Snowboxx is a ski holiday in one of the best resorts in Europe & a completely unique music festival experience. Accom, lift pass and festival ticket from £229
A week long snow escape, with day times dedicated to cruising amazing alpine pistes, dancing on sky top terraces or getting involved with crazy and wonderful mountain activities. apres-ski gets taken to a whole new level, with live freestyle displays, headline artists, and winter markets - and when the sun comes down the music doesn't stop! For those that want something different you can sample incredible alpine cuisine, hit up an outdoor pool, or head ice skating, it's all here at Snowboxx. Everything you want to do in a winter resort, in one week. Spectacular Stages, expansive pistes, unmissable apres and unforgettable features.
In March 2014 we took 2,500 snow loving, party people to the resort of Vallnord, and it was an unforgettable week. For 2015, Snowboxx is evolving. We have found a new home in the town of Alpe D'Huez where we will be taking over areas of the village to create magical festival 'centres', that will host an incredible array of events and activities. Check out our town map here.
We will be bringing incredible open air main stages, apres terrace parties, international DJs, and late night club parties. As well as all this there will be outdoor pool parties, world record attempts, tropical tea parties, live art on the snow, karaoke on the chair lifts, and this is only the start.click here for the full lowdown. Combine all these with one of the biggest ski areas in the world (check out the snow here), and even more fun features on the slopes (check it out), Snowboxx promises to deliver the complete winter festival. Snowboxx 2015 will be unmissable, with bigger events, artists, ski area and extras than ever before - and all this is included in an unbeatable package price.
Snowboxx has sold out for 2 years running, and with 7 night packages starting from just £229, we strongly suggest booking early! It costs as little as £50 deposit to secure your place, with the rest payable in January.
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Forget city centres filled with Primarks and Marks & Spencers and start thinking main stages, headline DJs, terrace parties, freestyle skiing displays, restaurants, french street food markets - and that's just the start of it at Snowboxx 2015. After a full day of tearing it up on the mountain, all slopes lead straight down into the heart of the city centre. Grab yourself an ice cold beer or a warm vin chaud and soak up the late season rays. When the sun comes down the city centre comes to life, with lights, music and snow. The City Centre is the hub for all the main parties, events and other Snowboxx flavoured fun. it's located at the heart of the festival. The area, located right at the top of Alpe D'Huez village, is where all the main slopes pour down into, and is no more than a 15 minute walk away from any of our accommodation.
The City Centre is split into two main areas:
The Taburle Terrace is a 2,000 capacity stage that spills out onto the snow with a mountain skyline as its backdrop. This is where we bring out our big artists. During the week, the terrace will be open every day from lunch until late, with our finest lineup of DJs stomping the apres hours, and the Retro Rentals guys putting on mini competitions, dance offs, air guitar battles and all sorts of other impromptu apres madness. For the main events, we will transform Taburle into our main arena - with a huge stage, spellbinding light installations and a soundsystem that will awake the mountains! All our headline artists will take to the stage to play exclusive sets in an unforgettable setting - and the acts are bigger than ever before, with an international array of DJs and bands on show. Check here for more info on the lineup.
The Market sits right next to the Taburle Terrace, and will be open all week for those that are looking to take a moment away from the musical madness and fuel the festival fun. There will be stalls serving delicious alpine food and drinks including Tartiflette, Fondue, vin chaud, as well as unique seating areas that will come to life at night. more on this to come!
This is the place to go if you fancy something a little bit different with your friends. The High St has all the indulgences you need to relax your way into the perfect evening at Snowboxx.
The High Street has 3 spas for you to choose from, all within a few minutes walking distance. Let the team at O Des Cimes pamper and indulge you after a long day on the slopes. Massages and beauty treatments are their speciality, but their Turkish Spa, Saunas and Jacuzzi are enough to turn an evening at Snowboxx into pure bliss. Click here for more info. Or transport yourself to the orient at Le Spa. Specialists in eastern & asian treatments, they focus on using all organic methods to make you feel fabulous at Snowboxx! Looking for the Royal treatment? Hotel Spa Royal Ours is the place for apres divas that just want to chill out. Turkish baths, whirlpools, saunas and a swimming pool - is there anything more fabulous? After all that pampering your going to need a cocktail right? Luckily on the High Street you've got the two best cocktail bars in town. Depending where you want the night to go, you can head to Le Sporting for a delicious cocktail that will almost definitely turn into a late night dancefloor session. Alternatively there is L'Etalon, Alpe D'Huez's very own rum bar - but don't worry it's not all hula skirts and pirates. They've got a huge variety of rums and cocktails that will perfectly accompany your evening of indulgence. Round the corner from this is the tea party bar - see the features section for more on that! Open Air Pool
At the end of a long day on the slopes, take the weight of your feet and head for a dip in the outdoor heated pool! You get an entry included as part of your package, so be sure to treat yourself to nice warm dip under the stars. If you want a little more party with your pool, check out our Pool Party here.
Is there anything more picture perfect then putting your earmuffs on, lacing up your skates and heading out onto an ice rink as the snow tumbles down? We don't think so, that's why every Snowboxx customer gets entry as part of their package.
For those looking to keep dancing past the midnight hour, Downtown is for you. It is one street packed with 5 late opening venues which will be hosted by our incredible resident club nights. All the venues will be open all week, and will serving up all kinds genres and party atmospheres. Smithys is notoriously the central party place in downtown. As well as serving the best tex-mex food in resort (and AMAZING veggie food) - Smithys has a strictly party music policy. No cheese, just great tunes. You will be up on the tables by the end of the night! The late night Le Caves is where the DJs keep the bass rolling until deep into the morning. This place has an electric atmosphere which will satisfy even the most hardcore late night animal.
Zoo bar is one of those intimate venues where you know the party it is always going to go off the hook! And Igloo bar brings the Alpes chic, house vibes to downtown. All styles of music, all within 5 seconds walk of each other, put on your party socks and let's hit the dance floor!
The magic of the mountains is the blank canvas it gives you to create completely mind blowing events and experiences. At Snowboxx 2015 the hills will be alive with all manner of festival filled fun.
With the unrivaled ibiza style terrace parties of the Folie Douce, through to huge art pieces on the snow. You can spend the whole day flying down hundreds of kilometres of pistes and find yourself in some of the coolest parties the mountains has to offer. As well as the big parties, there are some amazing restaurants and bars. L'Altiport is a Michelin starred restaurant in the heart of the mountains - definitely for those that want the 'authentic' French Alps experience! The Cabin du Putin is the place if you're looking for something a little more wallet friendly, with a huge terrace to soak up those late season rays. For the ultimate landscape view, you need to head to the Signal. A completely glass fronted, three storey restaurant that looks over the entire valley. Every day there will be something different happening on the mountain. One day a huge art project, the next a retro freestlye competition, and then topping it all off with a world record fancy dress attempt! Check out everything on offer here...
