Get ready to swap those wellies for ski boots and hit the pistes for a week of fun and frivolity at one of these incredible festivals...
Admittedly, ski boots aren’t the easiest to dance in, but between the live performances from international artists, beers and breath-taking mountain scenery, there should be enough to distract you at these spectacular mountain festivals.
Rock the Pistes
Where: Portes du Soleil, France & Switzerland
When: 15th – 21st March 2020
Rock the Pistes attracts nearly 30,000 festival-goers each year, and with 2020 marking the tenth edition of the festival, next year’s set to be even bigger.
Only accessible by ski, there are different mountain stages to visit each day, bursting with a mix of local and international acts.
With five concerts going on at any one time across the Portes du Soleil area (all starting at 1pm) there’s plenty to see and do, with ski runs in between providing half the fun.
Music varies from indy pop to rock and reggae, with 30 après ski concerts throughout the resort and live DJs ready to carry the party on into the evening.
This is one for real music lovers (and skiers on a budget) previous Rock the Piste alumni like Lee Scratch Perry, Rag’n Bone Man, Babyshambles and the Klaxons. Festival-goers can look forward to seeing The Stranglers in 2020.
The other cool thing about Rock the Pistes? It’s free.
Where: Avoriaz, France
When: 21st – 28th March 2020
Another spectacular Portes du Soleil festival set within the open-air arena of the Avoriaz bowl, Snowboxx is a jam-packed, week-long affair with all the trimmings.
There are igloo ice bars and forest trails to enjoy, alongside bottomless brunches and downhill races on inflatables. “A week-long fun machine” according to MTV, the festival offers a lot by way of activities in different settings.
Artists who have previously performed in the Avoriaz snow-cloaked amphitheatre include Stormzy, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Annie Mac and Chase & Status.
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: 13th – 18th April 2020
Perhaps the most-established festival on our list, Snowbombing is one of the original, all-out Alpine music events. With multiple venues across the resort, split between headline venues, mountain gigs and après-ski parties, more than 100 live acts perform across the five-day affair.
Set within the picturesque town of Mayrhofen, the festival is proud of its Austrian heritage, so expect to see lots of lederhosen-clad party goers, oompah bands and more sausages than you can shake a stick at.
Other events and extras to be had include chairlift speed dating, gondola glitter stations, cable car raves and (yes) The Snowlympic Games. There’s even a pop-up party in a butcher’s shop!
As far as artists go, there are some seriously big acts heading to Mayrhofen next year, including Liam Gallagher, Foals, Loyle Carner and The Streets.
European Snow Pride
Where: Tignes, France
When: 14th – 21st March
Europe’s biggest pride event with snow! European Snow Pride has been going strong since 2013. It’s the most popular European gay ski week across Europe, which attracts thousands of guests from all over the globe.
Tignes itself is an LGBTQ hotspot. Since 2015 the Mayor of Tignes and city council have organised its annual pride parade to coincide with European Snow Pride festival.
When you’re not enjoying the spectacular skiing that snow-sure Tignes has to offer, you can head off to one of their numerous pool parties in Tignes amazing 5000 metre squared Aquatic Centre Le Lagon.
A real spectacle of a festival, experience live shows with dancers, artists, musicians and performers. It’s also a great place to meet new friends and celebrate on the slopes.
Jazz à Val Thorens
Where: Val Thorens, France
When: April 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
For music lovers looking for something a bit different, the Vienne Jazz festival in Val Thorens is a great option.
Inspired by the sounds of soul, Bossa Nova, blues, funk and hip hop, escape into a musical medley of influences.
See live performances from over 45 artists and musicians, with 17 concerts that go on between noon and midnight (and 14 of them accessible for free). Before bombing down the pristine slopes of Val Thorens, why not enjoy an aperitif-ski? Or hit the slopes early and stop to experience their Brazilian brunch.
The Unlimited Festival
Where: Chamonix, Mont-Blanc, France
When: 31st March – 5th April 2020
A real treat for fans of electronic music (who also happen to love skiing). Set against the dramatic backdrop of Mont Blanc, experience six days of raucous partying, dancing, visuals in the Mecca of ski free riding. Bringing underground acts out into the open, alpine air.
The event is spread across seven different locations, from downtown Chamonix to iconic settings like the Aiguille du Midi and Mer de Glace as well as the quirkier gondola station gig (not to be missed).
Not for the fainthearted, this festival has a lot to offer in terms of high-energy DJ sets and late-night parties. But for those who want to get a good week’s skiing in, the surrounding pistes do not disappoint.
You can even ski the infamous Vallée Blanche off-piste run with professional mountain guides at the festival (perhaps before any drinking commences).
Planning on hitting the slopes and heading to a ski festival next year? Feel free to get in touch and we can recommend some great chalet, lodges and hotels in the area.