With plenty of snow on the slopes and bluebird skies, spring is a time to celebrate in the Alps, and some resorts really know how it’s done. From Tignes to Ischgl, we look at big-name destinations offering huge free festivals with live music, DJs and stunning mountain surrounds.
Admission is either completely gratis or thrown in for free with a valid lift pass, which sounds good to us – we’ll be needing those anyway.
Rock the Pistes
Where: Portes du Soleil / When: March 19 to 25
One of the biggest spring events around, Rock the Pistes spans the many resorts of the Portes du Soleil on the French-Swiss border. More than 50 free concerts will light up the extensive ski region, with headliners including Caravan Palace in Les Gets/Morzine, Rag’n Bone Man in Avoriaz and Matmatah in Morgins.
You’ll need a valid lift pass to see the big acts performing on the pistes, but there will be plenty of smaller après-ski concerts off the slopes as well.
Live in Tignes
Where: um...Tignes / When: April 3 to 6
This April, snow-sure Tignes is hosting 4 days of free concerts across 3 outdoor stages. After a successful launch last year, the festival is coming back with more energy and more artists. The line-up mostly features French music stars, but the good tunes and lively vibe will definitely leap across language barriers.
Electric Mountain Festival
Where: Sölden / When: April 6 to 7
Once again, top DJs will converge on the ever vibrant resort of Sölden for two days of high-energy electro beats. At the top of the bill is Austrian duo Nervo and Dutch DJ Afrojack, supported by a stellar line up of talent. Entry is free with a valid lift pass.
Top of the Mountain
Where: Ischgl / When: April 16 and 30
Ischgl’s Top of the Mountain concerts are legendary, welcoming the start of winter, celebrating Easter and saying “farewell” at the end of the ski season. Past headliners have included the likes of Muse, James Blunt, Katy Perry and Elton John, attracting thousands upon thousands of fans to the open-air festival at 2,300 metres.
This year, German pop star Andreas Bourani will take to the stage for the Easter gig, while Italian rocker Zucchero is launching the end-of-season blowout. Even if you’re not a massive fan of the artists, the vibrant atmosphere of these huge events guarantees a brilliant time. Entry is included with a special lift pass for concert day or a regular lift pass of four or more days.