Offering something new and a bit different, the Portes du Soleil ski area are sticking their necks out and organising a free music festival. Yes, that’s 10 free concerts – if you are in possession of a full Portes du Soleil lift pass. Oh yes, you’ll also need a mobile phone…
Unlike other festivals, the programme of concerts will not be released in advance. Festival-goers will receive an SMS alert with details of the location of the gig and the group of the day. All they need do is jump on their skis and head to that day’s venue!
Artists include well-known names in France including The BB Brunes, Guillaume Grand, Joyce Jonathan, Kezia Jones, Jamaica, Inna Modja, Joane Calice, and Madalena – a line-up that’s sure to provide some varied and exciting events. And the venues promise to be as exciting as the music with stunning mountain locations throughout the Portes du Soleil ski area.
In addition to the main headlining acts, Warner Music is selecting a number of bands to play après-ski sets in Portes du Soleil resorts every day of the festival. This is a great chance for new artists and bands to get a name for themselves. At the end of the festival, the most popular band or artist will be named the Off Festival competition winner. So, to be part of this unique music event, all you have to do is visit the Go Wild Music Festival website and register your details. Then book your ski holiday anywhere in the Portes du Soleil ski area between the 2nd – 9th April 2011 making sure you purchase a full lift pass – your ticket to some fantastic live music in an unbeatable setting.
Ski resorts are finding more and more ways to attract and entertain visitors and this year we’re seeing plenty of new ideas. We recently tried the hugely entertaining Mountain Twister at Les Saisies – a 750 m roller coaster style luge descent suspended high above the mountainside (there’s another called the Monty Express at Montgenèvre which runs for 1400 m). For budding freestylers, there are several new Big Air Bags providing a much-needed soft landing to even the most timid beginner, as at Piau Engaly in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Here they also entertain people at the end of the season with a water splash where it’s best not to stand too close as even the audience ends up getting wet. Among the host of other unusual activities we’ve tried are ski-joering, snow-shoeing, snow-kiting, dog-sledding, and some we haven’t yet plucked up the courage to try such as parascending, speed-riding (Valfréjus), a Tyroléan cable (Orcières), ice-diving (Tignes, Piau Engaly), or ice-driving (Serre Chevalier, Val Thorens). Orcières is a great family resort where you can not only try ice-diving, but you can even spend a night in their igloo village or experience the thrill of dog-sledding. Visit Undiscovered Alps, specialists in multi-activity holidays which can be tailor-made to your requirements.
What’s also become apparent is a growing number of festivals. After Méribel’s hosting of the popular Altitude Comedy Festival, the show moves to a different ski resort each year, while Méribel’s attentions turn to music with its Little World Festival starring well-known international acts and staging over 40 gigs throughout the week. After several successful years the Rock the Pistes music festival in the Portes du Soleil area, has become established taking place in March each year.
While temperatures are thankfully dropping again, the action’s hotting up in the mountains….