This spring the hills will be alive with the sound of music across Europe as sunny weather inspires crowds to ski all day and dance all night. Here’s our pick of the best spring snowsports festivals by Sophie Mead

The Greatest Show on Snow

Snowbombing 13-18 April 2020, Mayrhofen, Austria

Snowbombing celebrates its big 2-1 this year and is doing so in style. Nestled high in Austria’s Tirol region amidst Mayrhofen’s 650km of diverse pistes, the 'World’s Greatest Show on Snow' is a firm favourite for locals, festival-goers and fancy dress aficionados alike. Flying high after two decades of success, it remains the ultimate snowsports festival, offering an immersive experience for revellers. From intimate apartments to luxury spa hotels, there’s accommodation for everyone and as much to do off the snow as on-snow. After ripping the slopes, enjoy lively après-ski sessions or cosy, fondue-fuelled afternoons before dancing the night away with some of the biggest acts on the planet.

Off-snow, you can find igloo parties, a fancy dress street parade, a Forest Stage, a subterranean super-club, paragliding, chairlift speed-dating, cable car-aoke and alpine yoga. This year former Oasis frontman and rocker Liam Gallagher is set to headline the Enchanted forest stage while Mike Skinner’s urban crossover collective, The Streets, will play at the infamous Snowbombing Street Party. At Mayrhofen's famous underground warehouse venue, Racket Club, drum 'n' bass legends Chase & Status and Rudimental will put on high energy shows and funk and soul maestro Craig Charles will bring his unique old school flavour with lashings of soul.

Packages from £369 include accommodation and festival ticket. Ski pass not included
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Snowbombing

An all-singing, all-dancing spectacular

Tomorrowland Winter 18-21 March 2020, Alpe d’Huez, France

Last year the explosive electronic circus that is Tomorrowland ran its first winter edition in Alpe d’Huez. Since the first Tomorrowland extravaganza was hosted in Belgium back in 2005, the festival has grown to become one of the world’s largest gigs and, after the success of its first winter version, some 25,000 people are expected to descend on ADH for round two. Promising elaborate stages, epic parties and performances from global artists including Armin Van Buuren, Kölsch, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki, high-altitude revelry is set to take over the entire resort. Boasting 250km of ski slopes, Alpe d’Huez offers something for all levels of skier, from beginner areas to legendary ski slopes like the 16km-long ‘Sarenne’ black piste. And thanks to the resort’s setting on a south-facing plateau, you can expect sun-drenched ski days and memorable après.

Packages From £699 include accommodation, festival ticket and 7 day ski pass.
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Tomorrowland Winter

Too cool for school

Chamonix Unlimited 31 March - 5 April 2020, Chamonix, France

Chamonix Unlimited might be the youngest festival on our list but don’t underestimate it. Drawing its crowds through the surging popularity of local brand Black Crows since 2017, the festival captures the brand’s unique blend of freeskiing and urban culture and throws in epic high-altitude house and techno performances for good measure. Artists play on twelve indoor and outdoor stages across the town and mountains of Chamonix, ranging from the Folie Douce hotel and an old church to the 3,466m-high Skyway Monte Bianco in Courmayeur. The hottest tickets in town are for the summit party on the top of the Aiguille du Midi – it’s hard to beat partying on a viewing platform 3,842m above sea level!  The festival runs for six days and invites revellers to party both on the mountain and off, blending snowsports with music across the mountains and attracting an international crowd.

Events priced individually from €10. Ski pass not included.
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Cheap and cheerful

Snowboxx 21-28 March 2020, Avoriaz, France

Snowboxx brings huge crowds to the French resort of Avoriaz each year and always sells out. Turning six this year, it offers revellers 600km of pistes in the world’s largest ski area, Portes du Soleil, with an impressive open-air arena by the slopes hosting huge DJs and live acts, legendary après parties and exhilarating off-piste activities. The line-up appeals to a younger crowd and includes UK DJ royalty such as Radio 1’s Annie Mac, DJ EZ and Glasgow’s Denis Sulta. As if a week of skiing and raving in the Alps wasn’t enough, there’s loads more to do at Snowboxx like bottomless brunches, igloo parties, inflatable races, snowball fights, and the unmissable skim pool. There’s also a heated indoor waterpark, a selection of spas and excellent food (and wine) across the resort. Monday is the infamous fancy dress day and every year a theme dictates the costumes of thousands of people across the Portes du Soleil. You have to see it to believe it!

Packages from £254 include accommodation and festival ticket. Ski pass not included.
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Acoustics with Altitude

Zermatt Unplugged, 14-18 April 2020, Switzerland

Where most Alpine music festivals showcase electronic music, Zermatt Unplugged does away with the synthesizers and base and strips it down to pure acoustic performances from some of the world’s finest singers. Now in its 13th year, the festival’s line-ups just get better and better, with performances this spring from Dido, the Kaiser Chiefs, James Morrison, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Curtis Stigers amongst others. The musical magic happens at over 14 diverse venues sprinkled across the town and slopes of Zermatt: from the headliner Marquee Stage which accommodates up to 2,000 people and pulls the biggest names, to the dinky 17th-century Winkelmatten chapel and cosy Gandeghütte, set at 3,030m near the Trockener Steg cable car. Each venue has its own unique vibe!

Overnight accommodation and festival passes from 270CHF (£215) for two adults

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