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The hotspot for die-hard clubbers is of course Val d’Isère – and specifically, La Folie Douce. 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.
Another must-see après-ski bar with DJs and live music is the Cocorico. 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.
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.
Bars, clubs: here in Les Deux Alpes, 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 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, an true resort institution.
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.
Note for partygoers: a extension to bar Cocorico (Val d'Isère) opens its doors this season in Tignes.
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 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.
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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 and the Grotte du Yéti, an international club at the foot of the slopes, the resort is now preparing to host the second year of its Risoul Music Festival. 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.
To close the season in style, a new event is descending on Valmorel: E-Wax. 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.
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 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-Mont-Blanc is entitled to its own festival: for the second consecutive year, the pop/rock-focused Musilac Mont-Blanc. 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.