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Snowbombing Festival

When you think of a ski festival, the first one that may into your mind is Snowbombing. Snowbombing has certainly earnt its place as the biggest, most renowned ski festival out there, as leaders of the festival revolution in the mountains. Mayrhofen boasts 136 km of pistes and is easily accessed by bus and train from the neighbouring resorts in the Zillertal Valley such as Hintertux and Fügen.

In 2019, Snowbombing celebrated its 20th anniversary, making it the longest-running ski festival in Europe. Get loose on top of a snowy mountain at the Mountain Stage. End the week on an all-time high watching incredible performance surrounded by towering trees at the epic Forest Stage. Music isn’t the only focus here, and there is an abundance of activities to try out, such as Alpine Yoga, Paragliding, Snowlympics and Water Splash. This is one week you won’t want to miss out on, so get involved!

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Where is Snowbombing?

Snowbombing is held in the Zillertal Valley ski resort of Mayrhofen in Austria. The village is an attractive, traditional Tyrolean style. The resort has managed to maintain its authentic character, while becoming a livelier, more modern resort.

The ski terrain in Mayrhofen is ideal for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers looking to cruise down its 135km of slopes. Alternatively, maximise your ground with the Super Zillertal lift pass, which gives you access to more than 639km skiable area. Snow cover is generally reliable, given that the highest lift is at 2500m.

Fly to either Innsbruck, Munich or Salzburg and take a Snowbombing airport transfer bus to Mayrhofen. The official website also offers coaches from various cities in the UK, so you can kick-start your week by taking the party bus with fellow Snowbombing attendees. You can also organise your own travel independently. Via train is an easy and cheap way to get to Mayrhofen. Once in resort, there are official taxi services to shuttle you around. Snowbombing has been around for so long that everything has been thought of here, so you won’t get stranded.

What is Snowbombing festival like?

Snowbombing has been described as the Glastonbury of ski festivals. It is known for being high energy and big name performers. Not only is it about the music, they also host some innovative events such as secret mountain raves, table tennis tournaments, igloo raves, Snowlympics, chairlift speed dating, to name a few. The festival lasts five days with around 100 performances, so make sure you pace yourself in order to be on form for the whole week and not miss a thing.

Skiers and festival-lovers alike flock to the legendary Snowbombing festival annually. This is an action-packed, fun-filled week where fancy dress is certainly encouraged, so don’t be afraid to unleash your alter-ego. After some hardcore partying, if you are feeling in need of some downtime and a zone to recharge, head to the rooftop Jacuzzis and luxury spas around town.

Make sure you wear your wristband at all times as this is your entry pass to get into the venues and the only way to order drinks. There is a top up station where you can top up your wristband with the desired amount of cash – it couldn’t be simpler!

When is Snowbombing?

Snowbombing is held in the spring, usually in the first week of April for 5 days. This awe-inspiring event attracts over 6000 revellers each year. As the festival is held in spring, the weather can be rather glorious, so you will need fewer layers for the slopes, but still will need to wrap up for the colder weather up top. Make sure you are able to de-layer as when you are in the rave it will be hot and sweaty!

Who is playing at Snowbombing?

This famous party on the piste has seen headliners such as Ed Sheeran, Kasabian, Fatboy Slim, Rudimental, Pendulum and tonnes more well-known artists to suit all variety of music tastes. Performances are held in unique venues, from the Racket Club over the Arena to the Brück’n Stadl. Check out the Smirnoff Arctic Disco to dance the night away and the Forest Stage nestled in a jungle for an unforgettable experience.

How can I book Snowbombing festival?

The best way to book Snowbombing is to book through the official website, where you can book packages for just a £50 deposit, plus booking fee. Your base package includes accommodation and festival wristband, and prices increase in tiers. They have a range of lodgings to choose from to suit all budgets. Please note that day tickets are not available. Your package includes a wristband that entitles you to entry to all Snowbombing venues, parties, and events, except for the Backcountry Party and the Arctic Disco, which must be bought separately. These experiences are definitely worth adding to your Snowbombing bucket list.

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Snowbombing festival FAQ:

Snowbombing is a ski resort festival, described as the ‘greatest show on snow’. It is the pioneer of winter festivals, having begun 20 years ago, and having hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry. Not only does Snowbombing attract ski and music enthusiasts, there are also a whole host of activities to take part in or spectate.

Since 2005, Snowbombing has been held in the Tyrolean, lively resort of Mayrhofen. Spanning over 135km of pistes, this Austrian delight is well-known for its variable terrain and buzzing après scene. Mayrhofen is just an hour’s drive from Innsbruck Airport and one hour and fifty minutes from Salzburg.

If ever there was an occasion to go all out with your costume, this is it. Now is the time to get creative with your ski/festival attire. Think bright, loud, arctic disco vibes – underlayer being ready to party and ski wear over the top. Remember to pack for all types of weather though as it can be cold up the mountain, possibly rainy in the forest party and steaming hot in the rave. Discover what to pack for a ski festival.

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