+ Do they have music festivals suitable for solo skiers?
Can't wait for summer music festivals?
Winter festivals vary in their degree of intensity and duration, but you're not lacking choice if you prefer to catch some winter sun and do a few runs between sets rather than sit on a dusty patch of grass with the smell of porta loos and a warm Koppaburg.
Dance, House and Electronic are the biggest genres, but there's a bit of rock, Jazz and classical thrown in if you're so inclined.
Want a festival experience and ski holiday rolled into one?
Sometimes the local band in a tiny après bar wont cut it or maybe you've had enough of watching those with potentially too much money waste a perfectly good bottle of champagne sloshing it about in VIP section of the Folie whilst you dance.
You don't have to commit to a full week of partying - choose a day ticket at some events to get a taste of the action.
What about if you've got no one to go with? Individual festival tickets are always available, obviously.
Solo skiers who want a party atmosphere need not miss out, some of the big names have the opportunity to share accommodation to meet fellow solos and facebook groups to chat beforehand to find new mates who are just as keen on ski and beats as you.
Without further delay, here's the list of the biggest winter music festivals in Europe:
Rock the pistes
Portes du soleil, France
12th - 18th March 2023
Passes are still available in combination with Ski passes - You wont find any huge international names like at the big summer festivals mind you.
Accommodation options through the official Les Gets or Chatel websites, but no shared options.
This is a far less all encompassing festival than the rest, so shouldn't cause huge crowds, and with it's isolation to one venue per day, it wont interrupt your apres if Rock isn't your genre of choice.
Can you go to Rock the Pistes Solo?
Sure! but there's no official organisation for solos
A much less intense (1 concert a day) festival than some others, this is an easy way to compliment your holiday in the Portes du Soleil.
Access from anywhere on the ski area: Les Gets, Chalets, Morzine, Avoriaz etc.
18th - 25th March 2023
Dance / Electronic / Techno / D&B
One of the OG huge festivals, this is a fully racked up week of gigs and entertainment that takes over Avoriaz. The line ups are world class acts, across 3 venues, including a Foreverland Forest Rave and even more in Downtown bars.
Can you go to Snowboxx solo?
Yes - They have shared accommodation options or hotel rooms but they're all sold out for 2023. Check back in July for 2024 opening prices.
There's still Ski pass + Festival ticket combos to be had. There's a Facebook group to chat to other people, but no official organisation.
Alpe d'Huez, France
18th -25th March 2023
7 days with 100+ artists, this is a work of art in itself
Taking over several key apres spots and pop up stages across the Alpe d'Huez area this can turn out to be a pretty immersive experience.
Can you go to Tomorrowland Winter solo? Accommodation options are gone, only Tuesday passes remain (at time of publishing) for 2023 so you'll have to build your own holiday around this if you want to attend.
No Facebook group or official plans for Solos.
Pas de la casa, Andorra
17th -19th March 2023
Dance / Electronic / Techno
A weekend festival for those of you who can't last the whole week of partying or want a quick getaway.
Festival and ski pass combo tickets are still left for 2023
Can you go to Hibernation Festival Solo? It's a good amount of time to go solo for a quick break, but again there's no official organisation for Solos.
Accommodation discounts available via the festival website, but you'll still be paying single supplements.
A great way to start or end a week skiing the 200km+ Grandvalira area
We recommend Mountain Hostel Tarter for a social accommodation option - Although you'll be staying in the same ski area, you'll be in a different resort so will have to rely on bus/ taxi's for evening shows.
Hostel is in El Tarter and shows are in Pas de la Casa
11 Apr – 15 Apr 2023
Acoustic (Check out the line up, it spans genres such as jazz, guitar, folk, pop)
A more 'grown up' festival if you will - The focus is on Acoustic music
Over 120 concerts during 5 days are taking place on 16 different stages, spread across the Village and Mountain.
International top artists such as Jessie J, Passenger, James Morrison, Nelly Furtado, Simple Minds, Alanis Morissette, Billy Idol and Lionel Richie, line up against a multinational selection of numerous newcomers which guarantee extraordinary acoustic shows.
Can you go to Zermatt Unplugged Solo?
No official catering to solos here either, but there's so much going on and so many venues, you'll never feel alone.
BONUS train transfers direct to Zermatt from Geneva mean no long buses or expensive taxis
Apr 10, 2023 - Sat, Apr 15, 2023
Dance / Electronic / Techno
One of the more intense festivals, you've really got to commit to Snowbombing - Tickets are only sold as week long bundles with accommodation included, no day tickets available.
Pick from a variety of add ons to manage your trip all in one place, with things like flights, ski lessons, transfers and even a Road trip from the UK planned. When you get there, there's also plenty of things to get involved with such a mountain top brunches, comedy gigs and much more.
Accommodation options as part of a package are selling out for Solos, so get in quick for 2023
Bear in mind for 2024 - there are dorm rooms and good value single rooms if you get in quick, where you're more likely to meet solos.
For now, join the facebook group to get chatting to people https://www.facebook.com/groups/1478466685498310/
Already thinking ahead?
Ski music festivals for 2023/24 season are already being announced.
Get in quick for solo options which sell out quickly.
Les deux Alpes, France
9th - 16th December 2023
Dance / Electronic / Techno
Accommodation options as part of a package are selling out for Solos, if you miss out we recommend grabbing a space in The people Hostel
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