For three nights of the week, we will build a mainstage arena on the Taburle Terrace. The first of these events will be a mountain extravaganza! The floodlit night ski slope will stay open, a huge custom kicker will be built, and the internationally renowned ESF instructors will show off their best aerial moves. Meanwhile the terrace will be alive with music, food, drinks and dancing. The next two events are where you will see the heavy hitters on the lineup take the stage. Last year we had TEED, The 2 Bears, Toddla T amongst others absolutely smash up the main stage. This year we are going bigger, and louder.
The Taburle is our central stomping ground for the week. A huge terrace that spills out onto the slopes, with a huge bar and the BBQ always lit. You will find it at the bottom of most slopes that come back into Alpe D'Huez town, so all you need to do is take off your skis and hit the dancefloor.
The Taburle terrace will have daily parties hosted by our favourite club night brands.
Our first confirmed event is the Retro Rentals Ultimate Disco. Expect the best 80s classics, air guitar battles, and competitions to make a fool out of yourself for stash happening all over the place. More apres events will be confirmed in the lead up to the festival!
The reputation of the Folie Douce is known worldwide. Champagne, DJs, dancers, musicians, fireworks - add in a terrace that is 2,500 meters up in the clouds, and you've got one of the most ridiculous party experiences in the world. Every day the party starts at 2pm and the champagne starts flowing not long after. Just bring your best ski boot dancing to make sure you impress while the staff keep the drinks flowing. These guys have incredible uniforms with tigers roaring up the arms - you have to see it to believe it!
This place is run by people that will not stop until you are having the BEST. TIME. EVER.
The Folie Douce has a very special party atmosphere. There is nothing else that compares. until you add headline DJs doing special 3 hour apres sets!
At Snowboxx, that's exactly what you get. For two days of the festival we will be taking command of the Folie Douce DJ booth and inviting some very special acts to come down and play. With first release coming late September, we cannot wait to share how incredible this is going to be!
The Downtown clubs and bars will be a genre filled smorgasbord of parties. Each night something different, catering to all tastes! All you need to know is that all the venues are within 20 seconds walk of each other, so you're never far away from the next party. 2014 saw club nights hosted by Secret Party Project, Future Disco, Troupe, Get Satisfied, Loop, Gold Teeth, amongst so many more. For 2015 you can expect the same level of incredible residents dropping tunes until the early hours.
Take the bliss of an outdoor heated pool - then add a sound system, headline DJs, and a load of inflatables, and you've got Snowboxx Pool Parties. The parties will run until 11pm, and if getting your hair wet isn't your thing, you can just chill by the side of pool with a drink. This event will be ticketed as it's limited capacity and high demand. Keep an eye out for further info!
On the opening night of our Taburle Terrace parties, we've asked the world famous ESF instructors to come out and show us how it's done. So as the sun comes down, the music turns up and the instructors hit the night ski slope to show off their biggest tricks on our purpose built jump.
Grab a Vin Chaud and a Crepe and take a seat on the specially built grandstand seating. Sit back and drink in some of the most talented snow riders in the alpes put on show that will blow your alpine minds! If you're feeling brave and want to take part let us know, you need to be confident with hitting jumps and definitely a bit of a show off!
The ultimate party starters Retro Rentals will be hosting a one day retro extravaganza with competitions that will be open for all to take part in! A mini half pipe for those that want to show off their sickest stalefish, a splash pit madness comp to see which retro wonders will sink or swim! There will be loads more competitions and chances to win free kit.
We'll be putting up a huge soundsystem and our DJ will spinning classic 80s tunes for the crowd to get funky with! The BBQ will be fired up all day, the drinks will be on ice - get ready for the radest day on the slopes.
Alpe D'Huez is home to the longest ski run IN THE WORLD, and we are making the most of it! So at Snowboxx 2015 we will be attempting to get the largest amount of people on one slope wearing neon ski wear EVER. This is your chance to get in the record books!
Stay tuned for more information.
Nestled 2,700m at the top of the Grandes Rousses chair lift is one of areas best kept secrets. Step off the groomed pistes and head into the magical Alpe D'Huez caves, where you will find the coolest art around. These beautifully hand crafted ice sculptures are made by Bruno Garden and Bernard Lambolez, two mountain guides who decided to create something spectacular in their beloved resort. This is a must see for everyone.
Someone once said that 'if the mountains are your canvas, then your skis are the brush.' We love the idea of this, but we always wondered why nobody ever used actual paint? So now we're going to try it!
Come and unleash your inner artist, as we take over an entire ski slope and (with the guidance of our in house art director) help us create the most amazing piece of art the mountain has ever seen. All will be revealed soon about this HUGE project, but even if you don't fancy getting your skis mucky, there will be a cocktail tipi serving slopeside drinks and live graffiti and art installations at the top of the slopes.
Find your inner zen at Snowboxx with our free Yoga Classes. We have found the perfect mountain top venue, with panoramic views across the Alpe D'Huez valley, so you can loosen up for a big day on the slopes, or a night dancing under the stars. All this is absolutely free with your Snowboxx package.
"In March 2014 Snowboxx brought 2,500 snow hungry, music loving young people to the resort of Vallnord, Andorra. It was one week of blue skies, huge main stage shows and buzzing club parties. There were huge sets from the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Toddla T, The 2 Bears, Monki, wAFF, Jaymo & Andy George, Snakehips, FKJ, Golden Boy. There were also secret after show parties with TEED playing to 100 people in the smallest club in resort. As well as headline parties, we had the 80s bar which was hosted by the Retro Rentals crew and the Jungfrau Bier and LikØr hall, with the Twisted Tubes brass band bringing down the house night after night. 2014 was the start of Snowboxx cementing itself as one of the most diverse and exciting winter festival around, and 2015 will be no different."view 2014 gallery view 2014 video
here is our 2014 line up
the 2 bears
the golden boy
Jaymo & andy george
Alpe D'Huez sits 1860m high and boasts 245km of pistes, making it one of the biggest in the world, including the longest run in the world! It extends across a terrain that tops out at a ridiculous 3330m on the Pic Blanc glacier, guaranteeing a snow-sure festival week. The resort has been nicknamed the island in the sun thanks to its 300 days of glorious sunshine a year! But don't worry about the snow, the resort site is purpose built to offer the ultimate combo of sun kissed days and snowy nights. Alpe D'Huez ski resort has everything; there are runs both on and off the piste to suit every taste and ability level (check the map here), making it perfect for beginners and mixed ability ski groups, while the extreme black runs and incredible off piste will keep the most skiers and boarders. You can even take a day trip over to Les Deux Alpes if you really want to rack up the kilometres (day pass included in your package). You can either take the bus over, or if you are feeling extra flash you can take a return helicopter ride for around £75 (prices subject to change)!
