Oktoberfest in the High Country

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Kegs are flowing and the mugs are clinking in the high country. Several North American ski resorts are celebrating their annual take-off of Germany's Oktoberfest.

The original Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich (Sept. 18-Oct. 3), serving some 11,000,000 pints of beer to about 6 million visitors. Apparently all of that beer drinking gives rise to the munchies. Participants at last year's event feasted on 84 oxen, 91,730 pork knuckles, 603,746 chickens and 353,180 pork sausages. Sound intriguing?

Well, the ski town Oktoberfests don't quite match up to the original in size or volume, but they do offer plenty of German food, entertainment, and, of course, beer.

So, grab your lederhosen and head for one of the resorts in this guide for the annual foray into things German.

Oktoberfest in the West

Oktoberfest in the East

Oktoberfest in the Midwest