The French government have decided to cancel the festival due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The enchanting snowy landscape glistens in the sun. You hear the hymn of a very special frozen lotus and feel it reverberate throughout your being. Unable to help yourselves, you and 30,000 other funkadelics trance-dance the sparkling day into a luminescent night. . .
The Tomorrowland Winter Festival will be as kaleidoscopic, unique, and entrancing as the snowflakes you catch on your tongue.
Where is the Festival?
Snow? Snowflakes? You are reading correctly. On a 91m2 swath of mystical mountainside, over a mile high in the sky, your favorite festival, Tomorrowland, will fuse with winter. This breathtaking festival will take place on the dreamscape slopes of L’Alpe d’Huez, France in March 20th-27th, 2021.
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Skiing and Dancing
Beautifully located in the French Western Alps, the festival will be set at the base of some of the most pristine ski runs in the world. How many ski runs? 123 ski runs — spanning 154 miles, including Europe’s longest ski run.
Tomorrowland Winter Festival 2020 Lineup
Some new acts and similar acts from 2019, but complete with an A list of performers. Find your favourite’s from the list below:
The village and ski resort of L’Alpe d’Huez will be exclusively reserved for the attendees of Tomorrowland Winter Festival. With over 300 days of sun, your ski adventure in the Alps is bound to be luminous!
Tomorrowland traditionally hosts world renowned EDM musicians such as Hardwell, Martin Garrix, and Afrojack.
So, People of Tomorrow, what are you waiting for?
“Live today. Love tomorrow. Unite forever.” — People of Tomorrow
SO Why Tomorrowland Winter Festival?
March 2019, will you be making snow angels in the sunshine, smiling up at your dancing friends while anticipating the next bass drop? Will you be riding the omnipresent waves of bliss down a glistening, snowy mountainside?
Will you be joining hands (and hearts, awe) with the highly cherished People of Tomorrow in the psychedelic, wintery dreamscape slopes of Tomorrowland Winter Festival? We sure hope so. Wild on.
The exact location is at the French Alps l’Alpe de Huez, Rif Briant street. The principle road with Rif Briant is l’Eclose, D211F.
Tomorrowland Winter Festival Tips
1# Bring Layers
While the days can reach up to 60°F, the nights will likely be below freezing.
To effectively control your body’s temperature, you will need to have layers that you can put on to get warmer, and take off before you sweat. If all else fails, the body heat of a crowd should keep you warm.
2# The Best View Is In The Back
Tomorrowland is world renowned for it’s intricate stages with huge structures that illuminate the atmosphere.
The most complete view of the show is in the back (behind the horde of headbangers) or from above. From here you can see the enormity of stages.
3# Bring Your Country Flag
And wave it around fanatically, it’s what all the cool kids do at Tomorrowland.
What To Do?
L’Alpe d’Huez offers a variety of recreational activities to satisfy your every whim. Are you a history junky?
Middle Age History
L’Alpe d’Huez has been occupied since the Middle Ages and is home to some churches and sites that will peak any history geek’s curiosity.
Get groovy at Eglise-Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, a church that hosts musical performances throughout the week. Feeling that inevitable festival exhaustion? Relax at the Nuxe Spa.
Explore the mountains
Explore the mountains! L’Alpe d’Huez has multiple helicopter sightseeing tours, which provide thrilling panoramic views of the Western Alps. Alternatively, the mountains can be explored via motorcycle rental or by paragliding.
Art Gallery in an Ice Cave
You can also visit the glacial art gallery, Grotte De Glace, located in an ice cave (accessible by one of the ski lifts).
For only $6, this unique attraction is packed with ice-oddities that provide decompression from the steep ski slopes.
Where To Stay?
Lodging options for the festival are limited. The town of L’Alpe d’Huez will only be accessible to festival-goers who buy a package, since day passes and festival-only pases will not be sold.
