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18 February 2013

Parties and festivals in the mountains from Andorra to Zermatt

Not that you need any extra incentive...

March is just around the corner, and with it comes longer days, milder temperatures and the anticipation of spring. Many resorts with higher elevation slopes offer consistent snow quality and the chance of deep powder days well into April, and for backcountry enthusiasts it’s the best time of the season for longer expeditions.

For some skiers and snowboarders there is simply no better time of year for a trip to the mountains, but if you’re still not convinced here’s our round-up of parties and festivals in some of the biggest and best resorts. Get your festival fix of culture, music, art and non-stop parties – while packing in plenty of time on (or off) the pistes...

The BRITS - equal parts festival and competition - relocates to Tignes.

BRITS - Tignes, France (23-30 March)

After eight seasons, the BRITS have relocated to Tignes. Already home to the European X-Games, Tignes is no stranger to hosting world-class events. The BRITS is much more than a festival, it’s also the highlight of the British Snow Tour, with Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Ski Cross, Snowboardcross and Rail Jam events. So for a week starting on March 23 the BRITS will undoubtedly attract a crowd with its premier freestyle, top music, dressing up and general debauchery.

Snowbombing - Mayrhofen, Austria (1-6 April)

Days are spent skiing and snowboarding and nights, well…
From 1-6 April in Mayrhofen, world-class acts will rock the Ziller Valley in the Austrian Tirol, plus parties in enchanted forests and sky-high igloos. Recuperate in one of the five-star spa facilities before doing it all again. Kasabian, Example and Carl Cox are head-lining this year, so Snowbombing 2013 looks set to live up to the legendary reputation of it’s predecessors...

City Ski
City Ski Champs in Crans-Montana welcomes all ability levels.

City Ski Championships and Momentum Ski Festival - Crans-Montana, Switzerland (14-17 March)

Bringing together already well-established events combined with a powerful business forum, networking opportunities and a nightly après-ski programme of stand-up comedy, club nights and live music, for some City Ski is the highlight of the season. Having been in the financial community’s diary for 14 years, the City Ski Championships remains the sector’s premier ski event. All money raised goes to the charity Help for Heroes. Any ability is welcome, so it’s easy for anyone to get involved in this event in the beautiful Swiss resort of Crans-Montana. Ski Club members are entitled to an exclusive £50 discount on packages for this long weekend.

Ischgl's Top of the Mountain Concert will feature rock legends Deep Purple this year.

Top of the Mountain Closing Concert - Ischgl, Austria (30 April)

At an altitude of 2,300m, the mountain-top concerts in the après-mad Tirolean resort of Ischgl are legendary. This is no surprise really, considering the living legends that have graced the lofty stage. Add one more to the list, because this year might be the biggest yet. Think ‘Smoke On the ‘Frozen’ Water’. It’s Deep Purple all right. Enjoy exploring the resort in the morning before donning your air guitar and singing the afternoon away. Although 30 April might seem a little late to be sliding around on the mountain, with skiing terrain from 1400m to 2900m good skiing conditions are ensured until the beginning of May. Plus 238km of slopes all the way to Swiss Samnaun are available to explore. And with your lift pass doubling up as your concert ticket, well ‘Any Fule Kno That’ it’s one not to miss! For more information visit

Rock The Pistes - Avoriaz, France (20-24 March)

Less than two-hours drive from Geneva airport, Avoriaz in the Portes du Soleil is a high-altitude family-friendly resort. The Rock The Pistes festival is also different from your average event on the slopes. It’s a laid-back lunch-time affair that encourages more skiing and less drinking. A line-up of international and French pop-rock bands perform at an altitude of 1500m, with 650km of ski slopes accessible from the high alpine concert setting. Daily ski passes during the event 20-24 March cost just £39.60, and with acclaimed band Superbus confirmed, Rock The Pistes is going to do exactly that.

Snowboxx - Arinsal, Andorra (22-28 March)

One of the most affordable festivals on the calendar and a new event, Snowboxx is taking place in Andorra 22 to 28 March. Dubbed by some as ‘Ibiza on Ice’, Snowboxx is a hedonist’s winter paradise. Founded by graduates Aden Levin and Rob Tominey, Snowboxx is promising a week of unforgettable events to complement the action, including a night-time DJ set on an open-air mountain terrace. It’s taking place in the well-known resort of Arinsal, which is a good choice for novice skiers and snowboarders, but also provides plenty of options for experts.

Zermatt Unplugged
Zermatt offers up plenty for music lovers in April.

Zermatt Unplugged - Zermatt, Switzerland (9-13 April)

Situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps, at high altitude, with the majestic Matterhorn acting as a backdrop, Zermatt Unplugged brings together enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders, international stars, established singer-songwriters and newcomers to celebrate good, honest and unadulterated sounds across the resort. From 9-13 April, artists such as Bryan Ferry and Morcheeba will be performing to hundreds of fans in Zermatt.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival - Whistler, Canada (12-21 April)

The motto; ‘Party in April. Sleep in May’. One of the ultimate snow festivals, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is set to, ‘blow the roof’ off Whistler-Blackcomb, as the resort once again puts on the biggest end-of-season party of any North America resort. The resort itself needs little introduction, but from 12 to 21 April you can also immerse yourself in an incredible display of sporting action, music, arts and culture. The Big Air event, taking place on 13 April shows off raw talent and attracts world-class athletes. After the curtain has come down on the Pro Photographer Showdown and the 72 Filmmaker Content, there’s one more party on 21 April that keeps punters up all night, many of them seeing off the winter in style.


  • Date: 20 February 2013
  • Free Heel Fest Livigno 06 April to 12 April 2013
    Good place to meet other Telemarkers, free lessons, ski tests and daily excursions with mountain guides plus food & drink & social

Philip Clive
Philip Clive

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