New Year’s Eve in the Alps: The Ultimate Party

New Year’s Eve in the Alps: The Ultimate Party

Fireworks and sparkler for new year's eve

Ready to say goodbye to 2021? We don’t blame you! After a difficult year for many, we’re looking forward to donning our ski boots and party hats and heading to the Alps to bring in the new year properly!

Fireworks, drinks and partying on the slopes. Skiing on New Year’s Eve in the Alps provides the ultimate destination for skiers looking to let their hair down.

To bring in 2022 in style, we’ve scoured the Alps for the best parties happening this season at the most legendary ski resorts.

Where Can I Go Skiing on New Year’s Eve?

With the world opening up, a skiing holiday to bring in the new year is in reach! The Alps make a great skiing destination at this time of year as the season kicks off over Christmas and high altitude resorts welcome snow.

Snowy New Year’s Eve Destinations

So, where can you find the best snow for New Year’s skiing? Try the following high altitude resorts:

  • Zermatt (1620m)
  • Val d’Isere (1850m)
  • Alpe d’Huez (1860m)
  • Les Menuires (1850m)
  • Val Thorens (2300m)
  • Obergurgl (1930m)

If your New Year’s Resolution is to ski more in 2022 – why not start the year as you mean to go on!

New Year’s Eve Skiing 2021

Things might look a little different this year. Ski resorts across the Alps are doing all they can to keep people safe. Be sure to check the travel and entry requirements before you fly as it’s likely you will need to show proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative test result.

Measures such as social distancing and mask-wearing are also in place in crowded areas and indoors across much of Europe.

A small price to pay for some apres-ski on the mountain!

Find ski resort opening dates for 2021/22.

Is New Year’s Day a Good Day to Ski?

What could be better than welcoming in 2022 on the pistes? Clear away the cobwebs with some fresh Alpine air and avoid the crowds by getting up early while everyone else is still recovering!

Are Ski Resorts Busy on New Year’s Eve?

Ski resorts in the Alps can be busier over this period so it’s best to book early if you can.

This year, you can book a risk-free transfer with our new cancellation policy. If your booking needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19, we’re offering a full refund with no admin fee. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

Best Ski Resorts for New Year’s Eve in Europe

Want to find out which are the best resorts for New Year’s ski holidays in the Alps? Here’s a look at some of the biggest party resorts at a glance;

Now let’s get stuck in..

New Year in the French Alps

Ski resorts in the French Alps take New Year’s celebrations seriously. With some of the most impressive parties taking place in the most sophisticated of night spots, New Year in the French Alps combines great ski with even better après. Here are our top picks;

Les Deux Alpes New Year’s Eve

After Christmas is done and dusted, Les Deux Alpes carries on the festive cheer with snowmen competitions and magical lights adorning the streets.

In terms of nightlife, Les Deux Alpes doesn’t disappoint. Most of the bars and restaurants in the village put on special events to bring in the new year such as extravagant meals, live music and DJs playing late into the night.

If you’re planning a ski trip to Les Deux Alps at this time of year, make sure you pre-book your New Year’s Eve activities, as events get booked up fast.

What’s on in 2021?

  • The Les 2 Alpes Ski Show on NYE includes a torchlit procession, fireworks, wine and hot chocolate!

New Year in Meribel

Picturesque Meribel is a popular New Year’s destination thanks to its traditional wooden chalets, great snow cover and lavish parties. New Year’s Eve brings a special torch lit descent, where skiers head to the slopes by candlelight. This is followed by a giant party on the piste as the Chaudanne area turns into a dance party full of revellers.

Don’t miss the impressive firework display!

What’s on in 2021?

This year, events at Meribel include…

  • A special festive dinner and band at La Brasserie Le 80
  • A free torchlit descent from 4.20 pm followed by fireworks, drinks and DJs
  • New Year’s Eve in the Monchu – a festive evening in a natural environment with DJ Rob
  • Inuit party for families – expect games, dog sledges, sweets and entertainers from 2-4 pm
  • A live performance from Makesh Walloo at ‘Le Rambler’ from 11 pm till late
  • Meribel bowling alley is hosting a laid back evening of music with DJ Math Becca
  • La Folie Douce Méribel is organising a party in the middle of the slopes! With a gondola descent, aperitifs, dinner shows and clubbing – this is set to be popular among groups of skiers looking for a party!

Party in Val Thorens

Like Meribel, Val Thorens ski resort often hosts a torchlight parade, suitable for all ages, followed by a fireworks display to say goodbye to 2021. Le Place Caron is transformed into a lively party with renowned DJs and freestyle shows on the agenda.

Afterwards, New Year’s Eve parties take place in several bars and clubs across Val Thorens.

