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Ski Festivals 2021: Which Is Best & Should You Go?

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A party in a ski resort is pretty standard, with apres ski one of the main draws for skiers and snowboarders. But there is an increasing selection of excellent ski resort festivals to choose from across the world, especially in Europe.

With the Coronavirus pandemic ruining 2020 summer plans for pretty much everyone, is it a good idea to go to a winter music festival in a ski resort?

Well, one thing at a time. We’ll take a look at some of the best options for ski resort festivals for the 2021 winter season and a look at whether, with Covid-19, you should book that ticket.

The best ski resort festivals 2021

1. Snowbombing

Where? Mayrhofen, Austria

When? 5th – 10th April 2021

Cost? Tickets start from £245 per person

The best known of the ski festivals, Snowbombing always offers one of the best line-ups. Based in the pretty Tirol valley resort of Mayrhofen, the party vibe here is usually pretty non-stop even when the festival isn’t happening.

Although the line-up for Snowbombing 2021 hasn’t been released yet, you can bet it’s gonna be a stomper. Based on past lineups, they always get the top tier international DJ’s and dance acts, so think something along the lines of Fatboy Slim, Chase and Status, Rudimental, Andy C and Sven Vath.

As for the ski and snowboarding terrain? Mayrhofen is in the heart of the Zillertal valley, some of the biggest and best terrain in the Alps. There is 178 kms of runs in Mayrhofen itself, but you’ll find access to varied terrain including the Hintertux glacier and Finkenberg. In short, whatever your experience level, you’ll find some awesome ski and snowboarding at Snowbombing 2021.

2. Snowboxx

Where? Avoriaz, France

When? 20th – 27th March 2021

Cost? From £249 per person

If you love the French Alps then this is probably the music festival for you. Snowboxx can be found in the ski resort of Avoriaz, a ski in/ski out resort on the mountains above Morzine. One of the selling points of Avoriaz is that, unlike Mayrhofen, it’s on the mountain top (not the valley) so you get the winter sun for longer plus epic mountain views.

As for Snowboxx festival itself? There is plenty of fun to be had over the 7 days of the festival both on and off the slopes. Expect big name DJ’s and live dance acts, parties on the mountainside, snowball fights and random things like ski lift dating and ski skittles.

Skiers and snowboarders will love Avoriaz, which is a favourite among the cool crowds in Europe. With the choice of meandering valleys, epic mountains and even a run into Switzerland, the Portes du Soleil is the biggest linked ski area in the Alps and is suitable for all levels.

3. Tomorrowland

Where? Alpe d’Huez, France

When? 20th – 27th March 2021

Cost? TBC

Another choice for lovers of the French Alps, the winter edition of this popular festival has been growing in stature in recent years. In fact, Tomorrowland has been building a keen following and attracts a more diverse Euro crowd than the more Brit-centric options above.

Tomorrowland winter festival follows the trend of electronic and dance music, with a top notch line up of DJs. Lineups for all winter ski festivals are normally released around December, but this usually means you’ll miss the early bird (i.e; cheaper) tickets.

Alpe d’Huez is one of the best ski resorts in Europe, with lots of beautiful terrain. Choosing a winter ski festival based on the resort alone could be very tricky, but many swear by Alpe d’Huez as the best choice. 

4. Snowattack

Where? Les Orres, France

When? 30th January – 6th February 2021

Cost? From €199

A rising star in the winter music festival scene, Snowattack is run by a Hungarian company so tends to focus on more Euro dance acts. From this list, Snowattack is one of the few music festivals that ran in 2020.

Les Orres itself is a relatively small ski resort with 100 kms of pistes, but that is plenty to keep you busy for a week. Snowattack festival 2021 is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for some winter music fun.

Are ski festivals safe during Covid-19?

The world has been massively disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the cancellation of pretty much all music festivals in 2020. So how is 2021 going to be any safer?

You can be assured that all of the festivals on this list will be using social distancing and pandemic based health controls. And most ski resorts in Europe are planning to manage queues and crowds in ways that some might find disruptive to their enjoyment.

But the chances of social distancing at a music festival might be kinda tricky and actually go against the whole point of a music festival. Ask yourself how you feel about being in close proximity to thousands of strangers from around the world during a global pandemic and this might be your answer.

Of course, you do need to consider the risks yourself, including your country’s advice and quarantine restrictions.

But, be assured that if you do go to a winter ski resort festival in 2021, you’ll have plenty of fun!

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Check Out The Next Generation Of Theme Parks

From Disney’s new Star Wars Land to Universal Studios Beijing, there is something for everyone in these fantasylands.

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The world of theme parks is about to get really exciting in the next few years. A whole slew of awesome new parks are slated to open soon and each one has something exciting. From Disney’s new Star Wars Land to Universal Studios Beijing, there is something for everyone in these fantasylands. Let’s check out the newest crop of theme parks and see why you should be so excited.

 

Pandora – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney is set to unveil their latest creation, Pandora; the World of Avatar is an expansion to their Animal Kingdom in Florida. This groundbreaking theme park puts visitors into the world of Avatar and sets them on the planet of Pandora. James Cameron, the director who brought us Avatar has been deeply involved in the planning and execution of the new park. Expect lush forests of bioluminescent creatures and out of this world technology.

 

Disney’s Star Wars Land

Disney is doing it again but this time in both Florida and California, wherein 2019 it will debut the Star Wars land. Disney purchased the Star Wars rights in 2009 for a record 4 billion dollars and has been steadily exploiting the franchise. From the concept drawings, you can tell it’s going to be massive in scale and should fully immerse fans in the Star Wars universe. I know people will start lining up for these parks early so be prepared to wait a little bit.

 

Paramount Park, London

The long-anticipated London theme park has gone through some setbacks but it seems on track for a 2022 opening. Expect rides from Paramount icons like Star Trek, Indiana Jones, and Iron Man. This 3 billion dollar theme park better live up its enormous hype or there will be some salty Brits.

 

Universal Studios Beijing

Disney recently opened up in Shanghai so of course, their bitter rival Universal Studios had to open a park in the region. So enter Universal Studios Beijing, the mega-park set to open in 2020. There are plenty of fun parks in China but none are expected to be as grand as Universal Studios Beijing. They are attempting to build a park with heart and soul, so expect something huge and grandiose.

 

Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi

Expected to rely heavily on the brands biggest stars, Looney Tunes, and DC Comics. The completely indoor theme park will open in 2018 and is expected to dominate the landscape of Abu Dhabi. The UAE (United Arab Emirates) is a little overloaded with theme parks as of recent but this one is expected to be massive.

 

Wanda Theme Parks

China’s richest man owns Wanda Theme Parks and his goal is to make his theme park company bigger than all others. There are ten mega-theme parks expected to open in the next 5 years in China and that sounds crazy. These theme parks will put all other Chinese parks to shame as they are investing in Hollywood franchises and other huge budget trademarks.

 

Expect huge things from these mega parks in the next few years as the technology and budgets just keep growing and getting bigger.


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Float Up To These Top US Swim Up Bars

Spend your vacation wet from the waist down and full of booze from the bar up.

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What’s more Spring Break than drinking a stiff cocktail while floating in a swimming pool? I can’t think of anything, so why throw on your swim trunks and saddle up to the best swim up bars in the U.S. with help from us at Jetlaggin. We found the top swim up bars around the nation and wanted to tell you why they’re so awesome. Spend your vacation wet from the waist down and full of booze from the bar up.

REHAB BEACH – HARD ROCK VEGAS

Do I even need to continue with this list after we talk about the ultimate pool party? Forget a swim-up bar, this is a full-on swim up a nightclub in the middle of the day. The pool party at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas is so awesome I’ve stayed in on a Saturday Night in Vegas because I wanted to really enjoy Rehab. In the summer they throw this ultimate pool party every Thursday to Monday, so tie your suit tight and get ready for the time of your life.

