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 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 , the most popular long-distance cross-country ski race in France. Love mountain biking as well as skiing? Then join Les 2 Alpes Snow 2 Bike Week for wintry thrills.
Two unmissable races to watch are the Andros e-Trophée in Lans-en-Vercors and the Grande Odyssée 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 , 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 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 .
In Portes du Soleil ROCK THE PISTES hosts more than 35 concerts including on the slopes. In Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Les Arcs, the Electronic Peak Festival features sports performances, concert evenings, masterclasses and conferences on eco-citizen themes. And in Alpe d’Huez, Tomorrowland Winter is a unique festival experience of skiing, snowboarding and electronic music.
World Cup ski events
In March, Courchevel and Méribel will host the 2022 Ski World Cup Finals . 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 you’ll find all sorts of Christmas magic. And he’ll also drop in at La Clusaz for the largest winter street arts festival for families in the mountains.
Festivities and fun-filled events
Les Etoiles de la Glace in Vaujanay features stars from the world of ice skating. In Valloire, the International Competition of Sculpture on Ice sees sculptors from around the world create monumental ice works
Enjoy the International Comedy Film Festival in Alpes d’Huez and fireworks in Courchevel at the International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art , a competition that is unique in Europe.
Take part in a family contest at Montchavin-les-Coches at the fun Winter Family Race . And don’t miss the Festival des Petite Canailes en Mouffles at Saint-Francois-Lonchamp – a joyful festival that’s dedicated entirely to children with workshops, shows and animations.
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: