WHAT’S NEW IN THE ALPS FOR SKI SEASON 2022 – 2023?
Are you ready for the upcoming ski season? Make the most of the ski season 2022 – 2023 by reading up on all of the openings, events and developments happening across Europe.
If you’re a keen skier or snowboarder, don’t miss out on the action…
Which Resorts are Now Open?
Thankfully, most countries have now been able to drop pandemic-related travel restrictions. However, it’s worth checking for any remaining Covid restrictions in France, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland to be fully prepared for your winter ski holiday.
What’s New in the French Alps for 2022 / 2023?
Here are some of the new activities and experiences available this season in the French Alps;
- Val Thorens is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Lots of events and activities are being arranged to mark the special occasion. Family fun zones have been redesigned, with two new zones, including a space-themed area. They also have a new picnic zone and a beginner park with plenty of space-themed jumps.
- A new sports centre: ‘Le Board’ is opening this winter in Val Thorens. The centre will offer three pools, a wellness zone, sporting and cultural events, and even a trampoline park!
What’s New in Austria?
Here’s what’s new in Austria this season…
- St Anton boasts a new “Run of Fame”, an 85-kilometre-long circuit that runs through the whole Ski Arlberg skiing area, that will be included in the annual Hunt of Fame race.
What’s New for Switzerland Ski Season 2022 / 2023?
Here are some of the new activities available this new ski season in the Swiss Alps;
- Zermatt and Cervinia will be hosting the first Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill race of the season from Gobba di Rollin to Laghi Cime Bianche – this will be the first cross-border ski World Cup race in the history of the event!
- Andermatt has been bought into the Epic Pass system with a $118 million planned investment into improved infrastructure, ski lifts, snowmaking and restaurants.
What’s New in Italy?
- Courmayeur Mont Blanc is re-introducing its culinary month with the second edition of ‘Peak of Taste’ in March 2023. A selection of delectable culinary events will take place across the resort, and guests will have the opportunity to meet with renowned chefs and sample Michelin-star tasting menus. Don’t miss the aperitif tasting at the highest peak in Europe!
Sustainable Skiing Updates
Those of us who love nothing more than hitting the slopes will be well aware of the importance of combating climate change. Luckily, for those who want to boost their sustainability, there are a few exciting updates;
- Saas Fee has recently installed 250 wood-fired furnaces fitted with particle filters to make this the first ‘dust-free’ community in the Alps
- Zermatt has been busy repurposing waste plastic to resurface roads
- French resorts have set a roadmap for achieving carbon neutrality by 2037
- Serre Chevalier has plans to run ski lifts slower when there are no queues (a minute longer on the lift means a 20% saving on energy used)
Record-Breaking Ski Lifts
Several resorts have been busy building new lifts and improving others ready for winter, including;
- In Tignes, the new Aiguille Rouge high-speed chairlift is ready
- In Les Deux Alps, three new chairlifts have opened in 2022
- Les Portes du Soleil is planning a new Gondola and high-speed chairlift
- Alpe d’Huez has several new lifts on offer at the resort
- Groden in Italy has a new Spitzbühl high-speed chairlift with bubble and seat heating
- Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria has a new high-speed chair lift with bubble
- St. Moritz is offering a new fixed grip chairlift at Suvretta–Randolins
- The 4 Valleys have welcomed a new Moay Pasay high-speed chair lift with bubble
Best skiing events for 2022/2023 ski season
Alpine Skiing World Cup 2022/2023
This year, the Alpine Skiing World Cup is back with new venues, starting in Solden and culminating in the Alpine World Ski Championships in Meribel and Courchevel. The new speed opening is taking place on a glacier in Zermatt for the first time.
There’s nothing like a ski festival to make the most of your ski holiday. Here are some of the best ski festivals happening over the 2022/2023 season…
- Polaris Ski Festival in Verbier, Switzerland – 18th-27th November 2022
- BergFest in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria – 9th-10th December 2022
- Rise Ski Festival in Les Deux Alpes, France – 10th-17th December 2022
- Rock the Pistes in Portes du Soleil, France – 12th – 18th March 2022
- Tomorrowland Winter 2022 in Alpe d’Huez, France – 18-25 March 2023
- Snowboxx Ski Music Festival in Avoriaz, France – 18th-25th March 2023
- Altitude Comedy Festival in Mayrhofen, Austria – 3rd-7th April 2023
- Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, Austria – 10th-15th April 2023
- Zermatt Unplugged in Zermatt, Switzerland – 11-15 April 2023
Alps snow forecast 2022
Some predict a cold winter across Europe, and we’re already seeing snow in the North-West. However, due to summer heatwaves, glacier skiing may not be possible until later in the season.
Alps2Alps new luxury transfer vehicles
Upgrade to VIP this ski season to enjoy a comfortable and luxurious ride to your ski destination. This season, we’ll be offering a wide range of new luxury vehicles for groups of all sizes. From minibuses to sedans, simply choose from the options when you book your transfer.
What better way to embrace the winter season than a skiing trip to the Alps? With plenty of family skiing activities and experiences to enjoy, the Alps are certainly the place to be. Fly into one of the four main airports: Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery or Zurich and book a reliable and affordable ski transfer to conveniently get you from A to B.