Fireworks, drinks and partying on the slopes. New Year’s Eve in the Alps provides the ultimate party for skiers looking to let their hair down.
To bring in 2020 in style, we’ve scoured the Alps for the best parties happening this season at the most legendary ski resorts.
Best Ski Resorts for New Years in Europe
Want to find out which are the best resorts for New Year’s parties in the Alps? Here’s a look at some of the biggest party resorts at a glance;
- St Anton in Austria
- Zermatt in Switzerland
- Meribel in France
- Mayrhofen in Austria
- Val d’Isere in France
- Val Thorens in France
- Innsbruck in Austria
- Crans Montana in Switzerland
- Les Deux Alpes in France
- Verbier in Switzerland
Now let’s get stuck in…
New Year in the French Alps
Ski resorts in the French Alps take New Year’s celebrations seriously. With some of the most impressive parties taking place in the most sophisticated of night spots, New Year in the French Alps combines great ski with even better après. Here are our top picks;
Les Deux Alpes New Year’s Eve
After Christmas is done and dusted, Les Deux Alpes carries on the festive cheer with snowmen competitions and magical lights adorning the streets.
In terms of nightlife, Les Deux Alpes doesn’t disappoint. Most of the bars and restaurants in the village put on special events to bring in the new year such as extravagant meals, live music and DJs playing late into the night.
If you’re planning a ski trip to Les Deux Alps at this time of year, make sure you pre-book your New Year’s Eve activities, as events get booked up fast.
New Years in Meribel
Picturesque Meribel is a popular New Year’s destination thanks to its traditional wooden chalets, great snow cover and lavish parties. New Year’s Eve brings a special torch lit descent, where skiers head to the slopes by candlelight. This is followed by a giant party on the piste as the Chaudanne area turns into a dance party full of revellers.
Don’t miss the impressive firework display!
Party in Val Thorens
Like Meribel, Val Thorens ski resort is organising a 6pm torchlit descent, suitable for all ages, followed by a fireworks display to say goodbye to 2019. Le Place Caron is transformed into a lively party with renowned DJs and freestyle shows on the agenda.
Afterwards, New Year’s Eve parties will be taking place in several bars and clubs across Val Thorens. Check out;
- Dick’s tea bar
- La Folie Douce
- Le Viking
Val d’Isere for New Year’s
Another big one for a special new year. Val d’Isere is home to some legendary après ski
bars that go all out to celebrate New Year’s.
For New Year’s Eve 2019/20, Dick’s Tea Bar are putting on a masquerade party where you can dance to their resident DJS and sip expertly crafted cocktails. Tickets are €50 and you better book quick before they’re all gone!
In terms of skiing, Val d’Isere offers 150km of connected pistes, great ski schools and is ideal for all skiing abilities.
Swiss Alps New Year’s Eve
The Swiss Alps have a strong party culture and really put on a show when it comes to New Year’s. Here are some of our favourite resorts to visit;
Zermatt Ski Resort
Lofty Zermatt isn’t just great for fabulous snow quality, challenging peaks and stunning vistas. This famous ski resort is also a fun place to visit for New Year’s.
Start in the more traditional manner, with a church gathering before watching fireworks with a stiff drink in hand. Next, head to one of the outdoor bars to countdown to midnight for more drinking and dancing into the early hours.
The next day, a refreshing session on the slopes should sort out your hangover!
Party in Verbier
If you want to party with the rich and famous, Verbier makes a good choice. However, alongside the glitz and glam, there are more affordable nightlife options to be found.
On the upper end of the scale, Carve nightclub and Fairnet offer champagne and top DJs. Or, join the throng heading to the main square to watch some magnificent fireworks.
Crans Montana for New Year’s
For New Year’s Eve the resort comes alive. Head to Ycoor Square to watch the fireworks and hear some world-renowned DJs.
You may also like: Alpine Skiing Bucket List
New Year’s Eve in the Austrian Alps
The Austrian Alps are famous for their raucous New Year’s celebrations. If you want to get in on the action, here are some of the best resorts to visit;
Innsbruck: New Year’s Eve in the Mountains
Innsbruck for New Year’s can cater to any type of skier. Whether you want to relax with a few drinks and good friends, or dance the night away, there’s something for everyone here.
From 9pm, the city square is transformed into a pulsating party with eating, dancing and drinking in the streets. You’ll also find the usual fireworks, live music and DJs. In addition, the river Inn will be transformed by artificial fog for a first-of-its-kind light show.
Mayrhofen for New Year’s
Mayrhofen boasts an active nightlife, with a wide variety of bars and restaurants to choose from. For New Year’s Eve, festivities ramp up a gear, with parties in the streets and in all the best bars and clubs.
Take in stunning views, wine in hand on the special New Year’s Eve train from Jenbach to Mayrhofen centre. At each station you stop at, there will be different music and entertainment to get involved in. Arrive in Mayrhofen right in time for the fireworks.
On New Year’s day, watch the traditional horse drawn carriage race and bet on your favourite!
The Ultimate Party in St Anton
St Anton is well known for its extravagant parties, and for good reason. If you’re after a lively skiing holiday full of drinking, dancing and fun on the slopes, then look no further.
To start your night, head to the town centre where large crowds gather in the streets to countdown to the new year, fireworks overhead. After midnight, the night is still young! Head to one of the following night spots for an unforgettable night with friends;
- Mooserwirt for light shows, smoke machines and flowing drinks
- Krazy Kanguruh for a wild night- not for the faint hearted!
- Anton bar
- Bar Cuba
Again, don’t forget to pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment!
Group Transfers to the Alps
Have we got you excited for your New Year’s on the slopes? There’s nothing like spending time with friends, skiing all day and partying all night!
To help you get there in one piece, we offer convenient and affordable group ski transfers to all major ski resorts in the Alps.
With a group transfer from Alps2Alps you get;
- Private transfers for up to 52 people
- Modern, comfortable vehicle with plenty of luggage room
- Cheap midweek deals
- Discounts for groups of 4+
- Stress-free travel
Book your ski transfer to the Alps early to get the best pick of this seasons New Year’s offerings.