The last few years have seen a slew of snow sport festivals pop up across Europe. It’s easy to forget that the team behind Snowbombing have been throwing parties at altitude for almost two decades. This year the festival reaches adulthood and celebrates its 18th edition. If you haven’t been before, this is the moment to take the plunge.

Snowbombing had humble beginnings, starting life as a small nightclub in Risoul, a quaint resort in France. As the scope of the event has grown, so have the aspirations of Outgoing, the team behind it. Snowbombing is now regarded as the definitive ski-slope party, booking headliners like Dizzee Rascal and The Prodigy. To top it off, it won Best Small Festival at this year’s European Festival Awards. Clearly, there’s much to celebrate.

What sets Snowbombing apart from the competition is its commitment to diversity. There is, of course, ample opportunity to carve up the slopes and dance to cutting-edge electronic music on Jaeger-soaked dancefloors. But where else could you see heavy hitters like Run the Jewels, Chase and Status and Dixon alongside lesser known, but no less crucial, names like Midland, Gerd Janson and Axel Boman? This one isn’t just for the heads.

This year’s edition takes place on the 3-8th of April in its home since 2005 – Mayrhofen in Austria. There’s a rave in an igloo, mountain top ‘voga’ (a combination of yoga and vogueing), and a special appearance from party-starters Elrow, who will be bringing their ‘Bronx Street Party’ to the slopes. Punters who wander off the beaten track might find themselves in an enchanted forest watching UK bass up-and-comer Mella Dee tearing up the decks.

Then there’s the skiing: 650M of slopes at 8,947ft. For the brave or insane looking for the equivalent of an amyl nitrate rush there’s the Karikari, the steepest slope in Austria with a gradient of around 78%. Unless you’re a pro, don’t be tempted to try this after an especially big night out. As an added bonus, a day on the slopes in April is guaranteed to result in a tan.

In honour of Snowbombing’s 18th incarnation, we’re hosting a takeover featuring a number of DJs playing over the five days. Check out James Zabiela’s cutting-edge take on progressive house, Mella Dee’s breaks infused bass sound and a dose of Huxley’s deep house. Take note to check out multi-talented newcomer Anna Wall’s contribution. She’s an artist set to make waves in the coming months.