Ski resorts are upping the alpine ante with large-scale mountain festivals celebrating music, comedy and of course skiing. For the ultimate in apres-ski entertainment, read our guide to the biggest and best snow fests in Europe.
Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria
When? April 7-12, 2014
Price? Starts from £219 for 5 nights' accommodation and festival wristband
What? This five-day music mountain festival in Mayrhofen is billed as "the greatest show on snow". Snowbombing attracts big-name artists and this year is no exception. 2014 will have the most extensive musical line-up to date, including The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Chase and Status, CarlCox, Rudimental, Groove Armada, Four Tet, Tom Odell, Foxes, Clean Bandit and many more.
The music festival takes place across 13 venues including three mountain stages and a nightclub made entirely from snow. The Daily Mail described Snowbombing as "the skiing alternative to Glastonbury".
Snowbombing is sold as an accommodation and entertainment package, meaning the wristband (offering free entrance to the music festival) is included on securing accommodation. After booking, you can add various travel options, including coach transfer from the UK and airport transfers from local airports or take part in the Snowbombing Road Trip. There is also the option to add a selection of optional extras onto your booking, including ski hire, ski lessons and evening meals.
Where? Mayrhofen is set in the heart of the Tyrol. It is home to one of the largest snowboard parks in Europe - the Vans Penken Park. Mayrhofen offers access to 157 kilometres of pistes linked by 48 lifts. The Super Zillertal pass increases the local ski area to a massive 639 kilometres. The resort is known for having one of the liveliest après-ski scenes in the Alps with numerous all-night bars and nightclubs.
Snowbombing 2013 highlights:
Snowboxx, Arinsal, Andorra
When? March 23-30, 2014
Price? Starts from £199.99 for 7 days' accommodation, ski pass and festival wristband
What? Snowboxx is a week-long snow and music festival featuring stage events, slopeside parties and late-season powder. This coming year, the capacity will be bigger - in Arinsal and La Massana - this means more clubs, more people and more to do. Both areas are connected by a very short bus ride, if you want to move between them - but there will be loads of events in each area. The line up is being stepped up for 2014. The line up includes Jackmaster, The 2 Bears, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Monki, Snakehips, Compuphonic, Waff, The Golden Boy and more.
Where? Arinsal is part of the Vallnord ski area in Andorra. Together with neighbouring Pal and Arcalis, the ski area offers something to suit every ability, and your lift pass will get you around all three. Highlights include world-class freestyle parks, wide rolling pistes, and the most challenging freeride area in the Pyrenees.
Highlights from Snowboxx 2013:
Altitude, Mayrhofen, Austria
When? March 31 - April 4, 2014
Price? From £349 for 5 days' accommodation (4/5*) and festival wristband
What? The Altitude Comedy Festival in Mayrhofen sees the UK's biggest names in comedy performing over six nights at one of the best resorts in Europe. Altitude is the only billingual comedy event in Europe with international performances from some of the biggest stars in comedy. This year, comedians include John Bishop, Al Murray, Tommy Tiernan, Terry Alderton, Nina Conti, Marcus Brigstocke and Andrew Maxwell. The aim is for the whole festival to be carbon neutral and raise awareness of global warming.
You can create your own Altitude package from £259, including accommodation and wristband, to full trip packages including travel and ski passes.
Where? Mayrhofen has one of the liveliest après-ski scenes in the Alps with numerous all-night bars and nightclubs. The ski area offers access to 157 kilometres of pistes linked by 48 lifts. The Super Zillertal pass increases the local ski area to a massive 639 kilometres. It is home to one of the largest snowboard parks in Europe - the Vans Penken Park.
Highlights from Altitude 2013:
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