HISTORYAfter coming over to the UK on our own working holiday a decade ago we hit upon the idea of making use of the most famous ski terrain in the world and try the skills we’d honed at Perisher, Mt Buller & Queenstown in the Alps. Needless to say, we were blown away! The snow conditions, mountain terrain, scenery and range of runs were unlike anything we’d experienced. Unfortunately getting there can be pricey and language barriers proved tricky so we decided to put together Skifest to take care of the effort for you!
THE EVENTSkifest has been running for over 10 years and is now the number one ski & snowboard event for antipodeans & their mates. Running over two weeks, the event is without question the ULTIMATE white Christmas!
FANATICS @ SKIFESTIf you’re looking for a group of mates to spend the festive season with then go no further! We take care of everything for you so you can hit the mountain by day and party each night away at your very own white Christmas.
WHY GO SKIING WITH FANATICS?
Our ResortVal Thorens is the highest altitude resort in Europe and the highest point in the Three Valleys ski area, the largest ski area in the world with over 600 kilometres of runs!
Best of all Val Thorens offers some of the best après-ski locations in the Alps so we'll be celebrating the Christmas week in style!
AccommodationWe offer a range of the best accommodation packages to suit every need. Our self-catering apartments sleep two, three, four or six - so we’ve got the perfect accommodation option for you. All apartments come with a kitchenette and cooking facilities and there is a supermarket in our accommodation complex and of course plenty of great restaurants to choose from.
ServicesOur experienced crew are on hand throughout our stay to take care of all your needs. We’ll be there to assist with your arrival and check-in, your lift pass, ski/snowboard hire and lessons booking. Throughout the week our Skifest crew will have details on our daily & nightly activities and information on services available in the village.
Party!Rest assured, your White Christmas experience will be an unforgettable one with the day time thrills on the mountain well and truly matched by our nightly entertainment schedule. Our Christmas Day champagne toast on the mountain is a great group photo opportunity to show off to the family friends back home and is followed by our group run down the mountain!
We put on a range of brilliant nightly activities including a village pub crawl, games night, DJs and our massive Skifest Fancy Dress party. All these combine with our Christmas party for one incredible week!
PisteSkiing in the Three Valleys offers an incredible choice of pistes, cross-country trails and snow parks for those keen for some freestyling. With guaranteed snow coverage groomed for excellent skiing, all 600km of slopes are easily accessible and easy to navigate thanks to the elaborate and cutting edge cable car network of the Three Valleys, you will never have to wait long for a lift!
More Time On The SnowOur 'Boarders & Skiers' packages include a six-day lift pass and we’ll make sure you get the most out of it! Our relationship with the local hire shops means we can arrange for extended opening hours to coincide with our transfer arrivals and departures. Each day we have a Ski Buddy meeting point to get together with the rest of the group and find your lost mates before heading out for the afternoon.
BEFORE YOU GO
Pre-Departure InformationOur pre-departure information including details on what to bring, information on meeting our transfers and directions our accommodation will be online here in the weeks leading up to the tour.
Fanatics Facebook GroupIf you’d like to break the ice with some of the other tour members we have a dedicated Skifest Event on our Facebook page. Sign up to the event to keep up to date with tour details before departure, ask us any questions or chat amongst the other guys coming along on tour!
BEYOND SKIFESTIf you’d like to combine your Christmas and New Year's Eve then our NYE Hogmanay tour is for you! Spend an unforgettable Christmas week in the snow followed by Europe's biggest NYE celebrations - Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival!
GETTING THEREWe have coach transfers from London and Geneva airport available to add to our packages.
If you are making your own way to Skifest you can look into flights to Grenoble, Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, Marseille & Turin (Italy). Val Thorens is accessible by train via Moûtiers - see Voages SNCF for details - and then a coach shuttle from the station to the resort.