For fans of winter and all things frosty, these music festivals are a healthy respite to summer shenanigans, as they take you right up to snow-capped mountains!
The world is divided into two significant kinds of people. There is the kind of people who dig the sun and its warmth, who prefer letting it all go to the greenest lawns, and who like to don the choicest cotton in breezy agreement. The rest, prefer white-washing, luscious snow; and the accompanying cold and fuzz. If you count yourself among the latter, then you’re in good luck. Several festivals around the world help teleport you to some of the prettiest snow destinations.
The Sherp looks at the best of the lot!
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
Just when you think you start missing snow at the very beginning of the summer season, the Snowbombing Festival at Austria keeps the spirit of winter alive by offering you music with ice clunks. With a smorgasbord of fresh, upcoming talent with seasoned musicians, the festival allows you to soak in the music with the backdrop of the Alpine peaks. But it’s not all snow, and no green. The festival takes you from igloo gatherings to forest raves and lumberjack parties. Featuring some exceptional electronic talent, it’s straight up partying in snow, as it takes place in the middle of the forest, by transforming warm huts into bars and hangout zones. Having featured acts such as Fatboy Slim, De La Soul and Doves, it’s one of the most unique offerings for electronic music zealots.
(Source: Snowbombimg Facebook)
SnowBall Music Festival
Where: Vail Valley, CO
Taking place right in the centre, while being coveted by snow clad mountains on all sides is the SnowBall Music Festival. Held by the same company that has been organising the very successful SnowGlobe Festival several years now, it’s safe to say that SnowBall knows its ropes. Even though a slight blip in location scouting forced the festival to cancel its 2015 run, it’s returning, in all its glory in March, 2016, armed with a slate of acts from across the musical spectrum. And for a festival that has featured acts such as Snoop Dogg and Dada Life, one cannot wait to see the brilliant names that will feature in 2016.
(Source: Jordan Loyd Photography | SnowBall Music Festival)
Where: Bansko Ski Resort, Bulgaria
Known as ‘Europe’s Greatest Ski Party’, the 6-day Horizon Festival takes the best of festival culture to the famed Bansko Ski Resort, Horizon Festival is a curation of incredible music that is arranged for all-night performances, along with all the snow-based mountain fun that can be had. Each edition, the only four-year old Horizon Festival features top of the line electronic artists, as attendees enjoy the music of electronic music along with good ol’ European skiing activities.
(Source: Marc Sethi | Horizon Festival Facebook)
SnowGlobe Music Festival
Where: South Lake Tahoe, CA
When: December 29 to 31
Quite easily the most prominent snow-clad music festival in the world, SnowGlobe is where thousands of attendees rush to bring in the New Year. For electronic music fans, who dig snow, literally and figuratively, the SnowGlobe Music Festival is an absolute haven, as its 2015 lineup features artists such as Jack Ü, Kaskade, Chet Faker, Eric Prydz, Jai Wolf, Galantis, and Yung Wall Street, to name a few. To add to this, the setting of the festival, that is the gorgeous South Lake Tahoe is a sight to behold, as it is lit up to reflect a quaint winter evening, with warm yellow lights and theatrical art pieces.
Where: Avoriaz, Portes Du Soleil, France
Snowboxx, now moved to Southern Alps, is a multi-immersive festival, as it brings together snow-lovers’ best activities and hobbies to make for a all-catering festival. Along with skiing, skating, boarding, the festival also involves champagne fueled nights, along with a host of electronic producers heading to the festival for some sick beat fest. The week-long festival claims to be the ultimate mountain party, and we will not disagree, because with the very best of music and slow, if it isn’t the ultimate winter festival, then what is?
(Source: Snowboxx Facebook)
Where: Laax, Switzerland
The Brits is one of the oldest snow-based festivals in the world, but only very recently has it expanded from a sporting gathering to incorporate several other events. Often claimed as the original winter festival, if there ever was one, The Brits began as a sporting event, as the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships, involving ski artists and sportsman from around the world gracing the event, with daily competitions for best riders. In recent times, the festival has expanded to involve costume events, music concerts, late night parties, and they claim, ‘total and complete debauchery’.
Rock The Pistes
Where: Portes Du Soleil, France
Portes Du Soleil is not only one of the most picturesque snowy regions along the Swiss-France border, but is extremely conducive to winter-time gatherings, making it the perfect location for Rock The Pistes. The snow calls out to music enthusiasts to gathering in their best winter boots, as they’re treated to a slate of exceptionally qualitative acts. The fairly new music festival is a treat for indie music fans, as some underground acts take stage to belt out some powerful music.
(Source: Rock The Pistes Facebook)