Snowbombing: An Explosive Thrill of Arctic Proportions Five days, 100 performances, 650km of piste and one hell of a snow party experience. The Snowbombing festival is one of the best mountain festivals worldwide and takes place in west Austria’s town of Mayrhofen. It’s definitely something you are not going to want to miss. The glorious […]Snowbombing 2020 Mayrhofen, Austria Mayrhofen Austria
Five days, 100 performances, 650km of piste and one hell of a snow party experience. The Snowbombing festival is one of the best mountain festivals worldwide and takes place in west Austria’s town of Mayrhofen. It’s definitely something you are not going to want to miss.
The glorious mountain scape has it all. From blue runs to red runs and the Harikiri, Europe’s steepest incline, SB provides perfect terrains for beginners to snow-shredding experts. The ‘hof hosts daily lessons from numerous qualified instructors to take your ski and boarding skills to the next level.
Take a crack at the Penken and Ahorn slopes as well as the Vans Penken Park for backcountry skiing, epic carving and freestyle tricks. After some adrenaline-filled runs, head over to one of the five mountain venues for massive dance parties on the piste.
Can’t get enough of the music? Headline venues offer world-class DJs spinning enchanting tracks in arctic forests, Austria’s streets and underground arenas. There is no shortage of live music or epic stages.
Hitting the slopes by day and partying all night can take a toll on even the hardest ragers. That’s why the Snowbombing festival offers several ways for attendees to relax and unwind.
Decompress in top-tier spas or rooftop hot tubs. Stretch out your sore muscles in alpine yoga sessions amidst nature’s purest forests. Don’t forget to pig out or fine dine at the dozens of restaurants that the ‘hof has to offer!
‘Party at outrageous venues, relish pristine pistes and take part in an arctic culture filled with music, food and alpine adventure.’
After stocking up on Jaegers, regional Zillertal beer and different cuts of locally farmed meats the party starts almost immediately at one of the many bars decorated in banners that are brimming with revelers donning their fresh Snowbombing wristbands.
The crowd chatter with how they’re going to get from DJ Rodigans set at Racket club to ‘Hot since 82’ who’s playing at Bruck’n Stadl, they’re only 10 minutes away from each other so it’s not going to be that much of a hassle. More important is how late you want to stay out tonight, because the snow is going to be perfect in the morning and you’ll want to get your ski legs for the rest of the week.
Everyone you meet at Snowbombing is pumped. From the cute staff who tie your wrist band to the ski instructor who’s planning on how late you want your lesson to start (because Groove armada are playing at 1.30 and you don’t think you’re gonna get home until 4).
The crisp air at 2000m is your cure from the night before and Toddla T awaits you at the end of slope 14 when you feel refreshed after skiing your hangover away. The Mountain tops are pumping with a blend of house music and it’s gearing you up for another brilliant night.
The Mayrhofen ski resort will be the place to be for all of your snow-filled adventures in the middle of April. There is no need to go anywhere else and the complimentary shuttle buses get you everywhere.
The Snowbombing venues range from stages in the mountains and the forest as well as an igloo and bars in Mayrhofen village. Boarding blends into apres and good food blends into beautiful house beats as you lose sight of what time it is for 6 days of partying, sliding down powder and meeting new people.
Head to the venues early to witness some of the acts completely transform a chilled out venue into a bouncy moshpit. True to the relaxed vibe Snowbombing attracts, it is probably one of the friendliest winter mountain festivals.
Make sure to dress appropriately as the weather in Austria is cold at this time of the year. Dress as if you were going out to party with ski clothes on top! Wear comfortable shoes for walking through the snow and crowds.
Not all the events are taking place outside. Put on layers that you can take off when it gets hot and sticky at night.
Sunglasses and sunscreen: Bring goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun which is pretty strong in the mountains. You get burned easier and quicker in the mountains than you think, so don’t forget to put on high factor sunscreen.
Fancy dress: It is optional, but strongly encouraged.
Swim shorts: You don’t want to miss out on the Snowbombing pool party or soaking in the hotel pools.
Winter Festival Survival Toolkit: a few added extras to fulfill the mountain party potential.
Tickets include an accommodation and festival wristband. You can choose anything from budget to luxury stays. Upgrades to ticket packaging include ski passes, VIP options, equipment rentals and more. Just head to Snowbombing’s website to get your ticket.
