Unusual pop meets rock in this quirky, innovative, fast-growing mountain festival, located in the expansive Portes du Soleil region. Rock The Pistes first started in 2010 and brings a fresh, diverse festival experience. This week-long event attracts over 30,000 visitors every year. Concerts take place in all the resorts, including Morzine and Avoriaz.
The beauty of Rock The Pistes is that all you need to enter the festival is your ski pass, which in essence means you get the concerts and festival fun for just the cost of your lift pass! This makes for a low-pressure, non-committal festival in which you can come and go as you please. Spend time exploring the mountain, discovering the best eateries and bars, and top your week off with some first-class performances.
Rock The Pistes Festival is held in Les Portes Du Soleil during mid-March. Perched on the edge of the piste, between the Swiss and French border, this hedonistic ski and party-lovers paradise is perfect for those looking to maximise their time on the slopes, while also enjoying the echoing beats at high altitude.
The Portes Du Soleil region boasts 600km of pistes, which offers a vast range of terrain to suit all abilities. The ski lifts will stay open for half an hour later than usual for the whole week of the festival to ensure you can ski back to your accommodation without the last-minute panic. Shuttle buses are also offered to get between resorts.
Geneva is the closest international airport to the Portes Du Soleil ski area and has the quickest transfer time at around 1 hour 30 minutes. Once you’ve landed at Geneva, you can either take a train, bus, private transfer or hire a car. It is strongly advised to book your transfer in advance. Ask a SNO representative for recommendations.
For all the pleasure-seekers out there, this is the festival for you! Rock The Pistes describes itself as a ‘Unique sensory experience, where pure snow + pure mountain views + pure sound = 100% pure pleasure!’
Rock The Pistes is against the stunning backdrop the Dents du Midi and overlooking miles of pure white piste. Concerts start at 1.30pm and DJs warm up from 12.45pm. There are food and drink stalls provided at every concert venue. The venues are only accessible by ski or snowboard, making this event literally unmissable. For those not skiing, do not fret, as the central village of the Portes du Soleil, Morzine, hosts a wide range of acts across the bars and stages at après time throughout the week so the party continues long after the last lifts.
Aside from the music, Rock The Pistes also hosts a two-day ski treasure hunt, which sees skiers hunting seventeen markers hidden around the ski area. This is a brilliantly fun game for everyone to get involved in. If you’re feeling the need to recharge during this energetic week, head to the spa at the aquatic centres and thermal baths in the area.
Rock The Pistes Festival is held in Les Portes du Soleil during mid-March and is spread over the expansive ski area. This is the perfect time for a snowy festival as there is a higher chance of some sunshine at this time of year, and there is no better feeling than the sun shining over the mountains as you cut some shapes in your ski/snowboard boots to your favourite tunes.
Rock The Pistes packs in an impressive 35 live performances in one week, and has featured Aposta, DJ Lady Eliza, Fensta, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Charlie Winston, plus a whole host more famous artists and DJs. There is a pop-rock focus on Rock the Pistes, as the name suggests. The bands are mostly French or Swiss, along with some more globally recognised artists, and comprises a broad spectrum of sounds, from blues to rock.
The beauty of Rock The Pistes is that you don’t actually need to book a ticket – just make sure you have a purchased a lift pass as this will gain you entry to all the concerts belting out across the mountains.
You can also book tickets directly on their website. Grab your ‘concert ski pass’ ticket, which includes your lift pass and entry to the festival. To book your ski holiday package, give us a call on the number above to secure the ideal place to stay to suit your needs and requirements. Choose to stay in any region in Portes du Soleil, with accommodation on offer in Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Chatel or Champéry.
Photo credit: Rock the Pistes/Avoriaz
Rock The Pistes is one of the rising stars among the ski resort festival scene. Boasting an impressive 35 concerts held over 5 days stretched over the 12 resorts with easy entry using just your lift pass. The vibe at Rock The Pistes is rock ‘n’ roll and has an energetic atmosphere.
Rock The Pistes is spread over the stunning mountains in the Portes Du Soleil ski area and includes a dozen ski resort covering both the French and Swiss side. The choice is yours in terms of accommodation and where you stay in the region. Contact us on the number above to secure the best deal for your stay to suit your needs.
You will often be joining the party straight from the slopes, so make sure you are ready to layer down to whatever masterpiece you have hidden under your ski clobber. Why not purchase some of the festival’s branded merch, not only to add some extra pizazz to your outfit but also to take home as a souvenir of the best week of your life in the mountains. Discover what to pack for a ski festival.