The start of the season is almost upon us, finally kicking off in just a few days now. Because anticipation is a thing of joy, Trisanna gives you a little overview of all the best events in the coming weeks – beyond the slopes.

Ski Opening – 22 November

The slopes in the Ischgl/Samnaun ski area open today, earlier than ever before. Snow is guaranteed and the next highlight’s already on the horizon:

Top of the Mountain Opening – 24 November

Jason Derulo is the latest international megastar to take to the stage in the Silvretta Arena. Chart hits such as “Swalla” or “Colours” make for a lively party atmosphere, complete with fantastic dancers – on the stage, too!

Krampus and Nikolaus – 5 December

If you’re easily startled, you’re better off staying at home on 5 December, but be aware that you’re missing out on one of the finest traditions in the Alps: the Krampuslauf procession. There are Krampus clubs in Ischgl, Kappl, See and Galtür. They spend the whole year designing their terrifying costumes – for this one night. They’ll be out and about as soon as it gets dark.

Galtürer Bergweihnacht – 21 to 23 December

For children in particular, the days before Christmas are often incredibly long. The excitement increases. The Galtür Christmas in the Mountains concerts and events provide just the right peaceful Christmas mood for this time.

Ischgl Bergweihnacht – 26 December

Schoolchildren from across the valley sing Christmas songs from around the world in Ischgl’s parish church.

Acoustic fireworks display – 31 December

Ischgl will greet the New Year once more with a legendary acoustic fireworks display. With coordinated music sounding out throughout the town, the dramaturgy of the fireworks master lights up the skies and beyond.

New Year’s Concert – 3 January

Galtür’s brass band starts the New Year musically with their traditional concert. The Radetzky March will be on the programme as usual.

Orthodox Christmas and Ischgl Ski School Demonstration – 6 January

Fireworks to celebrate Orthodox Christmas follow on immediately after the Ischgl Ski School ski instructors and students have shown just what they can do by torchlight.

Shapes in White – 7 to 11 January

We can never have enough superheroes! This the theme of the upcoming snow sculpture competition “Shapes in White.”

Women’s Winter Camp – 6 to 9 January

This Winter Camp is specially designed for women: free riding and touring are on the programme alongside wellness. It’s all about trying things out, developing your skills and, above all, having fun exercising.

Freeride World Tour Qualifier – 18 to 20 January

The world’s most talented freeriders can qualify for the Freeride World Tour in Kappl on these dates.

SAAC Camps – 16 to 17 February / 14 to 17 March / 16 to 17 March

Deep snow skiing is heavenly, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Knowing about snow, avalanche conditions and the weather is a matter of life and death. So the Alpine Safety Information Association is once again offering several Snow and Alpine Awareness Camps in Galtür and Kappl this season.

22nd Chefs‘ Star Cup –  7 to 8 April

A selection of the very best chefs traditionally compete not at the oven but on the ski slopes – and then start cooking again. A special highlight, as every year, is Johann Lafer’s kitchen party.

Gourmet Ski World Cup – 10 to 11 April

Everyone can then take part in the Gourmet Ski World Cup: hoteliers, bar keepers, waiters, vintners, hotel school students and even guests.

International Spring Snow Festival – 28 April

Sarah Conor brings us that spring feeling – and a musical highlight – at the 31st International Spring Snow Festival on Alp Trida and Samnaun.

Top of the Mountain Closing Concert – 30 April

US rock legend Lenny Kravitz creates the perfect atmosphere for the end of the season.