The European ski calendar features many world-class events, from dance festivals to comedy shows. Come spring the arrival of warmer weather brings with it many of the best ski festivals, with the hottest tunes, the coldest beer and the freshest powder. Here’s our low-down on the best ski festivals in the Alps to end your season in style.
The ultimate in mountain music festivals, Rock the Pistes offers an incredible 35 concerts across a series of high-altitude venues in just one week. One of the only skiing events of its kind in Europe, with spectacular slope-side stages that are only accessible by ski and snowboard – your ski-pass is also your ticket. Babyshambles, Rag’n’Bone Man and The Klaxons are among previous headliners. Games are also organised on the pistes, such as a massive treasure hunt everyone can take part in.
The winter edition of world-famous dance festival Tomorrowland is hosted in Alpe d’Huez. Hosting a range of top international DJs, this dance music festival promises a week of partying up high in the mountains through the day and night. Packages include lodging, lift and ski pass as well as your festival ticket – meaning you have everything needed to access what is to become the greatest winter dance festival. Previous headliners have included Fedde Le Grand, Armin Van Buuren and Tiësto.
This ski festival is certainly weird and wacky, with your only essential item a sense of fun (though you might want to pack your skis too). With awesome runs and an even better line-up, this event is all about the après. Human bowling, disco dodgeball and extreme snowball fights all contribute to Snowboxx being described as ‘organised mayhem’. We couldn’t agree more; visitors to this snow-filled open-air fest that features insane late-night club nights, always come with a veracious party appetite.
Hands-down one of the best ski festivals when it comes to line up, legendary Snowbombing is difficult to beat. This hedonistic week-long party is famous for a line-up of international names such as The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim and for its magical venues. Innovative events include secret mountain raves and igloo disco battles. You can even join the ‘Road Trip’ convoy to get there – a two-day car rally over four countries, which arrives just as the entertainment begins.
Subli’Cimes offers a dose of madness, adrenaline and magic amongst the mountains, with plenty of fun for all the family. Located in La Plagne, the week-long festival is host to five unique, themed locations spread over the five peaks of the resort. The festival encourages skiers to have fun whilst exploring what La Plagne has to offer and best of all, the festival is free – you’ll just need a lift pass to get up there. In the past, activities have ranged from outdoor hot tubs and aromatherapy igloos to water-skiing for the adventurous ones among us.
One the best ski festivals for snowsports enthusiasts, this week-long music and snowsports festival in the heart of Laax hosts the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships. Spectators are able to watch slope-side and with events ranging from snowboard and ski-cross to freestyle competitions, this ski festival is not to be missed. But the Brits doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, the après session brings just as much adrenaline as the day with live music and DJ events across the resort.
The winter season always goes out with a bang in Ischgl, thanks for the Top of the Mountain Closing Concert. Previous headliners include Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, Robbie Williams, Pink and Muse. The concert is held at the biggest open-air arena in Austria – the Idalp. A separate ski day pass includes admission to this incredible concert so you can enjoy the slopes of Ischgl before singing and dancing in the spring sunshine at 2,300m; what a way to see out the season.
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