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