Summer events in the Alps are well and truly back for 2022! From watching the toughest compete in remarkable trail marathons, to rediscovering your groove at the many music festivals, there is something for everyone to get involved in. So why not tie in your summer mountain holiday with one of these must-see Alps summer events 2022? It goes without saying the stunning mountain backdrops are unique to all the events in the Alps and are what make each and every one of them a spectacular experience. Read on to discover the exciting events the Alps have in store for you this summer…
Usually the World Economic Forum takes place in January, but after being postponed, leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society and academia will gather this summer in Davos. The agendas are set to discuss new global issues and trends across new and continuous projects such as climate change, healthcare and urban development.
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With the option to take four different routes, this cycling event in the Alps is growing in popularity year on year. Participants can decide between Gran Fondo 142 km (3950m), Medio Fondo 117 km (3200m), Medio Fondo 87 km (2150m), and the Rando 64 km (1570m). Starting and finishing in Megeve, you will be sure to encounter some spectacular scenery along each route.
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Spread across eight resorts and 2 countries, Pass’portes du Soleil kicks off the summer season with a 3 day mountain bike event for all abilities. On offer are 80km of MTB tracks, 720m uphill and nearly 6,000m downhill, all served by 15 lifts. There is plenty going on over the weekend to get involved in aside from riding, including the Mountain Bike Show and enjoying the many food stations serving up some spectacular local cuisine! Watch the video.
For the classic car enthusiasts amongst you, the Arlberg Classic Car Rally is the perfect summer event in the Alps. With 3 routes covering 600km and crossing stunning alpine landscapes, it’s no surprise that this car rally in Austria is one of the popular historic car races. From Jaguars to early BMW models, and Bentleys to VW Beetles, you simply can’t beat watching beautiful classic cars sprinting around beautiful mountain settings. Watch the video.
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You may be familiar with one of the most famous events in the Alps, the Tour de France; but have you thought about being there and seeing it happen in front of your eyes? Take in the atmosphere from the sideline and cheer on the impressive climbs from the world’s best cyclists as it passes through 4 of our summer alpine resorts this year; Chatel, Morzine, Megeve and Alpe d’Huez. Watch the Morzine to Megeve route.
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Under an hour away from Chatel and just over an hour from Verbier, Montreux Jazz festival is a perfect summer’s day out by the lake, with live Jazz music creating a magical ambiance. Located on Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman), with a mountain backdrop, you couldn’t get a better setting. Watch the video.
One of the most demanding and challenging marathons in the Alps, the Zermatt marathon covers the deepest valley in Switzerland and over 1,800m of altitude. From St. Niklaus up to the Riffelberg at Gornergrat is a challenging 42km route for the fittest of the fit. Takes place every 1st Saturday in July.
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If you don’t fancy taking part, the Spartan race in Morzine is one of the top summer events in the Alps to spectate. Various heats cover distances between 5 and 50km and involve challenging terrain and obstacles along the way. Endurance and strength is a must for this one! For aspiring kids, there is a race for 4-14 year olds too! Watch the video.
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Nothing less than an 177km endurance filled cycle route from Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez. This cycling event in the Alps is certainly one of admiration for those taking part, with various Cols to pass and finishing off with the famous 21 bends up to Alpe d’Huez.
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An international classical music event that takes place each summer in one of the most popular summer resorts in the Alps, Verbier. Expect a variety of classical music performed by masters of the art, and rising talent. The event was launched in 1994 and attracts visitors from across the globe. Watch the video.
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Spread across the Chamonix valley in various mountain locations, the Cosmo Jazz Festival involves a eclectic mix of music from talented musicians. The festival is completely free and can be enjoyed from the heights of the Aiguille du Midi to down in the town for Cham Jam sessions in the evenings. If you can already hear the mountain echoing the sound of jazzy brass bands, you will simply love this event in the Alps. Watch the video.
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Summer resort turned music festival, Les Gets hosts Lounge Festival as one of their most popular events in the Alps this year. Living up to its reputation of being a family friendly summer holiday resort, the relaxed atmosphere, diverse range of music including pop, reggae and jazz, and workshop events attract all the generations. Its free, so all you need to do is plan your luxury summer holiday to Les Gets.
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Where music meets culture in a beautiful mountain setting. One of the highlight events in Lech, the Classical Festival rings around the mountains and valleys in rhythms and beats created by talented orchestras, musicians and soloists from around the world. Watch the video.
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A prestigious event that takes place annually and attracts over 300 horses with some of the best riders in Europe from around 20 nations. The event village has plenty going on and is a welcoming event for all to enjoy.
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Widely recognised as one of the toughest foot races in Europe, the UTMB is no mean feat. From start to finish, insanely fit athletes cross a whopping 166 kilometres (103 miles) and a reach a total elevation gain of 9,600m, pushing physical and mental limits like nothing else. If there is an running event in the Alps this year that needs that extra encouragement from the track-side, it might be this one! Watch the video.
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Next on the list of the top Alps summer events is one of the most prestigious and popular golf events in Europe. Held at the Crans-Sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans-Montana since 1939, this event has witnessed history being made on many occasions. For those who enjoy a golf holiday in the Alps, the Omega European Masters is the perfect opportunity to learn from the real pros.
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Mention bike race in France and the French certainly show up. From racers aiming to win on home soil to French fans carrying the noise of the crowds, it’s an exciting atmosphere to be amongst (particularity if you are French!). Either way, the Mountain Bike World Cup is an event in the Alps not to be missed for any nationality. Spectate as the experts traverse the mountains, tackle tricky ascents and hurtle downhill at speeds you wouldn’t dream of reaching. Watch the video.
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At the foot of the Matterhorn, you’d struggle to find a more scenic golf event in the Alps. Precision is key at this event in Zermatt as shots are taken between 1,400 and 2,800m on challenging terrain.
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An event in Morzine that has taken place for over 20 years, the Mont Blanc Rally attracts visitors from all over France and the rest of Europe. Watch how the rally drivers drift around tight alpine bends and churn up dirt tracks at full speeds, in a race to the finish line. It’s one of the oldest continuing rallies in France, so well worth a visit! Watch the video.
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Switzerland never disappoints on stunning mountain scenery and the Haute Route is no exception. Starting at Davos, this mountain road cycling route takes in legendary passes, steep alpine road inclines, traditional Swiss villages and stunning valley floors. Although a challenging route, there is lots of enjoyment along the way with the breathtaking scenery. Watch the video.
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Well if you are looking to tie in your luxury summer holiday in the mountains with some of the best Alps summer events, pick up the phone and dial +441202 203659 to to chat with our Summer Alps Specialists or send a n email to start planning!