Snowsports festivals around the world
Posted by Super User on Monday, 16 March 2015 in Blog
Sub-zero temperatures, snow, wind and ice all come to mind at the beginning of a new year. And whilst some will use cold weather conditions as an excuse to stay indoors by the fire, there will be many who will seek to take advantage of conditions by participating in one of the numerous snowsport festivals across Europe, America and Asia.
Around the globe festivals are organised with the aim of promoting the fun, adrenaline-fuelled world of snowsports. From North America’s Rockies, through the French and Austrian Alps all the way to Japan’s Hokkaido Island, the popularity of snowsports is ever on the rise. Moreover, festivals are attracting traditional family holiday-seekers as well as young enthusiasts.
Tignes, in France, hosts ‘The Brits’, an annual event held every March which hosts the British snowboarding free-ski championships. Holidaymakers flock from around the globe to watch some of the world’s leading talent as well as enjoy the slopes for themselves in a range of activities. On site are three snow parks, a boarder-cross and a halfpipe for the adrenaline fuelled freestylers! With a range of restaurants and nightlife, The Brits offer a choice for “every budget and palette”. World renowned talents DJ’s Kommissar and Tony B are currently scheduled to lead The Brits with more guests to be confirmed!
In the heartland of Austria is ‘Snowbombing’, one the world’s leading snow festivals. Accommodation for five nights and a festival wristband start as low as £234 per person and is likely to be a desirable destination for fans of the music scene. In 2015 Skrillex, Fat Boy Slim and Rudimental are amongst the names organisers have booked. Also on offer at Snowboming is the Ride N Seek competition, where some of the world’s leading snowboarders “throw themselves” down Penken Park!
Also in Austria is the ‘Top of the Mountain’ festival which holds three concerts a season and was recently fronted by Robbie Williams. Like Snowbombing, Top of the Mountain offers an irresistible mix of music and snow-sports and is likely to draw a young demographic - especially as the festival offers a variety of alternative events including motorcycling, cross-country skiing and freeriding. Families are also encouraged however with picnic walks, ponds, a diversity of wildlife and a youth club ensuring there is something for all ages to enjoy!
Vail, labelled as “one of the largest ski resorts in the world” with more than 5,200 acres of skiable land, is located in Colorado in the United States. The resort is home to professional US skiers during the off-season and open to the general public over 300 days a year. Vail offers something for every skier, from professional to rookie, young to old. Activities are specifically run for young children, five star restaurants are “around every corner” and a range of alternative winter sports are available on site including snowshoeing, zip-lining and tubing!
Over the other side of the world in Japan is a festival completely unique, the impressive ‘Sapporo Snow festival’. Sapporo is bordered by canal banks lit by thousands of candles and Odori Park which shows off some of the leading snow sculptures in the world today. Sapporo offers a truly unique experience, unlike any other festival in existence today. In contrast to the musical offerings at Snowbombing and The Brits, Sapporo offers a distinctive blend of art, creation and Japanese culture. Staying at the festival can be competitive though so there is a need to book ahead!BACK