Tomorrowland Winter, Alpe d’Huez
Already a well established name on the Festival circuit, Tomorrowland this year confirms the snowballing demand for winter festivals by stepping away from its summer home in Belgium to make camp in Alpe d’Huez. Expect fireworks, literally, as Tomorrowland brings its uniquely theatrical and fantastical staging to the mountains for the first time.
30,000 guests will take over the resort with the option for take a 7 day package from 9th-16th March (€535/£475), or 4 day from 12th-16th (€415/£369), all inclusive of accommodation, lift pass and festival ticket. Music is along the lines of Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix and Afrojack.
Fast becoming part of the furniture of an Avoriaz Season, Snowboxx say “an impressive open air arena by the slopes hosting huge DJs and live acts, legendary Apres parties and a smorgasbord of fun-fuelled activities make Snowboxx the best winter festival of all time”. And on top of all that, this year sees the addition of comedy shows to the already top line-up. Take a look at the video to see what went down last year when the likes of Chase and Status and Fatboy Slim came to town.
Prices vary from £255 for basic accommodation and wrist band to around £600 with transfers and lift pass also included. The full 7 day duration from 23rd to 30th March 2019 means there is plenty of time to hit the slopes and fit in some lessons.
Snowboming, the original grand daddy of snow festivals, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2019. Business as usual in Mayrhofen from 8th-13th April, with Stormzy, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and more than 6000 revellers helping the party go off. Expect a variety of famous stage settings to visit including an igloo rave, enchanted forest party, a subterranean super club, and open air street parties.
Tickets are from £249 for accommodation and festival ticket. And the option to extend your stay from £64 per night to make the most of the snowsport opportunities, so you can brush up on your boarding for the weekend before the festival starts on the Monday.
Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes
For those who can’t wait until the usual spring dates for mountain festivals, Rise festival in Les Deux Alpes offers the chance to get out there before Christmas, running from 15th-22nd December 2018.
Rise festival can boast “amazing runs, spectacular mountains, Europe’s largest skiable glacier, and a truly amazing place for a winter party”. Last year saw some of the best December snow the Alps has ever seen, and the height of the resort means there is as good a chance of early-season snow here as anywhere, this December. From £239 for ticket and lift pass, Annie Mac tops the bill.
Most ski festivals are electronic and dance music driven, but its nice to pull the plug once in a while and strip things back. Zermatt Unplugged (despite the name) is not actually limited to acoustic music, but offers enthusiasts of all genres from jazz and blues to indie and pop a more melodic mountain festival alternative to the big 4 above.
Unplugged runs in Zermatt for 5 days from 9th to 13th April 2019, offering a completely different feel to most other mountain music fests. It brings lots of funk and soul with concerts in the town and up on the slopes, one of the most popular shows in past years being Ronnie Scott’s All Stars jazz band playing at an altitude of 3,030 metres in a hut built in 1885. Prices from CHF440 (£343) for a hotel and Unplugged Pass.
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