The hills are alive with the sound of music


If you usually associate festivals with muddy fields, wellies and leaky tents, think again. Festivals aren’t just limited to the summer months, but are a whole year round event for every age group.  Live music doesn’t have a season, and there are a variety of events coming up sooner than July and August. If you’re more of a ski bunny, the annual Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria (close to Salzburg and the home of the Von Trapp family) may be up your street, combining skiing and snowboarding with DJs, bands and fancy dress parties. The week long event,held in the Austrian Alps is famed for its electronic dance performances, was started by friends from Manchester who loved ski holidays but hated the lack of good music. The festival has grown from its inception in 2000, to one of the biggest festivals in the world.  Past musical alumni include Fatboy Slim, Grandmaster Flash and The Prodigy.

A week of skiing and partying means that you need to wrap up warm but also dress to impress.  A good waterproof ski jacket, trousers and waterproof snow boots are essential. The most important thing is not to forget your sunblock  – although it may be bitterly cold, the glare from the snow and the altitude makes you more susceptible to sunburn and having a sore red and peeling nose is not only bad for your skin, but isn’t a good look either. Remember layering up is the best way to keep warm, with a base layer and a fleece under your ski gear; it’ll keep you warmer than just one heavy jacket. And if you’re a ski newbie and think you’ll spend less time shredding the slopes and more time relaxing, having layers means you can easily remove them when you’re inside so you won’t overheat.