Slopes, spas, and songs. It doesn’t get much better this. Agree? You'll love these crazy ski festivals…
Last updated: 17th Jan 2023
Ski festivals have surged in popularity over the past few years. When you think about it, it’s not really surprising. We all wish festival season lasted a bit longer, and that’s exactly what ski festivals do - extend the season.
And combining live entertainment, winter sports, and other fun activities was bound to go down a treat anyway. You can picture it now, spending all day on the slopes, then unwinding to your favourite tunes with a few drinks and then kicking off your morning with mountaintop yoga. It must really nourish the soul.
But as these festivals often last around seven days, you’re going to want to make sure you choose the best. So we compiled all the best ski festivals any slope addict would drool over to help make it easier for you to decide. So let’s dive straight in…
This seven-day long fest is all about hitting the slopes then letting loose by raving to the best electronic artists and DJs up in the snowy French mountain resort, Avoriaz. Perfect for rookies and pros alike, there are simple slopes and much more challenging ones to tackle. If that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty more, including bottomless brunch, comedy, igloo parties, spa sessions and more. Snowboxx is the fest we all want and deserve.
Another boujee do, Tomorrowland Winter is for those who want to combine great music and skiing while treating themselves. Indulge in lush raclette and smoky barbecued dishes while sipping on a bubbly prosecco. Party through the entire day until the sunset burns a fiery orange and then set off on a relaxed dogsled ride. And, of course, you'll revel in the sounds of today’s hottest electronic music artists. Finally, for those who like a challenge, the site is home to the entry point of the longest black run on the Alps, the Sarenne run.
Wondering what seven days at Snowbombing looks like? Anything could happen! You might discover your new favourite DJ, then laugh like a seal to some of the best comedians on the circuit before finding your zen at mountaintop yoga and meditation. There's the silent disco, UKG brunches, Bongo's Bingo, and so much more to discover. Then, as the fest comes to a close, you’ll unwind in the hot tubs, saunas, and steam baths. Oh, and a live waterfall will be within earshot.
House, garage, drum and bass paired with skiing and wellness activities? Don’t mind if we do. Rise Festival is the place to be this December if having an unforgettably brilliant time is on your to-do list. Ticketholders can catch breathtaking views of the resort on alpine helicopter rides then kick back in a heated outdoor pool. With an emphasis on wellbeing, there’s plenty to do in the way of yoga, meditation and spa retreats to recuperate in between parties.
All these ski festivals seem amazing. But not everyone likes electronic music. And some might find seven days is a bit too long for a festival. Well, Zermatt Unplugged, an acoustic music festival that will see performances from Patent Ochsner, Of Monsters And Men, and Peter Maffay, might be the one for you. Zermatt Unplugged offers a unique, intimate setting, allowing music fans to experience their favourite songs in their purest, stripped-back forms. Witnessing your favourite artists performing acoustic sets is an opportunity too good to miss. Paired with skiing and the gorgeous sights? We're sold.
2023 lineup: Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell, Dylan Moran, Rufus Hound, Deirdre O'Kane, Emmanuel Sonubi, and more
If you’ve got loads of music festivals already booked, you might be looking for something a bit different. Altitude Comedy Festival, winner of Best Overseas Festival at the 2022 UK Festival Awards, brings some of the most talented comics on the scene to one of the best ski resorts in Europe. Not much can top hitting the slopes in the day and laughing so hard you go mute and start slapping your thighs in the evening. Many comedy legends have performed here in the past, so you know you’re in for an unbeatable time. They even have an Aldi up there!
Taking place over two April weekends, Caprices Festival brings the best electronic music to the slopes. With crazy tunes from the likes of Jamie XX, Fatboy Slim, and more over five stages, unreal views, and plenty of parties in the clubs around the town and the MDRNTY stage and, of course, skiing, Caprices Fest is basically heaven. The 2023 edition will mark the fests 20th birthday so, you never know, they might pull some surprises out the bag!
We hope we made it easier for you to choose between these breathtakingly amazing fests, although we’re aware we might’ve just made it harder. Each of these festivals provides the smoothest slopes in the world, exceptional entertainment, inspiring activities, and sublime dining experiences. If you can’t help yourself and want to go to them all, we don’t blame you. And if your body can handle the session and the slopes, hats off to you!
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.