The fascinating 4-day package will go on sale from around mid August to September. It includesfestival entrance, a 4-day ski pass, and 5 days/4 nights of lodging from March 12th – 16th,
as well a Tomorrowland Winter Festival bracelet and treasure case shipment to your home. This package in 2019 was at $843, and extra services like ski rental and lessons, restaurant reservations, and transportation can be booked.
The mysterious 7-day package from mid August to mid September. It includes festival entrance, a 7 day ski pass, and 8 days/7 nights of lodging.
Also included are the Tomorrowland Winter festival bracelet and treasure case shipped directly to your doorstep. This package in 2019 was at $1,016, and extra services like transportation, ski lessons, ski rental, and restaurant reservations can be booked.
What To Eat?
Food will be sold (using a special Tomorrowland currency) inside the festival. The exact food vendors have yet to be announced, but they are generally really well-rounded in their food choices, including fat German sausage for meat lovers, and delicious falafel wraps for plant lovers.
If you are looking to explore the charming town of L’Alpe d’Huez, you’re in luck as far as food choices go!
Being the lovingly accommodating ski town that it is, there are many quaint cafes and restaurants with gorgeous mountain slope views to check out. Here are a few we recommend:
Mere Michel Cafe— This is a fantastic little cafe if you are looking for something local, friendly, and inexpensive. They serve delicious and memorable french food, such as sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, and homemade cakes.
La Grange Restaurant — With spectacular views and in-the-sunshine seating, you can enjoy an array of pizzas, pastas, and homemade dishes alongside traditional, down-to-earth mountainside cuisine and atmosphere.
The restaurant can be accessed either by walking route around the lake, or by skis (how exciting!).
Smithy’s Tavern — If you are looking for a delectable selection of vegan options, look no further than Smithy’s Tavern. Being a mouth-watering Tex Mex style pub, your meat-eating friends needn’t fret — they still serve meat.
However, they also offer many vegetarian and vegan options, such as veggie burgers, Thai curry, burritos, and fajitas.
How To Get There
The closest airports are St. Geoirs Airport (66 miles west of L’Alpe d’Awesome) and Annecy Mont Blanc Airport (100 miles north of the festival village).
You can arrange transportation from the airport to the festival with Tomorrowland, as part of your package.
There are a plethora of bus options to use across Europe, most popularly Flixbus and Eurolines.
Norway to Huez, no problem. Getting to the festival can be a little tricky, but the closest bus stop is in Le Bourg-d’Oisans.
The bus operates daily from Grenoble, and drops you off a quick (6 miles) taxi away from L’Alpe d’Huez.
At Paris Gare De Lyon station (located near the center of Paris), a train leaving every 2 hours will depart for Grenoble.
This will cost between $100 – $110, and take 3 hours. The festival is a 1 hour taxi ride from Grenoble, and will cost between $110 – $146. The total estimated travel time is 4 hours, costing around $220 – $260.
The fastest bus line to get to L’Alpe d’Huez is the OuiBus. Operating from Paris Bercy to Les Deux Alpes, the 9 hour bus ride will cost $23 – $35. From Les Deux Alpes, you can take a 30 minute taxi to the festival grounds for $40 – $55.
The shortest and fastest route is to take the A6, a 400 mile journey. Head south for approximately 270 miles on the A6. In Lyon (at the end of the A6) stay right to merge onto the A46/E15 for 11 miles, and the A432 for 20 miles, following signs for Genève/Grenoble.
Stay right to exit onto the A43, and continue for 17 miles. Take the exit for A48/E711 towards Valencia/Grenoble and take the A48 into Grenoble, 32 miles ahead. Keep left in Grenoble to enter the A480 for 6 miles.
Take exit 8 for the N85 and continue for 5 miles. Stay left to continue on the D1091, and follow it 5.5 miles to Le Bourg-d’Oisans, and stay left onto the D211 which leads straight to Huez! The total estimated time of travel is around 6 hours.
