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If you love festivals but dread the long winter months where you wallow in the depths of seasonal affected disorder while gaining at least a stone, a good solution would be to book a winter festival.
Ski festivals are growing in popularity and while Snowbombing in Mayrhofen is probably the most famous it is also fairly expensive.
If you want to get away without breaking the bank Snowboxx is a smaller and younger alternative, but word is spreading fast.
The festival used to take place in Andorra but is now settled in Avoriaz (pictured), which is part of France’s huge Port du Soleil ski area
Held each year in March it is perfectly situated at the end of the gloomy winter months and enjoys some of the best weather of the season to ensure that you top-up on the vitamin D as well as hit the slopes.
It’s not uncommon for people to don fancy dress on the slopes during Snowboxx and it’s fun to sunbathe in a deckchair and watch the random groups pass by over drinks.
Last season saw six brilliant days of sunshine, which made for enjoyable lunches on the piste and we spotted plenty of interesting goggle marks on the plane journey home.
Snowboxx is already the second largest winter festival in Europe and in 2016 signed acts such as Grandmaster Flash, Sigma, chart smashing Blonde and double Mobo award-winning rapper and MC Stomzy.
The mix of great skiing and music isn’t the only reason this has been a sell-out hit for the past two years running.
Snowboxx is a great value festival in a stunning setting – and one that has a great snow record
It is also incredible value with packages starting from £339 including flights, resort transfer, self-catered accommodation, lift pass and festival ticket.
And if you think that for that price you sacrifice good skiing, think again.
The festival used to take place in Andorra but is now settled in Avoriaz, which is part of France’s huge Port du Soleil ski area. It encompasses 13 resorts and is only just over an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport.
The area is perfect for beginners and intermediates with 123 easy runs and 110 medium runs.
For the more adventurous Avoriaz also has one of the best snow parks in the world, with boxes, rails and scary jumps – though there are tiddlers to build your confidence up on.
Avoriaz itself is a purpose-built cliffside town in beautiful surroundings where the roads are made of snow and the only way to get around (other than ski) is by horse drawn carriage.
The smallish resort makes for a perfect festival village with each attraction in easy reach of the accommodation, lifts and bars.
The main stage highlights last season included electric performances by drum and bass duo Sigma and former Streets frontman DJ Mike Skinner.
Revellers were also able to enjoy a pool party at Aquariaz and drinks at the Igloo party, a purpose-built ice bar with DJs playing as the sun went down.
One evening we decided to stop off for drinks and watch people playing a game of ‘human skittles’, which involved zorbing into inflatable skittles.
Snowboxx offers a range of accommodation so if you’re not counting the pennies then the L’Amara five-star hotel comes with an outdoor hot tub, pool and spa to help you soothe those muscles after a long day on the slopes.
Be warned, though – the attractive price of the festival does attract its fair share of stag dos. So if it’s a peaceful week on the slopes with the family or the in-laws you’re after it might be better off looking elsewhere.
However, if you’re happy to ignore some laddish behaviour and enjoy some top music and great skiing for a very reasonable price then Snowboxx is definitely worth a visit.
Snowboxx will be at Avoriaz from March 18 to 25, 2017. The line-up includes Basement Jaxx and Hannah Wants.
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Portes du Soleil lift passes: Adult 1 day – €51/£43 Children – €38/£32. Adult 6 day – €255 /£217 Children – €199/£169.
Thanks to the Daily Mail Travel guys for this feature