Ski Resort Music Festivals to Attend this Season

csEvery win­ter, some of the world’s most promi­nent ski resorts host music fes­ti­vals to bring a lit­tle rhythm and blues to the moun­tain crowd — and the 2012–13 sea­son is no excep­tion. Here are some upcom­ing events that fea­ture high-pro­file music acts, rau­cous par­ties, ski and snow­board com­pe­ti­tions, and plen­ty of oth­er rea­sons to just buy your tick­ets now and not ask any questions. 

Where: South Tahoe, Nev.
When: Dec. 29–31
Why it’s great:  To kick off the New Year in style, Tahoe will host Snow­globe 2012 in the final days of Decem­ber; the sched­uled line­up includes Deadmau5, Wiz Khal­i­fa, Chromeo, and Beats Antique. The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture a myr­i­ad of before- and after-par­ties, as well as sev­er­al ski and snow­board com­pe­ti­tions. So if you don’t yet have New Year’s plans, now’s your chance — tick­ets are still available.

How much: Gen­er­al three-day admis­sion for Snow­globe costs $155–180; VIP and Shut­tle Pass options, as well as admis­sion for indi­vid­ual days, are also available.

Where: Steam­boat, Colo.
When: Jan. 5–10
Why it’s great: MusicFest adver­tis­es 40 coun­try, folk, and blue­grass artists in the span of six days. This year’s line­up includes John Townes Van Zandt, Bri­son Bursey, Char­lie Robi­son, and oth­er artists sched­uled to per­form in a hand­ful of venues — every­thing from dive bars to the Thun­der­head sum­mit. To learn more about the event, check out the annu­al MusicFest mag­a­zine. Anoth­er perk: every tick­et-hold­er receives a 50-per­cent dis­count on rental fees.

How much: Tick­ets start at $199 per person.

Snow­ball Music Festival
Where: Win­ter Park, Colo.
When: March 8–10
Why it’s great: Held in Win­ter Park for the first time this year, Snow­ball has attract­ed some seri­ous tal­ent in the past; last year’s per­form­ers includ­ed Snoop Dogg, TV on the Radio, The Head and the Heart, and Bass­nec­tar (this year’s line­up is TBA). Fes­ti­val­go­ers of all ages are invit­ed, and chil­dren 10 and younger receive free admission.

How muchGen­er­al admis­sion for all three days costs $149. The three-day VIP pass ($249–299) includes expe­di­ent admis­sion, ele­vat­ed plat­form seat­ing, and access to VIP facil­i­ties; the three-day Snow­Baller pass ($449) includes all of these ameni­ties, as well as access to an open bar and a keep­sake cloth­ing item.

Where: Killing­ton, Vt.
When: March 22-April 7
Why it’s great: Details are scant about the upcom­ing Nor’Beast­er fes­tiv­i­ties, so we refer to last year’s event. The Tweed Win­ter Car­ni­val fea­tured some of the North­east­’s most accom­plished folk/Americana/roots artists, includ­ing Way­lon Speed, Pis­tol Whipped, and Holy Plow. Oth­er attrac­tions includ­ed the K‑Town Show­down, a mas­sive slope com­pe­ti­tion open to skiers and snow­board­ers of all ages; The Hiber­na­tion, ‘one last run’ before the sea­son ends (that actu­al­ly lasts three days); and a pond-skim­ming com­pe­ti­tion in which con­tes­tants brave the unsta­ble sur­face of a frozen pond. Add to that a slew of mogul races, big air con­tests, rail jams and oth­er spec­ta­tor-friend­ly events. In oth­er words, the phrase ‘some­thing for every­one’ def­i­nite­ly applies.

How much: Tick­et prices are unavail­able at this time (and yes, we called). Please vis­it the site ear­ly next year for more information.

Where: Mayrhofen, Aus­tria
When: April 1–7
Why it’s great: More than 70 musi­cal acts are slat­ed to per­form at Snow­bomb­ing 2013. Of course, this being a Euro­pean fes­ti­val, many of the artists might be obscure to us Yanks (Kasabi­an is head­lin­ing). But on the oth­er hand, this being a Euro­pean fes­ti­val, atten­dees should expect loud sets, crowd­ed dance floors, and plen­ty of food and drink to keep the crowd sati­at­ed. Oth­er attrac­tions include an igloo rave (read that one again, let it sink in), plen­ty of open-air gath­er­ings and “Aus­tri­a’s biggest fan­cy dress street par­ty”. If that’s not enough to lure you to Snow­bomb­ing, then Mayrhofen’s world-class runs and quaint vil­lage atmos­phere will keep you hap­py. Atten­dants must be 18 or older.

How much: Mayrhofen offers admis­sion to Snow­bomb­ing as part of your accom­mo­da­tion. Prices for lodg­ing, lift tick­ets, rentals, lessons, etc., all wide­ly vary, but this chart should get you start­ed in the right direction.

World Ski & Snow­board Festival
Where: Whistler, B.C.
When: April 12–21
Why it’s great: This end-of-sea­son trib­ute fea­tures live per­for­mances from some of the indie scene’s most pop­u­lar acts; last year’s line­up includ­ed hip-hop duo Swollen Mem­bers, Aus­tralian folk­sters Tin­Pan Orange, Mon­tre­al-based rock trio Tea Leaf Green, and Gram­my-nom­i­nat­ed elec­tro-bal­ladeer Felix da House Kat (this year’s line-up will be revealed ear­ly next year). In addi­tion to the music, WSSF also fea­tures fash­ion shows, a short film com­pe­ti­tion, gallery events, and the like — not to men­tion the eye-pop­ping Mon­ster Ener­gy BIG AIR competition.

How muchTick­et prices will be avail­able in Feb­ru­ary. In the past, most WSSF events have been free to the pub­lic; exhi­bi­tions, shows and oth­er events that do charge admis­sion usu­al­ly run between $10 and $35.