From Turin, Italy
The TGV line operates 4 times a day, departing from Torino Porta Susa (in central Turin) to Chambery-Challes-E. This route takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes, and will cost $45 – $55.
From Chambery-Challes-E, you can catch a line leaving every few hours to Lancey (on the outskirts of Grenoble). This train will cost $6-$9 and take around 40 minutes.
From Lancey, a 1.5 hour taxi can transport you to L’Alpe d’Huez for $130 – $170. In all, the 5.5 hour journey will cost between $180 – $230.
The Flixbus operates the fastest and cheapest line from Turin to L’Alpe d’Huez, but there are other bussing options like Euroline. First you’ll reach Grenoble. Bus 744 operates between Turin and Grenoble, leaving 4 days a week (Fri-Mon).
Tickets cost between $14 – $24, and the expected travel time is under 4 hours.
From Grenoble, catch a 1.5 hour bus ride (leaving hourly) costing $6 – $9 to Le Bourg d’Oisans Tourism Office.
A short taxi, or a nice 6 mile walk will lead you to L’Alpe d’Huez. The total travel time is around 7 hours, and will cost between $25 -$40.
Head west on the A32/E70 for 40 miles. Take exit 9 towards Cesana/Sestriere and continue on the SS24 for 11 miles. Continue straight onto the N94 for 7.5 miles.
Take the second exit at the roundabout for the D1091. Follow it for 41 miles, and at the junction for L’Alpe d’Huez, stay left onto the D211, the final 6 mile stretch of highway leading into the festival village. The 117 mile drive will take about 3.5 hours.
TGV operates an hourly line from Marseille-St.-Charles to Grenoble with a transfer in Valence. Both lines are a little over 1 hour, and the travel time to Grenoble is approximately 2.5 hours and costing between $60 – $80.
From Grenoble, you can reach the festival by taking the hour long taxi for $110 – $140. This route to L’Alpe d’Huez will take about 4.5 hours and is expected to cost $170 – $220. Alternatively, you can bus from Grenoble to the Le Bourg-d’Oisans for $6 -$9, and take a cheaper taxi to the festival village.
The fastest bus operator between Marseille and L’Alpe d’Huez is Ouibus. Busses leave daily from Marseille to Grenoble, taking 4 hours and 15 minutes and with tickets costing between $12 – $35.
From Grenoble, you can take the bus to Le Bourg-d’Oisans and taxi to the festival from there. The 8 hour journey will cost between $35 – $55.
Head north out of the city on the A7/E714 for 6 miles, and stay right to merge onto the A51. Follow the A51 through the mountains into La Saulce for 93 miles.
In La Saulce, stay right to continue on the N85 for approximately 43 miles, and turn right onto the D212B. Continue through the D212B, D26A, and D526 for 16 miles toward Le Bourg-d’Oisans. Turn right on the D1091 and follow it for 1 mile, turning left at the roundabout for the D211.
Your festival dreams lay 6 miles down this winding highway. This scenic drive will take approximately 4 hours, and traverse 180 miles of alpine national park.
Tomorrowland Winter Festival History
The mineral dense slopes and rivers of L’Alpe d’Huez have been mined by the Romans for hundreds of years, and between the 11th – 14th centuries, people from all over the world came to test their luck getting rich in the silver mines. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the area was filled with mines, lumberjacks, and alpinists.
In 1936, the first ski school was founded in L’Alpe d’Huez, and the first ski lift was installed, the first of it’s kind for any ski resort. This little mountain town gained popularity in 1968 for the Winter Olympics, and again in the 2000’s as the winding highway became a common route for Tour De France cyclists to take.
Today, L’Alpe d’Huez has developed into one of the biggest ski resorts in the world. The ski resort is home to Europe’s longest ski run, the legendary Sarenne, measuring in at over 10 miles long.
Next year, L’Alpe d’Huez is taking yet another step it’s evolution by opening it’s welcoming arms to the world of Tomorrowland, which may change the town forevermore.