Best Ski Festivals 2022 – 2023 in the Alps

Best Ski Festivals 2022 – 2023 in the Alps

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With what feels like a lifetime of restrictions and cancelled events, and COVID a (not so) distant memory, 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 2022/2023 includes the most exciting, eclectic and safe events happening across the Alps this winter season.

 

The Alps are 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…

 

Polaris Ski Festival

When: 18th-27th November 2022

Where: Verbier, Switzerland

Kick off the winter ski season at the Polaris Festival in Switzerland. This electronic music festival bumps the beats 2,200 metres up at the luxurious Le Mouton Noir ski resort in Verbier. Ski, ride, and party through the weekend to an incredible mix of mountain scenery and world class electronic music acts!

 

The Polaris Ski Festival line-up includes;

  • &ME + Rampa
  • Nina Kraviz
  • Audrey Danza
  • The Blessed Madonna
  • Job Jobse
  • Carl Craig

A celebration is on the cards! After a 3 year hiatus, Polaris Festival is back under its original format. Don’t miss out – book your tickets now!

 

How to Get There

The nearest airport is Geneva Airport and transfers to Verbier will take just under 2 hours. 

 

BergFest

When: 9th-10th December 2022

Where: Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

Bergfest is German for let’s party in the mountains! Held in the famous Austrian ski resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, this electronic fest is a weekend festival to celebrate the start of winter.

 

The BergFest 2022 line-up includes;

  • Billy Talent
  • Wanda
  • Clueso
  • Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

 

How to Get There

Catch a ski transfer from Salzburg Airport in just under 2 hours.

 

Rise Ski Festival

When: 10th-17th December 2022

Where: Les Deux Alpes, France

In December, Rise’s 8th festival offers you a wild 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 2022 includes;

  • Chase & Status
  • Sigma
  • Patrick Topping
  • Shy Fx
  • Sister Sledge
  • Eats everything
  • Bou

Book your tickets now!

 

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.

 

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Rock the Pistes

When: 12th – 18th March 2022

Where: Portes du Soleil, France

The pop-rock festival, Rock the Pistes in Portes du Soleil is returning with a bang next March with over 30 après-ski 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.

 

Tomorrowland Winter

When: 18-25 March 2023

Where: Alpe d’Huez, France

With the highest stage at a dizzying 3,300 metres above sea level, at one of the biggest festivals in the world, expect incredible views, extravagant sets and the very best in electronic music!

Tomorrowland Winter 2023’s line-up will feature a slew of the world’s top DJs and electronic music producers, including;

  • Afrojack
  • Amber Broos
  • Amelie Lens
  • Joris Voorn
  • Martin Garrix
  • Netsky

And many more are soon to be announced…

 

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: 18th-25th March 2023

Where: Avoriaz, France

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

Two huge main stage events anchor a week of apres-ski, on-mountain concerts, igloo raves, and tropical waterpark parties.

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!

Line-up to be released soon!

Over 50% of the tickets have sold out. Join the waiting list to get a ticket on October 6th.

 

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: 3rd-7th April 2023

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria

Slopes, DJs and laughs – what more could you want from a skiing 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 2023 lineup includes:

  • Marcus Brigstocke
  • Andrew Maxwell
  • Ivan Brackenberry
  • Emmanuel Sonubi
  • Cerys Nelmes

 

How to Get There

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

 

Snowbombing

When: 10th-15th April 2023

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria

Another big hitter attracting some of the biggest live acts and dance music DJs around, Snowbombing ski festival 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. The festival is split between two types of venues: the mountain venues and the in-town venues, with events scheduled across the entire week.

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

While they’ve got this year’s lineup under lock and key, have a browse through the amazing acts from Snowbombings gone by for hints on who to expect in 2023.

 

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.

 

Zermatt Unplugged

When: 11-15 April 2023

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.

After smaller events over the last couple of years in the summer, Zermatt Unplugged is returning in full force in 2023, with over 120 concerts during 5 days taking place on 18 different stages, spread in the whole village as well as on the mountain.

 

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.

 

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 to your ski and snowboard holiday 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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