Let’s face it, most of us go skiing for the après-ski… don’t shake your head, you’re just in denial! So, how about heading out on the piste for something far, far superior? Something which, in fact, will make après seem boring! Ski festivals are the answer; music-laden luxuries that will have you on a slippery slope to ski-hols debauchery. Not only that, they’ve got banging line-ups and if you don’t like the act, you can throw snowballs – so everyone’s a winner?! Luckily, you’re not treading on thin ice when it comes to festival options, and we’ve rounded up some of the best. So if you’re ready to (ski) jump to some music, get your skates on and don your sexiest salopettes.
When: 9th - 16th March 2019
Typically known as the name behind the electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium, Tomorrowland has built quite the name for itself, and it migrates for some winter action, to the French Alps! Visitors can choose between a seven or four day experience, with all packages including a Tomorrowland ticket, lodging and a lift and ski pass.
The line-up includes: Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Where: Alpe d’Huez, French Alps
When: 8th - 13th April 2019
Forget Glasto (you’ve missed tickets anyway), instead save your pennies for a slice of the adventurous and attend a festival that rivals that anything summer can throw at us, at Snowbombing; a festival that does everything but bomb! The performers are scattered around slopes, on flat ground and in obscure spots, with belting music that’ll help you slide down those slopes quicker than Bode Miller.
The line-up includes: Stormzy, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Andy C, Bicep [DJ Set], Hannah Wants, Eats Everything, Hunee (+ more TBA)
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: 23rd - 30th March 2019
Pump up that volume, there’s snow going home at Snowboxx in Avoriaz. The fest features a mountain-side main stage with an awesome array of famous names at the helm. Whether you’ve rolled on down a red, or blatted down a black (or baby slope – you amateur!), Snowboxx is a renowned ski festival and definitely one of the best. So if you’re ready for things to get absolutely crazy then that’s music to our ears; enjoy igloos, ice caves and slopes in true skiier form.
The line-up includes: Craig David’s TS5, Jax Jones, Rudimental [DJ Set], Wilkinson [DJ set ft. MC Ad-Apt], Yungen, Crazy P Soundsystem, Danny Howard, DJ Luck & MC Neat.
Where: Avoriaz, France
When: 15th - 22nd December 2018
Rise to the challenge and party on top of the word at this one; a snow-sports, music and wellbeing festival that’s back and ready for year five! Rise has won critical acclaim for being a snow fest like no other, with a white powered playground that will provide the perfect respite post-ski. Taking place in Les Deux Alpes, voted one of Europe’s top three ski resorts this year, the festival will get you geared up for Christmas with its Alpine Stage lineup featuring Annie Mac and Camelphat.
The line-up includes: Annie Mac, David Rodigan, Richy Ahmed, Sonny Fodera, Camelphat, Jasper James, Theo Kottis, Saffron Stone..
Where: Les Deux Alpes, France
When: 26th - 28th April 2019
The new-kid-on-the-block on the snow-fest front, Musical Mount Blanc veers away from the bom, bom, bom of dubstep and electronic beats with a lineup that triumphs pop, rock, hip-hop, indie, reggae and more. There’s 15 stands on site to feed your hungry bellies after burning off the calories – hey, wha with all the skiing and dancing you’ll be doing you’ll be summer-bod ready in no time – the stalls will feat. bagels, tex-mex food, pancakes, burgers, fish’n chip plus bars, sweets stands and even shops for the fashionistas!
The line-up includes: Eddy De Pretto, Charlie Winston, Gaëtan Roussel (+ more TBA)
Where: Chamonix, France
When: 29th November - 2nd December 2018
Polaris festival takes place at Le Mouton Noir ski resort, 2,200 meters up in the Alps and with techno beats galore and the best DJs around. If you’re a lover of electronic music then this festival is, by far, the one for you. With drink in hand you can fade into the night… and wake up feeling a bit worse for wear in the morning, but nothing a bit of mountain air won’t sort.
The line-up includes: Nina Kraviz, Laurent Garnier, Ben UFO, Jeff Mills, Dixon, Massive Attack [DJ Set], Hunee
Where: Verbier, Switzerland