Rise above the ordinary ski trip

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Easy to get to, easy to navigate, and easy on the wallet: my first Rise was an excellent getaway before Christmas! Grab your crew and book one of the most affordable weeks of fun in snow and sun on the French Alps, with some music acts sprinkled in between plenty of alpine adventures.

Rise Festival 2019

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Attending Rise with some festival veterans was perfect! They’d booked a chalet apartment close to the ski lift and Spar for the simplest logistics day to day, including picking up gear rentals as well as checking out Chase and Status on the main stage Sunday night with a large mulled cider in hand to match the Brits in attendance. Other evenings included the memorable Bongo’s Bingo (which we’d deem mandatory for the full-fledged experience) as well as plenty of other paid potential activities, such as ice skating, yoga and sledding with huskies. Plenty of other options available for adrenaline, pending the weather forecast’s cooperation.

While not on the slopes, a fondue dinner at Le Sherpa, a glass at Wine Not and a mocha at So Sweet all get our nod. We’d also urge you to have a galette from Les Sagnes, a plat du jour (or roti) from L’Igloo, and a grog from Chamois Lodge, in addition to the hilarity of a dinner at Smithy’s easily transitioning into a rowdy dance party mere steps below. That is, of course, if the apres ski dance party at Pano Bar (you can infer why it gets its namesake) doesn’t tire you out after a day of riding.

While it’s still very much a budding festival, the value is what won us over, including the convenience of flying into Grenoble or Geneva with a simple shuttle bus service either booked through Rise or Ben’s Bus. While we’d have loved to see a much more packed music festival itinerary, going with a large group let us enjoy Les Deux Alpes in all their glory, including the Chartreuse and Genepi beverages of the region. Bon voyage!

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