Festival International de Ballons comes to Chateau d'Oex

For more than 35 years, Ski Adaptable’s premier school ski trip destination, Chateau d’Oex, has hosted the Festival International de Ballons and 2015 is no different.

Running from the 24th January-1st February 2015, the festival showcases the finest hot air balloonists from all around the world over 9 spectacular fun-filled days. Thanks to its exceptional micro-climate, Chateau d’Oex has become the capital of hot air-ballooning due to the breath-taking views it offers of the Alps and Pre-Alps.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Alps from Mont-Blanc to the Eiger, balloons take off each day from the village colouring the skies of the Pays d’Enhaut region with a variety of brightly-coloured hot air balloons. Initiated by aerostier Hans Bucker and town mayor Charles-Andre Ramseier in 1979, the festival has gone from strength to strength and is now in its 37th year. The festival draws in large crowds who come to see the hot air balloons and also the jaw-dropping “Son et Lumiere” night show. This uniquely colourful show features twenty balloons lit by their burners illuminating the night sky accompanied by pyrotechnic effects, paragliders and skiers to a musical theme. The night show which takes place during the 7th day of the festival is a real spectacle to behold and the pictures from it are truly stunning. 

Famed for being the location of where the first hot air balloon that flew around the globe took off from, Chateau d’Oex is also an excellent choice for a school ski trip. Located in the Pays d’Enhaut region next to the internationally famous resort of Gstaad, Chateau d’Oex is in many ways the quintessential Swiss alpine resort with its chalet style accommodation and incredible home-grown food. Boasting 220 km of world class skiing interconnected by an impressive high quality lift system, Chateau d’Oex is perfect for skiers of all levels making it the complete school ski trip destination.

If you are interested in taking a school ski trip to Chateau d’Oex please contact Ski Adaptable to start organising your school ski trip to Switzerland.

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