Lessons are provided by the world famous ESF Instructors. ESF are the most respected ski school in the world, and we are delighted to be able to offer Snowboxx customers incredible prices for all standards and abilities (see prices here). From complete beginners to intermediates and advanced, ESF will make sure you finish you week miles ahead of where you started. Group lessons will run from 10am-1pm every day over 5 days, and all the instructors are english speaking (unless of course you fancy practicing your french). Lessons can range from basic carving all the way through to off piste technique and racing! Private Lessons - Private lessons are the most effective way to improve you technique FAST. With a dedicated instructor you can choose exactly what area of your technique you want to focus on, be it carving or even freestyle.
Freestyle fans can spend their days in either of the resort's two snow parks, on the boardercross or dropping in on the natural half pipe, Le Couloir. Beginners will also want to make like the pros on the smaller kickers and rails in the beginner park just above the village.
The Alpe D'Huez pistes will be splashed with Snowboxx events. If you are just dropping in the Snowpark, or fancy a more laid back day on a terrace - We've got you covered. On the first night we will be turning to the ESF instructors to put on an incredible live floodlit freestyle display, with Snowboxx artists bringing the soundtrack. Expect to see some of the biggest aerials you've ever seen, then get excited about getting out and hitting the slopes the next day! In 2015 we will be continuing our relationship with the ultimate 80s party people, Retro Rentals. They will be running a Retro Winter Games in the Snowpark. All will be welcome to take part with events like mini pipe comps, and splash pond slides! For the spectators there will be an ice bar and BBQ to accompany what is sure to be a rad afternoon!
In 2015 we want to go further then just bringing to life the ultimate winter festival, we want to get every customer involved in breaking a world record! More details to come, but let's just say that the pistes will have never looked this neon.
If you are looking to flex your creative arm, we have a very special feature for 2015. For one day we will take over a whole slope and our resident artist will create a huge piece of interactive art that takes over the whole piste. We will be encouraging Snowboxxers to come and take part, getting your hands (and skis/boards) a bit dirty. To really get the artist vibe going there will also be live graffiti and a cocktail tipi!
The Folie Douce - a new addition to the resort and one the Snowboxx venues for the week, and what a venue it is! Perched halfway up the mountain with views stretching across the entire valley, and a daily show of DJs, dancers, musicians, fire, smoke & champagne. It is truly Ibiza on Ice! We will have headline DJs playing special terrace sets, so keep your eyes peeled. The Ice Caves of Alpe D'Huez are one of a kind. Nestled in the middle of the mountains and specially designed every year. They feature beautifully hand crafted ice sculptures which you can find whilst exploring the caves. These are not to be missed out on! La Sarenne - The longest ski run in the world! At 13km this run is not for begginers, but is definitely to be experienced if your snow skills are up to scratch! Watch out for our retro world record attempt.more info to come! Night skiing - For a small extra cost you will be able to hit the slopes at night, on the floodlit grandstand run. A completely unique experience of skiing at night whilst the mountain backdrop sits in darkness
Travelling to Alpe D'Huez couldn't be simpler. The resort is accessible by plane, train, car or coach - and we've got the low down on all of them!
Flying to Snowboxx is a dream, with 3 airports all within a 3 hour transfer (and Grenoble only 1.5 hours away - one of the shortest transfers to the mountains in Europe!). We massively recommend flying - it is by far the quickest way to get to the mountains.
You can choose to book your Snowboxx package either as just accommodation, festival ticket and lift pass, or with flight and transfer as well. Click to book now to go through to our booking system and customise your perfect package.
You will be able to choose a flight package or non flight package. Which Airports? Grenoble - With a transfer time of 1.5hours to Alpe D'Huez, this is the ideal place to fly into for Snowboxx. Be warned there are only weekend flights, which will get booked up very quickly - So get your deposit down soon!
Geneva - One of the best-connected airports in Europe, you will be sure to find a great deal on a flight! Still just a 3-hour transfer time means you'll be on the slopes in no time.Where can you fly from?
Remember - you can either book everything separately, or all as one combined package.
If flying isn't your thing, or you need to take your skis with you, why not take one of our Snowboxx Coaches all the way from the UK? Bring your Skis/Boards and your luggage, take a seat on our executive class coach and enjoy the ride to your hotel door! Secure your place online for just £150 - including all equipment carriage! All our coaches will be stopping in Manchester, London and Dover - and delivering you right to the festivals doorstep - and will be dropping off at the same locations. Departure times and points will be sent out approx. 1 month prior to departure. To book a package with a coach, please choose a non-flight booking and add it on as an extra.
The Boxxcar Rally
Why not hit the open highway with your mates and drive yourself Door to Snowboxx? It takes approximately 13 hours to drive from London to Alpe D'Huez. and all in with Petrol / Toll / Ferries will cost between £400/500 for a standard 5 seater car. With 3 people this is a great option for those with their own ski gear! It is essential that if you are planning on driving straight there without a break that you have at least 2 drivers. Otherwise why not take your time and spend a romantic night in Paris to kick start your holiday? We'll be sending out our Boxxcar routes and times so you can meet up with the hundreds of other festival goers well in advance - for more info drop us an email on email@example.com.
We do not directly offer train packages - however our friends over at Snow Carbon have a very cool package system to get you from the UK to the Alpes. Perfect for those who want to bring their ski equipment but don't fancy the length of a coach journey, or for anyone that is watching their carbon footprint. You can get from London St Pancras to Alpe D'Huez in around 10 hours!
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|Silver skis + boots||£80|
|Gold skis + boots||£95|
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These will be automatically allocated to flight bookings to minimise wait times and will be optional for all non-flight bookings.
Geneva Airport to Snowboxx: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21:00, 23:00
Snowboxx to Geneva Airport: 2:00, 4:30, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Grenoble Airport to Snowboxx: 10:30, 13:00, 17:00, 21:00
Snowboxx to Grenoble Airport: 6:00, 8:00, 10:30, 13:00, 16:30
So, you've got the snow, you've got the festival, all you need is a place to lay your head... To make your festival experience the very best it can be, you need the perfect base. That's why at Snowboxx we do accommodation right, whatever you're after. Whether it's incredible value and atmosphere, an upgraded apartment with a few extra touches, or a luxury chalet with everything you could possibly ask for - you name it, we've got it. All of our options are within walking distance of the ski lifts and festival centre, and of course all are chosen with the full Snowboxx festival experience in mind!
