Festival Scene – Ski Resort Style
Your summer music festival antics may feel like a distant memory as the temperatures drop to below freezing but rest assured here at Ski-Lifts we have your Winter Festival scene covered!
More and more festivals across Europe are popping up in some of our favourite resorts, so here is the low down on some of the top picks so you can combine your winter holiday with a great festival experience.
What? Snowbombing Where? Mayrhofen
When? 6th-11th April 2015
One of the better know mountain festivals, this will be its 16th year running. But be warned this is not for the faint hearted, this electro fuelled event will require every ounce of energy you posses. Non stop Après partying, venues open till 5am and streets lined with people. Rumour has it very little skiing actually gets done at this festival –but mainly because the parties and performances are so great- you won’t want to go home to bed! Snowbombing offers a balance of ski village quirky, mixed with Ibiza clubbing with venues like the ‘Racket Club’ an underground tennis court/turned super club that has seen the likes of Disclosure and Groove Armada in previous years. Not to mention lots of fancy dress opportunities and other great concepts like the Arctic Disco (Pic above).
Line Up – Rudimental, Skrillex, Fat Boy Slim
Ticket Prices: Package Inc. accommodation start from £334
Transfers from: Available from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck
What? The Brits Where? Tignes
When? 21-28th March 2015
The Brits is one of the longest standing festivals you’ll find in the mountains and does a great job of mixing the music based fun with some fantastic freestyle Ski and boarding displays as well as playing host it the Britain’s Snowboard and Freeski Championships. Although the headliners are yet to be announced the music on is generally really varied, previous acts included Ben Howard, Rob Da Bank and Pendulum. The weeklong festival and competition includes Halfpipe, Big Air, Boardercross, Skiercross and Slopestyle events so lots to see and do plus some great Après Party’s. Why not enter the ‘Bangers and Cash’ rail jam where riders get on the spot cash prizes and spectators can enjoy a sausage or two.
Ticket Prices: Use code BRITS2015 when booking your lift pass to get 10% off. €32 for a day or €238 for 7 days
Transfers: Geneva to Tignes
What? Snowboxx Where? Alpe D’Huez
When? 21-28th March 2015
Snowboxx is a relatively new festival, last year it was hosted in Andorra and this year moved to a new venue in Alpe D’Huez. The festival is definitely the best value snow festival you will find, with ticket prices as low as £229 for a 5 day lift pass, 7 nights accommodation and the festival wrist band. So if you’re student living on a shoe string –this could just take care of your winter holiday! Snowboxx is set to offer up plenty of variety and already have some great features to get excited about, such as winter markets, ice skating and pool parties, giving the après vibe a slightly different approach. You’re likely to find a heavier amount of DJ’s here rather than bands, mostly from the Balearic music scene who would have been headlining shows in Ibiza through the summer. Tickets sold out pretty fast last year so get them whilst you still can…(line up tbc)
Ticket Prices: Starting form £229 inc. accommodation and lift pass.
Transfers: Grenoble to Alp D’Huez
What? Altitude Comedy Festival Where? Mayrhofen
When? March 23rd 27th March 2015
Altitude is one of the only comedy festivals by the snow, a huge selection of live comedy from some big names acts (2015 yet to be announced) The whole thing is curated by comedian and snowboarder Andrew Maxwell and in the past acts have included the likes of had Phil Jupitas, Al Murray, Nina Conti, in addition to more unusual acts like Abandon Man- a free style rapper that improvises song from information and stories for the audience. There’s six nights of comedy on offer and addition to this there are still après parties to be had at venues like the ‘Pistetakers’ bar. Described as ‘the funniest show on snow’ the festival will definitely deliver if you are a stand up comedy fan.
Ticket Prices: £150 + Booking Fee
Transfer From: Available from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck
What? Rock The Pistes Where? Portes Du Soliel (Various locations)
When? 14th-21st March 2015
And of course we couldn’t talk about winter festivals without a mention of Portes du Soleil very own festival ‘Rock the Pistes’ This year the resort celebrates its 50th Birthday so we’re sure it will go off with a bang. Last year Klaxons and Baby Shambles entertained the crowd, so bigger named acts are expected to emerge this year. Not to mention tickets are included in your lift pass and with 650km of piste to get round, it’s one of the largest skiing areas in the world. There’s a great mix of acts, from reggae to rock to dance and unlike some of its rival festivals, ‘Rock the Pistes’ actually does what it says on the tin – bringing the music to some prime piste locations, so you really get to explore the ski area and catch some great live music in breath taking locations.
Ticket Prices: Included in your Ski Pass- one day €43.50- 5 days €205
Transfers from: Geneva to Morzine, Les Gets or Avoriaz