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Celebs at spring ski festivals

03 April 2014 09:06

Ski resorts organise end of season festivals

Ski resorts organise end of season festivals

The end of the ski season is approaching with a phalanx of festivals across favourite winter resorts giving tourists and star guests something to sing about.

Robbie Williams and X Factor find James Arthur are among the big names scheduled to celebrate the occasion.

These festivals have become great favourites among travellers in recent years. They combine sunny, spring weather, with some skiing and the opportunity to party with celebs.

Skiing tourists can indulge their hobby with peace of mind by taking out appropriate sports travel insurance.

Here are some recommendations among this season's best festivals:

Ski & Snow Fiesta Villars-Gryon/Diablerets (March 29-April 21)

This new event is staged in the trio of lift-linked ski regions in Switzerland's Lake Geneva area.

Big discounts and free entertainment is guaranteed. Expect curling, dog sledding, night skiing and snow-shoe tours with star gazing, snowmen-building contests, children's ski competitions, raclette (cheese), forest treks and a Splash diving event.

There will also be 20 terraces or specially erected stages at restaurants or communal spaces on the mountain. These offer live music or DJ sets.

Zermatt Unplugged (April 8-12)

Acoustic rather than electric is the most popular music mode at this Swiss venue in the Matterhorn's shadow.

Four stages across the resort will host Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Milow, Alex Hepburn, Jamie Scott, Tom Odell, and James Arthur.

Some acts are free, but the bigger names require a paid-for ticket. Zermatt has had a superb snow season this winter. It benefits from the protection of a mighty glacier and the highest lift-served European skiing at 12,467ft (3,799m).

Ischgl Top of the Mountain Concert (May 3)

This Austrian resort is welcoming Robbie Williams, who will play the prestigious Top of the Mountain concert in front of an anticipated 30,000-strong audience on May 3.

He follows in the footsteps of previous huge names, such as Deep Purple, Sir Elton John, Pink, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Kylie Minogue.

The ex-Take That star will perform in Ischgl as he tours the continent on his Swing Both Ways European Tour, performing on a stage at 7,600ft (2,316m) dwarfed by the Silvretta mountains.