Val d’Isere for New Year’s Eve

Another big one for a special new year. Val d’Isere is home to some legendary après ski bars that go all out to celebrate New Year’s.

In terms of skiing, family-friendly Val d’Isere offers 150km of connected pistes, great ski schools and is ideal for all skiing abilities.

What’s on in 2021?

  • Airstar Night Light will take the streets of Val d’Isere with performances, light shows, DJs, musicians and more from 6 pm
  • See giant snow sculptures
  • Enjoy a live concert at Place Margherio
  • Indulge in free hot chocolate and vin chaud
  • See fireworks from 7.30 pm from Les Barmes de L’Ours hotel or at midnight from L’Etincelle Restaurant

Deckchairs on the slopes with text - Val Thorens, best resort for Apres Ski

Swiss Alps New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Swiss Alps have a strong party culture and really put on a show when it comes to New Year’s. Here are some of our favourite resorts to visit;

Zermatt Ski Resort

Lofty Zermatt isn’t just great for fabulous snow quality, challenging peaks and stunning vistas. This famous ski resort is also a fun place to visit for New Year’s.

Start in the more traditional manner, with a church gathering before watching fireworks with a stiff drink in hand. Next, head to one of the open air bars to countdown to midnight for more drinking and dancing into the wee hours.

The next day, a refreshing session on the slopes should sort out your hangover!

What’s on in 2021?

  • Head to the Monte Rosa hotel for a cosy dinner in their Brasserie Belle Époque followed by entertainment from Zak Keith

Party in Verbier

If you want to party with the rich and famous, Verbier makes a good choice. However, alongside the glitz and glam, there are more affordable nightlife options to be found.

On the upper end of the scale, Carve nightclub and Fairnet offer champagne and top DJs. Or, join the throng heading to the main square to watch some magnificent fireworks.

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New Year’s Eve in the Austrian Alps

The Austrian Alps are famous for their raucous New Year’s celebrations. However, bear in mind that this year, travel and celebrations are dependant on infection numbers.

All being well, here are some of the best resorts to visit;

Innsbruck: New Year’s Eve in the Mountains

Innsbruck for New Year’s can cater to any type of skier. Whether you want to relax with a few drinks and good friends or dance the night away, there’s something for everyone here.

From 9 pm, the city square is transformed into a pulsating party with eating, dancing and drinking in the streets. You’ll also find the usual fireworks, live music and DJs.

What’s New in 2021?

All events are dependant on the current guidelines.

  • The new ‘Walk Across the Lights’ display will show off the facades of seven historic buildings
  • An early festival for children is set to take place on the 30th December with special games and activities
  • The traditional IKB New Year’s Eve Run is set to hold its 20th edition!

Mayrhofen for New Year’s Eve

Mayrhofen boasts an active nightlife, with a wide variety of bars and restaurants to choose from. For New Year’s Eve, festivities ramp up a gear, with parties in the streets and in all the best bars and clubs.

On New Year’s day, watch the traditional horse-drawn carriage race and bet on your favourite!

The Ultimate Party in St Anton

St Anton is well known for its extravagant parties, and for good reason. If you’re after a lively skiing holiday full of drinking, dancing and fun on the slopes, then look no further.

To start your night, head to the town centre where large crowds gather in the streets to countdown to the new year, fireworks overhead. After midnight, the night is still young! Head to one of the following night spots for an unforgettable night with friends;

  • Mooserwirt for light shows, smoke machines and flowing drinks
  • Krazy Kanguruh for a wild night- not for the faint hearted!
  • Anton bar
  • Basecamp
  • Taps
  • Bar Cuba

Again, don’t forget to pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment!

Crowd celebrating with lights

Best Ski Accommodation for New Years

The right accommodation for your ski trip depends on who you’re travelling with and what you want to do while you’re there.

For families looking for a relaxed New Year’s break, a catered chalet takes away the stress of cooking and washing up. Or, if you plan to be out on the slopes all day and in the bars all night, you may want a cheaper ski chalet hotel or a hostel that offers the basics.

Short on Time? Book a New Year Ski Weekend!

A quick getaway after Christmas and before life starts getting busy again can be just what the doctor ordered. With New Year’s Eve falling on a Friday this year, a long weekend in the Alps just makes sense!

Getting There: Group Transfers to the Alps

Have we got you excited for your New Year’s in the Alps? There’s nothing like spending time with friends and family, skiing all day and partying all night!

To help you get there in one piece, we offer convenient and affordable group ski transfers to all major ski resorts in the Alps.

With a group transfer from Alps2Alps you get…

  • Private transfers
  • Modern, comfortable vehicles with plenty of luggage room
  • Cheap midweek ski deals
  • Discounts for groups of 4+
  • Stress-free travel

Book your ski transfer to the Alps early to get the best pick of this season’s New Year’s offerings.

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