Snowboxx Premium Apartments
Our premium apartments are the all-in-one option. Location, quality, atmosphere - you get it all. All our premium apartments are chosen with care, allowing you to master the slopes by day, embrace that phenomenal festival spirit by night, and still have a great place to kick back and relax!
After splendeur, grandeur and luxury? This is for you. Les Bergers ticks all the boxes - location, rooms, food, it's all of the very highest quality. Les Bergers is the area everyone wants to be in - great access to the slopes in the day, the Snowboxx accommodation centre at night. The recently refurbished rooms boast the comfiest beds in resort with stunning furnishings to match, but if you are able to part from your bed, there's a pool table and sauna to enjoy. Go on, treat yourself! Location: The heart of Les Bergers, the lively accommodation centre for Snowboxx 2015. Within 2 mins of the Hameau des Bergers ski lifts.Apartment features:
Outstanding quality for that little bit extra.
It's all about the location here, just roll out of bed on to the slopes, or even roll to the centre of the festival! Tastefully decorated throughout and with gorgeous views over the valley of the Massif de l'Oisans, this is a real beauty. If all that's not enough, all rooms have been recently refurbished and it's the only accommodation right on 'The High Street' - you are right next to the ice rink, the pool parties and the spas! Location: The heart of the resort. Within 10 minutes of Snowboxx village centre and lifts at Rond Point des Pistes.Apartment features:
Location. Location. Location.
Snowboxx Club Apartments
Our club apartments are all about atmosphere and value. We know why you come to Snowboxx, we understand your priorities, and that's why at Snowboxx 2015 we've hand-picked the best possible selection for you, at an unbeatable price!
Situated in the heart of l'Eclose area of Alpe D'Huez, Les Horizons is the choice for those who are all about the snow! Walk straight on to the lifts in the morning, and ski straight back in in the evening. l'Eclose is the quieter side of Alpe D'Huez, but don't be mistaken, you'll still have easy access to the festival! Location: The heart of l'Eclose area, 2 mins to Huez Bourg-d'Oisans lift and a short shuttle from the Snowboxx village centre.Apartment features:
Traditional wooden decorationAll rooms include:
Fantastic access to the slopes, with incredible surroundings.
This is an offer of unrivalled value, so perfect for those who want the spare cash to spend around resort! Don't be fooled though, Les Melezes still has everything you'll need for Snowboxx; comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchenette and a balcony.. not to mention being located just 5 minutes from the ski lifts. This will be one of the most popular Snowboxx residences in 2015 so book before it's too late! Location: Les Bergers, the Snowboxx accommodation hub. 5 minutes from the Hameau des Bergers ski lifts.Apartment features:
Fantastic atmosphere at an unbeatable price.
This gorgeous chalet hotel is perfect for those after a bit of everything. You'll love the cosy feel of this 10 room residence, but you'll never be far away from the action in the Bergers area - the Snowboxx accommodation hub! Kitchenette and balcony come as standard, and being situated just 150m from the lifts and the shops, you can't go wrong! Location: L Bergers area - the Snowboxx accommodation hub! 150m from the lifts and the shops.Apartment features:
A bit of everything, a great base for your Snowboxx experience!
Snowboxx club apartments are back with this great value offering in the heart of Bergers! Belambra is one of our largest apartment blocks, so the place will be rocking! Make the most of the kitchenette in every room and take in the views from your balcony. You'll love the vibrant atmosphere in the Snowboxx accommodation hub, and ski-in/ski-out access. Location: Bergers area, along with the majority of Snowboxx accommodation. On the slopes.Apartment features:
The atmosphere you dream of, the value you need!
Another string to the Bergers bow, l'Ecrin d'Huez joins Les Bergers, Les Melezes and MMV Les Bergers in Snowboxx accommodation central! The area is sure to have an incredible atmosphere all week, and this is your great-value route to the heart of it. The cosy rooms come with everything you would expect - comfy beds, kitchenette and balcony. As a bonus, every room has a south-facing balcony to make the most of that great March sunshine! The residence itself comes complete with games room and launderette, as well as the option to order fresh bread each evening for your mountain lunch the following day! Location: Les Bergers, just 200m from the shops and lifts.Apartment features:
*Bed linen is included, but please note that towels come at a charge of €6.50 per person per week
Fantastic value in a fantastic location!
Our chalets provide that extra element of quality and comfort, perfect for groups after a touch of luxury. Your chalet will be your base, a home from home for you to prepare, party and relax.. the ultimate festival pad. We have options to suit every budget, group size and style, all aimed to optimise your Snowboxx experience!
Melusine is a real gem for those seeking perfection, epitomising luxury. Located less than a 10 minute walk from the heart of the action and the main Hameau des Bergers ski lift, Melusine is a hub of serenity and relaxation, without compromising the Snowboxx atmosphere. The stunning living room boasts a TV, fireplace and internet access, whilst the separate dining room adds to your entertainment options. All six bedrooms are beautifully furnished to give that idyllic French chalet feel we all dream of, share two shower rooms and an additional bathroom. The crowning glory of Melusine however, is the jacuzzi.. the perfect place to relax with your mates. Oh, and there's a sauna too. Location: 10 mins from Hameau des Bergers ski lift, 20 mins from Snowboxx village centre.Chalet Features:
The ultimate luxury experience, in the ultimate resort, at the ultimate snow festival.
Comfort. Style. Location. Paulette has it all. Situated just a short walk from the Telecentre lift and just a stones through away from the centre of the Snowboxx village, Paulette is this is largest of this group of chalets and the perfect place to be for your week of snow and music! Paulette has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining area with free WiFi access throughout. The gorgeous bedrooms across two floors provide that cozy feel we all seek from a chalet, whilst the two large balconies ensure you'll remain at the heart of the resort spirit! Paulette is catered - our friendly host team will be with you through the week to keep you well fed! If you are a large group, why not book two or more of the family* and keep your group together? *includes Louis, Hermione and Paulette. Subject to availability Location: 10 mins from Snowboxx village centre and main lifts.Chalet Features:
Our chalet hosts do have one day off a week - this is a chance for you to head into resort to one of the many high quality restaurants. This is one of the best deals across our chalet range, so grab it while you can!
Baby brother of Paulette and Hermione, Louis is a great fit for any group between 6 and 8 people. Classically styled to bring you that typical French chalet feel, Louis is a real charmer, bringing you the perfect balance of style and substance. Louis is catered - our friendly host team will be with you through the week to keep you well fed! If you are a large group, why not book two or more of the family* and keep your group together? *includes Louis, Hermione and Paulette. Subject to availability Location: At the centre of Alpe d'Huez resort, less than 5 minutes from the Telecentre lift which takes you up into the ski area.Chalet Features:
Our chalet hosts do have one day off a week - this is a chance for you to head into resort to one of the many high quality restaurants. One of a fantastic family of chalets, fit for any group.
