Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to get ready for the most epic ski season in the Alps. The 2023/2024 ski season is bursting with excitement, and we’ve got the inside scoop on what’s new.
From fresh destinations to upgraded ski lifts, and the wildest ski festivals, we’re here to spill the snowy beans on all the cool stuff happening in the Alpine wonderland. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just looking to try it out, there’s something for everyone.
So, grab your gear, put on your cosiest beanie, and let’s dive into the latest and greatest in the Alps for this ski season!
Which ski resorts are open now?
Are you itching to make your way to the pristine Alpine slopes right now? Weather permitting, there are a handful of resorts that are open and waiting for your arrival:
- Austria: Enjoy Hintertux Glacier, Sölden, Pitztal Glacier, and Kaunertal Glacier
- Italy: Head to Passo Stelvio
- Switzerland: Explore Zermatt ski resort and Saas-Fee
New Alps’ ski lifts for 2023/24
Exciting New Ski Lifts for 2023/2024:
There’s an abundance of new ski lifts for the upcoming season. There are a total of 102 ski lift renewals or ski resort expansions in the Alps, including:
- 34 new ski lifts the French Alps, in resorts such as Serre Chevalier, La Plagne, Alpe d’Huez, Le Grand Domaine, and more
- 28 new ski lifts in the Italian Alps at renowned locations such as Carezza, Ponte di Legno resort, Madonna di Campiglio ski resort, among others
- 21 new ski lifts in the Austrian Alps, including Ischgl ski resort, Saalbach, St. Anton ski resort and more
- 18 new ski lifts in the Swiss Alps, including Aletsch Arena, Zermatt ski resort, 4 Vallées and more.
Get ready to elevate your skiing experience.
Discover some brand NEW resorts
Whilst there are a handful of new resorts popping up in the Alps this 2023/2024 season, there are a couple we’ve got out eyes on:
- Auron: Situated at 1600m, Auron boasts 135km of pristine slopes, making it the largest ski area in the region. Just 1.5 hours from Nice airport, it’s a convenient choice in the Alpes Maritimes department.
- Manigod: This charming, family-friendly village near Le Grand Bornand offers 209km of interconnected slopes. Perfect for beginners, it’s also one of the easiest to reach from Calais for self-drive ski holidays.
What’s New in the French Alps for 2023 / 2024?
Get ready for a host of exciting updates in the French Alps:
- Les 3 Vallées: New gondola lifts connecting Orelle and Val Thorens, a ROC 1 Gondola upgrade, and the Pointe de la Masse Museum are highlights this season
- Les Gets: Enjoy a new escape room game, a 2-day snowshoe hike experience, and the rebranded 4 Season’s Mountain Coaster. Also, don’t miss the World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships from January 27th to February 3rd
- Les Menuires: The Mountain Luge has been revamped and renamed ‘La Mine,’ celebrating the area’s coal mining history. Plus, the resort turns 60 in 2024 with special events
- St Martin de Belleville: There’s a new microbrewery offering locally sourced beer in the former Goat Farm at Le Châtelard. Try ‘La Masse,’ ‘La Belleville,’ and ‘La Thorens.’
New ski accommodation in France
There are a handful fantastic new ski residences for the 2023/2024 season:
- Les Cristaux, Arc 1800: Enjoy breathtaking views over the Tarentaise Valley and surrounding mountains. High-quality apartments and top-notch facilities await.
- Les Roches Blanches, Combloux: Ideally located with exceptional views of Mont Blanc. This residence offers a range of amenities, including an indoor/outdoor heated pool and on-site tapas bar.
What’s new in Austria?
Here’s what’s new in Austria this season…
- Tirol: The Family-Friendly Ski Area Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis introduces the 10-seater EUB Komperdell lift and the Ski Area Kappl & See features a new ski circuit.
- Tiroler Zugspitz Arena: The Ehrwalder Almbahn has a newly rebuilt valley station with escalators, a sheltered bus stop, and more, along with piste modifications and a renewal of the artificial snow system.
What’s new for Switzerland ski season 2023 / 2024?
- Andermatt-Sedrun is getting a $10 million investment in snowmaking, on-mountain dining, and more for the 2023/2024 season. This includes upgrades to the Valtgeza restaurant and renovation of the Milez and Natschen restaurants.
What’s new in the Italian Alps for 2023/24?
- Zermatt + Cervinia: The Matterhorn Alpine Crossing cableway now offers a year-round connection between Zermatt and Cervinia, with stunning Matterhorn views.
New ski passes for 2023/24 ski season
These major ski passes are making skiing and riding around the world more accessible while saving you money. Here’s a glimpse of their latest updates:
Epic Pass: Expanding its European access, Epic Pass now includes the Swiss resort Andermatt-Sedrun and the neighboring Disentis Ski area. Pass holders can seamlessly travel between them via the Cuolm da Vi gondola and Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. The new and improved My Epic App features the Mobile Pass, utilizing Bluetooth technology for hands-free lift access.
Indy Pass: Adding over 50 new Alpine and Nordic resorts for the 2023/2024 season, Indy Pass offers a diverse selection of skiing destinations across Europe, Japan, and Western Canada. Pass holders now receive a physical RFID-enabled Indy Pass for added convenience. Limited quantities went on sale on October 10th.
Best skiing events for 2022/2023 ski season
2023/2024 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
As the 58th edition of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season unfolds, watch out for the dynamic performances of Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Odermatt. The season kicks off with the traditional opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria.
Club GB Celebrates 120 Years
The Ski Club of Great Britain is turning 120, and they’re bringing exciting new initiatives to the table:
- Return for Reps in France: The Ski Club reps program is back in France, expanding its reach to 24 resorts.
- Membership Card as Lift Pass: Enjoy a streamlined experience with one card serving as both your membership card and lift pass, reducing plastic waste.
- Automatic Public Liability Insurance: All members will now have public liability insurance built in as standard.
- Brand New Website: Stay informed with a redesigned website, launching in the autumn.
- Meet the Ski Club at Snow Shows: Get ready for engaging conversations about the benefits of joining the Ski Club at the National Snow Show events. Plus, meet Ski Club ambassador Chemmy Alcott.
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 2023/2024 season…
- POLARIS FESTIVAL: Verbier, Switzerland – November 17-25, 2023
- BERGFESTIVA: Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria – December 8-9, 2023
- RISE FESTIVA: Les Deux Alpes, France – December 9-16, 2023
- RAVE ON SNOW: Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria – December 14-17, 2023
- SNOWATTACK: Les Deux Alpes, France – January 20-27, 2024
- ENTER THE SNOW: Via Lattea, Italy – February 3-10, 2024
- TOMORROWLAND WINTER: Alpe D’Huez – France, March 16-23, 2024
- SNOWBOXX: Avoriaz, France – March 16-23, 2024
- ROCK THE PISTES: Chatel, France – March 17-23, 2024
- SHAPES FESTIVAL: LEYSIN, Switzerland – March 18-24, 2024
- HIBERNATION FESTIVAL: Pas De La Casa, Andorra – March 22-24, 2024
- CHAMONIX UNLIMITED FESTIVAL: Chamonix, France – March 25-APRIL 1, 2024
- ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL: Solden, Austria – April 8-12, 2024
- SNOWBOMBING: Mayrhofen, Austria – April 8-13, 2024
- ZERMATT UNPLUGGED: Zermatt, Switzerland – April 9-13, 2024
Alps snow forecast 2023/24
Some predict a cold winter across Europe, and we’re already seeing snow in the North-West.
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.