24 Reasons You Absolutely Cannot Miss Altitude This December

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The world’s number one Alpine comedy festival returns to Mayrhofen, Austria with a special Christmas edition of the funniest show on snow!

1. This will be the view you wake up to

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The views in Mayrhofen are absolutely breathtaking, no matter how many times you see them and no matter how hungover you are

 

2. The line ups are unbeatable

There is no comedy festival on the planet that can rival Altitude’s line ups.

So far they’ve had:

Eddie Izzard – Tim Minchin – Jimmy Carr – Bill Bailey – Jim Jefferies – Sean Lock – John Bishop – Katherine Ryan – Al Murray – Kevin Bridges – Frankie Boyle – Phill Jupitus – Jenny Éclair – Tommy Tiernan – Milton Jones – Ed Byrne – Rob Beckett – Howard Marks – Roisin Conaty – Michael Winslow – Stephen K Amos – Andrew Maxwell – Rufus Hound – Luisa Omielan – Marcus Brigstocke – Simon Evans – Sofie Hagen – Joel Dommett – Gina Yashere – Abandoman – Daniel Sloss – Zoe Lyons – Phil Nichol – Beardyman – Craig Campbell – Nina Conti – The Cuban Brothers – Brendon Burns – Terry Alderton – Michael Mittermeier and loads more…

But it’s often the less well-known acts that the audiences talk about when they head home

3. The food is AMAZING

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Ginormous steaks. Mountainous platters. Delicious goulash. Schnitzel. Cheese fondue. Wild Chamois dumpling soup. Tyrolean Gröst.

There really is no better food on earth

4. It’s CHRIIIIISTMAAAAS!

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What could be better than a twinkling, fairy-lit, traditional Austrian town to fill you with festive cheer this Christmas?

5. If you’re looking for a party, you’ll find one

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Whether it’s night or day there’s always a thumping party happening somewhere in Mayrhofen, with DJs, dancing and live music

6. Your accommodation will look like this

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The hospitality in Mayrhofen is absolutely off the scale. You can’t go wrong whether you choose a private chalet, a luxurious lodge or a modest hotel right in the centre of all the action

7. There’s a schnapps distillery!

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You can literally see the making of the drink responsible for giving you a sore head every morning

8. You don’t have to be into skiing or snowboarding

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There is so much more to Mayrhofen than just skiing and boarding. It also offers cycling, horse riding, Alpine coasters, hiking, llama trekking, water-rafting, swimming and if you’re feeling brave – paragliding down the side of the mountain!

 9. There’s guaranteed snow!
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If you’re a seasoned skier or boarder and are worried about the snow…DON’T BE! Altitude is putting on regular buses to Austria’s only year-round ski resort, which is just up the road.As well as astonishing views and amazing restaurants, the Hintertux Glacier offers perfect snow 365 days of the year and boasts over 60km of runs suitable for all levels from beginner to pro

10. There’s a Festival of Lights!
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The Festival of Lights will be taking over the centre of Mayrhofen in December to produce an incredible spectacle of dazzling fire structures and mystifying light shows
11. There’s an enchanted forest
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Mayrhofen’s Advent in the Forest is full of beautifully-decorated stalls, each offering delicious local crafts, food and drinks. Here you can ignite your festive spirit whilst sitting by an open fire and listening to traditional Austrian Christmas music
12. The reviews say it all…
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Previous Altitude acts and attendees had the Best. Festival. Ever!13. Record-breaking eargasms guaranteed!

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The Original Silent Disco are throwing two electrifying parties at Altitude…The first is a Silent Disco ON ICE! We are shaking with excitement to ice-skate (and fall over) to all our favourite tunes.

The second event they’re hosting will beat the current world-record and become the Highest Silent Disco ever – taking place at 3250m on top of the Hintertux Glacier!

14. Hans the Butcher
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No trip to Mayrhofen would be complete without a trip to Hans Gasser – his incredibly generous portions and über tasty meats are the only way to fuel up for a day on the slopes. Hans has become so famous with visitors that he even sells Hans the Butcher merchandise in his store
15. The Clown Hill race
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The Clown Hill race offers the chance to knock an overly-competitive comedian off of their perch. VIP wristband holders can don their skis or boards (and best costumes) and race the clowns down the mountain. If you aren’t taking part, grab a drink instead and head to the starting line to witness fierce rivalries developing
16. The spas
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Many of the hotels and chalets in Mayrhofen contain traditional Austrian saunas and spas to help you unwind after a long day on the slopes (or the lash). There are even rooftop pools so you can enjoy the view while you soak. Pure heaven!
17. It’s socially acceptable to be drinking at all times
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Altitude is a festival after all, and Christmas is the season to be merry, so having a mini Jagermeister for breakfast is fiiine.Fizz fans – you can get a bottle of Prosecco for just 3 euros in the supermarket. 3 EUROS!

For the more discerning drinkers among you, the local beer and wine selection is absolutely incredible (but no one will judge if you wash down your vintage Riesling with a shot of schnapps)

18. There’s a natural ice palace
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At the Hintertux Glacier you can explore nature’s ice palace – a wonderful world deep beneath the ski slopes hiding magical ice structures, giant sparkling crystals, frozen waterfalls and even glacial lakes
19. It’s incredibly intimate
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You’ll be as close as Eskimos, rubbing noses with world-renowned acts around the resort and getting to enjoy their performances in the most intimate and exclusive venues
20. The Schneekarhutte
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This beautiful pyramid structure is nestled up high in the Tyrolean mountains, and offers some of the most perfect food, drinks and views in Austria. If you’re feeling flush you can even stay in one of the star-lit hotel rooms. Reaching it is an adventure in itself, but when you get there you’ll realize why your journey was worth every second
21. It’s the perfect place to learn to ski or board
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The instructors are impressively patient, the slopes are gentle and the surroundings are stunning. Best of all no one will care about your age/ability/that you’re dressed in a giant cow ski onesie…
22. You can go VIP all the way daahling
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If you choose to purchase a VIP wristband you will be treated to:A bottle of wine (or up to 4 beers) each per day
An Altitude T-Shirt
The best seats in the house reserved for your group
An invite to meet and greet the comedians at the exclusive press party
A place to compete in the Clown Hill Race
Access to the VIP area for the Festival of Lights

When else can you spoil yourself if not at Christmas?

23. You’ll find yourself in an unexplainable situation at least once
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The week at Altitude always includes a plethora of magical, unbelievable and often downright bizarre moments that you’ll find impossible to explain to anyone who wasn’t there
24. The alternative is this:
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Can you really imagine choosing to stay here instead?!*Brrrrrr*

Book your week at Altitude Christmas now!

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