I had one of the most enjoyable and exhilarating weeks of my life back in April. I’ve never had that much fun at a festival or on holiday before. Snowbombing: a place where the Friendliest, happiest, most bonkers group of people congregate each year for a week of top music, snow sports and all round silliness. Take a festival with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Craig David. Throw in some of the most beautiful surroundings you’ve ever seen, add A LOT of jaegermeister, zillertal and snow sports..
I partied high in the mountains of Mayrhofen with hot since 82 and idris elba and after a long morning of snowboarding, Worshipped at the church of lycra with Mr Motivator. Snowbombing is a place where burning the candle at both ends is inevitable.. I got by on three hours of sleep most nights which I don’t recommend… I left Austria with a killer cold, I needed a holiday to get over my holiday. Though I can honestly say, it was one of the best weeks of my life….The music, the people, the scenery, food, our hotel was even top-notch!
If you have never been snowboarding, I would highly recommend taking a snowboarding lesson or two. The day before I flew out, I took a trip to Mendip Outdoor pursuits where I spent 2 hours covering the basics of snowboarding. I was actually learning with a group of boys under 11 which was quite funny, especially as I was the only one falling on my ass 🙂 You can always get snowboarding/ski lessons at Mayhofren though.
I forgot to take so much shit its unreal. It’s like I forgot I was going on a snowboarding holiday! I did a bit of research before I went and had no luck in finding much advice as a snowboarding festival newbie; I’ve compiled a list so you can get your life together and do this properly! You may need more than this or less but these are some of the things I recommend packing.
- Plug converter – You’d be surprised how many people forget this.
- Vitamins – This is something I will take with next time. Staying awake for long periods of time, Going from snowy mountains to sweaty clubs surrounded by equally sweaty people – Trust me you’ll want to take your vitamins.
- Sallopettes – Those unflattering trousers skiers and snowboarders wear to protect themselves from the thing they love..snow.
- big chunky socks – These keep your toes cushty inside your snowboots.
- Lightweight thermal long sleeve tops. Although you’re high up a snowy mountain, you will get really warm. I bought mine from good ol M&S
- Snow jacket – I bought a high quality one from Ebay but wore it open most of the time as I was boiling.
- Snowboarding gloves and helmet. If you’re a face planter like myself then you will want to make sure your gloves are completely waterproof.
- Fancy dress – Snowbombing goers take this very seriously. I witnessed all manner of dress up. Oompa Lumpers, A group of 5 huntsmen and a fox skiing past me, power rangers, Mad Max inspired gangs of snowboarders. Next year I will be sure to take pretty much just fancy dress…
- Trainers – High heels have no place at Snowbombing. I didn’t see one person wearing them in the evenings and personally, I wouldn’t wear them due to the fact I was walking/dancing a lot.
Things for ladies
- clear non snag elastic bands – To save you brushing dreadlocks out of the back of your hair each evening – Fishtail braids to the rescue!
- High factor face protection – I used this beauty
- Lip balm – I used this
- Handcream – I’ve been using this for years and it’s fantastic!
We went with a package deal, that meant our flights, transfers, hotel and snowboarding gear was all included.
When you arrive at your hotel and have dropped off your bags, the first thing I would do differently is go get the hire gear. This will be your snowboard and snow boots or ski gear. That way you’ve got it and can be up and out early the next morning. You’re going to want your snowbombing wrist band too. This wristband ensures you get into the venues, it’s just like any other festival wrist band except you can load this up with credit. Some of the venues only accept wristband credit for payment, there are a few top up stations dotted around usually in venues or the main Snowbombing hub. This credit goes quickly…especially when the drinks are expensive and constantly flowing! It’s worth popping into the local SPAR and grabbing some alcohol and fizz for pre drinks before heading out 😉
The venues are pretty cool, Raquet club is the biggest venue that headlines the biggest acts, this place gets sweaty beyond belief after 10pm so make sure you don’t wear snow gear here. The most I wore was a thin sports jacket and thin vest and jeans – I was still melting!
The smaller venue where all of the after parties seem to happen is the Arena, we often found ourselves in here. Food reccomendations? every place ate at was exceddingly good considering this was a festival. be sure to check out Hans the baker for a delicious, high quality Schnitzel.
The people of snowbombing all have one thing in common – They want fun! I met so many like minded people and even made some friends I’ve since visited. I was apprehensive before going, I thought there was going to be all of these snow sport pro’s wizzing past me judging, I was wrong, I wasn’t at all disheartened by my rubbish snowboarding! I retired (for 3 hours!) each day feeling accomplished but aching – it was a really good satisfying ache. Next year I will be making sure I arrive at Mayhofren having somewhat improved my snowboarding skills so I can challenge myself to more daring trails. Of all the holidays I’ve been on, I can say that this was my favourite of all!
Highlights for me? My nu leng, Giving Idris Elba a cheeky hug, Wilkinson, shy FX, Craig David’s free styling, Hot since 82 in the mountain, Pizza, Racquet club, dancing in the snow, Zillertal Pill.
Am I going next year? of course I’m going next year and I will be armed and ready. Is anyone else still in mourning of snowbombing? and will you be attending next year?
Game of Jaen-ga?
Pizzaria with a view: This restaurant was a little out of the way from the centre but it was the best. Unfortunately the Pizza was in my stomach before I had a chance to take a picture. The lady who runs it is welcoming and lovely. It’s quieter than everybody’s favourite pizzeria (Funkies) but for me these pizzas cannot be beaten. I keep thinking back to the time I went in for a pizza, I asked for pretty much everything…it was delicious and huge. the problem is..I had a hangover so couldn’t finish it… I still dream about the what if’s today! I should have forced myself to eat that beautiful pizza.. Regrets 🙁