all the commotion of the last few years, it’s normal to feel anxious when heading back to a big event.

Being among crowds will involve an element of risk, however, alpine ski resorts and festival organisers are taking all the precautions they can to keep you safe.

You will also need to check the entry requirements of the country you are visiting which may involve proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Protect yourself and your friends at the festival by:

  • Wearing a mask indoors or when in crowds
  • Washing or sanitising your hands regularly
  • Taking regular COVID tests
  • Staying home if you feel unwell
  • Social distancing when possible

And we’re doing our bit by:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting vehicles between transfers
  • Monitoring driver health
  • Maintaining social distancing where possible
  • Offering full refunds for COVID related cancellations

Travel safe with Alps2Alps.

Group Ski Transfers with Alps2Alps

Heading to a ski festival on the slopes? The easiest way to get to the resort is by private ski transfer. All the fun of a road trip with your mates without the driving and map reading!

Whether you’re travelling in a group of 2 or 52 we provide transfers with;

  • Safe and comfortable vehicles
  • Plenty of luggage room
  • Door to door service
  • Driver tracking and real-time notifications
  • Cheap deals and midweek offers

Ready to party? Book your ski transfer today and jump straight into the experience without having to wait around!

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