The answer: Any avid music festival goer, wanting to experience Europe’s highest music festival: The SnowpenAir.
I hustle around to get myself together and rush out the door to catch the 7:32am train that will commence my trip all the way over to Kleine Scheidegg – the breathtaking mountain-pass, situated 2061m above sea level. It’s a long train ride from Zurich, with stops in Bern and Interlacken Ost, where most of the remaining festival goers join the ride. By the time we reach Lautbrunnen (another stop in between), the regional train is bursting at its’ seams. Not all Snowpenair-goers make it onto the first train and are forced to wait for the next one to arrive (take note: if you are traveling from Bern, try to catch an earlier train to avoid the crazy crowds later on).
The train inches its way up up up and… and finally: we’ve made it – we are officially on top of Europe.
It’s just before 11am. The sun is shining, the snow crunching beneath the feet – lots and lots of snow, mind you (so no kidding about the sturdy footwear the SnowpenAir organizers are recommending to wear!). You look around and are immediately stunned by the beauty of the surrounding mountain peaks covered in a cape of never melting snow.
The tricky thing about open airs is the sound – all depends on how the wind blows – especially in the high mountain passes. I discovered the sound quality was somehow considerably better right at the front (obviously) and on the left hand side of the stage (if you were facing the stage from the crowd).
I decided to opt for the earlier return (afterall, I had a 3-hour journey ahead of me).
On the train, feeling squashed like a sardine in a can, I managed to get some feedback from my Swiss companions, who praised the event – especially for the strong line-up. They did however mention that considering the length of the event (one day), 125CHF is rather expensive for tickets.
All in all, it was an enjoyable day. You can tell that the organizers have specialized in organizing the SnowpenAir over the last 19 years. No wonder the 10,000 tickets sold out in an instant. A strong lineup, beautiful backdrop and happy atmosphere – I am already looking forward to checking out next years shenanigans.
Fun facts 🙂 Did you know:
– To organize the SnowpenAir 200 tons of material had to be brought up to 2,000m above sea level;
– 2,500m of cables were set up beneath the snow
– 200 volunteers helped with organizing the event
– The festival budget was 1,4 million CHF