The Top Ski and Snowboarding Festivals

 

Here is our pick of the best ski and snowboarding festivals from around the world for 2016.


Altitude Comedy Festival

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When:  11-15 January
Why go? What’s not to love about hitting some runs and laughing your boots off to some great comedy? In its 10th year, Altitude Comedy Festival sees John Bishop, Marcus Brigstocke and Sean Lock hitting the slopes and the stage in one of the best resorts in Austria.  Known as the funniest show in the snow, this is one festival not to be missed.  

The Brits

Where: Laxx, Switzerland
When: 3-10 April
Why go? The Brits are 25 years old.  Known for its eclectic mix of live bands and DJs, The BRITS has included the likes of Pendulum, Ben Howard, Rob Da Bank and The Correspondents on its bill in previous years. It also hosts  the annual British Snowboard & Freeski Championships, where you can see the likes of Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller pull their best moves.

World Ski and Snowboard Festival

Where: Whistler, Canada
When: 8-17 April
Why go? It’s the biggest gathering of winter sports, music, art and culture in North America. There will be free concerts in the afternoon and you can watch the world’s most talented skiers do their thing at the Skiing Invitational at the demo park. Many revelers shred in fancy dress.

Spring Back to Vail

Where: Vail, Colorado, USA
When: 10 April
Why go? This is the mountain that the US Ski team like to train on in the early season, so there is some serious shredding to do. It claims to be one of the biggest end-of-season parties in the Rocky Mountains, and of course you can’t miss the pond skimming championships.

Snowboxx

Where: Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil, Switzerland
When: 12-19 March
Why go? Snowboxx bills itself as a ski holiday and festival in one. Its is also one of the more affordable festivals, with prices starting at £229. This year Snowboxx have added a few extra parties, including a Igloo rave and and snow park parties.

Snowbombing

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: 4-9 April 
Why go? You can start the festival early and be part of a road trip that takes in five countries, guaranteeing to put you in the partying mood. This year’s line-up includes The Prodigy, Bastille, Fatboy Slim and ANDYC.  

Rock the Pistes

Where: Portes Du Soleil, France
When: 13-19 March
Why go? In its fifth year, Rock the Pistes brings you five days of great music in the French-Swiss resort of Portes Du Soleil. The party kicks off on the mountain and then carries on at the base when darkness descends. Confirmed acts include Two Door Cinema Club, Gotthard and Deluxe.

Horizon Festival

Where: Bansko, Bulgaria
When: 12-17 March
Why go? This off-the-beaten path festival is seven days of hedonistic fun in one of the most affordable resorts in Europe. With over 120 international DJs, 75km of slopes, abandoned hotel raves and super clubs, what’s not to love?

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