Looking for something different for your 2015 get away? See our 2015 Ski Festival Guide for inspiration.
When it comes to choosing your next holiday destination, we know you’re more than likely to go for a spot in warm climes, because as Africans, that’s just what we’re used to. However, if you’ve had enough of city breaks and seaside resorts, how about shaking things up a little?
We’ve got the perfect alternative for you to try in 2015. Here’s a roundup of the very best European Ski Festivals that 2015 has to offer….
Go on, live a little.
Where? Bansko, Bulgaria
When? 7th -13th March 2015
What? A boutique festival in the remote ski resort of Bansko, Bulgaria. Celebrated for its rich and varied music line ups, affordable pricing and excellent ski facilities. Prices start from £259 for a full festival ticket, 6 nights of accommodation and a 5 day ski pass!
Rock the Pistes
Where? Portes du Soleil, France and Switzerland
When? 14th -21st March 2015
What? A week-long festival taking place across the entire Portes du Soleil ski area on the French-Swiss border. It promises lots to see with a range of French and international artists playing four gigs a day across two stages. And the best bit? It’s free! All you need is a lift pass to join the party!
Where? Alpe d’Huez, France
When? 21st -28th March 2015
What? By day explore one of the best ski resorts the Alps has to offer with over 249km of groomed pistes to play with. By night take après ski to a whole new level! From floodlit freestyle shows, top DJs, a festival arena packed with headline acts and outdoor pool parties complete with inflatables and a banging sound system. Boredom is not an option.
Where? Tignes, France
When? 21st -28th March 2015
What? A seven day festival attracting thousands of ski and snowboard fanatics from around the globe. The week’s main attractions include the annual British Snowboard and Freeski Championships, along with freestyle demonstrations from the best UK boarders and skiers. At night Tignes comes alive with a mixture of live bands and world famous DJs. Previous years have included the likes of Pendulum, Ben Howard, Rob Da Bank and The Correspondents.
Altitude Comedy Festival
Where? Mayrhofen Austria
When? 23rd -27th March 2015
What? Nominated for the best indoor festival award for 2014, Altitude allows you the opportunity to combine a day on the slopes with an evening of live comedy from some of the UK’s best comedians. Comedy greats John Bishop and Al Murray headlined last year.
Where? Mayrhofen, Austria
When? 6th -11th April 2015
What? In their own words, “Snowbombing is a festival filled with fresh air, blue skies, black runs and white hot parties…” Day time activities include skiing, boarding and music on the idyllic Mayrhofen mountain tops. While night time promises cutting edge performances in a range of weird and wonderful venues. If you’ve ever wanted to party in a ski high igloo or an enchanted forest, this is the place for you!
Where? Samoens (1 hour from Geneva international airport)
When? 12th -19th April 2015
What? A handcrafted, boutique festival in its first year, Slope-Off promises good times, music and sunshine on the slopes with a few flakes of mountain madness thrown in. Imagine acoustic sets in igloos, snow shoe hikes to forest parties, intimate log fire chalet gigs and piste-side, sunset dancing to feel good tunes. Prices start at £250 per person, which includes festival ticket and accommodation. Options range from budget (heated mobile homes) to luxury chalets and farmhouses. Stay tuned via the Facebook page and sign up for tickets on at www.slope-off.com
Top of the Mountain
Where? Ischgl, Austria
When? 2nd May 2015
What? This one day extravaganza is the crowning finale to the 2014/2015 winter season. It comes at the end of April/beginning of May when the Ischgl ski area provides clear sunny skies and some of the best snow conditions. It the perfect place to spend a week soaking up the natural surroundings, superb après ski and the electric atmosphere of this annual Top of the Mountain.
For money saving tips and advice to help you make the most out your ski holiday, check out this useful guide, which also includes airline baggage regulations and costs.