Virtual Festivals’ top five snow festivals of 2012

Crowds at Snowbombing 2011 by steve wild
Crowds at Snowbombing 2011 by steve wild

As our Winter Wonderland turns to slush, let's have a look at the Top 5 Snow Festivals in 2012.

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So did the UK snow storm in February get you in a ice cool frenzy and whet your appetite for more? It’s fairly difficult to snowboard in the local park, and, let’s be honest, trying to get that old guy walking the dog to DJ was never going to work out well. Let’s do it properly, shall we?

Our Top 5 Snow Festivals are as follows:

5. Basscamp
“A busy little Alpine town” is about to host an electro-snowsports spectacular as Basscamp pitches up between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva in the French Alps. With 650km of piste, six snowparks and a Super Pipe, the mountain is going to get a lot of use. Brace yourself for the Back to the 80’s fancy dress party on the last night, there will be prizes.

Where is it? Morzine, the French Alps

When is it? 2-6 April

Who’s playing? The Correspondents, Slipmatt, Foamo,  Jon Kennedy, A.Skillz, High Rankin and many more.

How much does it cost? Five-day tickets start from 100EUR.

Click here to buy Basscamp Festival tickets.

Accomodation starts from 95EUR, with more information here.

4. Big Snow Festival
Year 3 of this incredible winter event promises to put the BIG in The Big Snow Festival. Now in the lively resort of Sauze d’Oulx, situated at one end of the incredible Milky Way ski area. Expect superb runs and an excellent après ski atmosphere with parties lasting long into the night! Expect days on the slopes to be followed by the best of the UK and world electronic music scene.

Where is it? Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

When is it? 25 March -1 April

Who’s playing? This year’s line-up includes Modestep (DJ set), Zomboy, Eddy Temple Morris and Judge Jules.

How much does it cost? Prices start at £499, including return flights, transfers, seven nights’ accommodation, a six-day lift pass and a Big Snow Festival wristband.

Click here to buy Big Snow Festival tickets

3. Winter Sessions
The Winter Sessions sprawl out across the Chamonix valley, with each section bringing its own unique style and character to proceedings. Aside from the live music and DJs, there is also the Alpine Cake Bake Off, the Mountain Sessions and a variety of slopes to cater for everyone from the expert to the first-timer. While there, you could also take a trip down the world’s longest ski run, the Valle Blanche, see the Mer du Glace glacier and see how things look from the 3800m-high summit of the Aguille Du Midi.

Where is it? Chamonix, France

When is it? 30-31 March

Who’s playing? Zero 7 (DJ Set), Norman Jay, Trojan Sound System and Mr Thing are all on the bill.

How much does it cost? A weekend ticket cost £71.50 (including booking fee).

Click to buy Winter Sessions 2012 tickets.

Click here for travel and accommodation information.

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2. Altitude Festival
Comedian Andrew Maxwell curates this comedy festival and with Austria’s steepest piste on hand, he’s put together a bill so full of rib-tickling heavyweights that people will be too busy laughing to notice your skiing technique. With a huge array of restaurants and bars, an award-winning terrain park and spa, plus a nightclub made entirely of snow, you’re likely to get the last laugh anyway.

Where is it? Mayrhofen, Austria

When is it? 26-31 March

Who’s playing? Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Tim Minchin, Al Murray and Kevin Bridges are all among those on board.

Click here for the full Altitude Festival line-up.

How much does it cost? Prices start from £259 for accommodation and festival wristband, with the option to create your own package on the event website, including travel, equipment and ski passes.

Click here to buy Altitude Comedy Festival tickets.

1. Snowbombing
Snoop Dogg might have bailed on Snowbombing (it’s okay, Dizzee’s stepped in instead), but that doesn’t mean you should do the same. There will be igloo raves (that nightclub made from snow again), forest parties, and a massive fancy dress street party, soundtracked this year by Fatboy Slim. An exceptional electro-leaning line-up and some of the best slopes around, and you could even join the epic road trip to get there if you really want to arrive in style.

Where is it? Mayrhofen, Austria

When is it? 9-14 April

Who’s playing? Dizzee Rascal, Example, DJ Shadow, Groove Armada presents Red Light, The Vaccines, Fatboy Slim and more.

Click here for the full Snowbombing line-up.

How much does it cost? Accomodation and ticket packages start from £289, with the option to make your own package on the event’s website.

Click to buy Snowboarding Festival tickets.

Snowbombing Festival – Virtual Festivals at Snowbombing Festival 2011