Slotting in between Paulette and Louis, Hermione can host up to 10 in comfort. The open plan living section with kitchen, dining area and lounge makes entertaining easy, whilst the tastefully decorated bedrooms ensure a sleepless night when it's all over! Hermione is catered - our friendly host team will be with you through the week to keep you well fed! If you are a large group, why not book two or more of the family* and keep your group together? *includes Louis, Hermione and Paulette. Subject to availability Location: At the centre of Alpe d'Huez resort, less than 5 minutes from the Telecentre lift which takes you up into the ski area.Chalet Features:
Our chalet hosts do have one day off a week - this is a chance for you to head into resort to one of the many high quality restaurants. One of a fantastic family of chalets, fit for any group.
This is the perfect chalet for the slopes, situated just 200m from the nearest run. The chalet boasts gorgeous views down the valley and a balcony to enjoy them from. Every bedroom has an en-suite, there is a fully equipped kitchen, as well as parking for two. As an extra treat, Les Sapins has both sauna and a jacuzzi, so grab this one while you can! Location: 200m from the slopes, FREE shuttle to the rest of resort just 100m awayChalet Features:
A touch of luxury with the same great value you'd expect.
This is the party chalet. Located at the heart of resort, just minutes from Snowboxx village centre and the slopes, staying in Alpenview ensures you're never far from the good stuff! This is the best-priced Snowboxx chalet on offer, so as well as a great location, you won't be too far out of pocket! Alpenview comes with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with TV and a picturesque outdoor terrace. Location: Heart of the resort on Route de la Poste, 5 minutes from the slopes and Snowboxx village centre.Chalet Features:
Great value and location, live the festival dream!
This group of luxury chalets is perfect for large groups seeking alpine perfection. Situated just off the slopes, you can quite literally roll out of bed onto the piste, whilst still being just 500m from the shops and restaurants! The chalets are self-catered, so you get the best price possible, and are able to experience the plethora of dining options in Alpe D'Huez - there are some truly fantastic choices! Each chalet comes with a fully equipped kitchen, living room with satellite TV and parking as standard, not to mention expansive living areas and gorgeous bedrooms. After a long day on the slopes, unwind in the sauna! Anika 2 even has a jacuzzi! There are 10-16 person chalets available, making it possible to cater for virtually any group size! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for group enquiries and quotes. Location: 500m from shops and restaurants. Direct access to the slopes - ski-in/ski-out.All Altiport Chalets feature:
Rooming layouts & featuresSophie 1 - Sleeps up to 12
Luxury chalets, with the flexibility of self-catering.
Amelie is bursting with character. Expertly restored the property has an unmatched alpine ambience and finish along with unrivalled comfort. It has a great location right in the heart of town in easy walking distance of the Snowboxx City Centre and just a stones throw away from the lifts. Each of the Chalet's 7 bedrooms comes complete with newly renovated en suite shower/bath room and toilet (separate for 1 single). The exceptionally comfortable living/dining room, furnished in classic alpine style including authentic timber beams, has a homely wood burning stove to keep you warm whilst you look out on to your private terrace. Amelie will be your Snowboxx haven of relaxation. What's more the property is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout bringing that essential 21st century touch to this classic alpine chalet. Please note that Chalet Amelie is comes with flights included - just email email@example.com for a quote! Location: Right in the heart of Alpe D'Huez. 100m from the Telecentre lift that takes you to the ski area & 15 minutes from Snowboxx City Centre.Chalet Features:
A gorgeous 12 person chalet fitted right in the center of Alpe d'Huez, Chalet Justine is perfect for any group wishing to have their own place during Snowboxx. This large chalet is self-catered and comes fitted with a kitchen as well as a balcony with patio furniture. An added bonus in the chalet is the sauna. This two-story chalet is located within 100m of the slopes and within 50m of the centre of the town so nothing is out of reach. Chalet Justine is the perfect place for a place to come to after skiiing and partying at Snowboxx! Location: Situated within the heart of the village, the slopes and shops are within walking distance of less than 5 mins!Chalet Features:
Roll out of bed, slip on your skis and get on the slopes - located within 5 mins from Chalet Justine!
This warm and beautiful chalet is brimming with alpine character, its friendly atmosphere will leave you perfectly relaxed after a long day on the mountain. Based in the very heart of the resort this chalet is the perfect balance of luxury and convenience, with immediate access to all the shops, the ice rink, the pool, the after parties and to top it all off it is just a 50m hop to the telecenter lifts! The chalet is divided in two levels, Cote Brune sleeps six and Cote Blonde sleeps twelve but it could make the perfect pad for a group of 18! Location: Right in the heart of Alpe D'Huez just moments from the Telecenter lift which takes you up to the main lifts.Chalet Features: Cote Brune - Sleeps up to 6
*Images are from a combination of Cote Blonde and Cote Brune. Styles are similar but exact features may vary.
Here we have the ultimate in Snowboxx accommodation, the 5* chalets that are the envy of the entire resort! Bonnepierre consists of two unreservedly fabulous chalets situated in an exclusive development. Fitted out to an extremely high standard, south facing terraces and breathtaking views these chalets epitomise alpine chic. A short stroll to the village centre and only a few meters from the slopes they are nothing short of perfection. See more details in descriptions below! Location: Exclusive development. Close to the town centre and just meters from the slope.Chalet Features: Bonnepierre 1 - Sleeps up to 12
For those looking for extra care and attention, our hotels are perfect. We choose only the best, providing the ideal place to maximise your Snowboxx experience from. Breakfast comes as standard with our hotells, with the option to upgrade to half-board and a fantastic meal each night.
For those of you seeking the routine and glamour of a hotel, this is the choice for you. Vallee Blanche offers the perfect location and comes with breakfast as standard! Situated at the very heart of Alpe D'Huez, just off Route d'Huez, you'll be within 15 minutes of everything in resort, from the Snowboxx village through to the main lifts up to the slopes at Rond Point des Pistes. Location: Central to resort. Within 10 minutes of everything.Hotel features:
*available on request Bed and breakfast as standard, in the perfect location.
The 2 star rating on this hotel really undersells it - and the 4.5 star rating on Tripadvisor confirms this! Hotel Chalet Le Caribou is a one of the oldest chalets in the resort, and was renovated in 2009. It truly is a mix of modern and traditional, and very small at only 10 rooms. The restaurant offers simple and refined a la carte dishes and the bar invites you to relax around the fire. It is basically the hotel for those of you that want the chalet comfort without having to have a huge group of people! Each room has a bathroom and shower, flatscreen TV and free wifi. Location: Just off the famous Route D'Huez, 10 minutes from Snowboxx village centre and lifts.Hotel features:
Another hotel with incredible Tripadvisor ratings is MMV, in the area of Les Bergers. Exceptionally well positioned at the foot of the slopes with ski-in/ski-out access, this half board hotel is perfect for those looking for a carefree festival experience. This hotel is great for couples or other groups of 2 or 3 people - larger rooms are also available on request. Location: Right next to the majority of Snowboxx apartments, and on the slopes!Hotel features:
Buffet breakfast. Buffet-style evening meal including complimentary wine and fruit juice.
