WHAT: COURCHEVEL 2020 WHY: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PYROTECHNIC ART WHEN: 13TH FEBRUARY 2020 – 5TH MARCH 2020 WHERE: COURCHEVEL SKI RESORT, FRENCH ALPS COST: FREE TO ALL STAYING AT THE RESORT
One of the highlights of the Ski Season in Courchevel is the spectacular firework competition. Held over the stunning snow-capped French Alps, it is truly a sight to see.
This competition is one of the first in the display calendar taking place only days before the opening event of the PIPC (Philippine International Firework Competition). Last year, the winners of this huge event were the fantastic representatives from the UK; Pyrotex Fireworx who lifted the trophy after a great display. They were precise, with some incredible colour combinations, which has frankly become the norm for this team. They were very narrowly beaten into second place at the Danang International Firework Competition in 2019. Their finale filled the snow-filled sky with incredible brocades and dragon eggs. They took on the best of the rest of the World with representatives from France, Italy, Brazil, and the Philippines.
This year, the festival theme is going to be ‘Winter is Coming’ in a nod to one of THE most popular television series in the last 10 years.
The event also includes a beautiful torchlit descent by the instructors and teaching staff at Courchevel, where the only sound is the ski’s passing over the crisp snow, and the crackling of flames.
The French Alps are renowned for being VERY expensive and are full of socialites from across Europe and beyond. However, there are cheap eats to be had from Snowfood La Pizza Gourmande where traditional stonebaked pizza is a specialty to the more expensive fine dining of Bistro Le C which offers a competitively priced menu where you can expect to pay around €80 per head including wine (mid-price range).
Here is a video of the winning show from last year:
The village resort contains the largest ski area in the world including ski-ing over Courchevel or the Three Valleys can readily be managed with lifts or runs over the ridges in between.
With slopes suitable for the absolute beginner to the fully experienced expert you can choose to mount your ski’s or snowboard and tackle some of the greatest runs in the world today.
At night, as well as a little apres ski, you can take in the sheer beauty of the firework displays created for your pleasure as four teams battle it out for the crown.
Hearts will be filled with emotion and eyes full of wonderment as the beautiful pyro meets the white of the snowcapped mountains. This year’s events will ee the ESF French Ski School hold a torchlit descent of the slopes which is quite the sight to see.
The event will also be closed by local team H C Pyrotechnic’s but we will have to come back to you with this year’s competitors at a later date.
Last year’s competition was won by Pandora Pyrotechnie from St Etienne in France with a beautiful display – see video below.
This majestic firework competition was won last year by the supremely talented Smart Pyrotechnics who beat out some of the longest established display companies across Europe to the prize with their absolutely amazing display, packed with effects from the outset.
The fireworks are scored on a number of factors including avoiding those terrifying ‘dark sky’ moments and of course ensuring that the display is well paced and has plenty of variety of effect, sound and of course choreography to music.
As you are probably well aware, I have a particular passion for symmetry which is one of the main aspects of the overall display the judges will be looking for alongside the music and its relativity to the pyrotechnics.
The fireworks competitors will display every Thursday evening at 6:45pm from the 12th February so this week sees Super Power from Poland showing their wares.
12 February GMT EVENT – Romania
19 February SUPER POWER- Poland
26 February PANDORA PYROTECHNIE – France
3 March PIROTECNIA VALECEA – Spain
There are events throughout the ‘ski’ season and one of the most spectacular during this festival event is the one held by the ski instructors who start off the evening entertainment with torches aloft as they ski down the piste. There are all manner of pyro events – check out the video: