Wild Winter Festivals From Around the World

Mountain festivals call the Festival Worlds crew like it’s in our DNA. We hail from snow sports mecca’s where Festival Season is the Ski Season. After many years travelling the world, from peaks across four continents, here’s our pick of strange & amazing Winter Festivals to bring you out of hibernation.

1. Snowbombing Canada

This spring Snowbombing Canada “sent it” for its its second year in the great white north. The quaint, ski-in-ski-out resort village of Sun Peaks was transformed by 4000 snow worshipers into a 4-day raver-après. This festival is modeled after Austria’s famous Snowbombing, and, like its big brother, it preaches Eat, Ski, Rave, Repeat as gospel. The festival encompasses the entire town and nearly every hotel is filled with party goers. Ski-chalet-chic gets in bed with west-coast-bass for a Euro-American festival mashup. You don’t want to miss Snowbombing Canada and your festival #hottubeverday.

2. AfriSki Festival in Lesotho

A hipsters paradise awaits in a little known kingdom of Africa. And that’s right, it’s a winter festival in Africa and you can actually snowboard! Last year we collaborated with Encompass Africa to show the winter #snowtrip#roadtrip which you can check here and it was a hell of a lot of fun. We’ll definitely be returning. Here’s our aftervid:

3. World Ski and Snowboard Festival

Whistler is notorious for gnarly terrain and killer parties. Here you’ll find Big Lines on and off the mountain, and the World Ski and Snowboard Festival serves up the biggest lines of all. Its a gathering for adrenaline junkies to compete on courses too extreme for regulation circuits. Check out the unbelievable Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme and downright dangerous Monster Boarderstyle. Finish off your day watching freestyle nutcases spin triple corks at the Big Air behind world class DJs. Combined with massive parties and endless apres options, you won’t find a crowd of 250,000 more serious about sending it anywhere else.

4. Igloofest

We love Igloofest so much we’ve been to two years in a row. What’s not to love about raving cold nights away surrounded by an amazing crowd that pulls out all the stops for some of the best dj’s in the world? Here’s a video recap from our first year with Brigette Truong

5. Nozawaonsen Fire Festival

In the small Japanese ski town of Nozawaonsen a unique tradition unfolds every winter. It’s the Dosojin Matsuri, one of Japan’s legendary fire festivals. Furious battles, flowing sake and a raging inferno transport the town to an ancient and mystic place. Get face shots of Ja-Pow all day long in the depth of Japan’s prolific winter before witnessing a three-hundred-year -old tradition of spirits and flame. This is a winter festival like no other – Snow, Sake and Fire.

6. Queenstown Winter Festival

Its been ten years since we last went to Queenstown Winter festival. It was 3 days of glorious gluwine and a plethora of awesome activities, including my favorite: the polar plunge. Queenstown Winter Festival is more of a family-friendly event than the usual snowrat jam, but its not without the chance for adrenal kicks. The town is known as the adventure sports capital of the world and you can do everything from stupidly high bungee jumps to hot spas under the stars. This year we’ve got our sights set on hot air ballooning so stay tuned as we show you the best this region has to offer.