Your guide to the worlds best snow festivals

It is that time of year again where the sun sets early, the nights get colder, we retreat to our heated homes and brave the cold mornings on our way to work, but it isn’t all that bad, it is the season of snow festivals in the Northern Hemisphere and we have compiled our Top 7 events to get you out of the house and onto the slopes. We have placed these in no particular order as all are equally as good as each other.

With Christmas only a few weeks away, we suggest you hit up the parents for a early bird ticket as a present; as most of these events tend to sell out fast. Stay tuned as we will soon feature a snow festival survival guide from our seasoned raving team.

Snowbombing 2015
Snowbombing 2015

A FESTIVAL FILLED WITH FRESH AIR, BLUE SKIES, BLACK RUNS & WHITE-HOT PARTIES…
Snowbombing is a festival filled with fresh air, blue skies, black runs and white hot parties… A week-long whirlwind of world class DJs and bands, in the idyllic alpine setting of Mayrhofen, Austria. Days are spent skiing, boarding, enjoying music on mountain top stages or relaxing in the spa of a luxury hotel. Nights deliver cutting edge performances in unique venues, from a sky high igloo, to an enchanted forest clearing. Regarded by many as… The Greatest Show on Snow. Mystical. Musical. Without Equal…

6th-11th April 2015
Mayrhofen, Austria
www.snowbombing.com

SNOWBOXX 2015

Snowboxx is a ski holiday in one of the best resorts in Europe & a completely unique music festival experience. Accom, lift pass and festival ticket from £229. A week long snow escape, with day times dedicated to cruising amazing alpine pistes, dancing on sky top terraces or getting involved with crazy and wonderful mountain activities. apres-ski gets taken to a whole new level, with live freestyle displays, headline artists, and winter markets – and when the sun comes down the music doesn’t stop! For those that want something different you can sample incredible alpine cuisine, hit up an outdoor pool, or head ice skating, it’s all here at Snowboxx. Everything you want to do in a winter resort, in one week. Spectacular Stages, expansive pistes, unmissable apres and unforgettable features.

21st-28th March 2015
Alpe D’Huez, France
www.snowboxx.com

Horizon 2015

Horizon Festival 2015

Now in its third year Horizon is an exhilarating winter snow holiday showcasing the hottest electronic dance music across 30 hedonistic parties. Yep, that’s right, this ski and music festival is an action packed holiday of truly epic proportions! Seven days and six nights are crammed with mountain based fun, amazing feasts, value busting drinking, and a series of club events powered by the hottest DJs, Record Labels, & Club Brands.

A wealth of weird yet wonderful venues across Bansko’s ski centre means you never quite know where the next party could take place. Secret mountain hotels, forest stages, medieval banquet halls, pools, go-go bars and abandoned factories all play host to Horizon’s army of DJ’s and producers, whilst excellent use is made of the towns bustling nightclubs and bars.

7th-13th March 2015
Bansko, Bulgaria
www.horizonfestival.net

Rise Snow Festival 2014

A trio of Europe’s biggest music & party promoters are behind the newly launched Rise Festival. Ibiza Rocks, Wasteland Ski and Rough Hill have united to take over the famous resort of Les 2 Alpes for a week-long Winter affair that includes live music from cutting edge artists and DJs playing a series of indoor and outdoor venues. From the huge Ibiza Rocks Stage in the centre of town to the Snow Globe Arena and Ice Cube Stage to a cool selection of more intimate, alpine hangouts, Rise has all the music must-haves sorted. There’s club night takeovers from some of the UK’s leading club brands plus outdoor pool parties and of course skiing, boarding and guaranteed good times with good people on the same wavelength along the way.

13th-20th December 2014
Les Deux Alpes
Mont-de-Lans, France
www.risefestival.co.uk

Snowball Winter Festival

Snowball Winter Festival 2015

On January 31, we dance again in our craziest winter outfits through the heart of our country, for the third winter in a row Snowball Winter Festival returns with music, parties and wintry madness. Along with the festival we dive in the Utrecht park Transwijk, including heated areas with the most delicious winter grooves. As we rush through “The Rough Piste ‘techno, we warm ourselves in the deep- and tech house tunes in Snowball’s’ Snug Hut” and we erupt on house beats in’ t Delighted Forest. If you need a break from many other activities in between then enjoy the campfires with hearty meals and unforgettable winter fun.

January 31, 2015
Park Transwijk
Utrecht, Netherlands
www.sneeuwbalfestival.nl

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The BRITS 2015

Renowned for it’s eclectic mix of live bands and DJ’s, The BRITS 2015 will be hosting a line-up to get the Apres Bar terraces rocking and the BRITS Clubs banging. The BRITS has included the likes of Pendulum, Ben Howard, Rob Da Bank and The Correspondents on its bill in previous years with its 2015 bands and DJ line ups still to be confirmed.

21-28th March 2015
Tignes, France
www.the-brits.com

KnockOut Snow Festival

KnockOut Snow Festival 2015

The first and only Croatian music and ski/snow boarding festival, a mystical and playful blend of concerts and snowy joy. The largest Croatian group ski/snowboard party in history. What else to expect when several enthusiasts of skiing/snowboarding and good music from Collegium (Best Youth Agency) caught creativity and connection with so far over 7500 people having partied over previous years to acts such as Umek, Freemasons and The Shapeshifters.

27th December – 3rd January 2015
Les Orres, France
www.knockoutsnowfestival.eu


Daz Pearson
About the Author

UK based former DJ and promoter, co-owner, director, writer & creative at Decoded Magazine. Studied at the University of Wolverhampton graduating in Graphic Communication & Typography (BA Hons). In house video editor and avid MMA follower with a keen ear for dark, twisted, hypnotic, tribal progressive house and techno.