Snow Festivals: Party On The Slopes

What’s your take on the snowboard festivals that have staked a claim in the resorts around Europe? Snowboard by day and party at night? The proliferation of snow festivals has peppered the international snowboard season with all manner of big name DJ’s travelling the world to play on the slopes. Do you like the party scene as much as the snowboarding? If so, pack your party threads and plenty of travel money alongside your board and lift pass – here’s a look at some of the best snow festivals on the slopes.

Snowbombing – Austria

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Shred by day and unique clubbing by night in the glittering terrain of the beautiful Tyrolean mountain range, Snowbombing has been on the festival agenda for over a decade bringing some of the biggest names in music to the heart of the slopes. The venues are beyond unique with a forest club setting, a mountain stage at 5000 feet above sea level and an arctic disco sculpted from ice and snow.

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The Big Snow Festival – Andorra (now called Snowboxx)

Set at an altitude of 2560m, The Big Snow takes over Arinsal in the Vallnord ski area for one week every year. The resort can pretty much cater for every level of experience, with gentle tree lined runs for beginners and miles of powder for the more advanced. Ski and board all day and party all night with music from the likes of Judge Jules, Westwood and Anne Savage.

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The Brits – Switzerland

Described by tv presenter (and snowboarder) Ed Leigh as ‘Glastonbury meets the FA Cup on snow’. The Brits return this year after a two year hiatus – despite its recent sabbatical, the event has become the ultimate date in the snow calendar, bringing together the best in UK snow champions to compete in the British Championships, miles of incredible skiing, snow parks, half pipes and all manner of musical and freestyle mayhem.

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What do you think?

Of the above, I’ve only been to The Brits, in Laax, back in 2007. I didn’t watch all of the shredding, but what I did see, was exciting; the party atmosphere was cool too. I was invited to go to The Freeze Festival this year, but couldn’t make it, mostly because of my leg…

Personally, I haven’t gone out of my way to pick a resort or a time to coincide with a festival. The trip to Laax back in 2007 was a happy coincidence, not a plan. I’m not really looking for that in my snowboard trips.

Do you like the snow festivals – have you been to any this season, are you planning to? And what’s the situation like out in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – do they have similar festivals on the hill?

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