If you thought Austria was all about Leiderhosen and schnitzel, think again. The ski resorts of Austria are already famed for their Apres scene, and things are about to get wilder from the 3rd to 8th April, as Mayrhofen host this year’s Snowbombing festival.
The mountain festival attracts some big names, with Prodigy and Rudimental, to name a few, making an appearance in the past. It’s undeniably a unique venue for a festival, and you wont experience anything like it elsewhere – expect music of course, alongside games, parties and maybe even a little bit of skiing.
The five-day festival is a heady whirlwind of igloo raves, enchanted forest parties, and underground supper clubs. One of the most talked-about nights of the week is the fancy dress street party, full of multi-coloured ravers. Also a highlight is the Arctic Disco, set inside a real igloo – think fur rugs, ice bars, mulled wine, and bonfires…the perfect place to chill out if you’ve had enough of the revelry. And if the idea of taking your swimming gear on a ski holiday doesn’t make sense, you might want to reconsider, as there’s even a pool party to warm you up for the evening’s activities.
Headline acts play on the Forest Stage, in a truly majestic setting surrounded by trees. This year there will be live sets from Chase and Status, De la Soul and the Courteneers. The Mountain Stage (you guessed it, right by the mountain) hosts the best DJs, which this year includes Skream, Groove Armada and Shy FX. Every music genre is covered at Snowbombing, from dance and drum and base, to house and chilled beats – there’s even a reggae shack if that’s more your bag.
Mayrhofen is exactly what you’d expect from a charming Austrian ski town; gasthofs, tree lined ski slopes and plenty of friendly locals. There are 177 ski lifts on offer, so if you are serious about your skiing, there’s more to do than just party. Contrary to what you might think, Snowbombing is actually one of the cheapest ways to do a ski holiday! You can fly into Innsbruck on Easyjet, which is only an hour and a half away from resort. The official Snowbombing website are offering 5 nights accommodation (no camping here!) and a wristband to access all of the venues from £299. So you just need to sort your lift pass when you get there…if you wake up in time to get up the mountain!
If you don’t want to buy into the whole package, you can dip in when you like by staying in any one of the many alternative accommodations in town. For a taste of luxury, stay at Hotel Elizabeth, Mayrhofen’s only 5* hotel. Only 5 minutes away from the action, but with the benefit of being able to retreat when you need a break. Or put those pool party swimmers to good use and stay at the Sport Hotel Manni, about 200m away from the Penken Gondola and with it’s own open air rooftop pool. If you’re still looking to sleep on a budget (to save for all those Jagerbombs), then choose from either the Gasthof Edelweiss or the Siegelerhof bed and breakfast for a central location and a no-frills place to rest.
When it comes to filling your belly, there’s plenty of places to snack on pizza or schnitzel, washed down with some Austrian schnapps – so you wont go hungry. But if you are looking to cure the hangover with some serious grub, there are some great mountain restaurants with awesome views to blow out the cobwebs. Try Ahornhutte, accessible by skiers and pedestrians, if you can’t face those ski boots, or Grillhoffalm, where you can soak up the rays on the sun deck whilst enjoying a speciality pizza.