5 Reasons to go to Rock the Pistes!

By srigby, 9 Oct '14 at 15:29

The annual Rock The Pistes festival has become the talk of hipsters, skiing enthusiasts, and Francophiles the world over - and for good reason.

If you've ever been in need of a reason to visit the mountainous resort that sits squarely on the border between Switzerland and France, now is the time to lay claim to one.

Over the past half decade, the Rock The Pistes festival has become a major institution, bringing thousands of locals and tourists alike to the scenic slopes of the Portes du Soleil for a unique combination of skiing and musical celebration that is truly rivaled by few and exceeded by none.

Here are 5 reasons you should start your own personal journey to the world of Rock The Pistes:

Do You Like To Ski? Great! Only Here For The Music? Great!

Love skiing? Great! Only want to hear the music? No problem! You never have to choose one or the other. In fact, at certain times during the festival, you can enjoy a leisurely skiing journey down select slopes, arriving just in front of the stage where the concert is about to take place. Sports and music have never found a more satisfying partnership than at Rock The Pistes.

One of the premier attractions of the Portes du Soleil is the "blue run". This consists of a very long and leisurely descent all the way down through hundreds of yards of tree cover to the valley below.

Once you've reached the end of the trail, you'll be treated to a spectacular view of the main stage, which is located on a ledge jutting in front of the Dents Blanches (the famous "White Teeth" peaks).

Fancy an Adventure?

The festival doesn't just stay in one set location. It actually roves about the majestic peaks, from one concert to the next. A recent article from an alert British journalist mentioned having to undertake a cross-range trip from one side of the complex clear to the other side, arriving just in time to witness a top notch performance by reggae music legend, Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Others tell similar tales of having to venture back and forth across the vast resort in order to catch different performances so, if diversity in musical expression, coupled with an adventurous "can do" spirit is yours by birthright, Rock The Pistes is your moment to shine. Sound enticing? Why not stay nearby with Mountain Spaces in some of their beautiful Morzine ski chalets?

Rock The Pistes Is A Strictly "Bring Your Own Beer" Event

Not in the mood for fancy, costly resort wine? Bring your own beer and enjoy a tasty sip of your favourite brew while you enjoy the music. Rock The Pistes is a strictly "Bring Your Own Beer" occasion.

The selection of musical acts is always diverse and surprising.

No matter what your musical tastes may be, the festival is sure to surprise and delight you. Recently featured acts have included everything, from French cabaret acts to recent hipster sensations, such as Klaxons. In short, if you're looking for the perfect combination of snow and bonhomie, Rock The Pistes is the must-attend event of 2014.

You don't have to be a skiing pro to join in the fun.

The Portes du Soleil features plenty of advanced slopes for experienced and expert skiiers, but also has more than its share of "baby slopes" for beginners, as well as medium difficulty circuits for those of average ability. So, if you possess any kind of ability or affinity for the sport, there's never a reason not to join in.

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