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Ski Into Summer A 0501

So many festivals, so little summer. Presenting five of our favorites. Log on to www.skimag.com for 50 more.

KILLINGTON, VT. MAY 25-28
Work hard and then play equally hard Memorial Day weekend, when Killington hosts Rage Weekend and the Killington Triathlon. The triathlon takes both solo entries or teams of three. In the Killington Klimb race competitors race to the top of Killington Peak . Kayak races and mountain bike clinics also happen throughout the weekend. Free nightly parties feature live music, cool drinks and tasty food. Contact: 802-422-3333, www.killington.com.

SNOWSHOE, W. VA. JULY 14
More than 65 cooks and 5,000 spectators head to Snowshoe for the Fire on the Mountain Chili Cookoff. It features chili tasting, live entertainment, fireworks and an arts-and-crafts festival. The winner takes home $1,000 and earns a spot at the World Chili Cookoff Championships in Las Vegas. Contact: 304-572-1000, www.snowshoemtn.com.

BIG MOUNTAIN, MONT. JULY 14-15
The Big Mountain Summer Festival features food, musicians, performance art and children's booths. A juried art show will showcase 50-100 artists. Contact: 406-862-7227, www.bigmtn.com/resort.

S. LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. JULY 21-AUG. 26
This summer, the 23rd annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents "The Comedy of Errors" and "The Gentlemen of Verona." Contact: 800-747-4697, www.laketahoeshakespeare.com

HUNTER MOUNTAIN, N.Y. AUG. 12-13
The taste, sights and sounds of Bavaria come to Hunter during the German Arts Festival. From yodelers to beer-hall bands, this festival offers a real taste of Germany and Austria. Entertainers from Europe include Edith Prock, Stettholz Musikanten and Nina & Mike, along with American favorites. Contact: 518-263-4223, www.huntermtn.com.

Travel Hit
One-fifth of U.S. adults-or 31 million people-attended a festival while on a trip away from home in the past year. Source: Travel Industry Association