Music for the Himalayas

By Sergio González | 12:23


Austrian Alps village

Austrian Alps, peace soon to be caos

A warm fire, nice company and a hot chocolate -with a touch of brandy, following is grandma’s advice and always optional- can be the perfect end to a ski afternoon, but if you add some good live music to the mix you’re weekend break away up scales to those quality moments everybody seems to be looking for nowadays.

The Alps or The Pyrenees offer the perfect background for intimate French indie bands or German rockers to get noticed by international ski enthusiast. . There are enough music festivals on the slopes to match everybody’s liking and make us dance till sunrise starts melting the snow around us, but here come a couple of facts you should know.

These festivals are really matched to skiing and snowboarding, they’re not a plug-in or an excuse to party but a natural extension of a lifestyle. Snow-soccer, freeze- diving (it requires no explanation, just ducking under icy waters) and many other funny sports compete for attendant’s attention along free-style shows, comedy performances or poetry reading for those who are in deep touch with mountains.

Music festivals in ski destinations happen during opening and closing times, aka Nov-Dec and March, and they necessarily include DJ’s music, half crushed energy drinks on the slippery floor and jägermeister bottles and drinkers not caring for tomorrow’s snow but for right-now wild dance.

From 13-16 December, Austrian festival Rave on Snow gets the party started. 48 hours of non-stop techno, house and minimal electro that metamorphose the little village of Saalbach, in the middle of Austrian Alps, into a kind of Northern Ibiza.

German DJs have been getting #1 hits in electronic music since the 80’s and the program is full of them so quality is assured. More than 70 DJs are really difficult to haul in such location, so expect truly unusual ventures that might add dancing to glamorous Wankelmut’s trendy beats inside a primary school.

Rave on Snow is perfect to share a crazy fun weekend with your friends before Christmas family gathering, at least if we stick to its origins 19 years ago, when a German young snowboarder wanted just some partying with his friends. Look at it now!

Not a good time for ski music festivals lovers next 2013, Big Snow Festival won’t be taking place this year. After shifting the location several times, its promoters explained that they couldn’t find a place to measure up last 2012 edition success in Andorra, nor repeat in the Pyrenees principality. No worries, let’s look what other festivals can we attend to at the break of Spring.

Les Portes du Soleil is a major ski destination in Northern Alps, 14 valleys with miles of pistes to slide and glide between Mont Blanc Peak and La Geneva, home of Rock the Pistes. There are several thing to do from 20th to 24th March at Rock the Pistes Festivals but the coolest comes even before the concerts.

Aprés-ski, people is sent a message with the location of the shows and performances they’ve book, that will take place that evening at Poudreuse Natural Reserve. This preserved environment can only be reached skiing!

Austria is again the right place in March, Snowbombing Festival closes winter till next year 1-6 in Mayrhofen and it’s a huge event with names like Kasabian, Carl Coxx or Groove Armada waiting for you. Snowbombing is known for its bold performances under the moonlight and a certain touch of mysticism.

The Brits is not only a music festival in the Alps but a true championship of whatever you can imagine and snow, like protest sloppy-style or skier-crossing. One of the main events of ski season, this 2013 will take place from 23rd to 30th March and is moved from its usual location in Laax, Switzerland, to Tignes in France.

It seems The Brits organization doesn’t want to miss Tignes trendy atmosphere. The quaint French village is ousting traditional ski destinations in the Alps and there’s no doubt how. How cool does it sound to say 2012 bye-bye in Martin Solveig’s New Year’s Eve party? And if it’s at 2100 meters high and for free? Fire Mix Party, 31st December, Tignes, France.

Want some more? Try mc’s and hip-hop Winter Sessions festival in breathtaking nearby Chamonix.

Photo Credit: Leo-setä

  • posted by Ski Chalets France | 15 November 2012, 17:50,

    The Brits at Tignes is not to be missed. A great festival, fantastic atmosphere and huge ski area. Lots of deals available direct from the Tignes website or one of the many tour operators support the event.

  • posted by Courtney Imel | 16 November 2012, 23:16,

    Thanks for the comment! You’re right! We will keep that in mind. Visit our blog daily for more interesting posts! 😉


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