5 Top Ski Resorts for New Year


(2017-04-04 17:16:59)

 

To make your New Year's Eve truly spectacular, a snow-clad Alpine resort is the place to be. Ski through the day and raise a glass of vin chaud at night as fireworks burst overhead, illuminating the slopes and magnificent mountain peaks.

 

Of course, with New Year being one of the most popular dates for a ski holiday, early planning is key. To get things started, we bring you five of the best resorts for this festive time of year, from family-friendly destinations to high-altitude towns with the biggest parties around.  

 

Val d’Isère, France

 

This extensive, snow-sure resort is a hit with families and groups of friends all season long, but the village really puts on a show for New Year. Visitors can expect a colourful street party with live music, special performances and ice sculptures, followed by spectacular fireworks. Of course, the resort’s many vibrant bars will also host lively parties to ring in 2018 in style.

 

 

Val Thorens, France

 

Europe’s highest ski resort throws one of the largest New Year’s Eve events around: the aptly named Val Tho Crazy Night. The spectacle usually includes a huge concert, DJs and a ski and snowboard freestyle show. Our advice is to book one of Val Thorens’ many piste-side properties and prepare yourself for incredible skiing and partying.

 

Alpe d’Huez, France

 

Alpe d’Huez is perfect for a New Year ski holiday with the family. The resort has plenty of cruisy green pistes right above the town that are perfect for kids, plus a great selection of family-friendly accommodation with in-house childcare. On the big night, you can expect lively celebrations in the centre of town, and there are usually fireworks and a torchlight descent courtesy of the ESF ski school.  

 

 

St Anton, Austria

 

This party capital of the Alps is known for table dancing and steep slopes, and there are few places better for a New Year escape with friends. Clink steins of beer at the legendary Krazy Kanguruh or Mooserwirt, then head to the pedestrian centre of town for the midnight countdown and — you guessed it — fireworks exploding across the night sky.

 

Verbier, Switzerland

 

Known for its bounty of luxury accommodation and stylish bars, Verbier hosts spectacular celebrations for New Year’s Eve. After skiing across the resort's extensive, challenging slopes, head to the centre of town for a few glasses of Champagne as a DJ gets the crowd jumping. There’s usually a live concert later in the night before the fireworks are set off, and the resort’s numerous clubs will surely be hosting their own exclusive events.