As winter slowly encroaches on our distant memories of summer, the sand disappearing from between our toes and the heat no longer hitting our backs, I feel like we have to embrace this period by finding fun things to do and eradicating those ‘winter blues!’

So, I’m bringing to you a list of winter festivals as, after all, what could be better than snow, ski and music whilst drinking something of your choosing, overlooking the mountains? Not much beats a skiing festival, and there are loads to choose from!

Introducing…

Snowboxx - Avoriaz, France

You can find the booming music of Snowboxx Festival in Avoriaz, France. The true definition of a winter wonderland, whip off your ski boots and jump onto the tables in the Après village. Après-ski gets a revival with igloo raves, main stage laser light productions hosting up and coming DJ’s and paintball fights in the snow. There will never be a dull moment at Snowboxx… what are you waiting for? 18th-25th March, 2017

Horizon Festival - Arinsal, Andorra

Killer electronic music line up, powder white snow, forest raves and street parties… you must be at Horizon Festival in Arinsal, Andorra. This popular festival is considered to be Europe’s Greatest Ski Party with this year’s line up bursting with diversity and bringing Motor City, KiNK, Josey Rebelle, Scott Garcia, Channel One and many more acts to the slopes, 26th March – 2nd April 2017

Snowboxx
Snowboxx - Avoriaz, France

Rise Festival - Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Deux Alpes welcomes you to a typically summer styled music festival…the only difference being, you’re not up to your knees in mud but, this time, snow! Swap your Hunters for ski boots as the festival includes a week’s worth of DJs on top of the highest skiable glacier in Europe. One to watch for those who like to let their hair down and, quite literally, rave and misbehave, 10th – 17th December 2016

World Ski & Snowboard Festival - Whistler, Canada

This festival is in Whistler, Canada and provides nine days of top athletes pushing their limits and breaking boundaries, including snowboarders who compete in the big air Kokanee Freeride Club Series and the IFSA North American junior freeride championships. If snowboarding and skiing flood you with adrenaline or whether you’re a baggy snow attire enthusiast, then this is the perfect place for you this coming April! Immerse yourself in free outdoor comedy concerts, rock your vintage ski goggles and above all, have fun, 7th-16th April 2017

Rock the Pistes - Portes du Soleil, France and Switzerland

Grab your ski pass, you’ve pulled…pulled an opportunity of a lifetime, that is! All you need to party to the best international and French pop-rock artists is your pass, and then the slopes are at your disposal. The backdrop to this festival is simply breath-taking as the stage is positioned at the edge of the mountain so you can party overlooking towering glaciers and endless white slopes. Marrying music with skiing, the vibes really will make you feel like you’re on top of the world, 19th – 25th March 2017

Horizon
Horizon Festival - Arinsal, Andorra

Momentum Ski Festival - Verbier, Switzerland

Now we take you to Verbier, Switzerland, to a festival that comprises three elite events; the City Ski Championships, the Financial Times Alpine Forum and Momentum Apres Ski. Like most of these winter festivals, you’re provided with picturesque views, downhill racing, music and comedy all to the backdrop of the momentous mountains. Past celebrity guests have included Amy Williams, Damon Hill and Colin Jackson so you’re in good company, 2nd – 5th February, 2017.

Top of the Mountain - Ischgl, Austria

It’s all in the name at this Austrian winter festival; transport yourself to the top of the mountain and experience a music concert that has, in the past, welcomed headliners Robbie Williams, James Blunt and Elton John. With a hot chocolate… or something a little stronger perhaps… in your hands, warm up your body by dancing and prancing to the music on the slopes, 26th November, 2016

Altitude Comedy Festival - Mayrhofen, Austria

The whole family is invited to laugh themselves silly in Mayrhofen, Austria. As if watching your relatives falling about on the slopes and trying to get back up again isn’t funny enough, this festival will have eyes crying with laughter at an array of live comedy shows. The talent that the festival has seen in the past is inclusive of Al Murray, John Bishop and Stephen K Amos, 11th – 17th December 2016

Words by Charlotte Hulme 

xpr20223
Top of the Mountain - Ischgl, Austria