Snowball Festival • March 2nd – 4th, 2012
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"The culmination of great music in one of the most beautiful places in the country results in thousands of like-minded people grooving on a high of mountain culture"

Snowball Festival • March 2nd – 4th, 2012

Site Score
8.2
Good: The festival had great vibes fueled by easy entry, chill people and a raging atmosphere.
Bad: There was a bit of a buzz kill in hard to find entrances and dehydration for the unprepared.
User Score
7.3
(8 votes)
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Snowball Festival PictureOverview
This past weekend I attended, for the second year in a row, Snowball in Avon, CO. I left from Boulder impatient, anticipating that, at the end of a two hour drive, my mind would be stimulated with music, mountains and, um, natural endorphins. Looking back in the midst of the aftermath, I can say I was by no means disappointed by my weekend of losing myself in mountain-meets-dubstep culture. Now, with the added clarity of a few days passing, I can appreciate what Snowball champed at and reflect on where it was lacking.

Entry
The lines were amazingly short to get in and there was unlimited reentry. It did not seem to matter what time I was trying to enter, and other fellow attendees agree, you cruised right in. The searching and pat down was kept to a reasonable minimum, even with my carrying a backpack. It should be noted though, the entrances were a little hard to find so perhaps the lines were kept short due to high numbers of lost ticket holders wandering the streets of Avon. Water was also pretty difficult to find once inside the park; however, drinks were pretty reasonably priced for a festival, so maybe that should be taken as enough compensation.

Snow Shoes
Without a doubt, the best improvement made from last year was paving the music tents and laying down hay around the main stage. When recalling Snowball of 2011 I remember my feet getting sucked into mud, followed by them getting soaked, proceeding to stand on ice , feeling my feet freeze and simultaneously feeling my buzz and energy slowly killed by fear of frostbite. This year there was still the issue of ice, but if anyone was dancing as they aught to have been, it just added a little extra swing and slide to their moves.

After Hours
The after shows I attended were pretty awesome and also completely necessary due to an early end to the festival—the final act being cut off at 10:00 p.m. Anyone under the age of 21 is left to their own devices in finding something to do with the rest of the night, a handful of them taking the route of passing out early to get a solid day of riding in at Beaver Creek the next day. The after show tickets themselves were a little pricey—but counterbalanced by a low price for the festival itself.

The People
Now, for what I consider the most important aspect of making or breaking a festival, lets talk about the crowd. Taking from my own experience I absolutely give it two thumbs up. The culmination of great music in one of the most beautiful places in the country results in thousands of like-minded people grooving on a high of mountain culture and great moods. Even those that migrated further than the famous laid back Colorado scene are part of the effort to have a great time and throw down in Avon. On Saturday night especially my neighbors in the Groove ten absolutely helped make my night.

So, to conclude: dear Snowball, I cannot wait to see you next year.

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Snowball Festival • March 2nd - 4th, 2012, 7.3 out of 10 based on 8 ratings

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