Snowboxx the Ski Festival – Drink, Dance and Dive
A ski holiday with a gigantic twist, Snowboxx offers a completely unique music festival experience that is perfect for any snow lover. Get yourself over to the home of the longest ski run in the world, the Alpe D’Huez, and enjoy a weeklong snow escape at an ever-evolving showcase that is complete with spectacular stages, expansive pistes, unmissable après and unforgettable features; dance on sky-top terraces or take a stroll around their many winter markets, be awed by their live freestyle acts or indulge in some crazy mountain top activities; all of this amongst some fantastic headline artists that provide masses of entertainment well into the night; really making Snowboxx the ultimate winter festival!
After a full day of tearing it up on the slopes, make your way down to the city centre and grab yourself an early tipple before getting ready for the night ahead. Whether you’re looking for a whether you’re in the mood to be boisterous, or just feel like a relax, there is definitely something for you, with so many events going on in and around the resort that you will not know what to do with yourself! Be free as you glide across the ice skating rink; or enjoy a naughty mix at the cocktail bar. Those looking to get out of the cold should take in the pool party, where the water is heated, the music is blaring, and the inflatables are floating, not to mention the amount of alcohol that will be consumed; whilst there is a late night ski area for those that didn’t get enough in the day time (or that decided on a different activity), though this will cost a little bit extra. Relax those aching joints at the mountain top spa, taking in some stunning views in the process; or test out those vocal cords in a karaoke cabin, a cable car kitted out with fancy dress, a photo booth and a sweet karaoke system, what better way is there to get up and down the mountain? Why not live it up at The Folie Douce? Described as ‘Ibiza on Ice’, the venue is home to a host of DJ’s, dancers and musicians that work in harmony with fire, smoke and champagne to make this event a must-not-miss! Be sure to take in the splendid views that stretch across the entire valley.
Incredible open-air stages, après terrace parties and late nightclub gatherings all serve to host a number of acclaimed international DJ’s; from ‘Horse Meat Disco’, where you can expect all manner of dance floor movers; from classic to cosmic to deep disco; to the Garage and Bass tunes of Eton Messy.
In Blonde you have one of the most exciting House and Electronic acts in the UK right now; whilst 2ManyDJs offer much more than just a DJ set, they offer a trademark mash-up style that splices multiple genres and pumps bass and classic remixes into a ‘schizophrenic party-starting wall of noise.’ The festival also hosts a number of live concerts from bands such as Anushka, who offer soulful, electronic tracks blended with jazz inflected beats; to Jungle and their blending of irresistible contemporary bass lines with intricate percussion and unique falsetto vocals straddling genres and time; relive the dance and soul of the 80’s diving into the heart of the disco revival that is taking over the UK dance floors.
On your first night their world famous ESF instructors will treat you to a floodlit freestyle show, to a backing track provided by the Snowboxx artists; enjoy the show as you are treated to some of the biggest and craziest aerials you will ever see.
The park is also host to the ultimate 80’s party people, The Retro Rentals, who run a Retro Winter Games in the Snowpark involving mini pipe comps and splash pond slides amongst much more. Come down, compete and take advantage of their ice bar and BBQ to accompany your success in the games!
Now, where to stay? Snowboxx offers the very best in accommodation to help make your festival experience as enjoyable as it can possibly be; with a wealth of options available that really do cater for all tastes and budgets, and all within walking distance of the ski lifts and festival centre! Enjoy the luxurious tranquility of a chalet; suitable for any group size, it will be your home from home and a place to kickback, relax and enjoy a little bit of intimacy with your nearest and dearest on your time off from partying; or revel in the extra care and attention that you will receive in one of their hotels, with breakfast served as standard and an option to upgrade to half board and receive a fantastic meal each night. For the all-in-one option, try one of the premium apartments; all about atmosphere and value, you will be in amongst all of the other partygoers whilst having a big enough space to enjoy a few cold ones in a relaxed atmosphere with your friends and family.
By Calum Dewsbury