Snow and Music in Avoriaz

Loving everything snow sports related and have a passion for music festivals? Look no further, Rock the Piste festival is your calling. Our resort manager Ruth in Avoriaz will tell you exactly why you should come and join them at one of the best snow music festivals in the Alps.


Snow and Music are, without a doubt, two of my favourite things in this world. I spend my winter in search of the perfect powder day and the summer disappears quickly in a blur of festival weekends. I have, therefore, watched with great excitement the many music festivals that have sprung up all over the ski resorts of Europe. Austria has Snowbombing, Meribel has the Little World Festival and even Bansko in Bulgaria has jumped on the bandwagon with its Horizon Festival. Snow + Music definitely equal good times.

At the end of March, when the temperatures are a little warmer, there is no better time to take a break from skiing and enjoy a cold beer whilst listening to some good tunes. This is where the Rock the Pistes Festival comes in; now in its 4th year, this 5 day festival takes place across the entire Portes du Soleil ski area on the French-Swiss border with stages set up at the side of the piste. With four gigs a day there’s certainly plenty to see spread across the resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz and many others. One of my favourite things about this festival is that each gig location is secret until the day of the gig. You will get a text telling you where to ski to in the morning and then you just turn up for the party!

The festival features a wide range of French and international artists and the concerts are free on the mountain so all you need to see the gigs is a lift pass – does it get any better? Acts confirmed so far include the Klaxons, Babyshambles, Mad Professor, Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy (legends of reggae and dub) and soul singer Ben l’Oncle Soul.

Do I need to say more? There is snow, there is some amazing music and all the gigs are free! Get the dates of March 26th – 30th firmly in the diary and come and visit.

 Ruth Howard – Resort Manager in Avoriaz

We still have availability in some of our chalets the week starting 23rd March! To book click here or give our friendly reservation team a call on 01483 791 933.