Skiing and snowboarding will forever be some of the most loved snow sports there are. If you’re looking to add a twist to your next ski holiday, there are some fantastic and unique events right in the heart of the action that make for lasting memories. From music festivals to comedy festivals, right through to horse racing, here at Ski Solutions, we have put together our top 12 picks of mountain events for the coming winter season.
30th March – 5th April
With promises of “fun, partying and skiing”, the Great British Celebration kicks off the spring skiing period, hosting a four-day festival honouring British culture in the ski resort of Les Arcs. Activities range from tobogganing to ski competitions as well as live music, meaning there’s something for everyone. With events across the resort, the festival gives a chance for skiers to explore and enjoy the whole resort.
10th April – 18th April
Subli’Cimes offers a dose of madness, adrenaline and magic amongst the mountains. Located in La Plagne, the week-long festival promises five unique attractions spread over the five peaks of the resort, encouraging skiers the chance to have fun whilst exploring what La Plagne has to offer. In the past, activities have ranged from a mountain salon to outdoor hot tubs to water-skiing for the adventurous ones among us.
9th March – 16th March
Tomorrowland’s first ever winter edition finds a home in the beautiful Alpe d’Huez resort. Hosting a range of world-famous 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.
8th April – 13th April
One of the most talked about festivals of every season, Snowbombing is the biggest music celebration that rocks the Austrian ski resort of Mayrhofen. Established in 1999, the festival hosts world-class music stars in unique venues as well as a range of activities like the ‘snowlympics’ and ‘glitter gondolas’ across the resort. It offers a range of packages that include accommodation and your festival ticket.
15th December – 22nd December
Taking place in Les Deux Alpes, one of Europe’s top ski resorts, RISE Festival offers everything from music and snowsports to daily wellbeing activities. With expansive and panoramic views as its backdrop, RISE Festival boasts venues and activities on pistes all over the resort. Expect top DJs, different themed nights, and lots of glitter! Packages include festival ticket & ski passes with different accommodation.
31st March – 7th April
A week-long snowsports festival in the heart of Laax, The Brits 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, the festival is one 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.
3rd, 10th and 17th February
White Turf is a unique and exclusive event featuring exciting horse-racing, gastronomic catering, music and art exhibitions, all on the stunning backdrop of the mountains of St. Moritz. Noble thoroughbreds from across Europe, with jockeys from around the world flurry to White Turf in the ultimate winter race. With champagne ever-flowing, this dynamic and unique event upon the frozen lake is a highlight in the Swiss calendar.
Dates throughout December – March
Alta Badia is a haven for wine connoisseurs. Beautiful slopes and the majestic backdrop of the Dolomites creates the perfect setting in which to enjoy some exquisite regional wines. Sommelier on the Slopes offers the unique combination of fantastic skiing with sampling the finest wines in local ski huts. A ski instructor and professional sommelier accompany the tour for the ultimate experience. For wine-lovers, this is a must.
24th January – 3rd February
Each winter since 1985, Park City in Utah becomes the ultimate gathering of storytellers and audiences seeking new perspectives and a fresh voice. The program features an extensive range of short films, documentaries and episodic content, with the opportunity to attend daily filmmaker conversations and panels. Since its opening, hundred of films launched at Sundance have gained critical recognition, making it a must-see event.
10th April – 14th April
Known locally as WSSF, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler is a six-day, full-on, energetic festival with events both on and off the slopes. Boasting music, art, photography, filmmaking, ski and snowboard competitions, nightlife and everything in between, this event is a haven for snow-junkies and powder-hounds. Organisers say ‘take our word for it, you’ll need more than the weekend to appreciate the vibe’.
1st April – 7th April
Described as the ‘funniest show on the snow’, Altitude Comedy Festival has hosted the likes of Eddie Izzard, Jimmy Carr, John Bishop and many other famous faces. Combined with the fantastic snow of Mayrhofen, traditionally-built wooden bars and a nightclub made entirely from snow, Altitude offers perfect conditions for snow and comedy lovers.
5th April – 7th April
Rhythm and blues, cool funk and swing melodies can be heard throughout the live concerts on the street on St. Anton. Even on the mountain, musicians will be getting into the swing of things from night ’til morn. The New Orleans Meets Snow festival has enticed the jazz elite of the world to the streets of Arlberg for years now, complete with a traditional New Orleans marching band.
US Rock legend Lenny Kravitz will be ending Ischgl’s winter season with a bang on the 30th April at the ‘Top of the Mountain Closing Concert’. The concert will be held at the biggest open-air arena in Austria – the Idalp. A separate ski day pass will include admission to this incredible concert so you can enjoy the slopes of Ischgl before singing and dancing to great hits like ‘Fly Away’ with the crowd.