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Don’t miss: Rise Festival

Hit the slopes and the dancefloor when the music and ski event returns to the French resort of Les Deux Alpes

Don’t miss: Rise Festival

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Dance: Over eight days, Rise Festival hosts dance acts like Evian Christ, Skream, Sigma, Jackmaster on mountain stages and in chalets, clubs and an epic main hall — plus brands like Rinse FM, Ibiza Rocks and Hospitality get in on the action too.

Extra-curricular fun: As if that’s not enough, the festival also offers speed dating on the Love Lifts, snowball fights in The Snowmageddon Arena, plus an ice disco.

Lobster, anyone? Michelin-starred chef Benoit Lornu runs Le P’Tit Polyte at Chalet Restaurant Hotel Mounier. Lobster, foie gras, smoked duck breast, wood pigeon, Wagyu beef and confit peach are all available for a fantastic final night blowout. But Les Deux Alpes also offers bites for a tighter budget: perched in the clouds, cosy mountain hut La Bergerie Kanata has a log fire to defrost your fingertips as you await heaps of grilled meat, buckets of mussels and mugs of mulled wine.

Best for powder: Head to Europe’s largest skiable glacier. Les Deux Alpes is notorious for its above-average and early season snowfall, and in the depths of winter you can make the uninterrupted run from the peak of the 10,500ft ice sheet all the way down into the village.

Festive fun: Being staged just before Christmas lends the Rise Festival an extra air of fun and frolics — with mulled wine flowing as freely as the miles and miles of piste, and a delicious chocolate fondue. The picturesque village of Les Deux Alpes is festooned with atmospheric lighting and colourful, festive decorations, plus there’s a traditional German market and a 2,000-strong carol-singing party that gathers around the tree in the heart of the resort. (12-19 December)

Published in the December 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)