TOP 7 WINTER FESTIVALS IN EUROPE

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Think festivals are just a summer thing? Think again. In winter, the parties head to the piste, and ski resorts come alive with music and comedy. Check out some of our favourite on-mountain events.

Rave on Snow:Saalbach and Hinterglemm, Austria

3 days in December

Electronic music has been taking over the Austrian Alps since 1993 – growing from a gathering of 50 mates to one of the highlights of Saalbach’s winter season. There are 13 venues to fit in to three days, from open-air stages on the summit to the legendary underground car park.

Rise Festival: Les Deux Alpes, France

7 days in December

Get your mates together to let loose and spend your nights dancing on tables. With undiscovered artists performing alongside Grammy nominated DJs like Craig David, this is a must for music-lovers. Annie Mac, Kano and Sigma have also taken the stage in past years expect a spectacular party and you won’t be disappointed.

Rock the Pistes: Avoriaz, Châtel, Les Gets and Morzine, France

7 days in March

Rock out to French and international artists at open-air concerts, surrounded by unforgettable Alpine views. And there are over 30 other après gigs by up-and-comers spread across the Portes du Soleil resorts. Grab your lift pass and get ready for a whole week of festival fun.

Rock the Pistes

Snowboxx: Avoriaz, France

7 days in March

Dance your heart out at the open-air stage to acts like Gorillaz, Chase & Status, Stormzy and Rudimental. And it doesn’t end with the music. From bottomless brunches and comedy nights to snowball fights in a purpose-built arena, you’ll wish it could last all season.

Horizon Festival: Arinsal, Andorra

7 days in March

Lovers of house, techno and dubstep can expect to see the likes of Floating Points, Ben UFO and Midland at the annual Horizon Festival. Take a turn on the decks at a DJ workshop, and be on the lookout for secret hotel parties to dance until sunrise. The word’s getting out, so get your ticket and head to Andorra now.

Snowbombing: Mayrhofen, Austria

6 days in April

Ever raved in an igloo? It’s time to try it out. And you can also dance the night away in the middle of the forest, in open-air street parties and in an underground superclub. Along with the epic music line up, there are tons of activities too. Stretch out your ski muscles with Alpine yoga and even find love on the mountain with chairlift speed dating.  

Snowbombing

Electric Mountain Festival: Sölden, Austria

2 days in April

This one’s a massive, two-day party on the piste. Dance your ski boots off to music royalty like David Guetta, Steve Angello and Afrojack. It’s free for anyone with a lift pass, so once you’re up the mountain, just grab a drink and get down to some of the best DJs in the world.

Electric Mountain Festival

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Writer for Crystal Ski Holidays.

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