Winter events in the French mountains 2021-22

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! It’s time to pull on your ski boots and head for France’s Mountain Resorts. Whether you’re a beginner on the slopes or you love to ski without limits, looking for on or off ski activities, an adrenaline rush, to explore your surroundings or to just chill and enjoy the snowy ambiance - among France’s snow-clad alpine peaks, you’ll find events and activities galore.
Here are just a few highlights for the 2021-2022 season where a packed calendar of events features fabulous festivals, concerts, competitions and much more.

Hier volgen een paar hoogtepunten van de evenementenkalender van het seizoen 2021-2022, vol met geweldige festivals, concerten, wedstrijden en nog veel meer:

Sporting events and festivals: Let’s race

Take to the slopes, test your skills, and challenge the stopwatch…

For the first time, In Arêches-Beaufort, the legendary Piera Menta race (External link) offers the chance for lovers of ski mountaineering as well as ski touring to take part. In Autrans, join in the fun with four days of sports at La Foulée Blanche (External link) , the most popular long-distance cross-country ski race in France. Love mountain biking as well as skiing? Then join Les 2 Alpes (External link) Snow 2 Bike Week for wintry thrills.

Two unmissable races to watch are the Andros e-Trophée (External link) in Lans-en-Vercors and the Grande Odyssée (External link) in Savoie Mont Blanc. The former is the largest ice car race in the world, featuring 100% electric, four-wheel drive vehicles. The latter is a truly special international annual dog sledding event in Europe. It takes places in a unique alpine setting passing through 20 resorts.

Music and festivals

Shop, rock, and party on the slopes: there’s a jam-packed programme planned throughout the season…

In December get off to a good start with Rock on Snow in Avioraz (External link) , the perfect opportunity to test new equipment offered by 60 brands of skis, snowboards, bindings, boots, helmets, masks, jackets etc. In les 2 Alpes, the Rise Festival (External link) features electronic music and winter sports.

March brings a whole slew of fabulous events. In Tignes there’s a week-long festival dedicated to board culture, including skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX, and scooter, culminating with the Slopestyle World Cup finals on March 12, 2022, at the Tignes Freestyle Week (External link) .

In Portes du Soleil ROCK THE PISTES (External link) hosts more than 35 concerts including on the slopes. In Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Les Arcs, the Electronic Peak Festival (External link) features sports performances, concert evenings, masterclasses and conferences on eco-citizen themes. And in Alpe d’Huez, Tomorrowland Winter (External link) is a unique festival experience of skiing, snowboarding and electronic music.

World Cup ski events

Two major events will be held in December. Val Thorens will host the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup (External link) . And the freestyle skiing Mogul Ski World Cup (External link) takes place in Alpe d’Huez.

In March, Courchevel and Méribel will host the 2022 Ski World Cup Finals (External link) . 25 of the best skiers in the world will compete on the new Eclipse slope in Courchevel for the men's events and the Roc de Fer in Méribel for the women.

Family Christmas fun

The winter charm of the French Mountain Resorts is bewitching. There’s a great programme of events for the whole family to share new experiences and create cherished memories…

Father Christmas visits the French Mountains of course! In Les Gets (External link) you’ll find all sorts of Christmas magic. And he’ll also drop in at La Clusaz (External link) for the largest winter street arts festival for families in the mountains.

Festivities and fun-filled events

Les Etoiles de la Glace (External link) in Vaujanay features stars from the world of ice skating. In Valloire, the International Competition of Sculpture on Ice (External link) sees sculptors from around the world create monumental ice works

Enjoy the International Comedy Film Festival in Alpes d’Huez (External link) and fireworks in Courchevel at the International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art (External link) , a competition that is unique in Europe.

Take part in a family contest at Montchavin-les-Coches at the fun Winter Family Race (External link) . And don’t miss the Festival des Petite Canailes (External link) en Mouffles at Saint-Francois-Lonchamp – a joyful festival that’s dedicated entirely to children with workshops, shows and animations.

Find out more
All the winter season 2021-2022 events in the French mountains (External link)

Health measures in ski resorts 2021-22: what to expect

From 4 December 2021, the pass sanitaire (health pass) is required by everyone aged 12 and over:
-For air, inter-regional train and coach travel to resorts
-To access ski lifts
-To access ski schools
-To enter bars, restaurants and cultural venues
-To enter nightclubs and late-night bars
-To access certain accommodation where there is a restaurant, fitness area or swimming pool.

It is not required for entrance to shops (including equipment hire shops) and tourist offices.

Face masks are compulsory while queuing for lifts and on board lifts (neck warmers accepted), and when indoors or in outdoor gatherings at ski schools – but not while skiing.

Further information for your skiing holiday: