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WHICH WINTER MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR YOU? - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Wednesday February 13, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Here's the handiest app we've ever come across, designed to help you choose between all the fab European mountain music festivals.




As we ride out the snowy weather in the Alps, it's got us in the ski industry thinking...

Why not bring a Brit's favourite summer activity and combine it with the best of winter.

Hopping around Europe to music festivals is a Brit's summer favourite (well, it's one of ours, anyway).

And need we state what's the best thing about winter?

There are some insanely good festivals that are organised, up high and out in the mountains during the ski season, and many are upcoming this spring.

Just imagine: good music under the warm sun out in the most gorgeous of landscapes.

Whether you like electronic music, dance, jazz or a mix, there's definitely one for you.

Check the lineups of some of these incredible mountain winter festivals we mention below that are taking place in the Alps this season.

Then, get a ticket, grab your skis or snowboard, and enjoy two of the best things out there at once - live music + snowsports.















Crystal Ski Holidays has done its research on winter music festivals in the Alps.

The tour operator has created a 'study' (it's ok - it's about snow and music 'n stuff...) that breaks down the most popular and best value winter festivals.

It's actually a very cool, interactive web page that allows users to break down the factors of the many festivals out there.

It looks into the best value, for example, or the most popular, or the best for students.

We won't be sneaking to share the top 10 here:

1. Snowbombing - Mayrhofen, Austria
2. Horizon Festival - Arinsal, Andorra
3. Snowboxx - Avoriaz, France
4. Groove Cairngorm - Aviemore, Scotland
5. Rock the Pistes, Portes du Soleil, France & Switzerland
6. Rave on Snow - Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
7. Rise Festival - Les 2 Alpes, France
8. Altitude Comedy Festival - Mayrhofen, Austria
9. Electric Mountain - Sölden, Austria
10. BERGFESTival Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

But why do these come out top?

Muse at Ischgl's Top of the Mountain festivalMuse at Ischgl's Top of the Mountain festival













The tool allows you to check out the festival with the most dedicated listeners;

It uses the average Spotify monthly listeners figure for each of the major headliners since the festivals began to work out the 'most listened to' festivals.

Techy, huh?

Electric Mountain comes top in the most listened to festival, with 12,368,596 listeners.

Horizon Festival comes out as the best-valued and Crystal has even done the maths on the average cost per act at festivals.

Check the site to see the average cost of a bottle of wine or beer.

* inclusive of entrance to the festival, average flight costs, accommodation, transfers, and ski pass.* inclusive of entrance to festival, average flight costs, accommodation, transfers & ski pass








We spun the wheel on a firm PlanetSKI favourite festival, Zermatt Unplugged, which (to no surprise) comes out really quite spenny.

(We kid you not - there is an actual wheel for the many festivals out there (16 of them) that covers 14 facts you'll want to know before booking.)

Then we compared it to Snowbombing in Austria.

Crystal SkiCrystal's new music festival tool for Snowbombing














These symbols tell you the average for flights, a cocktail, the ticket, accommodation, a ski pass, a coffee, a beer...

This has got to be one of the best features of the season.

What's quick news?

Snowbombing is the most popular snow festival - when comparing Instagram hashtags, Google Searches, resort rating and apres rating for all of the events.

Is your aim to see as many acts as possible?

Then perhaps Rave on Snow in Austria is for you - (but next season as this festival takes place in December over four days with a total this season of 94 acts).

Crystal SkiCrystal Ski















Horizon Festival is located in the small picturesque village of Arinsal, Andorra.

The popular skiing destination turns into annual techno, house and dubstep festival, hosting a number of international DJs and artists.

Better still, the festival has the cheapest overall cost at £419 (including flights, transfers, accommodation and ski pass) - all calculated by the Crystal tool.

Rock the Pistes is the second cheapest festival on the list, meaning you can enjoy some winter fun without breaking the bank.

It takes place in Portes du Soleil, located on the border between France and Switzerland; This festival has seen the likes of Basement Jaxx, Caravan Palace and High-Contrast.

Snowboxx, located in Avoriaz, France covers everything from techno to grime.

Previous lineups include the likes of Gorillaz, Chase & Status and Stormzy and costs around £539.

Snowbombing - with an overall cost of £814 - is one of the pricier festivals on the list.

Former lineups include the likes of Fatboy Slim, Liam Gallagher, Dizzee Rascal and 80 other acts.

Located in Mayrhofen, Austria in April, there's also the 650km of blue and red runs to enjoy under a summer sun as well as igloo raves (now that's surely a new thing!), as well as boasting the steepest incline in Europe

Well stop ruining the fun, and leave you with the website to play with.

Warning: It's stolen a fair few hours of time from us and got us vwery well excited about spring!

A word from the MD of Crystal Ski Holidays, Chris Logan:

"We love winter festivals for the reason that it combines the love of music and skiing.

"If you're looking to break away from the summer festival scene or want to take your ski holiday to another level then our tool sets you on the right path."

For more information on the Winter Festivals tool, visit Crystal Ski Holidays.















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