Snowboxx's all-inclusive option brings you everything you need, exactly where you want it. Before you even get to the food and drink, Le Christina is superb. The comunal areas have been newly renovated for 2015 and the location is everything you could ask for - right next to the slopes and at the heart of the festival action at the Snowboxx village centre. Now, back to the food and drink: you'll have unlimited drinks 10am-10pm, with a special selection also provided 6pm-10pm, on top of a full buffet breakfast and dinner. Just for good measure, we're throwing in afternoon tea as well, well earned after a long day on the slopes! Location: Centre of resort, right next to Snowboxx village centre and main lifts.Hotel features:
All you can eat, drink, ski, party.*Limited stock*
For those seeking luxury during their Snowboxx Festival stay, look no further than Le Cristal d'Alpe! Relaxation is a key feature at Le Cristal d'Alpe and boasts access to indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms to help those tired muscles relax after a long day on the slopes. This luxurious residence is situated in the heart of the village so you won't need to travel far to reach the ski lifts or any of the other Snowboxx events. We're extremely excited about this fantastic option, we know you'll love it too! Location: As good as it gets, at the heart of the Snowboxx Village. Right next to the events and the slopes.Hotel features:
Slopes and a spa, the perfect combination.
This is a really classy option. You’ll love the half-board option, the gorgeous distinctive furnishings and the excellent customer service. The premium touches keep coming with free WiFi throughout the hotel and a stunning spa complete with hot tub, sauna and indoor pool! Located in Bergers, the Snowboxx accommodation hub, you’ll never be far from the action, whether it’s the snow in the day or the music at night! Location: Bergers area, the Snowboxx ‘accommodation hub’. Less than 5 minutes from the lifts.Hotel features:
A home from home, up in the Alpes!
At Snowboxx HQ we are getting into the festive spirit and giving away some incredible wintery prizes.
how to play
We've hidden 10 hand crafted Snowboxxes around London, each containing a unique Snowboxx code. Find the box using the map below and clues on Facebook & Twitter. Take a picture with you & the box, making sure the code is perfectly visible. Post that photo too Facebook or Twitter (make sure it is publicly visible on Facebook) Make sure you #snowboxxes and tag @Snowboxx Insert the link too your photo and your email address in the boxes below Once we’ve verified the code AND made sure that you were the first to find it we will email you your prize!
Prizes Up For Grabs include
2 x Full packages to Snowboxx including accommodation, lift pass & festival ticket! Snowboxx Festival Tickets Action Sports cameras Snow Goggles with inbuilt camera Loads of Snowboxx Stash!
Win a £1000 Snowboxx Package!
Win a Snowboxx package worth over £1,000!
2 x Snowboxx Festival Ticket
7 days Accommodation for 2 people
2 x 6 Day Lift Pass
2 x Pool Party Tickets
2 x Retro Rentals Onesies
An Incredible Action Camera Courtesy of Joovuu
+ Snowboxx Goodies
Just Like our Facebook page and Share this post to be in with a chance of winning!
(make sure your post is public)
Winners will be announced on Friday 5th December.
the 'Package' will be between the 21-28th March
Prize cannot be exchanged for chash
Any issues - please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2manydjs Announced as Second Headliner!
Prepare for a headline performance like no other. Hailing from Ghent in Belgium these turntable pioneers have been making their unique mark on the global musical landscape since 1995, and 20 years on at Snowboxx 2015 it’s time for them to make history in Alpe d’Huez.
So much more than just a DJ set, their performances are a trademark mash-up style, splicing multiple genres, pumping bass and classic remixes in to a schizophrenic party-starting wall of noise, the Dewaele brothers are a wholly unique prospect guaranteed to impress on every occasion. Not just settling for an invasion of your ear drums expect an incredible light show made even more magical by the backdrop of mountains.
The Dewaele brothers are genuine music legends, and alongside Jungle, they makeup what is sure to be the most exciting Snowboxx lineup ever!
Packages are still available via the 'Book Now' button from £250 including liftpass, accomodation and festival ticket!
EXCLUSIVE Action Camera Offer!
The Snowboxx team is excited to bring you an exclusive offer we’ve negotiated for our customers, in partnership with leading UK action camera specialists JooVuu.com!
For just £92, you can get a quality action camera plus ALL the accessories you’ll need to go with it (case, headstrap, cheststrap, mounts and more). Compared to a GoPro, this is unbelievable value and you can see a direct comparison of the camera quality right here.
Just use the discount code snowboxx2015
Snowboxx Flight Package Roundup!
Here is our weekly roundup of the best Snowboxx packages available right now! This week has seen more people than ever joining the Snowboxx family and we are overwhelmed and so excited to get everyone out to Alpe D'Huez for the party of a lifetime!
All the prices below include as standard - Hotel + Flights + Transfers + Lift Pass + Festival ticket.
To see all our Snowboxx options, checkout our super easy to use booking system at www.snowboxx.com
L'Ecrin D'huez - The new kid on the block. Functional, great location and a ridiculous price. Ideal for 4-7 People
Packages based on 7 Sharing (per person) -
London - £375
Birmingham - £389
Bournemouth - £396
Newcastle - £412
Horizons - Ski in Ski out, connecting ski lift right next to the hotel. A no brainer for those looking for first lifts!
Ideal for 4+ people
Packages based on 7 Sharing (per person) -
London - £385
Birmingham - £399
Bournemouth - £406
Newcastle - £422
L'Ours Blanc - Right in the heart of Alpe D'Huez, super close to all the Snowboxx festival areas. Ideal for 4+ people
Packages based on 7 Sharing (per person) -
London - £416
Birmingham - £430
Bournemouth - £437
Newcastle - £453
Valle Blanche - Great location right next to the Snowboxx downtown area, and Half Board as standard!
Only rooms remaining are 4-6 people
London - £545
Birmingham - £559
Bournemouth - £566
Newcastle - £582
Hotel MMV - Another Half Board as standard hotel, which also includes a hotel Spa, with free access to Sauna and Steam room for all guests! Right at the bottom of the slopes, this one is a no brainer for those looking for the complete package.
