The Big Snow Festival is a rapidly growing Festival combining snow sports and music which takes place Serbia (previously Andorra) in March each year. It is a good festival for people bored with the mud that usually accompanies festivals, people who want to escape camping, and people that love winter sports.
The Big Snow Festival launched in 2010l. Given the accommodation, location and nature of the snow sports world, at around £500 this is a more expensive festival than some of the muddy English based festivals. Though this does include flights, accommodation, tickets, lift passes and transfers.
The 2011 line-up featured: Devlin Example + DJ Wire Wretch 32 judgejules, Kissysellout, Westwood, Fresh, Danny Byrd, Goldie, Camo & Krooked, Micky Finn, Darren Jay, Micky Slim, Brandon Block, Eddy Temple Morris, Hot City, Anne Savage, Stereotype, Skism, BK, Rawkus Noise, Lee John, Scott Mills, Grandpa Screech & Uncle Si, The Bearded Kittens.
Big Snow Festival prides itself on being the freshest, winter festival for adventurous party goers and music lovers alike. Its growing popularity excites festival fans and builds a fun party atmosphere for all those attending to enjoy.
History and Facts
Like so many successful festivals, The Big Snow Festival started as a crazy idea whilst the organisers sat in a bar in Austria. After some careful planning and BIG ideas it finally materialised into the amazing event that was the 'Big Snow Festival 2010'.
The Big Snow Festival stemmed from The Big Reunion - the UK's Biggest Indoor Winder Festival - and the organisers let that winter energy explode into the mountains of the Pyrenees to create this new festival. The festival grew too large to stay in the picturesque location of Andora, where it was hosted for 2010 and 2011, so for 2012 onwards has moved to a luxurious resort in Serbia.
Music Stages and Other Information
For the 2012 Big Snow Festival there will be at least 10 stages, from indoor basketball courts to floodlit mountain stages.
As well as the music, there are many winter sports activities on offer such as skiing and snowboarding. Dressing up will be playing a big part at the Big Snow Festival this year, with the Fancy Dress Street Carnival on the Tuesday, St. Patricks Day on Thursday and the Ultimate Saturday Fun Day where you just have to ski or board down a mountain dressed as a superhero.
Food and Drink
Depending on the hotel you're staying in, you can either be self-catered or half-board. The area is full of shops and restaurants so you'll never be far from satisfying your hunger.
Camping and Other Accomodation
This is a no camping event but there are plenty of hotels in the area, many with cheap long and short stay deals.
There are a range of various capacity hotels from 2* to 4* on offer that are waiting to become 'the'official base for your skiing and partying.
Location and Travel
The Big Snow resort Arinsal is in the Vallnord ski area and has an altitude of 2560m ensuring snowy peaks throughout the skiing season. From gentle, open pistes for complete rookies, to huge powder bowls and tree-lined runs for experts, the area offers skiing and boarding landscapes for all levels. It has 40,000 square metres of freestyle terrain, with a half-pipe, rails, kickers, boxes and a designated chill-out space.
Connected by cable car to the neighbouring resort of Pal, the area is collectively known as Vallnord and is famed for its slopes, nightlife, and cheap prices.
The Big Snow resort Arinsal lies in the heart of the Pyrenees, between France and Spain and is connected to neighbouring Pal. It is three and a half hours from Barcelona and Toulouse Airport, and easy to reach by public transport.
The festival are doing separate transfers from Barcelona airport for just £59 return. It doesn't matter which airline this transfer is offered if booked in advance on-line.
Flights are all included in the package deals, if you are travelling from the UK, you can choose between Luton Airport, London Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport. If however you are visiting the Big Snow Festival from outside the UK, and aren't participating in the package deals, then the airport you need to fly into is Belgrade Airport.
In previous years transfers cost £59 directly from the airport to the resort - but since the move of the Festival to Serbia the details of transfers have yet to be released (although the Facebook page FAQs suggest it is still the same price)
Driving to Kopaonik from the capital, Belgrade, will take approximately 4 hours with the majority of the journey taking place on the E-75 and the P119.