For the seasoned festivalgoers among us, you may well have heard of or even visited Tomorrowland. Following in its globally renowned summer cousin’s footsteps, the winter edition of the legendary dance festival promises a week of all day and night partying at the dizzying heights of the sunniest in resort in the Alps, Alpe d’Huez. Tomorrowland Winter first launched in March 2019 and saw a spectacular gathering of 20,000 visitors.
During the festival, only visitors of Tomorrowland will have access to the bustling resort of Alpe d’Huez. Creating an ethereal, vibrant atmosphere is the aim at Tomorrowland Winter. The array of stages are specially created at the foot of the slopes for easy access by ski, board, or foot. Enjoy 250km of slopes across the vast ski area, spanning from 1125m up to a spectacular height of 3330m.
Tomorrowland is situated in the heart of Alpe d’Huez. The resort is located only an hour from Grenoble Airport and two hours from Lyon. Alternatively, if you are coming by train, the closest train stations are Gare de Lyon St Exupery and Gare de Grenoble. Shuttles from the airport and train stations will be available to purchase nearer the time of the festival, so keep an eye out for these for a hassle-free transfer.
Voted the best European ski resort by European Destinations of Excellence and with over 250km of pistes, Alpe d’Huez attracts skiers from all over the world. Outside of the festival arena, ski down one of the longest pisted slops in the Alps – the Sarenne. There are also number of gentle greens for beginners and cruisy blues to progress onto. Advanced skiers looking for more of a challenge can ski on the glacier and even try the Tunnel – a steep, tough long black run.
Alpe d’Huez boasts a variety of non-skiing activities too, such as ice skating and a large heated outdoor swimming pool. This certainly is a winter mountain festival not to be missed!
Tomorrowland is a haven for electronic and dance music aficionados. This energetic festival is well-known for its theme. Since Tomorrowland hit the mountains, the first winter theme was aptly titled The Hymn of the Frozen Lotus. The first performances begin around noon and go on until 2am (depending on which stage). Tomorrowland Winter promises some of the biggest and best names in the EDM scene and dressing up is strongly encouraged throughout this week of endless festivities.
Several mountain restaurants are taken over by Tomorrowland, serving unique dishes especially during the festival week. There are lots of alternative dining options around the resort and something to suit all budgets.
Despite the usual high price point for drinks at apres-ski, the drinks at Tomorrowland are reasonable at around €3 for a beer, €1.50 for bottled water and €5 for a spirit and mixer. For food you can choose from the options inside the festival square or alternatively, head to one of the many mountain restaurants for lunch and plenty of local restaurants in the village for dinner.
Let’s not forget that you are also there for the skiing and snowboarding; there are a vast range of picturesque pistes to combat during the day and the terrain in Alpe d’Huez is great for all levels of expertise.
Tomorrowland is new on the winter ski resort festival scene but has already earnt itself a place in the top mountain festivals in the world when it attracted over 20,000 partygoers in its first year. The festival takes place during the second or third week of March. Spring is a popular season for mountain festivals due to it being the perfect time to enjoy the warmer weather, longer days, sunny skiing, and epic partying all rolled into one.
Alpe d’Huez is hands down one of the best resorts for a festival of this scale, being aptly nicknamed the ‘Island of the Sun’ and attracting thousands of avid skiers and music fans every year.
The first winter edition of Tomorrowland, featured headliners such as Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Lost Frequencies, Steve Aoki, plus loads more. This festival is not only an EDM-lovers dream, with some techno house thrown into the mix too. Future Tomorrowland Winter events will see some of the hottest DJs in the world performing to an eager crowd of party animals and thrill-seekers.
To book tickets to Tomorrowland, you can choose between a 4 or 7-day festival experience. Both packages include accommodation, lift pass and festival ticket. There is also a day package available that includes a festival entry ticket, 1-day lift pass and return bus shuttle transfers from Grenoble or Bourg d'Oisans. There will be a range of accommodation to choose from to suit all budgets and tastes.
Tickets generally go on sale in September for the following year. In order to purchase a package, you will need to create an account and pre-register on Tomorrowland’s official website. You will then be notified via email when tickets go on sale.
Photo credit: Tomorrowland Winter/Alpe d'Huez
Tomorrowland Winter was launched in 2019 alongside its world-famous cousin, Tomorrowland. The festival has a different theme each year and is known for throwing a gigantic, magical, showstopping experience that you’ll be talking about for weeks. Tomorrowland promises some of the biggest names from the EDM, techno scene and beyond.
This new member to the winter ski resort festivals is hosted at Alpe d’Huez. Tomorrowland Winter takes over the whole resort during the second or third week of March, so only visitors to the festival have access to the slopes and lifts.
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