Major Events

December

Winter sports resorts open

Further information about opening dates and times for winter sports resorts.

www.france-montagnes.com

 

Le Critérium de la 1ère Neige à Val d’hiver [First Snow Criterium at Val d'hiver]

This stage of the men's and women's world alpine ski cup is an institution in Val d'Isère. The trials are organised next to the village. Spectators line the slopes to share some exceptional moments.

www.valdisere.com

 

January

Savoie Mont Blanc Grand Odyssey  - Savoie Mont Blanc Resorts

The Savoie-Mont-Blanc Grand Odyssey is an international jusky dog race and is the most difficult in the world. Each year it brings together the 25 best mushers from across the globe who cover over 800 km over Savoy and Haute-Savoie

www.savoie-mont-blanc.com

http://www.grandeodyssee.com/fr/index.html

 

Ice sculpting competition – Valloire

An array of talented artists invite you to discover ice sculpting. On the final evening of the competition, the sculptures are unveiled beneath the colourful lights of a grand showcasing event.

http://www.valloire.net

 

February

Venetian Carnival – Annecy

The canals in the old town are reminiscent of those in the City of Doges, with over 200 masked people strolling elegantly along the canals.

www.lac-annecy.com

 

Pyrothechnics Art Festival – Courchevel

This unique festival in Europe each winter hosts a high level competition between pyrotechnic artists from across the globe in the form of five large shows.

www.courchevel.com

 

March

La Pierra Menta – Arêches Beaufort

As the pride of the resort since 1986, this international alpine ski competition (10,000 metres positive slope) brings together the best in the world in skiing at Beaufortain. 22nd edition.

www.pierramenta.com

 

SKI world cup finals - Méribel

This unforgettable event, at the heart of the 3 Valleys, will give France the opportunity to host for the first time the Skiing World Cup from the 18th to the 22nd March 2015. The season's top 25 athletes from each discipline will come head to head on the 'Roc de Fer' slope. Come to Méribel and experience the excitement of this final stage of the World Cup.

ski.meribelworldcup.com

 

June

International Animated Film Festival – Annecy

The largest global event dedicated to animated films. This is a major event which will host the best in global productions.

www.lac-annecy.com

 

July

Musilac – Aix-les-Bains

This is the first pop rock festival in the Rhône-Alpes region. It hosts around forty artists, 4 outdoor stages, and is on the edge of the largest natural lake in France.

www.musilac.com

 

August

Annecy Lake Festival

Pyromelodical festival on the lake. Illuminated boats and fireworks.

www.lac-annecy.com

 

Festival for Guides – Chamonix

This is a traditional ancestral festival taking place on a public holiday for guides in Chamonix. It is a religious festival during which ice axes and ropes are blessed, as well as there being a climbing event, fireworks and a dance evening.

www.fetedesguides.com

 

Navig’Aix Festival – Aix-les-Bains

This is a large meeting of motor or steam-driven boats. Steam-driven boats, racing boats and sailing boats from the old days all come together on Bourget Lake. No fewer than 7 nations are represented with a fleet of over 100 teams.

http://www.aixlesbains.com

 

September

Icare Cup and International free-flying film festival - Saint-Hilaire du Touvet (Isère)

This is a famous handgliding and aerial sports competition. It also hosts the international free-flying film festival, concerts, and fancy dress competitions.

www.coupe-icare.org

 

Les Championnats du monde d’aviron - Lac d’Aiguebelette

A great sportive event where the world’s best rowers will be battling for gold on Lake Aiguebelette. This international competition will be a capital event a year before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

aiguebelette2015.com

 

October

International Comic Book strip festival – Chambéry

www.chamberybd.fr          

 

Italian film festival – Annecy

This festival allows the public to meet the major Italian stars and to be the first to discover new films: the very best of contemporary Italian cinema.

www.annecycinemaitalien.com

 

Le Grand bivouac - Albertville

Enjoy sharing travel and discovery

www.grandbivouac.com

 

November            

International Circus Festival - Grenoble (Isère)

This is a competition which brings together the most spectacular circus events of our time.

www.palais-des-sports.com