Find the best ski festivals in
Europe. Film festivals in France. High altitude rock festivals. LGBTQ snow festivals. Party festivals. Jazz festivals. Here are 8 of the best ski festivals in Europe. 1. Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes, France
December is the month for
Rise Festival in France.
This iconic event in
Les Deux Alpes attracts international headliners.
The music's a mix of electro, funk, rock and pop.
And there are dozens of lives gigs across seven days in mid-December.
It's also famous for secret (invitation only) parties.
Studio Standing in Les Deux Alpes during Rise Festival. Les Deux Alpes has one of the earliest ski festivals in Europe © Inu/Shutterstock 2. Les Arcs Film Festival, France
Ski early. Don't miss
Les Arcs Filmfest. New European cinema. Over 120 screenings. High altitude cinemas. Parties, gigs, DJ sets. Les Arcs Paradiski. Mid December. Seven days.
Chalet des Neiges in Arc 2000. Ski station of les Arcs 1950 © Delpixel/Shutterstock 3. European Gay Ski Week, Les Arcs, France
Ski late. Catch
European Gay Ski Week. Mid March. Les Arcs Paradiski. Europe's biggest LGBTQ+ ski festival. Après-ski gigs on slopes. Club nights. Pool parties.
Studios Paradiskis in Arc 2000. Evening picture of the village Les Arcs © Jack Koning Photography/Shutterstock 4. Snowboxx, France, one of the latest ski festivals in Europe Snowboxx is a late season legend. Electro festival. Avoriaz, Les Portes du Soleil. International headliners. Outdoor gigs. Intimate gigs. Bottomless brunches. Igloo parties. Spa sessions. Late March. Seven days.
Stay at ski-in/ski-out
Munk in Avoriaz. View of the village and the surrounding area Avoriaz mountains © Sergey Naryshkin/Shutterstock
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Rock the Pistes mid-March.
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Tailor Made Trips can be modified together with your local expert, then booked for a stress-free holiday. Click 'Modify this itinerary' to contact a local expert. Cityscape of the town of Chatel in the Portes du Soleil in France © Denis van de Water/Shutterstock 6. Swing on Snow, Seiser Alm, Italy
Up for mellow? Try
Swing on Snow. Folk, classical, jazz, soul. Seiser Alm mountains, Italy. Dolomite views. Gigs on Alpe di Suisi. Village gigs. Day and night music. Late winter, early spring.
Hotel Lamm in Castelrotto. Snow-capped Mountain Hut, with Seiser Alm, Rosengarten and Sciliar in the background © S.Micheli/Shutterstock 7. New Orleans Meets Snow, St Anton, Austria
New Orleans Meets Snow in spring.
m3 Hotel in St Anton. Landscape of beautiful village St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria © Boris-B/Shutterstock 8. Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria
Get a late season buzz. Catch
Snowbombing in April. Mayrhofen, Austria. Rock, pop and dance gigs. Open air gigs. Igloo parties. Forest raves. Mid-mountain yoga. Dress up nights. Cable car karaoke. Western Austria. April. Seven days.
MANNI das Hotel in Mayrhofen. Panorama view of Mayrhofen winter resort in Austria © Alexander Tolstykh/Shutterstock
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Mary is an award-winning travel journalist with a particular interest in France, Italy, Croatia and Serbia. When she's not writing about food and culture, she's on a mountain somewhere writing about skiing and hiking. Follow her @mary_novakovich on Twitter and @marynovakovich on Instagram.
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