The Best European Ski Resorts to Kick Off 2017 with a Bang
Hitting the slopes is a fantastic way to spend your winter and many of Europe’s top resorts are pulling out all stops to celebrate the New Year. Get your dancing shoes on and chill the champagne, because the party’s almost here.
With a backdrop of stunning Alpine beauty, bringing in the New Year in Grindelwald is a dream come true for nature lovers. After skiing, tobogganing and having an all-round winter adventure during the day, the town transforms so you can dance the night away to welcome 2017.
Restaurants and hotels offer themed nights and this year Hotel Eiger lets you party, James Bond style. The streets are cordoned off for revellers and parties spill out in time for the stroke of midnight. Get ready for a lot of yodelling.
The Three Valleys comprise the world’s largest ski domain and Courchevel is the largest resort. There are 65 lifts, 102 runs and an array of fabulous chalets and hotels to base your adventures from.
As for New Year’s festivities, the annual Dance Party on the snow front will put you in the spirit, with shows, live music, ice-skating and energetic party-goers rocking the night away. Here, the year ends with a bang, via a magical fireworks display.
La Plagne, France
La Plagne has 225km of marked runs and a double decker cable car to link to neighbouring Les Arcs in the Paradiski area, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot to carve up the snow.
Though there’s not an official event, bars and restaurants hold parties and the atmosphere is electric. When it’s time for the main event, everyone heads for the centre of town for the countdown, with fireworks, champagne popping and cheering galore.
Val Thorens, France
You’ll be on top of the world, almost literally, at the highest altitude resort in Europe, to see 2017 arrive. Val Thorens loves a party and there’s even a torchlight descent of the mountain on the night. The little ones are well-catered for with children’s entertainment and, as for the adults, much music, madness and dancing ensues until the fireworks explode at midnight.
With some of the most dependable snow in Europe, a ski holiday to Tignes is always a good bet for snow-bunnies. However, if you’re there for New Year’s Eve, you might need a rather long sleep before you get back on the slopes.
This year, rock and pop lovers are in for a treat on the snow front, with live DJ’s, loads of dancing space and action aplenty. Best of all, the big moment is recognized with a gigantic fireworks display.
Do you want to join the rich and famous for New Year’s Eve? You’ve got a good chance of celebrity spotting, at Verbier. Choose from gala dinners at restaurants, nightclub parties and live music venues. The glitzy resort keeps the party going all night long, so prepare to pop more than one champagne cork.