Insider’s Guide: Top 5 ski and snowboard festivals 2016-17

Ski Festivals
 

If you love skiing, music and partying - then this page is for you. It’s time to start putting aside the pennies for your lift passes, ski and snowboard rentals, coach transfers… and of course, tickets for some of the best ski festivals the Alps have to offer! 

There is nothing quite like a festival on the slopes, and us lot over here at Inghams HQ certainly know that better than anyone! Pooling together our expert knowledge of what makes a fantastic party on the slopes (we’ve figured it out- it’s a very delicate formula of beer+(snow÷sunshine)² … something along those lines) we’ve compiled this handy Insider’s Guide to some of the best, not to be missed festivals gracing the mountains this season.

Snowbombing - Mayrhofen, Austria
Horizon - Arinsal, Andorra 
Snowboxx - Avoriaz, France
Rise Festival - Les Deux Alpes, France 
Altitude - Mayrhofen, Austria

 

Snowbombing
Snowbombing
When: 3rd-8th April 2017
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria

www.snowbombing.com

With the early line up for 2017 just released, Snowbombing is once again back to grace the slopes of Mayrhofen in Austria with some of the best, chart-topping musicians and acts of the year. The festival, which began in the year 2000, is a fabulous showcase of international contemporary and modern music, with Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim performing there over the years.

2017 is set to feature the likes of Chase & Status, Gorgon City, Toddla T and more - so guests are in for a real treat! Spread across several different venues in the town of Mayrhofen, you might find yourself dancing in the underground tennis courts converted into a club (conveniently named ‘The Racket Club’!), and the next day you could be trying out your moves in a futuristic igloo at the Arctic Disco!

The festival lasts for a week, with skiing and snowboarding across the resort during the day and music of numerous different genres being played across a variety of venues at night. It’s a young, fun festival with a little something for everyone.

Inghams recommends:

Enjoy the festival from the comfort of the Sporthotel Strass & Hotel Strass. Fantastic ideal location, right next to the Penken Gondola, the festival and the extensive skiing area is very literally on your door step which makes it extra convenient if you want to stay out late in the evening and not worry about a long walk home.

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Horizon 
Horizon (1)
When: 26th March-2nd April 2017
Where: Arinsal, Andorra

http://horizonfestival.net/about/

Andorra has been home to many a party for a long time and they now have their own ski festival in the delightful resort of Arinsal, which is a great destination for beginners and intermediates. 

This year at Horizon, great acts such as: Motor City, Icicle and Cooly G will be setting the slopes alight, with revellers drinking, dancing and generally having a great time! 

Arinsal's renowned atmosphere and great night live is bound to make this festival buzz with excitement, so get your holiday and ticket booked up now. 

Inghams recommends:

Stay with Inghams in the Hotel Xalet Verdu, which is situated a mere 3 minute walk from the main gondola and is run by very friendly owners and their superb and attentive staff.

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Snowboxx
Snowboxx
When: 18th-25th March 2017
Where: Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil, France

www.snowboxx.com

No we haven’t gotten our dates mixed up! Happening during the same week and in the same place as Rock the Pistes festival in Portes du Soleil is the loud and fun Snowboxx festival that attracts a younger crowd who are keen to see the likes of some of the hottest DJs and alternative music producers.

The festival is exclusive to Avoriaz and those who purchase a Snowboxx ticket are welcome to hop around the extensive Portes du Soleil area to catch up with what is happening at Rock the Pistes, but you cannot purchase a Rock the Pistes ticket to access Snowboxx.

There is an exciting line up for this year’s festival, which according to popular reviews, only continues to get bigger and better every single year! Party the night away in secret mountain locations, and in the new ‘festival village’ which is being bought to life for 2017. The lineup welcomes: Basement Jaxx, Norman Jay, Hannah Wants snapping up headline spots this year.

Inghams recommends:

You can enjoy Snowboxx festival and recover from your impending headaches in the comfort of Chalet Fleurie, in Avoriaz where an Inghams host will take care of all of the cooking and you can refuel before hitting the festival again for another evening. Chalet Fleurie sits in an ideal ski-in-ski-out location and a 2 minute walk from the resort centre. There is even a sauna in the chalet too which is perfect for relaxing in after a long day of skiing in the Portes du Soleil area.

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Rise Festival
RISE
When: 10th-17th December 2016 
Where: Les Deux Alpes, France

www.risefestival.co.uk

If you are more at home in a bar in Shoreditch where the bass is loud and the good time stretch on into the early hours of the morning, then perhaps Rise Festival is the one for you. Various stages and locations bought to you by the party people who run Ibiza Rocks, Eton Messy, Hospitality & Rinse FM, RISE Festival is guaranteed to be an exciting collaboration of Live Bands and DJ sets in both indoor and outdoor settings, making the most of the natural amphitheatre provided by the mountains.

With après ski parties happening from the top to the bottom of the resort, this year’s festival is headlined Kano and Seth Troxler with support from the likes of Artful Dodger and Jackmaster. Our Guest Services team member Hazel attended the festival in 2014 and told us: ‘The formula is simple: great atmosphere, great music!’ We’ll take your world for it, Hazel!

Inghams recommends:

Recover from the party at Hotel L’Oree Des Pistes which sits at the heart of the resort and only 50m away from the base of the Jandri Express. This is an excellent value hotel that serves food and drink with ski-in-ski-out facilities, you’ll never miss a second of skiing, snowboarding, and the après fun at RISE Festival.

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Altitude
Altitude
When: 14th-17th December 2016
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria

www.altitudefestival.com

Don’t we all love a giggle? Brainchild of comedians Andrew Maxwell and Marcus Brigstocke in 2008, Altitude Festival has been the famous faces of funny guys Jimmy Carr, Al Murray, Frankie Boyle, John Bishop, Eddie Izzard and Phil Jupitus picking up the microphone and cracking a joke (or two). Combining standup comedy with skiing and snowboarding, they say a festival is only as good as its setting… and where could be a better than the panoramic outlook from the mountains of Austria?

Lasting a week, the festival is spread across a variety of venues both on the mountain and in the town of Mayrhofen. The full line up for 2016 is yet to be announced, but very recently the festival announced that we would be seeing the likes of Jimeoin and Terry Alderton! Guaranteed to have to rolling in the snow in fits of laughter.

Inghams recommends:

The brand new Chalet Tirol is now open for Inghams guests to come and stay! 200m from the newly upgraded Penken cable car in the centre of Mayrhofen, the extensive ski area is only a stones throw away. An extremely comfortable and convenient chalet with a separate lounge to relax in, skiers, snowboards and comedy-lovers who drop by feel well at home.

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