Events in the Alps this winter
Classicaval – Classical Music Festival – January & March
Held in Val d’Isère’s old baroque church, St.Bernard Menthon, the program includes classical pieces composed by various favorites.
The White Battle – early March
The new freestyle competition in Val d’Isère, the White Battle has teams of three face off against each other in a freestyle ski and snowboard competition at the foot of Le Face. Drinks, food and souvenirs are available and there’s live music and DJ’s from La Folie Deuce and pro-riders from all over Europe.
La Scara Youth Races – early April
Created nearly 30 years ago, this race is an International Alpine Ski Race for children that runs at the end of every winter ski season. La Scara is now considered in the ski world as a real “Children’s World Championships” and used as qualification for the selection process at national level. The race is open to boys and girls, runs over 4 days. The level of skiing is incredibly high and there are certainly some future Winter Olympic candidates to be seen!
BMW Snow Polo Masters – January
Teams from all over the world compete in this exciting sport. Highly skilled and very fast, the game is played out on the snow-covered pitch by the altiport. Expect champagne, foie gras and lots of fur. Courchevel and Polo – a perfect fit.
International Fireworks Festival – February
An annual spectacle since 2003 the International Fire & Arts Pyrotechnic Festival returns each year to light up Courchevel. A selection of renowned pyrotechnic teams from around the world battle it out against each other with fantastic displays set to music, each one on a different level of Courchevel. Following the fireworks warm up with a glass of vin chaud while the winning team is awarded their trophy.
Mountain Race Zermatt-Rothorn – 25 February at 5pm
The mountain race is a night ski-tour event from Zermatt (1620m) up to the Rothorn (3103m). The Elite category starts at 5pm in Zermatt. At the end of the race, everyone meets in the restaurant Sunnegga for a spaghetti party and prize giving. All participants travel back together by train.
Zermatt Unplugged – 17-21 April
A unique, acoustic festival in the heart of the Swiss Alps, where international stars, singer songwriters and newcomers celebrate good, honest and quality sounds on the marquee stage, at “Vernissages” and on the New Talent stages. Musicians and bands including Suzanna Vega, Chris de Burgh, Alanis Morissette, Billy Idol, OneRepublic, Mando Diao, Seal, Jason Mraz and David Gray have all been inspired by the Unplugged concept and have performed on the festival marquee and club stages.
Red Bull Hüttenrallye – 27 & 28 January
Once again Red Bull have chosen St Anton am Arlberg for its yearly Hüttenrallye. This is the event on many professionals and amateurs' winter agenda, a spectacle by great athletes that is brilliant fun for spectators and participants alike. International ski-cross pros will be battling it out against adventure hungry amateur enthusiasts in an action-packed race spanning two kilometers and 450 meters in altitude difference. It is littered with obstacles and participants fight it out whilst employing plenty of elbows, standard rules don't apply – what counts here is who crosses the finishing line first. There’s a lot at stake, as the winning prize is a car for both the ladies and men’s winners. You’ll have to be good to beat last year’s champion and ex world cup rider, Daron Rahlves from the USA.