Oktoberfest in the High Country

Go fishing. With hundreds of lakes and streams to choose from you’re sure to get lucky and snag a few fish. Check out Lee Vining Creek, near Tioga Pass, Virginia Lakes, South Lake, or Lake Sabrina.Go climbing. It’s no wonder that Bishop, California, is a climbers’ paradise, with world class climbing like the Owens River Gorge and the Buttermilks just minutes from town.Ride your bike. The lower Rock Creek trail is melted out even when there is stills tons of snow up high. This 2,000-foot descent is easy to shuttle and a great way to spend a windy or stormy day.Sit in a natural hot spring.  There’s no better way to loosen up after a big day in the mountains than to sit in a natural hot spring. With dozens of hot springs to choose from, you can soak your way to better skiing.

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


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