Why Spend New Year in the Alps?

 

The festive season is here, and groups of families and friends will soon be heading out to the Alps to celebrate on the snow. If you’re keen to join them, it’s not too late to pick up a great ski deal to hit the slopes in style.

Where would you rather be? Queueing for a drink in a packed city bar, or sipping hot mulled wine as fireworks explode over the mighty mountain peaks?! Read on for a few reasons to make the Alps your New Year’s destination of choice this season.

A strong start to the winter 2018/19 ski season

This year we’re enjoying another strong start to winter, and with fresh snow across our favourite resorts, now’s the perfect time to be heading out there! For hassle-free ski access, piste-side resorts like Val Thorens, Avoriaz and Tignes are solid bets. And for a little extra charm, blend altitude with Alpine character in resorts like Lech, Val d’Isère, Courchevel, or Obergurgl.
 

New Year's Eve fireworks explore over soaring mountain peaks

New Year's Eve fireworks explore over soaring mountain peaks


Festive celebrations in a spectacular setting

The Alps boast spectacular mountain scenery all year round – but somehow the festive season sees them at their best. Set out to explore the snow-covered valleys, then sip Champagne among friends as the clock counts down to midnight. And as fireworks explode across the starlit skies, you know you’ll be starting off the New Year on the right foot… or ski…

Family adventure on the snowy slopes

For parents whisking the kids off to the Alps, there’s a lot to consider – from location and budget to tuition and childcare. But watching the children progress from those nervous first turns to confident skiers or snowboarders is a genuine joy – creating a lifetime of memories. With the schools broken up for the festive season and helpful offers to make your money go further, New Year can be a most wonderful time for families to hit the Alps together.

How do your favourite resorts celebrate the New Year?

The major French ski resorts pull out all the stops for New Year's Eve, with groups gathering in the streets for the seasonal countdown before heading back to the buzzing bars.

Courchevel enjoys four-day New Year celebrations that start as early as 28th December, with a series of theatre, performance, and open-air dance parties to enjoy.

Tignes will be recreating it’s famous open-air nightclub in Le Lac village for its New Year’s Eve Pop Rock Party – featuring skilled radio DJs and of course midnight fireworks.

In nearby Val d'Isère, bars and clubs each host their own celebrations with a strong crowd forming in the town centre. Be sure to duck your head and keep watch as Champagne corks shoot through the air!

Come New Year’s Eve in the French ski resort of Val Thorens, its ‘Val Tho Crazy Night’ – featuring a live concert, a torch-lit descent from the resort’s ski instructors, a freestyle show and children's entertainment in Place Caron.

Verbier hosts New Year’s Eve with a DJ in the central square from 4pm until dawn, with a live concert at 10.30pm and, of course, fireworks at midnight. With the mountain peaks setting the scene for the fireworks spectacular, the atmosphere is electric!

St Anton flies the flag perfectly for New Year's Eve in Austria, as crowds form in town centre to enjoy DJs, fireworks and a Champagne countdown. Afterwards, take your pick among the resorts legendary après ski spots for revelry into the morning hours!

Pretty Ischgl takes a traditional take on New Year’s Eve, with a live broadcast of the pealing of Vienna's Pummerin Bell at midnight followed by the Danube Waltz. As the clock strikes midnight, fireworks explode from five different spots around town as live music fills the streets.

We hope this has given you a little inspiration on where to head this New Years in the Alps. If you’re keen to know more, we’re on hand to help. You can share your requirements with us by phone on 020 3080 0200 or reach us via our online chat service.

 

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