SnowBall Music Festival 2012 survival guide: What to know before you go this weekend

SnowBall Music Festival is about to hit Avon again. We were there for the icy, snowy, steamy, crammed and all around awesomeness of the inaugural edition last year, and just in case you weren't, or you need a refresher of what to expect, we compiled this Survival Guide just for you, so you can get the maximum enjoyment out of your SnowBall experience this year. Page down to see what you can bring, what you can't bring and what you should bring.

Festival pass: You don't want to forget your tickets to the show. Seriously, you'll be that guy, and no one wants to listen to that guy bitch about not having a ticket. Not to mention, it's a bit of a haul back to Denver.

Clothes: When packing, think about the kind of attire that would be appropriate for chilling with penguins or polar bears and bring that. You'll be in the mountains where the chance of snow is, well, high. Although that pair of snow boots doesn't really match your furry boot covers, practicality trumps style when it comes to braving the cold. Last year, it snowed several times during the festival, all while the big acts were hosting the main stage. Wear warm clothes, and don't go cheap on the fleece. Trust us: No matter how much you love Bassnectar, Snoop Dogg or TV On The Radio, dancing in soaking shoes sucks.

Two (2) factory-sealed water bottles: This is a little strange, but you definitely want to stay hydrated. Again, you are in the mountains at a notably high elevation, so staying hydrated is utmost importance to stave off altitude sickness and keep enjoying the festival to the fullest.

Digital camera: Unless you have media access, don't bring the one with the detachable lens.

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Backpack: Use to shed clothing or layers during the day and to stash all the merch and memorabilia you collect along the way.

Bonus Tip: Parking is one of those things that typically works best when employing the mindset of Clarke W. Griswold: "First in. First out." If you happen to find a good parking spot, hold onto that thing for dear life.

Think of Snowball as an airplane and the ticket lines as TSA staff: If you wouldn't bring it on a plane, don't bring it to Snowball. Pretty simple: Basically, don't bring any weapons, drugs or outside food or drink. Camelback and Nalgene bottles will be not be permitted, and you certainly can't bring any glass. And again, unless you're media, don't even consider bringing your DSLR camera, or any kind of audio recording devices.

You can see the full line-up and get exact set times at SnowballMusicFestival.com. And you can also create a customize your schedule and then print out a PDF version of your itinerary on the site. Tickets: Regular three-day tickets are still available for $159.50, while single-day tickets are going for $64.95 to $74.95. VIP tickets -- which include access to a full bar, private restrooms, a tented heat lounge and special viewing area -- are on sale now for $299.50.

Friday, March 2 (1 p.m. -10 p.m.) Major Lazer, Big Boi, Rusko and more

Saturday, March 3 (12 p.m. -10 p.m.) The Head and the Heart, the Kooks, TV on the Radio, Snoop Dogg and more

Sunday, March 4 (12 p.m. -8 p.m.) Human Agency, BoomBox, Beats Antique, Bassnectar and more

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