Dancing in The Snow: SnowBombing Festival

Written by Taylor Dickason
Photos by Taylor Dickason

Are you trying to find a festival where you can hit the slopes during the day, go back to your room for a nap, then head back outside at night to listen to your favorite music in the mountains? If your answer is yes, then SnowBombing Festival held at Sun Peaks resort in Kamloops, Canada is for you! Because the festival is held in the middle of a ski resort, guests are easily able to go between the slopes, festival, and their rooms. Attendees who are not staying an the resort are able to park in the lot on site for free and spend their day on the slopes and dancing, while using the hotel lobby and cafes to warm up!

The Music

Griz set the vibes for the weekend on Friday with the saxophone and some funky bass in the mountains. This tone was carried on into Saturday by The Funk Hunters who also incorporated the saxophone into their bass filled set. A slight change in music came when Cypress Hill closed out the main stage, but the crowd continued to radiate energy. He played a combination of throwback rap songs and up beat electronic music, which had the crowd very engaged at all times. After his set ended, I went inside to the “Crystal Cave”, which was known for having lasers and light shows all weekend, which was proven to be true during Nouveau’s set. Sunday was the most bass heavy day by far. During Adventure Club’s set, you could feel the bass through the ground and hear it vibrating off of the mountains.

Following Adventure Club was Illenium, who closed out the main stage and took the crowd on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. I ended the festival with Slander and more lasers in the “Crystal Cave”. Being the final set of the weekend, the crowd seemed to have more energy than during any other set over the weekend, as they knew that the party was coming to an end. Slander matched this energy and played a very bass heavy set which brought even more energy to the crowd.

The Experience

On day 3, I was able to observe a snowboarding competition where competitors earned points for doing tricks at the jumps and “riding the rails”. After completing the course, competitors were able to walk over to “Basecamp” for some celebratory dancing. Because Sun Peaks Resort is set up like a small village, attendees were also able to browse several shops and stop in the cafe for some hot chocolate to warm up before the sets on the main stage began for the day. I did not experience any problems with parking or long security lines at the festival and all staff were very friendly and welcoming to SnowBombing guests. All in all, SnowBombing was a unique and great experience! I would recommend checking it out if you love snowboarding/skiing and good music!

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