SERENITY POOL – FOUR SEASONS MAUI

Quite the opposite experience from Rehab, Serenity Pool at the Four Seasons in Maui is a classy and sophisticated swim-up bar for the vacationer who wants some peace and quiet with their Pina Colada. Lucky for you, there are three different swim-up bars in three completely different pools at the Four Seasons, so if you want to party, just head over to the Adult’s Only pool.

MUD HUT SWIM-UP BAR – KALAHARI WISCONSIN DELLS

Maybe you can’t make it to the coasts, fear not my friend, and check out the Mud Hut bar in the Kalahari resorts at the wonderful Wisconsin Dells. Imagine a swim-up bar and insane water slides mixed together, yes, it is heaven. This place has it all and it’s half indoors so even when the weather is bad, you can enjoy a stiff cocktail then head down a badass waterslide. Checkmate, sorry Maui, you lose to Wisconsin again.

HOTEL BLUE – MYRTLE BEACH

Myrtle Beach is what happens when NASCAR heads to the beach so expect plenty of cutoff jeans shorts, Lynyrd Skynyrd T-Shirts, and Budweiser being slung at this hotel pool bar, but it’s a great time. These country folk knows how to get down and if the adults only pool is a rocking please do come a-knocking, you won’t regret it.

AMA BAR – THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI MAUI

This is the fancy swim up bar we all have fantasized about but never really thought was possible. This hotel is a real fancy joint so expect an upper-class type of clientele so no beer bongs dudes.

DIP AQUA BAR – NEW YORK

New York City’s only swim-up bar is obviously a hot spot, there’s only one. The Room Mate Grace in Times Square has an indoor pool that is open 24/7 but the bar is only open from 10 am to 8 pm. They host a very popular gay night on Wednesday and there is a cover charge every day of the week.


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Make The Most Of A Rainy Tropical Getaway

So you finally made it to the beach for the tropical vacation that is supposed to put the cold rainy days behind you, warm your soul and stick in your memories forever. You have been counting down until this day for months and now it’s finally here. You can go out and relax on the beach, maybe sip a pina colada or read a book. You put your swimsuit on, apply your suntan lotion and then open up the windows to take a quick look at the picturesque view from your beautiful hotel room only to see one thing…heavy showers. The beach is currently being pummeled by raindrops. So vacation ruined, right?

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Well not so fast. Here are some great tips to rescue your rainy trip to the beach and keep your vacation the relaxing experience you envisioned when this getaway was booked.

Hit the spa

So you booked this trip to relax, but mother nature is playing hardball. Show her who’s boss by relaxing even harder at the spa.

It’s hard to be super bummed about the rain when you’re in the middle of a deep-tissue massage. In fact, it’s hard to be bummed about anything at all. Spas are always a great choice, even if it’s sunny outside. But when it’s raining, the spa with the white noise of the rain is truly a blissful experience.

 

Go Sightseeing

Every place you visit, no matter where it is, usually has some indoor attractions for you to check out. You know you wanted to see these mesmerizing museums or amazing aquariums anyway, so now is the perfect opportunity.

Usually, when it’s sunny out, you feel bad standing for hours indoors, which makes it very easy to miss a lot of amazing must-see spectacles. So think of it as a blessing, because without the rain you might have never gone to visit these indoor spectacles.

 

 

Watch a Movie

Sometimes the best way to beat a rainy day on vacation is the same way you beat a rainy day at home. Go watch a new film on the big screen and enjoy yourself. It’s not your fault that it’s raining outside, so don’t beat yourself up, just go out and have some fun. The movies are always a fun experience and some hotels even have free movie screenings on days like this to help pass the time.

 

Eat Around the City

Open up Yelp or another food-based app and go eat your way around the city. Eating is always a fun activity and there is probably plenty of exciting, new local food for you to chomp down. Use the rain as an excuse to escape your hotel and ditch the room service in favor of something much more interesting and exciting. Ignite your palate with the magic of local cuisine.

 

 

Stay in bed

Maybe it’s a good day to just do nothing. Doing nothing is one of the easiest activities to do. You don’t have to get up and run around all crazy every day of your vacation. Vacations are all about treating yourself, so treat yourself in any way that you see fit.


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