Etch 2018 into the annals of your memory by welcoming New Year’s Eve while on a luxurious break in the Alps. What better way to mark the occasion than by being surrounded by friends and family beneath snow-capped mountains, as the sky glistens with falling flakes? The most illustrious Alpine resorts, such as Courchevel, St Moritz, and Val d’Isere, are renowned for their festive ambiences and their promise of a luxurious escape. Thanks to helicopter charter in France and the rest of Europe, reaching these resorts in the winter season has never been a simpler or more enjoyable experience. Discover the best resorts at which to welcome the New Year with Skycam.
The elite Courchevel resort is famed for its New Year’s Dance Party, which is held each year at the Front de Neige. A vast dance floor is created in front of the primary ski lift, right in the centre of the village, and discerning visitors spend the night partying. From 10:30pm, a music concert warms the crowd to a climactic celebration that is marked by a firework display, which lights up the Alpine sky for miles and miles at the stroke of midnight. Until 2:00am, a DJ wows the crowd with a range of dance music – from house to electro. More often than not, the party continues well into the next day. To get the night started, head to La Suite Bar & Lounge in the centre of the resort. Serving 5-star cocktails and a delicious range of tasting plates, this is the ideal place to kick things off. On New Year’s Day, head to L’Apogee to unwind in the hotel’s indulgent spa.
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Discerning travellers who choose to celebrate the turn of the year in St. Moritz are wise in their choice – especially since the deluxe resort has built a wide-reaching reputation for throwing some of the glitziest New Year’s Eve parties anywhere in the world, let alone the alpine region. There are elegant galas and private parties aplenty, as well as a spectacular fireworks display which attracts celebrities and discerning visitors from all over the world. The elegant Kulm hotel is a 5-star resort right in the heart of St Moritz that has been open since 1856. Its chic Sunny Bar is the only place at which one should be seen sipping cocktails once the last firework explodes. One can continue the party at the Badrutt Palace Hotel’s well-known King’s Club, where night owls keep things going until the early hours, as famous DJs welcome in the New Year’s first sunrise. And one should never forget the Dracula Club jazz club, which has become something of an institution since it opened in 1974 in this picturesque mountain town.
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Val d’Isere is another destination with a reputation for doing New Year’s Eve in the right way – a place where every bar and restaurant throws its own party, with many laying on special menus and events with guest chefs and DJs. The centre of town is the main place to be at the turn of midnight, as people count down the seconds to the New Year. But be warned that champagne corks and fireworks fill the night’s sky at the stroke of midnight, but the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere still makes it an ideal event for families. For those searching for something more exclusive, Dicks Tea Bar hosts a stylish masquerade ball where the cream of the alpine crop mingles well into the night. The crowds of masks and the mystery of their owners give this event a very intriguing twist.
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