Chamonix's annual spring festival celebrates the island of Corsica, April 17-19.

The weekend prior to the festival (April 9-11) offers a taste of things to come with music, films, exhibitions, and food tasting. The official three-day festival kicks off April 17 featuring live music and concerts from Corsican singers and bands, dancing shows, cooking demonstrations by Corsican Chef Vincent Tabarani, Corsican art exhibitions, and Corsican gourmet dining.

Visitors can purchase tickets to select events. Alternatively, free celebrations are taking place throughout the resort: a Corsican market with sampling and selling of cheese, wine, music, art, crafts, and other Corsican specialities; a free exhibition by Corsican painter Ribellu whose paintings will be displayed at Brasserie de I'M and on Garmish Partenkirchen Place; Corsican meals will be served at downtown restaurants; and there's also the chance to win return tickets to Corsica with Corsica Ferries.

Located beneath Western Europe's highest peak, and with several glaciers in its ski area, Chamonix has a great snow record and is one of the safer bets for your ski holiday whenever you visit during the season. The village is quite low compared to the French purpose-built ski stations, but the ski lifts climb thousands of metres above, opening up the world's biggest lift served vertical, so even when there isn't snow at resort level, there's invariably plenty up above.

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