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Music festivals with altitude

In the spring of 2000, a group of 200 people, including a few DJs and their record bags, set off in coaches for a week's ski holiday in the small French resort of Risoul. As they skied by day, and took over the resorts bars and clubs for parties by night, few of them probably realised that they were witnessing the start of a new phenomenon – the alpine music festival.

That was the first ever Snowbombing, an event that has grown every year and now attracts 5,000 revellers and big name acts like Dizzee Rascal, Grandmaster Flash and Fatboy Slim, www.snowbombing.com/en.

And Snowbombing's success has now spawned so many copycats, that an alpine festival 'season' is emerging, which will continue until late-April.

And they come in all shapes and sizes; the Big Snow Festival in Arinsal, Andorra, www.thebigsnowfestival.com and the Little World Festival in Meribel, France, www.littleworldfestival.com.

So, get to party time on the piste, while the rain keeps falling in London.

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