Ideal for 2-3 people
London - £718
Birmingham - £732
Bournemouth - £739
Newcastle - £755
What's New @ Snowboxx 2015
It doesn’t get much bigger and better than this. A huge ski area spanning 249km, notoriously impressive off piste and a state of the art lift system to give you as much time on the snow as possible. The ski pass included with your Snowboxx package even gives you access to the neighbouring slopes of Les Deux Alpes just a short bus ride or a glamorous 10 minute helicopter ride away. Alpe d’Huez is a legendary venue with everything we need to make the ultimate winter festival even better. Snowboxx 2015 is set to be an unforgettable experience and it’s all going to happen within 4 Massive Festival Areas.
The beating heart of Snowboxx 2015 is the brand new main stage arena at the Taburle Terrace. Having spent the day crusing round the mountain, all slopes lead to the city centre - the hub of the Snowboxx party both night and day. All week the terrace will play host to the après hours soundtracked by some top Snowboxx artists with the guys in Retro Rentals doing their party thing with all manner of competitions, dance offs and madness.
For 3 nights of Snowboxx our mainstage will transform the terrace into a fully fledged festival party arena, complete with our best ever line up of headline artists ready to shake the foundations, wake the mountains and keep you dancing deep in to the night.
On the first evening of Snowboxx you’ll be welcomed by a unique floodlit freestyle show, performed by the French Ski Schools pros, to get you in the mood for hitting the slopes, and it wouldn’t be Snowboxx without a banging soundtrack from our resident DJ’s and special guests, to get you in the mood for the wild nights ahead. The perfect way to kick off the ultimate winter festival.
The Market is right next to the Taburle Terrace in Snowboxx City Centre and is the prime location to grab a bite to eat and a moment of calm from partying. Open all week the market will become a special alpine street food festival full of taste bud teasing stalls serving every mountain delicacy you can imagine from Vin Chaud to Tartiflette, Cold Beer to Cheese Fondue, it’s going to be the sort of French mountain food porn you’ve only ever dreamed of.
This year at Snowboxx we’re going all out to make your experience a memorable one by introducing INCREDIBLE ART INSTALLATIONS across the town and mountain. Once darkness falls the City Centre will come alive with light, sound and colour. Our unique seating and light installations have been hand crafted by a range of amazing artists to fill the mountain air with ambience and atmosphere taking your breath away in the process. Rest your legs, eat your delicious munch, or just stare in amazement at the pretty lights against the mountain backdrop.
Pack your bikinis and dig out your trunks from under your winter coat as exclusive to our new home in Alpe d’Huez is an incredible OUTDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL (entry is included in every 7 day Snowboxx 2015 package). What better way to ease yourself off the slopes than launching in to a steaming hot outdoor pool. The fun doesn’t end there though. One of the biggest new events for 2015 is our SNOWBOXX POOL PARTIES. Complete with inflatables, headline DJs, a pumping sound system and you lot going suitably wild both in and out of the water, these parties are going to be off the chain. Make sure you get your advance tickets now as these are limited access exclusive events.
If you’re after something a little more relaxed the High Street is also the place to be. This year we’ve given you even more opportunities to indulge with 3 SPAS ready to sooth your mind body and soul after a day on the slopes or a night on the town. Complete with specialist masseurs, Jacuzzis and Turkish - baths turn your festival evening into pure bliss.
Another brand new addition to Snowboxx 2015 is the ICE RINK in the heart of the High Street. Get your mates, strap on some skates and try your hand at sliding your way around the Alpe d’Huez rink, the perfect way to make new friends under the stars, what better way to break the ice?
If the party starts in the City Centre, Downtown is where it ends. Fresh for 2015 are 5 Snowboxx exclusive venues ready to bring all our party people through to the early hours. 5 massive parties each within 30 seconds walk of each other, each with a trademark lineup of the best UK club nights itching to get on the decks and throw down a genre spanning set of bangers. Smithy’s is party central, where dancing on tables and showing off your finest moves is encouraged. Le Caves is the cavern where the bass drops come with an avalanche warning. Looking for those exclusive ‘I was there’ moments, Zoo bar is the intimate place to be along with the town’s premier house joint Igloo, just a taste of our brand new line up of clubs in 2015.
It wouldn’t be Snowboxx without one and in 2015 there’s so much more than just incredible snow waiting for you at the top of the lifts. Brand new for 2015 is the world famous LA FOLIE DOUCE après bar. Renowned for all manner of ski boot shuffling madness, table dancing, champagne showers and live dancers La Folie Douce is going to be Snowboxx territory this March. The inimitable party atmosphere will rage all week and for 2 days Snowboxx is taking over the reigns in the DJ booth inviting some of our biggest headline DJ’s along for a once in a lifetime 3 hour après set halfway up the mountain. The Folie Douce Snowboxx Parties are sure to be a highlight of the festival and we can’t wait to tell you who we’re going to have in the booth.
In 2015 we’re going to make a WORLD RECORD attempt. Alpe d’Huez already has the longest ski run in the world and the party people of Snowboxx are going to add another gong to its crown as we attempt to break the record for the most people wearing neon ski gear on one slope! Dig out your most obnoxiously loud jacket (or just hire one!) and remember your sunglasses - this is going to be bright.
Our awesome partners in Retro Rentals are back again and bringing the RETRO OLYMPICS to Snowboxx 2015, for one day we’ll take over the park for an epic competition open to all Snowboxxers. Show of your skills in the mini pipe or just chill out by the BBQ, grab a cocktail and get funky to a classic ‘80s sound system blasting all day.
All over the mountain keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive and exciting new addition to 2015 KARAOKE CABINS. Designed by the awesome dudes at Retro Rentals these lift cabins have been fully kitted out with Karaoke set, fancy dress and photo booth, the raddest photo opportunity on the mountain.
Have you ever thought that all the white snow is a little bland? At Snowboxx 2015 we’re getting ready to change the game. The slopes will become the canvas as we turn up the aesthetics with a unique LIVE & INTERACTIVE ART EVENT. We’re bringing along our in house art director to help you all turn skis in to paintbrushes, snowboards in to crayons and create a huge piece of interactive art that will bring colour to the mountain, an event not to be missed.
The art doesn’t end there, tucked away from the pistes at 2,700m is a little known Ice cave and nestled inside is the staggering work of two local guides turned artists, Bruno Garden and Bernard Lambolez. The pair have chiseled away to create some jaw dropping ICE SCULPTURES that have to be seen to be believed.
All of this, a brand new line up of world famous DJ’s, epic club nights, and more incredible events to announce soon, the ultimate winter festival is going to be better than ever. Having sold out the last 2 years and with 2015 bringing you so many incredible new experiences at the same unbeatable price get your skates on and book your place at Snowboxx 2015 NOW.
