Whether you start your Snowbombing early-bird, or finish it a few days after the bulk of the festival has taken place, here are a handful of reasons to add some extra days to your SB19!
Calling all Snowbombers that are first to the party and last to leave! We've got a jaw-dropping selection of the world's biggest acts and DJs coming together for our 20th birthday extravaganza... Plus forest parties, igloo raves, an underground tennis-club-turned-super-club, Austria's biggest fancy dress street party... The list goes on. Oh, and did we mention all the skiing and boarding?!
Have a read below of the 5 reasons why a six, seven or even eight night stay in the 'Hof means you can really wring the most out of the World's Greatest Show on Snow!
1. Get the party started with a weighty warm up!
Although the official festival programme, including the grand opening of The Racket Club, starts on the Monday 8th April, we'll be kicking off proceedings with a couple of weighty warm-up parties on the eve of Sunday 7th April. Mayrhofen’s local ravers always come out in full force for this opening night, adding an extra oomph to the atmosphere and providing a warm, Tyrolian welcome for our arriving festival contingent.
First up, it's the SB Road Trip Arrival Procession - everyone head to the 'Hof High Street, where big beats are blasted as we welcome in the triumphant Road Trip revellers from their mission across Europe (last year blessed by the mighty MC'ing of Mistajam). Expect wacky fancy dress, crazy, crafted cars and an abundance of celebratory steins.
At the other end of town, Sunday will see the opening of the ludicrous Fun Haus - the perfect place to put stop for a cheeky jaeger bomb, singalong and a dance off once you've checked in!
As night draws in, we will be opening up awesome club venues Arena and Bruck'n Stadl, for a couple of lively late night launch parties, featuring some very special SB selectors to see you through!
Nab yourself a superstylin' Sunday with Groove Armada, Melé, Doorly, and L&F Projekt or get your bass face on at the Arena with Flava D, Apexape, Harriet Jaxxon, and Concrete Music Residents - who said Sundays were for sleeping? Sundays are for Snowbombing!
2. Miss the crowds!
Our incredible Customer Service team endeavour to ensure that no Snowbombers are waiting long for their welcome packs and info, but arriving early on Saturday or Sunday means you get to waltz straight to the front desk and grab your wristbands without any fuss - plenty more time to explore the’ hof, slide around the slopes, or even hit the sauna!
Additionally, extending your stay for an extra night at the end of the week means you will catch another day on the piste, the perfect way to escape the weary crowds as they depart the village en route to the airport. Which leads us onto…
3. Get your piste performance to perfection before the hordes arrive!
With 650km of piste and countless runs, Mayrhofen is always a diamond ski experience even in peak season. However, arriving one or two days before Snowbombing kicks off properly, or adding a day onto the end of your trip, ensures you’ll get a piste free of beginners on their bums, or brilliant boarders bombing it past you while you learn.
You can explore the snow park, rattle around Red 10 and even have a cautious peer over the top of the infamous Harikiri slope - Austria's steepest black run, with a 71% incline! Have a few go’s before the troops turn up, and by the time the festival begins you’ll be careering around like Eddie the Eagle… Seriously, this is the best possible time to get your bearings before Snowbombing begins!
4. Attend the final Smirnoff Arctic Disco!
The final Smirnoff Arctic Disco on Saturday night (13th) will close our music proceedings for 2019 with a heated hoot from Hannah Wants and Jamie Roy. If you extend your stay early, there's a good chance you'll be lucky enough to bag a ticket to this!
With clubs going through until 6am, and with some of the biggest DJs across the week scheduled for the Friday, spirits are high once the Forest Stage closes, with many regarding this grand finale as the best night of the week. Plus, who wants to get up at 4am (or power through the night) to jump on your transfer and see the 'Hof still alive and kicking with revellers seeing out the last night in SB style!
5. Because what better place could you be on your weekend?!
C'mon, there's two options... Spend your weekend sat on the sofa, excitedly twiddling your thumbs in your cosy new mitts, impatiently waiting for Monday to come so you can make your trip to the mountains OR get your plans together and book that extra day or two, and really make the most of your trip to the World's Greatest Show on Snow!
NOT BOOKED SB19 YET?
Here's a selection of our favourite hotels offering at least 6, 7 or even 8 night stays. Trust us - once you check in, you won't want to leave. Think ahead, bag yourself a nice, long stay and make SB19 your best year yet!
4* HOTEL BERGHOF - BOOK FROM £857 PP FOR A 6 NIGHT STAY
Located in the very heart of Mayrhofen - 2 minutes from the Racket Club and a short walk up the hill to the Penkenbahn cable car - the Hotel Berghof boasts a large and luscious spa area, featuring a Finnish sauna, a steam bath and even an infrared cabin. All the spacious rooms and suites have a balcony with stunning mountain vistas and feature solid wooden furniture and satellite TV. Looking to be right in the centre of it all? This is the one!
4* ALPENHOTEL STEFANIE - BOOK FROM £599 PP FOR A 6 NIGHT STAY
The Alpenhotel Stefanie in Hippach is idyllically nestled between the two largest ski areas in the beautiful Zillertal. The 35 typically Tyrolean bedrooms of the family-operated hotel are finished individually with painstaking attention to detail – from rural and rustic to minimalist and modern. The new, light-flooded panorama suites with balconies offer an incomparable view across the mountains. The Racket Club, Forest Party, Street Party and Bruck’n Stadl are only a short drive away on the free ski bus, which runs directly into the centre of town to take you from pillow to piste, party and back again! If you want 4* plushness but at a lower price tag, the Stefanie takes some beating!
4* HOTEL ZILLERTALERHOF - BOOK FROM £910 PP FOR A 6 NIGHT STAY
Situated smack bang in the centre of Mayrhofen, the Zillertalerhof boasts an incredible heated indoor and outdoor pool, steam bath and a fantastic Finnish sauna. There is a ski bus stop just outside the building if you fancy taking a trip out of town, and free limited parking on site, perfect for those driving out on the Road Trip.
All rooms have a flat-screen TV and most boast scenic views that will truly take your breath away. The restaurant serves a delicious buffet breakfast, with fresh local ingredients bought each morning and some good vegetarian options too. Massages and beauty treatments are available on request! Ask for Ingrid…