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There's life outside the après-ski bar: Take the high road at these mountain arts venues.

VILAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS Beaver Creek, Colo.

This 530-seat venue features everything from global dance troupes and jazz quartets to family musicals staged in the center of Beaver Creek Village.

This season

Check out Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (above), a modern dance group hailed for its ballet-theater fusion, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Highlight

The winter schedule offers a diverse mix of entertainment, with something going on almost every night of the week.

Contact

970-845-8497; vilarcenter.org

ECCLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Park City, Utah

Known for its focus on pop culture, the 1,269-seat Kearns Auditorium in the Eccles Center brings national music acts, comedians, dance troupes and documentary films to Park City.

This season Grammy Award-winner Marc Cohn sings and plays his signature acoustic piano and guitar on Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Highlight The adjoining Pillow Theater specializes in children's entertainment and movies.

Contact 435-655-3114; ecclescenter.org



ASPEN ART MUSEUM Aspen, Colo.

Housed in a historic brick building just outside downtown Aspen, the museum stages year-round exhibits of contemporary art and photography.

This season Watch for works by Carlos Garaicoa, a self-taught Cuban installation artist and photographer, Feb. 11-April 10.

Highlight Art After Hours, a program that runs Thursday evenings from 5-7 during exhibitions, features free refreshments and gallery tours.

Contact 970-925-8050; aspenartmuseum.org



MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART North Adams, Mass.

Cutting-edge multimedia exhibition space Mass MoCA features both fine and performing arts in a former mill factory on 13 acres in the Berkshires, near Jiminy Peak.

This season Matthew Ritchie's interactive exhibit, Proposition Player, features paintings, murals and a giant floor sculpture. Through Feb. 20.

Highlight The museum's restaurant, Eleven, serving globally inspired contemporary fare, is worth the trip alone. Reservations recommended.

Contact 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

JANUARY 2005