The upcoming winter season should be a cause for excitement among everyone, regardless of their love for skiing.
The Alps is known for more than just its slopes and ample snow. The mountains are also home to a variety of festivals throughout the season, garnering a reputation especially within the music community.
To keep you up-to-date so you know exactly what you’re doing this season, we’ve put together a guide on the best ski festivals in the Alps this season:
Tomorrowland Winter – Alpe d’Huez, France (9th – 16th March 2019)
The Tomorrowland Festival is arriving at the resort of Alpe d’Huez this winter, marking the festival’s first ever winter event.
Adding to the already overwhelming popularity of snowsport music festivals, Tomorrowland is bringing along some heavy hitters to grace the slopes.
The festival will take place between the 9th-16th March, so grab your tickets in advance and get ready for the likes of Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix and Afrojack!
Zermatt Unplugged – Zermatt, Swizterland (9th – 13th April 2019)
Zermatt Unplugged has been running for over 10 years, and for good reason!
Boasting consistently high-profile artists, the festival has a reputation for delivering incredible shows and an overall amazing time for everyone present.
Snowbombing – Mayrhofen, Austria (8th – 13th April 2019)
A popular festival to grace the Alpine venues, Snowbombing is one of the more extensive snowsport festivals.
Several different genres are accommodated on the Snowbombing stages, ranging from Hip Hop to Pop to Electronic.
Taking place in Mayrhofen in Austria between the 8th-13th April, this is an experience no fan of snow should be missing out on!
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International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art – Courchevel, France (14th February – 7th March 2019)
For something a little different from the previously mentioned music festivals, Courchevel holds a spectacular firework display every Thursday evening during their pyrotechnics festival period.
Expertly paced and choreographed to music, the display is sure to conjure up feelings of awe and wonder, amongst a wide array of other emotional responses.
The festival period spans from the 14th February to 7th March 2019 – make sure you make a note of any Thursday evening you’re in the area to catch a glimpse of one of the most astonishing light shows you’ll ever see in the Alps.
Snowboxx – Avoriaz, France (23rd-30th March 2019)
Running into its sixth consecutive year, Snowboxx has a reputation for getting a bit rowdy.
It’s no wonder either – nonstop parties encompass the entire resort in varied and imaginative ways, with high profile DJs and après-ski events running all day.
It’s safe to say Snowboxx is a firm favourite among the Alpine festival-goers. Hosting big name contemporaries such as Loyle Carner and Chase & Status, the stage is also shared with classic acts such as Fatboy Slim and Mike Skinner, all of whom headlined last season.
Head down to Avoriaz next March for one of the more intense Alpine adventures you’ve yet to embark upon!
Rise Festival – Les 2 Alpes, France (15th – 22nd December 2018)
What other festival can boast about its venue being atop a large skiable glacier, let alone the largest in the Alps.
Acting as the perfect go-between for skiers and music fans alike, the festival morphs from a showcase of skiing and snowboard ability to a full-blown après-ski lasting deep into the night.
As the night gets into full swing, the stage opens to headline acts such as Annie Mac, CamelPhat, Richy Ahmed and David Rodigan, while boasting other acts from grime, garage, house and drum & bass.
Rave on Snow – Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria (13th-16th December 2018)
One of the longest running festivals the Alps has to offer, Rave on Snow plays host to some of the best in House and Techno.
The resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm becomes one of the Alps’ most popular party destinations, spanning over 3 days ensuring an incredible send off to the year.
Caprices Festival – Crans-Montana, Switzerland (11th-14th April 2019)
On the theme of electronic music, Caprices Festival is known for its indulgence in House and Techno music.
Big names from both genres are present, bringing an authentic edge to the Crans-Montana resort.
Polaris Festival – Verbier, Switzerland (29th November – 2nd December 2018)
Another one for the House and Techno lovers out there!
Polaris Festival takes place in the Swiss resort of Verbier, boasting both spectacular views and some incredible DJs to provide just the right soundtrack to your experience.
What’s better, you can ski in and ski out of the festival as you wish!
Snowattack – Les Orres, France (26th January – 2nd February 2019)
A wholly unique addition to the winter season lineup, Snow Attack hosts an array of activities both day and night, with some of the best EDM DJs on call to soundtrack the entire event.
During the day there are ski races, volleyball (but in the snow, with players wearing snowsuits), snowman building contests and more.
As the sun sets, activities such as poker, quiz night and torchlight skiing become the norm, alongside stand up comedy shows and the widely popular Snowattack Carnival.
Now you know when, where and how to get your fix of skiing, music and many other snow-related activities, make sure your journey is just as enjoyable. Book yourself a private transfer from the airport to your chosen resort – jump straight into the experience without having to wait around!