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Slide away. The top 5 winter festivals for fans of music and snow.

Mention festival season and you might think of long summer days lazing around in fields dried from the sun. But festival season in the northern hemisphere isn’t just a warm weather summer love-in, as these ski and snowboard parties show.

With line ups as good as their summer counterparts and all encompassing tickets to get you there, put you up and get you on the slopes, these winter festivals are a hedonist’s dream. You have the beauty of the mountains, the daytime thrill of the piste and sparkling night-time parties to give you a fantastically fun – but no doubt very tiring – winter break. Pack winter sports travel insurance from World First and you’ll have everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

What more could you ask for? Here are five of the best winter festivals in the northern hemisphere.


SnowBall in Vail Valley, Colorado takes place between March 2nd and 4th. It’s a music festival with a strong student and indie vibe and a line up that this year includes The Kooks and Deer Park among an eclectic mix of dance and rock music.

The Brits in Laax, Switzerland (March 18th to 25th) is now in its 23rd year. It’s the big party for British alpine regulars and includes an intensely competitive snowboard and skiing championship that is famously fought by those hoping to be crowned the year’s best (and bravest) on the slopes. Last year the music included The Correspondents and Pendulum. This year’s line up is to be announced shortly. Not for the faint-hearted!

Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, Austria (April 9th to 14th) is the big European festival in the mountains. Its all star line up includes Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg, The Vaccines and Example. This year’s festival also features ‘The Road Trip’. Partygoers, artists and organisers will take to a multitude of vehicles and leave South London in a convoy of music and party, embarking on a two day drive across Europe before parading up the Mayrhofen main drag.

The Big Snow Festival in Kopaonik, Serbia (March 23rd to 29th) has some great value all inclusive tickets and a mix of electronic performers including Basement Jaxx, DJ Fresh and The Freestylers.

Snowsplash Japan covers three weekends across the end of January and beginning of February in several resorts. Their (slightly bizarre) motto is ‘Powda inna day, louda inna night’ and for those looking for an exotic trip to the Japanese high mountains it’s well worth joining.

Thinking of heading off? Don’t go without us!

Our winter sports policies are perfect for covering thrills and spills on the slopes. You’ll get £5 million worth of medical cover and protection against the loss or damage of skis and snowboards as well as the cost of your ski pass if you fall ill or have an accident that prevents you from hitting the mountains. We’ll even cover you if you’re feeling adventurous and want to go off-piste.

We’ve got the practical stuff covered too. If bad weather closes your resort we’ll pay out for any money you lose on equipment hire or missed ski lessons. On top of that you’ll get cancellation cover, protection against the loss of cash, baggage and travel documents and £2 million worth of personal liability insurance. Travelling with a medical condition? No problem. We cover thousands of them. We’ve even got the theft of your sunglasses covered. No ski insurance travels better.

>> Find out more about winter sports cover with World First

Thanks to @lee_m_robertson for researching this post.

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