It seems to us here at Ski-Buzz that in order to do anything good for New Year’s Eve, you have to start planning further and further in advance. Like, around August time. So given that we obviously want to spend our New Year gliding down mountains in the daytime and our nights jumping up-and-down on tables, we asked around the office to see if anyone had any suggestions for where to go. Here’s some of their top tips:
Go Big in Tignes
“I’ve had some pretty amazing New Year experiences in Tignes. Each year the whole snow-front by the Maison de Tignes in Le Lac is filled with everyone from the surrounding towns and villages – roughly 20,000 people. DJs play up to the midnight firework display that lights up the whole mountain range. In 2012 Martin Solveig played into the night after the New Year had been seen in – it was absolutely fantastic.”
Party through the night in Sauze d’Oulx
“For the past three years, Sauze d’Oulx has hosted a torchlit descent from Sportinia down to the village – the longest torchlit descent in Europe. It involves all of the ski schools in resort (five in total) and they parade various European flags through the resort.
Last year for the first time, customers had the opportunity to take part in the descent, too. After the procession, everyone gathers at the bottom of the slopes for vin brulé and apertivo. At 10pm, there is a huge firework display, and the noise echoing off the mountains is spectacular.”
Reach new levels in Courchevel
“Courchevel’s Front de Neige has an amazing atmosphere at New Year, when they hold their ‘Dance Party’. Live music, DJs, dancing and a fireworks display all take place on the piste outside the Croisette lift station.”
Mayrhofen – see in the New Year in Austria’s Apres capital
“Mayrhofen hosts several different New Year’s parties in several different bars. Only one bar charges entry – the Bruck’n’stadl. Otherwise, the rep team and the majority of our customers spent our evening on the street: there was a huge gathering in centre of town where the tourist board and locals put on a firework display, with beer stalls set up throughout the High Street. The atmosphere was fantastic, and it was much more fun than staying in one of the bars all night!
Last season we had tickets to sell for one of the local bars, Club Downstairs. We sold the tickets for €5 which included two free drinks. We suggested that customers took advantage of this from around 10pm until about 11:30pm, before making their way to the street to celebrate with locals, holiday makers and all seasonnaires.
The majority of hotels also offer gala dinners in the evening which still give the customers enough time to come out and celebrate afterwards. For customers not on half-board, we would suggest that they book into one of the restaurants – be quick though, they book up fast.”
Go mental in Schladming
“Schladming was the dark horse runner-up in last year’s European Après Survey, and there’s a great atmosphere here over the New Year. There was a street party from around 8pm which most people would head to before finishing the night in the Tenne Bar – the largest bar in Austria. A variety of tickets could be bought, with basic tickets for entrance starting at €10, and VIP buying you access to the upstairs area and a hot tub on top of the bar from which you could watch the fireworks.”
Keep it real in La Thuile
“La Thuile hosts a torchlit descent in the evening and from 10pm to just after midnight there was a live music. At midnight they released hundreds if Chinese lanterns, which was something a bit different. “
Live it up in Livigno
“Livigno last season had a massive carnival atmosphere. There were loads of firework displays taking place at various points along the valley, and through the streets there were bonfires on most corners and people randomly letting off bangers. It was all a bit frantic and really exciting – I really enjoyed it. Clubs stayed open ‘til late for revellers who wanted to party till 8am.”
Rise to the occasion in La Rosiere
“Last year in La Rosiere there was an amazing fireworks display at the base of the slope, and a big party in the village square with a DJ playing from the rooftop of a nearby bar. It turned into a full-blown street party with everyone dancing outside!”
So there you have it…