Alpine Life – Mouth-Watering Mountain Munch
Welcome to the first in a series of ‘Alpine Life’ blogs: an insight in to the wild ways of the mountain, from the traditional to the contemporary, from incredible cooking to heart warming wines. No snow will be left uncovered as we discover the true alpine lifestyle waiting for you in Alps this winter.
There are few countries in the world as unanimously known for their cuisine as France, nor are there many lasting traditions of cooking that have been as influential on modern chefs, UNESCO even added French nosh to the list of ‘intangible cultural heritage’. It must, therefore, be about more than simply onions, garlic and baguettes. While many recognize fancy French food as the best, in the mountains food has always been about more than piling up courgettes to look pretty. Alpine food is in fact some of the most delicious, homely, and flavoursome munch in the world. So what can you expect to see on a menu if you’re headed up to the Alps this winter? Check out our guide to many a mountain speciality and get ready to learn your Pierre Chaud from your Tartiflette and your Raclette from your Diots.
The classic, the big daddy, the quintessential mountain indulgence; cheese fondue is an unmissable experience. Whilst its origins hark back to the Swiss side of the Alps this famous dish is now unanimous to every snowy region of Europe. Armed with long stemmed forks, a heated pot of deliciously rich melted mountain cheese and as much French baguette as you can handle, it’s the perfect dish to pile on the calories for a hard days skiing on the slopes or a hard night partying on the dancefloor. Don’t lose your bread in the broth though, forfeits await for any who drown their baguette.
Another cheesy delight designed to up the communal eating ante is a personal favourite Raclette. One huge wheel of Raclette cheese weighing in at 6kg awaits at your table as you prepare to be melted in to a dairy coma. Often served with a eclectic selection of potatoes, gherkins, pickled onions and cold meats, the cheese is melted under a hot lamp and then generously scraped in to one mouth watering cheesy blanket over your potatoes. Raclette is the most decadent of mountain meals.
Continuing on the theme of potatoes, meat and cheese Tartiflette is the the peak of the mountain, the dish where all these alpine flavours come together in harmony. With tartiflette there is no dipping, scraping or sharing just one plate stacked high with potatoes, bacon, onions, and vitally Reblechon cheese all baked to creamy crispy deliciousness in one dish. Another classic mountain dish perfect for keeping you warm and giving you that all important energy to expend on the slopes.
The meatiest of mountain dishes, Pierre-Chaud and Brasserade are the alpine answer to a BBQ. Both variations involve you taking the reigns, as your table becomes the kitchen. A selection of raw meats is served along with either a scorching hot rock or a table top barbeque grill, the rest is up to you. Cook your meats at will, burn them to a crisp or just touch the heat and eat them rare, become your own chef for the night. Traditionally served with potatoes or nowadays chips these are genuine meat feasts for ardent carnivores only.
Another carnivorous favourite- meat fondue is the grizzly bear to its cheesy namesakes teddy. The long forks, big hot pot and forfeits remain yet this time the cauldron is full of simmering hot oil to replace melted cheese, and bread is substituted for platters of raw meat. The game is to dunk your meat in to the hot oil and cook to your liking, accompanied with a variety of seasonings, sauces and the usual Smörgåsbord of pickles, salads and potatoes, it’s the DIY mountain meal at it’s most predatory.
It may seem as though alpine food is just cheese, potatoes and meat pulled from an alpine fancy dress box of different guises, luckily if you do get cheesed out there is always a healthy choice of classic Western dishes waiting for you in many a restaurant amongst the snow. Starving for a steak, pining for a fresh Salad, ravenous for a dirty burger and chips? Every base is sure to be covered by the extensive collection of restaurants found at the big resorts. Even if you wanted to keep things traditional why not go alpine in your hot dog with the famously rich DIOTS pork sausage, cooked in white wine.
Providing the fuel to the alpine lifestyle for hundreds of years this selection of classic mountain dishes has become an essential part of snow sports culture across the world. Leave the calorie counting at home, you owe it to yourself to dive head first in to a hot cauldron of cheese, potatoes and meat; after a long day on the slopes you deserve it. Check out a list of restaurants in Alpe d’Huez.
SNOWBOXX 2014 REVIEW
In March 2014 Snowboxx brought 2,500 snow hungry, music loving young people to the resort of Vallnord, Andorra. It was week of blue skies, huge main stage shows and buzzing club parties. There were massive sets from world renowned DJ’s such as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Toddla T, The 2 Bears, Monki, wAFF, Jaymo & Andy George, Snakehips, FKJ & Golden Boy.
The unique Panoramix main stage, only accessible by special night time gondola, provided an inimitably magical mountain atmosphere. Watching headline performances from some of the hottest DJ’s, feeling like you were on top of the world made for an unforgettable sold out Snowboxx experience in 2014.
Having become a household name playing festivals all over the world from Glastonbury to Lollapalooza it’s fair to say Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs had never played a show like this. Performing a riotous DJ set of hits from debut album ‘Trouble’ along with his trademark selection of banging house, electro and classic remixes to get the whole festival dancing at 1950m. Toddla T brought his party starting sound system straight from the streets of London to the mountains of Andorra and the Radio 1 regular ignited the Snowboxx party with his eclectic collection of hip hop, grime, dancehall and breakbeat. The festival in 2014 also showcased some of the biggest up and coming DJ’s in the game.
On top of the intimate resort setting several of Vallnord’s bars and clubs played host to once in a lifetime secret after show parties topped off with TEED playing to 100 people in the smallest club in resort. Unmissable ‘I was there’ moments that made Snowboxx such a success in 2014, a trend sure to continue as the festival expands to even more venues in 2015.
Want to see it for yourself? Watch the Snowboxx 2014 movie, dig out your ski gear and get planning for an even bigger festival in 2015.
As well as headline parties, there was the 80s bar which was hosted by the Retro Rentals crew and the Jungfrau Bier and Likør hall, with the Twisted Tubes brass band bringing down the house night after night. 2014 was the start of Snowboxx cementing itself as one of the most diverse and exciting winter festival around.
In 2015 Snowboxx has relocated to the world famous resort of Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps, bringing with it everything that made Snowboxx so special and much more. There will be more massive headline sets from a lineup of world famous acts performing in the brand new Snowboxx City Centre, one of 4 epic festival Snowboxx areas in Alpe d’Huez. Comprised of the epic Taburle Terrace mainstage that spills out on to the snow and a vibrant street food market complete with vendors selling Vin Chaud, Tartiflette, Fondue and every alpine taste sensation you can imagine, the party starts at Snowboxx City Centre. The High Street is the place to go for something a little different from cocktails & pool parties to spa days & jacuzzis. All the while a host of awesome venues Downtown will keep the party swinging until the small hours.
We can’t wait to rock out in the Alps in 2015, and we hope you will join us!
See you in the mountains….