Tomorrowland Winter faces first hurdle with ski lift evacuations
Tomorrowland decided to expand its seasonal horizons in 2019, launching its very first winter edition on to a sold-out crowd. Kicking off at the picturesque Alpe d’Huez on March 9 for quite a few attendees, the gathering offers not just winter wonderland levels of beauty, but also a choice ski spot to enjoy before well before the music kicks in on March 12.
There already seems to be some trouble in paradise, however; reports are coming in that a fierce storm in the area has led to the evacuation some of the prime ski lifts in the venue. Over 250 people, including artists, were removed from the area amid the harsh weather conditions, with some having to be escorted down in Bobcat sleighs. Luckily, the festival hasn’t been too affected since the music programming doesn’t begin until midday on the 12.
A spokesperson for the festival, Debby Wilmsen, advised in a statement: “The evacuation was a normal situation in a ski resort. In the afternoon, lifts were closed because of the wind. Some of our festival goers, crew, and artists that panned to take lifts from the bars to the resort were bought back by snow cars.”
Operations will resume fully by start time on the 12. Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and Armin van Buuren are just a few of the headliners slated for the debut event.
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