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  • sierraromeobravo
    United Kingdom1,245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went in March 2023 when the season snow was not great. Luckily the resort and slopes are quite high so we could still ski/snowboard. Overall good lifts, multiple ways to get up on the slopes and ski in/out locations. The slopes had a good range for all abilities and had a good park. The resort had a good amount of facilities as well.
    Written 28 January 2024
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  • Irene0710
    Mexico City, Mexico1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had amazing ski teachers (5 in total in 2 weeks). The only very bad thing is that there is not enough levels : you can be in level 3 (confirmed skiers) and it goes too slow, or you can be in same level with expert skiers and it becomes too difficult to follow... I had the problem in various classes. It's also a pity you can not change group and teacher if it does not suit you (after all, you spend the whole vacations with the teacher and the group). During my second week, I did not even go to my morning lesson, because the group was not friendly. In the afternoons, I had to let it go because it was too difficult for me (but very friendly) : I changed to the only other group available, which was just above beginner level.... so did not use a lot a whole week of classes !
    Written 12 January 2024
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  • Dan Maarek
    Tel Aviv, Israel16,019 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was there during a ski week when the weather wasn't the best for skiing.
    This church was the right place to visit.
    Not traditional and really beautiful inside.
    Just take a look at the pictures.
    Written 18 April 2022
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  • Jop76
    Barry, UK181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to visit somewhere different but it only takes about 10 minutes to go around. This season’s theme is sports and there are some impressive sculptures. We took grandparents up and they loved the views from outside of the grotto too.
    Written 3 January 2024
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  • David S
    Beverley, UK347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was fascinated by the WW2 history of the area and its origins as a mining town. Happy to recommend when snowed off the mountain.
    Written 22 April 2019
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  • 350jonj
    London, UK21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very reasonable place for a coffee if you hanging around the Sports Centre. Coffee served with nice complimentary brownie - reasonably priced and friendly service.

    Ambience very "sports centre" but nice experience.
    Written 9 February 2017
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  • WileyWatfordWanderer
    Watford, UK256 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating archeolgical site but don't expect much - it's been left very much untouched. Artefacts displayed in the local museum.

    Some signs/narrative (or a visitors hut) would come in very useful but I do believe there are tours organised by the museum.
    Written 15 September 2015
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  • dodge440
    London, England786 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's not exactly a white knuckle ride but ok for a quick laugh. kids have to be 3+. You don't need to use the brakes at all either.
    Written 31 January 2020
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  • Rural-traveller
    Hereford, UK117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christelle is the best instructor I have ever had. She was patient and kind but still encouraged you to challenge yourself. She was great at identifying areas for improvement and also gave various different ideas for achieving a technique. I would come back to this resort purely to have Christelle as an instructor again.
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • LB
    London, England12 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a review of Tomorrowland Winter, having attended all editions to date (2019, '22 & '23).

    Overall summary: 2019 was simply magnificent. A spectacular music festival that blew us away on every level. Sadly it has gone badly downhill since then - the second and third editions in '22 & '23 were nothing like the first and were like stepping into another festival run by a different brand. They were massively scaled back in every aspect and a complete disappointment on many levels.

    Full and balanced review below.

    Context: Tomorrowland signed a 5 year deal with Alpe D'Huez to host their Winter festival. In 2019 they launched, then returned in 2022 and 2023 post a two-year covid enforced break.

    2019 -

    Having attended a number of mountain festivals, when we arrived in Alpe D'Huez the Tomorrowland festival setup blew our minds. Before any music had even started, the stages and infrastructure around the town was completely awe-inspiring. In another league to anything we had seen before. The organisers had done a superb job on every level.

    The setup was split into two: Mountain Scenes (stages) and the Main Festival arena in the town (both were impressive but it was the main festival area in the ski resort town itself which impressed most...the stages and production were extraordinary!).

    The mountain 'Scenes' were built for daytime apres ski parties using a mix of existing bars and restaurants to host plus some super impressive purpose-built stages constructed out of snow. These were very creative and impressive to visit during our days skiing. We enjoyed hitting them in late afternoon to see some of the biggest DJs in the world do their thing.

    Later in the day though, the main festival area in town was where the real magic happened. This consisted of a huge festival site with multiple impressive arenas around a large area making it feel like you had stepped into another world (much like the original Tomorrowland festival).

    The centrepiece was an ENORMOUS and HUGELY IMPRESSIVE Outdoor Main Stage constructed in the truly spectacular Tomorrowland style. This towered over the town and was simply magnificent in terms of its construction. Alongside this you could visit numerous other stages in town: the Orangerie (a cool outdoor covered stage), the Garden of Madness (enormous indoor arena in a huge marquee) and lots of other bars such as Moose Bar (huge ski lodge arena).

    Alongside this there was plenty of space in the main area for lovely food vendors and huge terraces (like Brasa) where you could sit and enjoy special wood-fired meals overlooking the outdoor arena in a truly spectacular setting.

    The timings were setup in a really smart way for a ski festival. You could party straight from the slopes into the main stage which went until 10pm, then you could head into the indoor arenas for two hours partying and then head to bed at midnight - anyone who skis will know these timings were very clever from the organisers as it meant a huge party and then time to sleep it off before you hit the slopes the next day and went again!