Snowbombing takes place over 6 days, starting on Monday, 13th April 2020 until Saturday, 18th April 2020. If you get there earlier you are in luck, the Fun House already opens on Saturday and there will be at least 2 opening parties on Sunday.
The lineup has now been announced and headline acts are Liam Gallagher, The Streets, Foals, Kurupt FM, Loyle Carner and many more. DJs are Chase & Status, Rudimental, Claptone, Alan Fitzpatrick, Gorgon City and others..
Don’t lose your wristband: The event started a cashless wristband feature a few years ago. Whilst it wasn’t executed well at the beginning you now cannot get into any venue without it or even order a drink. There is an auto top up option that ensures you always have cash on the band. Nothing will stop your party this winter.
Hire gear: Rent skiing and snowboarding equipment with a locker at the mountain where there are multiple rental shops. It saves so much time and effort in the morning, the lockers are heated and it means you can drag your weary ass out of bed to hit the mountains without the added effort of gear weighing you down. Don’t stress too much about sorting this in advance, it’s very easy.
Download the Snowbombing app: Get all the latest news and who is playing where during the week through the official Snowbombing app. Unfortunately the organisers have asked to pay extra for the venue lineup information in the past. It kind of left a bad taste in your mouth that you were essentially being forced to pay money for an absolutely necessary part of the festival experience.
The festival has been going for over 20 years making it one of the first ones of its kind. Initially held in France and Switzerland the organisers moved quickly to Austria and its home Mayrhofen. With an epic lineup and a great mix of live bands & DJs, mountain vs. village stages, street parties, great pistes and après ski fun it makes it a winter music festival that cannot disappoint.
Whether you’re looking to shred the slopes, rage to head-banging music or relax with a cold one, the Snowbombing festival offers a variety of activities for everyone. Plan ahead and be a part of one of the world’s raddest snow events.
You may wake up from the night before with renewed confidence in your skiing ability and try to tackle Harakiri, Austria’s steepest piste. If you’re a novice/intermediate don’t even think about it. The number of people sliding down that slope arse over face is comical. Not worth sacrificing the headline event at the end of the week!
Try and ski the glacier if you can. It’s magical!
Aside from the glacial experience, Mayrhofen offers tons of adventures for all-types of thrill seekers:
Be apart of a two-day SB road trip across four countries
Find your lover in chairlift speed dating
Compete in the wacky and entertaining Snowlympics
Paraglide over breathtaking views of the Austrian alps
Austrian food is hearty and a great base for a night of drinking. Try ‘Käsespätzle’, Austria’s version of macaroni cheese and ‘Buchteln’, yummy buns with vanilla sauce.
If you are looking for a late night snack, head to ‘Scotland Yard Pub’. They do pizza until 2 am which beats lining up at the kebab shop on the main road for 20 mins to get served! It’s a local skier hang out with a quirky crowd and talkative bar staff.
Apres at ‘Hans the Butcher’ is legendary but ribs and steak at ‘Hotel & Gasthof Perauer’ are brilliant after a long ski.
Part of the Snowbombing experience is to drive from home to Mayrhofen where you eventually reach the valleys of Austria dwarfed by snow capped mountains and lush greenery. Winding down the window you take in a breath of fresh mountain air that revives you after seemingly endless motorways. The stunning beauty of Mayrhofen’s landscape and the timeless architecture of its hotels and guesthouses makes this festival distinct from anything you’ve experienced.
As you drive into the town itself you are greeted with huge banners, signs for festival venues and bunting wrapped across the small windy streets of this intimate venue. People dressed in ski gear mingle with those in costume as well as the locals who seem unfazed by the ludicrousness of this annual event that transforms Mayrhofen-Hippach for a whole week.
The closest airport to Mayrhofen is Innsbruck (INN). From there you can take the public bus (route F) to Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof (central bus & train station). At the central station you can jump on a train to Jenbach where you can change for the Zillertalbahn, a train that goes through the beautiful Zillertal to Mayrhofen.
Alternatively you can get a direct shuttle from the airport that usually drops you off at your accommodation.
Bundling up your ticket packages at the Snowbombing festival is a very cost-efficient way to get the most out of your trip. If you are looking for a five-star dwelling or a crash pad, Snowbombing offers just about every type of accommodation to suit your needs.
Mayrhofen is a great walking town. Although a car is a luxury, it isn’t necessary, especially for skiers and snowboarders. Ski buses can take you just about anywhere and are free most of the time. Getting around is not difficult at all which allows you to enjoy more time on the slopes!
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