Springtime in the mountains means one thing – live music and a sensational view to really get the blood pumping before you delve deep in snow and show the slopes what you’re made of! For most, skiing is a way of life and you live for the thrilling ski towns you get to hit up once a year. Festival season is almost upon us, so we have put together this guide to reveal some of the highly sought after and unbeatable ski resorts and winter music festivals on offer. A time where athletes, artists and musicians come together to celebrate in some of the world’s most spectacular natural settings. There’s nothing quite like a festival on the slopes where you can reach your pinnacle, performing the freestyle ski trick of the season. Team that with the experience of a true rave on snow and you have the skiing holiday of a lifetime!
If you’re snow sure, then this purposely built epic resort in Avoriaz in the French Alps will provide you with skiing bliss. For the advanced skiers and boarders who plan to hit the slopes hard and party even harder then this lively spot is for you! Some of the most impressive international DJs and artists take to the world’s largest ski area playing in one of the most breathtaking open air arena’s you can find! Kick back at the most exclusive Après ski parties, take to the untouched slopes with friends, fuel yourself with the activities that this ultimate ski festival has to offer. Enjoy the best in entertainment and be part of one of the most phenomenal raves to take place across the mountains. Snowboxx really does have it all!
A second qualifier for another of Europe’s greatest ski parties offers chilled-back vibes and a jam-packed calendar of exuberant events. Where the earth meets the sky, Horizon has a chilled-back vibe, introducing electronic dance music from all over the world. Recognised for its easy-going Après gatherings and ski resorts, Arinsal is situated towards Andorra’s western border. Renowned for a more lively atmosphere and thriving nightlife, the hype around this festival reaches new heights and the skiing and boarding is sensational too. Test the sky’s limit with this intense music festival and it’s extraordinary secret rave locations, making Horizon one of the most pronounced celebrations to date.
Displaying some of the world’s first-class talent this festival hosts the British Championships, attracting hundreds of skiing and snowboarding competitors for a week full of winter sports and an extensive music lineup. The Brits is the peak of the British snow sports calendar, highlighting some of Europe’s most impressive terrain parks and an Olympic superpipe! Expect to see the best in snow sports athletes as you battle it out on the slopes and explore the limitless ski area of Laax, with 58 piste ski runs and four exceptional snow parks. Not only the finest in sporting peers but a vast mix of live music make up an important element of this Swiss festival. It is not just the hottest skiing professionals that grace these slopes with their presence, but the best DJs and live acts keep the energy going into the early hours, as you watch the sunrise over the beautiful Alpine resort.
The world’s greatest show on snow. Snowbombing festival is a popular ski retreat and music celebration held every spring in Mayrhofen, Austria. Celebrating 20 years in the game, Snowbombing 2019 promises a party in the peaks like no other, with a spectacular lineup from chart-topping musicians Stormzy and Fatboy Slim to rooftop jacuzzis and world famous beer! Although, If you prefer to stay under the radar this ski season, then take in the fresh air of the mountains doing alpine yoga or indulge in a perfectly crisp schnitzel swilled down with a delicious bottle of red. This intense festival has something for everyone. If that wasn’t enough, brace yourself for the amusements that hide around every corner of the magnificent peaks. Bring your wit and charm to chairlift speed dating or grab your spandex for Mr. Motivators daily warm down. Throw an exceptional snowpark into the mix, fancy dress and some paragliding across the most stunning views of the Alps and you’ve got one of the most eccentric ski festivals of the season.
Springback to Vail
Finally, as the ski festivals come to a close, The Springback to Vail marks the famous goggle-tan skiing weekend of the season. And what better way to end the winter festivities than with the sun on your back and the notorious ‘World Pond Skimming Championships,’ where fancy dressed participants attempt to ski or snowboard down the mountain across a 75 foot pool of icy water. It’s all fun and games in the USA Vail’s premiere end of season event. Explore the pine ridge condos of Colorado as you bask in the ambience at one of the most distinctive ski resorts. Vail is only an hour away from Breckenridge where you can ski the Wild West and experience some of the best views North America has to offer.
Explore your love for skiing and live music as you party your way into the supreme ski festivals of the season. Check your packing list, grab your lift passes, boards, skis and of course your ticket to one of the high-altitude parties of the year! Want to know which ski festival is for you? Try the Admiral Ski Festival Finder!