    The production at the Outdoor Main Stage was so impressive it is almost hard to put into words - simply out of this world. As snow fell on the 30,000 strong crowd, the stage delivered on everything you would expect from the worlds best music festival brand - epic fireworks, huge light shows and unexpected surprises at every turn. All with the backdrop of the beautiful mountains behind. Just magical. The cool alpine air and snow falling to the beats of the worlds best DJs made it all the more special as you danced the night away. The organisers should take great credit, they absolutely nailed it.

    Sadly, it all went very downhill from there...

    2022/23 -

    I have merged these into one review as they were broadly similar experiences and productions.

    After a two-year hiatus due to COVID. The festival returned in March 2022 to much excitement. Given the unbelievable show put on in 2019, our group had doubled in size - full of keen friends who were buzzing to experience what we had enjoyed in 2019.

    Arriving into resort, we pulled in and you couldn't see that a music festival was on. It was like the town was in a normal week. No stages visible, no buzz around the place, no impressive structures which told you that you had arrived at one of the worlds best music festivals like in 2019.... the new members of our group turned to us and remarked "where is everything guys? is this really it? surely not!? THIS is what you have been talking about for so long! It is literally one small marquee on a 5 a side football field... Where is this epic production and outdoor stage you have been talking about!?"

    We were embarrassed. Completely and utterly embaressed.

    Unbeknownst to most people, the organisers had quietly and perplexingly decided to scale the festival back to a completely unidentifiable new small production. It felt like you had stepped into something run by a totally different brand.

    The Outdoor Main stage = totally gone. The huge Garden of Madness arena = gone. The outdoor Orangerie = gone. The enormous festival site = gone. Replaced with an area approximately 1/4 of the size in the local municipal Sports Hall complex.

    Upon walking in for the first night, we couldn't believe how downgraded the entire experience was. The "Main Stage" (if you can call it that) was now located in a medium-sized marquee/tent on a five-a-side football pitch. It was not even as big as the first-years supporting stage, the Garden of Madness.

    The only other "stage" on offer was The Cage - essentially a small nightclub crammed into the local sports hall. Finally, Moose Bar had been downsized to half the size of 2019.

    The mountain stages were broadly the same, good fun to visit during the day and not a step backwards or forwards, just good fun up on the mountain. However, because the evening main arena in town was now so underwhelming (we heard regular boos from the crowd), we noticed that people decided to get their outdoor stage fix by cramming into the mountain stages during the day, meaning these often felt too overcrowded.

    At night the timings were changed for the worse in our opinion. Everything started much later, around 11pm. Meaning the stages closed at 2am and therefore you had less time to rest before skiing the next day. This was an odd decision in our view - again, 2019s genius was replaced with a strange decision.

    The music lineup was also drastically paired back with a number of the key big names from 2019 missing. Just to douse the experience even further.

    To say we were underwhelmed is the understatement of the year. We couldn't believe something so impressive, so magical and so brilliantly executed could fall to such mediocrity on every single measure.

    Throughout the week, we witnessed multiple people complaining every day. Someone put it pretty well in an online message: "If i wanted to attend an average indoor nightclub I would just go to one in my home town, not pay thousands of euros to travel to the beautiful mountains to party in a sports hall".

    The reasons cited for this monumental slide? To date, silence from the organisers.

    The outcry has been so pronounced and the ticket sales have plummeted (30k to 18K) but no official communication has been made as to why they have down sized and scaled back to such a poor production.

    One reason rumoured on message boards has been safety associated with the Outdoor Main Stage and mountain weather. Firstly, if you choose to hold an event in the mountains, you are choosing it for a reason - so dont then put on a scaled back indoor show where you could be anywhere in the world. However - more importantly - this holds zero merit as an argument, as the organisers actually rebuilt the same epic huge Outdoor Main Stage in February 2020 for the second edition, before having to cancel it due to COVID. So they simply cannot have been that concerned about weather/safety. One can muse about cost cutting etc, but it still baffles those who went as it was so monumentally worse and incomparable that it defies logic.

    Summary:

    Having attended almost all mountain festivals (Snowbombing, SnowBoxx etc) over the years, it is now a real shame that Tomorrowland Winter started with such a bang living up to its own special reputation and brand - the festival organisers absolutely smashed it out of the park putting it on a totally different level of production to anything else seen in the mountains - and yet they chose to let it slip into total mediocrity. Perhaps the original management team from 2019 left, or the We Are One World brand was sold to new owners who have decided to place profits over customer experience?!

    It is now just like any other alpine festival, but the tickets are around five times the price (starting c. 1,000 euros for a ticket).

    The magical and unique Tomorrowland brand that they have spent almost 20 years building with mindblowing productions has now been dragged through the mud and has slipped into totally mediocrity.

    Hopefully the cost-cutting ends, the organisers listen and the magic of 2019 returns.
    Written 22 September 2023
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  • Stuart W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very friendly and helpful to and from the airport. Great service and accommodating for children too. Couldn’t recommend them more 🤙
    Written 12 April 2024
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