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The Best Closing Parties in the Alps
Issue 32 / 10 March 2020

The Best Closing Parties in the Alps

See out the end of the 2019/2020 season in style at one of these fabulous closing parties.

Alicia Bryan

LA FOLIE DOUCE, Val d'Isere

Known for its vivacious après ski, it should come as no surprise that when the end of the ski season approaches, Val D’Isère knows how to throw a party. With a lively entertainment programme to close the season La Folie Douce is, of course, one of the top spots.

This year La Folie Douce will celebrate with the theme of Rock’N Roll at its end of season party taking place on 27/28 April. With freestyle ski and snowboarding shows, as well as a DJ set celebrating 50 years of the Folie Douce, this is sure to be an unforgettable event. L’Etincelle will also extend the closing party with live performances from Sofia Landgren on the violin and Fred Percu on the sax.

Stay: Chalet O Valala

Located in the exclusive Le Crêt enclave, this stunning property is just a few minutes drive from the slopes with the centre of Val D’Isère around a 10-minute walk from the chalet. With a delightful modern yet rustic decor, guests can enjoy a large open plan living and dining area with a roaring fireplace and vast windows. Chalet O Valala has a superb spa area comprising of a heated swimming pool, massage room as well as a hammam with guests also able to enjoy the fresh mountain air from the outdoor jacuzzi. In six stunning en-suite bedrooms, Chalet O Valala is able to accommodate 12 adults and two children.

ZERMATT UNPLUGGED, Zermatt

The increasingly popular music festival Zermatt Unplugged sees international stars make their way to this stunning resort to perform on 13 stages with a focus on both electronic and acoustic music.

This unique music festival, taking place from 14 - 18 April, welcomes performances from world-famous stars in an intimate setting and atmosphere with some up and coming aspiring artists at the start of their careers too. This year Zermatt Unplugged welcomes the artists of Dido, Jack Savoretti and James Morrison to name a few.

Stay: Apartment Schlumatt

In the heart of the Winkelmatten area of Zermatt, Apartment Schlumatt is a ski-in/ski-out apartment with the main Matterhorn Express lift just a three minute walk away. Situated on the third floor of a recently-built residence, guests staying at Apartment Schlumatt can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Matterhorn through floor-to-ceiling windows and from the balconies. With a beautiful open plan living and dining area, this property can accommodate eight guests across four bedrooms.

NEW ORLEANS MEETS SNOW FESTIVAL, St. Anton

Making its way to St.Anton for the seventh year in a row, New Orleans will meet this Austrian resort with a team of top Jazz, Blues, Funk and Soul artists. Bringing the streets of New Orleans to St. Anton, the festival has a full lineup of activities, including on-mountain concerts as well as parties and street festivals. Don’t miss out on the highlight of this closing season festival ‘Blues Night’ on Saturday, April 4th 2020.

Stay: Chalet Artemis

Chalet Artemis is a contemporary chalet themed around the Greek goddess Artemis. Located in the Nasserein area of St. Anton, the chalet is just a 10-minute drive from the centre of the resort. With a hexagonal shape, Chalet Artemis has an elegant dining area complete with a wine wall of 260 bottles. Filled with entertainment, guests staying at this beautiful property can make use of the private 12-seater cinema with velvet chairs, a popcorn and karaoke machine as well as an Xbox-360. For further relaxation, a swimming pool can be found on the lower ground floor of the chalet as well as a private massage room, Swedish sauna and an indoor-outdoor hot tub. With six en-suite bedrooms, Chalet Artemis can accommodate up to 12 guests.

LIVE IN TIGNES BY FRANCOFOLIES, Tignes

This year Tignes will host the 5th edition of Live in Tignes by Francofolies from 21st -23rd April. Featuring three days of free concerts across the pistes and in the centre of the resort, Live in Tignes brings pop and rock to the Alps with two outdoor stages and more than 10 artists.

This year Live in Tignes will welcome Ofenbach, Féfé & Leroy, Tryo and many more. A ski pass is not needed to access the pistes stage.

Stay: Chalet Banksy

A tribute to the world-famous street artist, Chalet Banksy is located in Tignes-Les-Brévières combining modern decor and contemporary features. Located just 100m from a mini-funicular, guests staying at Chalet Banksy have easy access to the centre of the resort and ski lifts. In the open plan living space, an inviting chesterfield and striking fireplace make for the perfect spot in which to relax next to the dining area and doors leading onto the terrace. Guests staying at Chalet Banksy can unwind in the Black Diamonds spa facilities which has an indoor swimming pool as well as a hammam and sauna. Able to accommodate eight guests in four double en-suite bedrooms, each room is filled with statement artwork.

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