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9 of the best resorts for party-goers

La Folie Douce in Val d'Isère
There are plenty of places in the mountains to leave your skis and poles behind and dance – whether at clubs or festivals. Here we recommend a line-up of resorts for this season’s hottest après-ski.
Val d’Isère: temple of sweet madness

The hotspot for die-hard clubbers is of course Val d’Isère (External link) – and specifically, La Folie Douce (External link). Those with stamina can start at lunch in the mountain restaurant of the same name (easy to remember), accessible by the new La Daille cable car. It also boasts the highest cabaret in the world (2,400m) where DJs, dancers and musicians come to perform all season. La Folie Douce is not only specific to Val d'Isère: with this year's opening on the slopes of Avoriaz, you can party at La Folie Douce in Alpe d'Huez, St-Gervais-Megève, Val Thorens and Meribel-Courchevel. Find out more on La Folie Douce website. (External link)
Another must-see après-ski bar with DJs and live music is the Cocorico (External link). Nestled at the foot of the slopes and open from 2-8pm, don’t miss it. Tip: it’s happy hour here from 2-4pm.

La Clusaz: dance with the moon
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The full moon is a perfect excuse to party… not in Thailand, but in the mountains! For 15 years, the Domaine de La Clusaz has brought DJs and bands to high-altitude bars and restaurants to get their skiers to dance to the rhythm of the moon. This year, the ‘OVER THE MOON’ events will take place on 18 January and 22 March 2019, accompanied by a percussion show and Brazilian dancing at the ski lifts. Find out more about the event and ticket prices (External link).

Les Deux Alpes: young and trendy

Bars, clubs: here in Les Deux Alpes (External link), the list is long, with around 30 venues to party the night away. To warm up, stop for an hour or two at the Pano Bar (External link) at the end of the afternoon. Once back in resort, don your most beautiful Moonboots and your finest deer-headed sweater for bars such as Rhumerie, Kré and Brézilien. And if you still have energy to burn after that, go dancing till dawn at Avalanche (External link), an true resort institution.

Tignes: more and more concerts

The fourth LIVE IN TIGNES festival by FRANCOFOLIES will take place from 16-18 April 2019. A totally free event, organised on two different stages (the Marais and the Lake) and bringing together the crème de la crème of current artists. Last year saw Juliette Armanet, Hollie Cook, Shaka Ponk, Lorenzo and Catherine Ringer igniting the crowd under the sun. Check out next year’s line-up (External link).
Note for partygoers: a extension to bar Cocorico (External link) (Val d'Isère) opens its doors this season in Tignes.

Val Thorens: from jazz and electro to volo

This is the first festival dedicated to electro in the Alps and it has been held in Val Thorens for four years already. The famous Festi Val Tho (External link) will take place this season from 17-29 March 2019. On the programme is House, Electro, Trance and many other sub-genres. On a totally different note, the Jazz à Vienne festival is also continuing the high-altitude musical experience in Val Thorens for the second year in a row. From 1pm to 2am, you can ‘chill’ on the terrace listening to jazz, bossa nova, funk, hip-hop, soul and blues.

Risoul: a party village atmosphere

Despite being the most intimate of the big resorts, Risoul has its own great party spirit. Renowned for its numerous theme nights at the Risoul Mix Club (External link) and the Grotte du Yéti (External link), an international club at the foot of the slopes, the resort is now preparing to host the second year of its Risoul Music Festival (External link). From 11-15 March 2019, free après-ski parties (kicking off from 4:30pm) and French electro DJ sets will have party-goers dancing on the snow. After amazing performances by Cerronne and the Ofenback band in 2018, we’re waiting impatiently for next year’s line-up.

Valmorel: a new spring festival

To close the season in style, a new event is descending on Valmorel: E-Wax (External link). And it’ll make a LOT of noise. From 12-14 April 2019, the resort plans to transform itself into one massive dancefloor. As for genre, electro will reign supreme – but the festival will offer a mix of styles and a new concept. Line-up coming soon.

Portes-du-Soleil: rocking rhythms

It’s official: the first three headliners have been announced. From 17-23 March 2019, Hyphen Hyphen, Charlie Winston and Gaétan Roussel will honour the 9th edition of Rock the Piste (External link) in the Portes du Soleil. The best thing about this festival? Its pop-up pistes accessible exclusively to festival-goers. A total of 35 concerts are scheduled and, as every year, they start at 1pm (or 12:45 for DJ sets). Tickets on sale now.

Chamonix: the Musilac Mont-Blanc festival returns

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is entitled to its own festival: for the second consecutive year, the pop/rock-focused Musilac Mont-Blanc (External link). From 26-28 April 2019, festival-goers can ditch their skis and poles to hear the biggest names on the current scene, including Selah Sue, Orelsan, Lomepal and the Empress. Tickets go on sale on 26 October.