7 Of The Top Snow Festivals From Around The World
You can tick 'party in an igloo' off your bucket list now.
There’s only one thing better than a music festival, and that’s a music festival in the mountains. Snow festivals are the ultimate party experience - you can be irresponsible all day and night while simultaneously feeling like you’re exercising on the slopes and getting your year's supply of fresh air. Oh, and snow sports are also the best hangover cure, by the way.
If you haven’t experienced it yet, we recommend going to a snow festival. In fact, grab your goggles, pull up your socks (you can never be too prepared) and settle in for our guide of the top 8 snow festivals you NEED to pencil in. (Warning: you may never be satisfied with parties that don't involve ice caves again.)
We can’t talk about snow festivals without mentioning this one. Every year in April, the Austrian mountains in Mayrhofen become home to the award-winning Snowbombing festival, with a line-up that’s hotter than hot. Among those taking to the Snowbombing stages this time around are Liam Gallagher, Pendulum, Dizzee, Rudimental, Craig David and Gorgon City.
From arctic discos in igloos, to pool parties, to ice bars, to fancy dress street raves, to parties held in a local Austrian butcher’s shop (standard), Snowbombing holds just about every type of event you need to fill your diary up with music-filled hedonism day and night.
Plus, if you need a break from partying, why not take a romantic ride up the mountain in the form of the festival’s chairlift speed dating? Or for the more daring skiers and snowboarders aching for a challenge, there’s Harikiri, Austria’s steepest slope adventure which has a crazy gradient of up to 78%, and Vans Penken Park, the festival’s multi-award winning snow park.
Just remember to bring fancy dress… and a whole load of party stamina. For more info click here.
Held in Crans-Montana in southern Switzerland, Caprices is another award-winning snow festival that will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in mid-April, and it’s bound to be on-point. It boasts of a line-up of top techno and house DJs, with this year’s headliners including the likes of Adam Beyer, Ambivalent, Sven Väth and Dubfire.
Snowboxx festival brought the mischief back into the mountains in Avoriaz, France in March this year, along with its music headliners Fat Boy Slim and Chase & Status. What with paintballing, disco dodgeball and karaoke also around to keep you busy during your stay at this dance fest, there’s no time for slacking, or sleeping.
Although you’ve missed the boat for bagging 2018 tickets, the good news is that you’ve got some cracking video highlights to watch...
Beginning this year on the 15th December and ending just three days before Christmas, Rise festival will give you a wild run-up to your Xmas turkey roast… which will most likely have to be washed down with water/ soft drinks only.
Although the line-up this year is yet to be announced, past music guests have included the likes of Artful Dodger, Blonde, Bondax, Eton Messy and Kidnapp Kid. Rise’s site also lists other adventures you can embark on during your stay including wild cooking, alpine yoga and bottomless brunch. Don't mind if we do!
Polaris music festival's line-up boasts of dance sets full of house and techno beats. Set in the beautiful, wholesome setting of Le Mouton Noir ski resort in Verbier, Switzerland, you can still pass as classy while partying the night (and day) away. Polaris is also in December, so if you’re desperate for a white, slightly less wholesome, Christmas, keep an eye on these ticket sales too...
6. Zermatt Unplugged
Does the thought of speakers blasting out techno music make you wince? There's a snow festival that caters to you too. Zermatt Unplugged is an acoustic festival all about those chilled mountain vibes, with a line-up full of some of the most soothing sounding artists around. Among the artists set to perform this year are Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Kodaline and The Kooks.
Here's a sneak peak:
7. Rave On Snow
Rave On Snow festival happens every year in December in Saalbach in Austria, and it's pretty much all in the name. With parties spread out over 10 different locations, including an underground car park, there's a DJ for everyone, every night. It's been going for 24 years, and there's a reason it keeps coming back.
Check out 2017's trailer vid:
We think you'll agree... there ain't no party like a snow party.