Mountain festivals reach new heights

14th December 2016 | OTS Staff

Resorts in this article: Alpe d'Huez, Mayrhofen

Snowbombing Festival.  - ©Mayrhofen

Snowbombing Festival.

Copyright: Mayrhofen

Ski resorts are upping the alpine ante with large-scale mountain festivals celebrating music, comedy and of course skiing. For the ultimate in apres-ski entertainment, read our guide to the biggest and best snow fests in Europe.

Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria

When? April 3-8, 2017

Price? Starts from £299 for five nights' accommodation and festival wristband

What? This five-day music mountain festival in Mayrhofen is billed as "the greatest show on snow". Snowbombing attracts big-name artists and 2017 is no exception. Live acts will include Run The Jewels, Courteeners, Novelist, De La Soul, Giggs, Blossoms, Slaves, Super Hans, Chase & Status and Stefflon Don. 

The music festival takes place across 13 venues including three mountain stages and a nightclub made entirely from snow. The Daily Mail described Snowbombing as "the skiing alternative to Glastonbury". 

Snowbombing is sold as an accommodation and entertainment package, meaning the wristband (offering free entrance to the music festival) is included on securing accommodation. After booking, you can add various travel options, including coach transfer from the UK and airport transfers from local airports or take part in the Snowbombing Road Trip. There is also the option to add a selection of optional extras onto your booking, including ski hire, ski lessons and evening meals.

Where? Mayrhofen has one of the liveliest après-ski scenes in the Alps with the numerous all-night bars and nightclubs. The resort is home to the Moozerwirt and Krazy Kangaruh slopeside bars where skiers congregate around 4pm for live music, shots of Jägermeister, and stomping on tables in ski boots (see Best apres-ski bars article). Mayrhofen's ski area offers access to 157 kilometres of pistes linked by 48 lifts. The Super Zillertal pass increases the local ski area to a massive 639 kilometres. It is home to one of the largest snowboard parks in Europe - the Vans Penken Park.

Snowboxx, Avoriaz, France

When? March 18-25, 2017

Price? Starts from £396 for five days' accommodation, ski pass and festival wristband

What? Snowboxx is a week-long snow and music festival featuring stage events with headline artists, slopeside parties, freestyle displays, winter markets and late-season powder. Past talent has included Jackmaster, The 2 Bears, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Monki, Snakehips, Compuphonic, Waff, The Golden Boy and more.

Where? For the second year in a row Snowboxx is landing in Avoriaz, France. Slap bang in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Avoriaz (1,800m) has access to some serious terrain – 650km to be exact. The local ski area ain't too shabby either with fast, modern lifts and high, snow-sure slopes receiving around eight metres of powder each winter. Avoriaz is also one of the French greats for freestylers – there are now five snowparks and a super-pipe.  It is one of the few pedestrianized resorts in the Alps so you won't see any cars here; sleds, snowcats or horse-drawn sleighs are the only form of transport allowed, and skis of course – the resort’s high-altitude means skiing back to your hotel is the norm. 

Altitude, Mayrhofen, Austria

When? December 11-17, 2016

Price? From £450 for seven days' accommodation (4/5*) and festival wristband

What? The Altitude Comedy Festival in Mayrhofen sees the UK's biggest names in comedy performing over six nights at one of the best resorts in Europe. Altitude is the only billingual comedy event in Europe with international performances from some of the biggest stars in comedy. The 2016 line-up is extra special as it celebrates 10 years of the event. Comedians include Jim Jefferies, Sean Lock, Marcus Brigstocke, Michael Mittermeier, Andrew Maxwell, Stephen K Amos, Daniel Sloss and Joel. The aim is for the whole festival to be carbon neutral and raise awareness of global warming. You can create your own Altitude package including accommodation and wristband, to full trip packages including travel and ski passes.

Where? Mayrhofen has one of the liveliest après-ski scenes in the Alps with the numerous all-night bars and nightclubs. The resort is home to the Moozerwirt and Krazy Kangaruh slopeside bars where skiers congregate around 4pm for live music, shots of Jägermeister, and stomping on tables in ski boots (see Best apres-ski bars article). Mayrhofen's ski area offers access to 157 kilometres of pistes linked by 48 lifts. The Super Zillertal pass increases the local ski area to a massive 639 kilometres. It is home to one of the largest snowboard parks in Europe - the Vans Penken Park.

 

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