The best music festivals in Europe's ski resorts
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 19:52

The Big SnowGroove Armada, Norman Jay and Al Murray are three of the acts performing at this ski season's festivals – a far cry from the après-ski days of fondue and glühwein.

Rave on Snow, Saalbach, Austria

9-11 December
You may not have heard of the DJs, or even the resort, but Rave on Snow delivers on its promise. No one does après-ski like the Austrians, and if this dance music festival is so much fun you'll never make the first lift of the day, at least you'll leave with a smile on your face., weekend tickets €65, accommodation from €128pp for two nights, or from €455pp for seven nights, including lift pass. Return flights from London to Salzburg, via Vienna, from £208, with Austrian Airlines (

The Brits, Laax, Switzerland

18-25 March
The Brits may be a music festival with wild parties, but it also stays true to its primary function – as a competitive event for Britain's best snowsports athletes, who you can watch do their thing in slopestyle and ski/snowboardcross events. Laax is a gorgeous resort full of cool bars and stylish places to stay, and it's also home to two half-pipes, four snow parks and the indoor Freestyle Academy, an indoor space with ramps, foam pits and trampolines, where you'll do less damage to yourself learning new tricks than you would on the mountain., seven-night packages from £295pp, including accommodation, lift pass and events. Flights to Zurich from £73 return with easyJet (

Altitude Festival, Mayrhofen, Austria

26–31 March
Skiing and snowboarding is never more of a laugh than at Altitude, where top comedians – including Tim Minchin, Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Al Murray and Ed Byrne – will perform stand-up each night in this awesome ski resort., packages from £269pp based on two sharing in a pension, for five nights. Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck from £56 with easyJet  (, and from Stansted to Munich from £81 with Ryanair (

The Big Snow, Kopaonik, Serbia

23-29 March
Serbia's where it's at when it comes to finding an alternative music-related holiday destination – Belgrade is renowned for its clubbing scene, and summer brings Exit festival, one of the most highly rated European shindigs.

Exit's creators are now working with The Big Snow festival, which will move from the Alps to Kopaonik, for this, its third event. It's also going to double in size, though the line-up hasn't yet been confirmed. The resort is not the most challenging, but it has plenty of pistes, a free-style park, night-skiing and much cheaper food and drink than in the Alps., 0844 879 8319; seven-night packages including events, lift pass, return flights and accommodation start at £449pp, with a choice of accommodation and departure airports

Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria

9-14 April
The most famous snowy music festival boasts an amazing line-up, including Example, Groove Armada, Mr Scruff, DJ Yoda and Norman Jay. There's also the Arctic Disco in an igloo village, and a lot of "bonus bonkerism"., from £289pp for accommodation and entertainment. Fly from Gatwick to Innsbruck from £56 with easyJet (, and from Stansted to Munich from £81 with Ryanair (


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