Free Music in the Mountains

The mountain towns of Vail, Aspen, Steamboat, Snowbird, and Park City are all hosting free concert series this summer. By Ramsey Bernard.
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The mountain towns of Vail, Aspen, Steamboat, Snowbird, and Park City are all hosting free concert series this summer. By Ramsey Bernard.



10 Not-to-miss Ski Town Music Fests

While many ski towns and ski resorts are laying low, quietly waiting for another winter, plenty of others are turning the volume all the way up with all sorts of kickass music festivals this summer. These 10 are amongst the very best.

Catch the action live and slopeside at the base of Buttermilk. All events are free and open to the public, but leave your vuvuzela, booze, and pets at home. Don’t miss the Ladies SuperPipe final Thursday night and the Skiing Big Air final Saturday. Click here for the full schedule.

Aspen X-treme

For a week in January, Aspen becomes the center of the jibtastic universe when the Winter X Games comes to town. With 80,000 spectators (heavy on the park rats), dozens of free events, and parties—i.e. free booze—galore, Aspen is going to go off. Here’s your insider’s guide to the 2011 Winter X Games.

Spring For Skiing

Springtime in the Mountains

Don't throw the boards into storage just yet. March, April, and even May (if you ski at Mt. Bachelor) are the best months to get great deals on lodging, lift tickets, and equipment, all while curating a gnarly goggle tan. Sun, brews, music, and costumes are what make spring skiing the next best alternative to an epic powder day. Here's where to close out yet another great season of shredding.

Barenaked Ladies

Vail Snow Daze

EVE 6 and a few other more well known bands, like the Barenaked Ladies, are playing free shows in Vail this week and weekend.

“Whether you’ve just purchased an SLR camera or have years of experience behind the lens, this workshop will dramatically improve your ski photography skills,” Markewitz says. “Snowbird has been my home mountain for more than 30 years and is an ideal venue for epic ski photography thanks to its dramatic scenery, legendary snow and incredible terrain.”The Scott Markewitz Photography Workshop includes three days of uninterrupted instruction both on the mountain and in the classroom as well as three nights at the Cliff Lodge, lift tickets, early Trams and breakfast. The workshop costs $1,250 and interested parties can register by calling Snowbird Central Reservations at (800) 453-3000.

Scott Markewitz Gallery

Scott Markewitz is one of the best ski photographers in the business. And from February 4-7, he's teaching the inaugural Scott Markewitz Photography Workshop at Snowbird, Utah. It's a three-day instructional workshop for all levels of photographers who want to learn to take better action and scenic shots. Here is a gallery of Markewitz's work and more info on the workshop.