Great Winter Sports Destinations for 2013

Mar 11, 2013, 05:30 ET from Neilson Holidays

LONDON, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The bad news is that The Big Snow Festival in Sauze D'Oulx, Italy, has been cancelled. The good news is that there's a whole host of lively late-season events set to go off across some of the best destinations for ski holidays  in Europe.

Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, Austria

For those seeking thrills and spills both on and off the piste, it doesn't get much better than the Snowbombing Festival in Mayrhofen. From serenely lit forest stages to mountain-top tents - not to mention a huge igloo - Snowbombing brings world class music acts to some of the most unique party venues ever known. This year features Kasabian, Example, Norman Jay MBE, Carl Cox, James Zabiela, Tiga and many, many more.

If the wild parties sound a little too intimidating, seasoned skiers and boarders could get their kicks on the vast number of white-knuckle black runs or just take it easy in the 4* spa hotel. Snowbombing Festival runs between the 1st and 6th of April.

Rock the Pistes, Portes du Soleil, France

There are plenty of amazing late-season deals to be found in French resorts. One huge plus for Avoriaz or Morzine is that visitors automatically have access to a huge range of open-air gigs between the 20th and 24th of March - just by purchasing a Portes du Soleil lift pass.

Those interested in listening to some excellent French and International artists while enjoying bright sunshine and panoramic views can pick up a studio that sleeps four in Avoriaz or Morzine for as little as £300 per person for the week.

Snowmobiling adventures in Borovets

Not everyone has cottoned on to Bulgaria ski holidays yet, which means intrepid travellers can reap the benefits of queueless lifts and a healthy mixture of gentle, snaking runs and more challenging pistes in deep powder. Spending money goes a lot further too so those with a taste for luxury are more likely to find affordable accommodation here than in some overpriced resorts. Try searching last minute deals with premium operators like Neilson for some stunning chalets that won't break the bank.

Adrenaline-junkies can try a 50-minute snowmobiling adventure for under £40 or couples could opt for a guided candlelit walk through the local forests, finished with a warming meal in a traditional lodge.

Sauze D'Oulx, Italy

So The Big Snow Festival may have been cancelled but Sauze D'Oulx is still a haven for party-mad snow lovers. There is massive range of après ski restaurants, bars and clubs with live music and top quality DJ sets a plenty. There tends to be ample sun shining on the 400km of pisted runs during March and April, with enough trails to suit a snow-ploughing novice or an off-piste expert alike.

SOURCE Neilson Holidays