As fun as your daily commute and long office hours are, it’s time that you got away for some high altitude air and adrenaline pumping adventure. We’ve searched out the best mountain town festivals and adventures so you can get the most out of your precious vacation days. Start planning your next mountain getaway now.
The Mountain Games are the quintessential adventure sports destination of the year. With events ranging from the Slackline World Championships, whitewater events, and a new enduro mountain biking race, it has a flavor of adrenaline for everyone. Combine that with the nightly concert series, and the scenic venue in the Vail mountain village, and you have the makings of a vacation of a lifetime. This year’s games are the 9th through 12th of June. If you make it out, we highly recommend grabbing one of Upslope Brewing’s Imperial IPAs while you enjoy the festivities.
In the mountains there are adrenaline junkies, and then there are serious cowboys. If your idea of a good time involves a pair of wranglers, saddle breaking a few ornery horses, and then throwing back an ungodly amount of cheap beer, you’re probably one of those cowboys. The Big Sky PBR is the one place you need to be. It is the only pro bull riding venue that is literally at a major ski resort. The potential of seeing bullriders, flyfishing a blue ribbon trout river, and getting in time on the trails yourself makes this a one of a kind adventure. 2016’s festivities kick off on July 29th, so you’ve got some time to plan.
Every serious skier or snowboarder dreams of spending time in Whistler Blackcomb. With more than 7,000 skiable acres, it is one of the largest – and most scenic – ski resorts in the world. If you’d like your powder days served with a side of partying, then the World Ski and Snowboard Festival is your ticket. Over eleven days, you’ll be treated to world class snow, huge concerts, and a never ending party. You’ll have to wait until April 2017 for the next Festival to kick off, so start thinking of ways to come down with the dreaded Powder Flu now.
Snowbird Ski resort in Utah is famed for its aerial tram and steep fall line skiing. However, in the late summer and early fall before snow starts falling, they have a different kind of party to celebrate than the typical powderhounds want. Every weekend from August 13th to October 9th this year Snowbird hosts their annual Oktoberfest. With authentic German cuisine, local beer favorites from Uinta and Bohemian Brewing, this is one of the best mountain parties in the Rockies. Be sure you enjoy a hike through Albion Basin’s famous wildflowers or a mountain bike ride down Snowbird’s tram line before you have a few beers – you’d be surprised how fast the altitude catches up after a few drinks.
Every year Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival celebrates the best in documentary and short films. This year we are lucky to celebrate the Centennial of America’s National Parks, so the Festival is in turn fêting our most sacred wild places. If you can’t make it to Telluride for the festical May 27-30, they will be taking a collection of films on the road this year for a World Tour.