Why Snowboxx is the best festival you'll go to this year
Do you like snow sports? Do you like music? Do you like week-long holidays? Do you like quaint towns in the French alps? Do you like having fun?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then I think I’ve found the holiday for you.
Snowboxx is a winter festival which has been taking place over the past 5 years. Set up by two former University of Manchester students, it’s become one of the biggest and best winter music festivals in Europe. It’s the best possible week you can have the mountains, and who wouldn’t love a music festival above the clouds?
Set in the beautiful town of Avoriaz, where it’s been based for the last 3 years, Snowboxx is one of the biggest winter festivals in the world. Avoriaz is a pedestrianised town in the French Alps, close to the Swiss border (so close, in fact, you can ski to Switzerland from the resort). The only way you can get around the small town is by horse drawn carriage or snow plough, but most revellers choose to walk.
You can arrange your flights through the Snowboxx website, travelling with Jet2. You can arrange flights from a variety of different airports in the UK, and they all take you to Geneva, where you’ll be transferred by coach to Avoriaz (around a 2 hour journey, give or take).
In terms of accommodation, there’s plenty to choose from at all price points. From £484 for a 3* hotel pp right up to £659 pp for a 5* hotel (price includes accommodation, festival wristband, transfers and 5 day ski pass). When we went, we stayed at L’Amara (the 5* accommodation), and it was perfect for what we needed. You get a fully equipped kitchen, spacious lounge area, nice balcony with furniture, a good size bedroom and a bathroom with a bath, much needed after a long day on the slopes.
You can also buy short-stay tickets for the festival as well, including a weekend package and a short-stay package. You can find out more information here.
With the likes of Stormzy, Fatboy Slim, Chase & Status and Mike Skinner all having performed at the festival in the past, it’s become something of a hidden gem of a festival amongst dance music fans. However, there really is something for everyone at this festival, including a comedy night, the legendary bottomless brunch parties, igloo parties and even huge-scale snowball fights.
The festival itself is pretty spread out across the town. There’s the Apres Ski area, where entertainment is put on every night once the slopes close, and this has a large bar area where you can buy drinks from (card is accepted). There’s the main stage, where there’s performances roughly every other night. There’s also the town hall in Avoriaz where there’s after-party events, and this is also where the comedy night takes place. There’s even a stage across the border in Switzerland which you can ski to. Last year, Alice Merton performed here, and the stage is helicoptered in and helicoptered out after the performance, which is pretty cool in itself.
This year, acts performing at the festival include Craig David, Rudimental, Jax Jones, Wilkinson, Mike Skinner, and many more. You can view the full line up here.
There’s plenty of options to choose from when it comes to food. There’s ‘Chapka’, which serves the famous Chapka Burger and is definitely one to try whilst you’re here. There’s also ‘Le Bistro’, and ‘Yeti Bar’ does a great hot chocolate after a day on the slopes.
Obviously, the festival will be the main source of your nightlife, but aside from that, there’s loads of great nightclubs and bars in Avoriaz, including Jaja Bar and La Cachette.
The skiing is fantastic, with both easy and harder runs you can do depending on how experienced a skier you are. You’ll also learn on this holiday that skiing is the best hangover cure by a mile!
You can rent your boots and skis in the town if you don’t have your own, and all of the hotels are “ski in, ski out” and have great (and safe) storage lockers for you to lock your skis in at the end of the day.
Overall, Snowboxx has to be one of the top festivals on offer. It’s relatively easy to get to (I’d argue it’s easier to get to than Glastonbury, and I can vouch for that!), it’s in a beautiful setting and there’s an activity for everyone to get involved in.
This year’s Snowboxx festival is taking place 23rd-30th March 2019. Tickets are still available and can be bought here.