Music in the Mountains - The Top 5 Festivals in the Alps

Fri February 16, 2018 by Ellie Riches

There is more to a luxury ski holiday than snowy mountains, skiing until your legs go numb, bouncing around in your ski boots at an après-ski hot spot, and devouring the delicious dishes that can be found across the Alps. Many ski resorts are now hosting festivals the Alps throughout the season, welcoming mountain and music lovers to the various forms of entertainment in some of the World’s most beautiful destinations. From pool parties and cabaret to world class artists, there’s something for everyone. Take a look at our top 5 festivals in the Alps for the rest of this season…


Avoriaz, 17th – 24th March

One of the Portes du Soleil’s biggest festival events, set in Avoriaz, offers more than just music and mountains. You’ve got stages dedicated to apres, downtown clubbing and The XX to Rock the Pistes, party in the Igloo and of course, the main stage for those high flying headliners.

Heading to the pistes, you can explore the wonders of the Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets, including some great snow parks and the stash for you to play around on rails, kickers and one of the only Superpipes in Europe! And it doesn’t stop there. If flying through the air from a kicker, is not your thing, there are plenty of other activities to get involved in from human zorb bowling and skimming pools to bottomless brunches and snowball fights – Snowboxx has a reputation for all of its wild and wacky activities.

SNOWBOXX Line-up Highlights:

Chase and Status, Fat Boy Slim, Artful Dodger and D-J Danny Howard


European Gay Ski Week

Les Menuires, 17th – 25th March

This year Les Menuires Gay Ski Week Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday which is set to see an even bigger gathering of LGBT skiers and snowboarders. Located in one of the world’s favourite ski areas, this Three Valleys festival brings you a diverse range of parties thrown by popular international DJ’s, first class cabaret shows, incredible pool parties and the legendary EGSW apres ski! For more fun European Snow Pride also takes place in Tignes from 18th-25th March.

Video Credit: Chris Geary, Youtube

GAY SKI WEEK Line-up Highlights:

R&K, Karl Kay, Sebastien Triumph, Saeed Ali, Max Del Principe, and Max Henrichsen


Chamonix Unlimited Festival

Chamonix, 4th – 8th April

The Chamonix Unlimited Festival takes things to different heights. Located in various areas in the Chamonix Valley, from the depths of ‘Les Caves’ in town to the very top of the Aiguille du Midi, the 5 day Electronic festival is full of festival fun.

Chamonix Unlimited features various DJ artists, open air events pool parties and après BBQ’s. This festival is definitely a cultural experience and represents merge of urban culture and free-skiing initiated by the collaborating Black Crows Ski brand. You can access all of the venues with the special ticketed pass which can include access to the ski areas and discounted prices at the apes bars. Can you make Mont Blanc rumble?

Musilac Mont-Blanc is also another Chamonix festival to watch out for with artists like Rag’n’Bone Man, Beth Ditto, Texas, Orelsan and Walk Off The Earth.

CHAMONIX UNLIMITED Line-up Highlights:

Paul Kalkbrenner, Amelie Lens, Laurent Garnier, Charlotte de Witte, Modeselektor


Zermatt Unplugged

Zermatt, 10th – 14th April 2018

Where better to listen to the sounds of an acoustic festival than between the mountains of the world famous Swiss ski resort, Zermatt? The unique music festival has a total of 13 stages placed around the the village and up at mountain top heights, close to the night sky stars. Zermatt Unplugged prides itself in simply top-class acoustic music and delicious gourmet foods – what more could you want?

Video Credit: Zermatt Unplugged

ZERMATT UNPLUGGED Line-up Highlights:

Jessie J, The Kooks, Jake Bugg, Kodaline, and Emilie Sande


Caprices Festival

Crans Montana, 12th – 15th April

The famous ski resort of Crans Montana hosts THE techno and house party of the Alps at 2,000 metres led by some of the world’s leading electronic artists. This year sees the 15th anniversary with old and new artists all invited to perform across the various venues to celebrate like never before. From daytime dancing to moonlit clubbing, Caprices Festival will ensure you can ski and party until your legs can’t hold you!

CAPRICES Line-up Highlights:

Adam Beyer, Ricaedo Villalobos, Monika Kruse, Dubfire and Paul Kalkbrenner


Ones to watch for the 2018/19 ski season…


Les Deux Alpes, France – December 2018

Polaris Festival

Verbier Switzerland – December 2018

So if you haven’t yet booked your luxury winter ski break, perhaps consider tying it in with one of these top five alpine festivals and maximise your mountain experience. If you would like any more information or need any advice on where to stay do get in touch of give us a call on +44 (0)1202 203650 and we’ll be happy to assist.


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