Top 6 Ski Town Music Festivals in North America

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Mountain Jam 2015, Hunter Mountain, NY (

Music & mountains – what else do you need?

Every year, ski towns all over the country bring a bit of funk to the alpine air – and 2016 is no exception. From the Green Mountains to the Sierras, these 5 music festivals will keep you entertained until the snow starts up again.

1. Grand Targhee Bluegrass Fest

WHERE: Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Alta, WY

WHEN: August 12-14, 2016.

The 29th annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival will not disappoint.

Confirmed acts for this year include Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Nicki Bluhm, Lord Huron, Trampled By Turtles, The Lil’ Smokies, Pokey LaFarge, The O’Connor Family Band, Mary Gauthier, Sara Watkins, Steep Canyon Rangers, David Grisman Sextet, The Waybacks, Betse & Clarke, HillBenders presents The Who’s “Tommy,” and more to come.

Early bird tickets are sold out, but you can pick up your three day pass for $189.

2. Frendly Gathering

WHERE: Timber Ridge, Windham, VT

WHEN: JUNE 23-25, 2016

As the brain-child of pro-snowboarders Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani, this southern VT festival knows how to get down. Hosted in the Green Mountains, Frendly Gathering is a grassroots festival full of groovy music, workshops, and activities for you and all your frends.

Buy before June 10 – tickets go from $150 to $175!

Jack Mitrani & Danny Davis (

3. Winter Wondergrass Festival

Winter Wondergrass Colorado 2016

In both California and Colorado, Winter Wondergrass is a bluegrass celebration for the ages.

WHERE: Squaw Valley, CA & Steamboat, CO

WHEN: California –  March 31-April 2, 2017

ColoradoFebruary 24-26, 2017

Equal parts music fest & brew fest, these kick-ass festivals go hand in hand whether you’re in the Rockies or the Sierras. Last year’s headliners in California included Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Les Claypool, and many others. Presenting brewers in California were Golden Road & Sierra Nevada brewing companies. Music, mountains, and beer? Count me in.

Did we mention Squaw is still open?

Prerelease 3-days are going for only $129 right now, get ’em while they’re cheap!


4. SnowGlobe Music Festival

New Years Eve at SnowGlobe (

WHERE: South Lake Tahoe, CA

WHEN: December 29-31, 2016

Hosted near the base of Heavenly every New Years Eve, Snowglobe is a raver’s dream. Last years headliners included Jack U (comprised of Diplo & Skrillex), Kaskade, Chet Faker, Dillon Francis, & many other world-class DJs. Satisfy your thirst for the snow and the party in one fell swoop by planning your NYE around this winter festival.

Advanced 3-Day tickets are selling for $179!


5. Mountain Jam

WHERE: Hunter Mountain, NY

WHEN: June 2-5, 2016

The 12th annual Mountain Jam, nestled in the Catskill mountains of New York state, is a collaboration between NY’s Radio Woodstock and the infamous Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes Band, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead). This 4 day festival has been consistently rated as one of the top festivals in the country by numerous publications, including Rolling Stone.

The 2016 Lineup includes Beck, Thievery Corporation, Wilco, the Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr, Government Mule, and Brandi Carlisle, just to name a few.

3- and 4-day passes are still on sale for the 2016 Mountain Jam, only two weeks away!

Joshua Timmermans / Mountain Jam Festival

6. Telluride Bluegrass Festival

WHEN: June 16-19, 2016

WHERE: Telluride, CO

The 43rd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival next month will include four days of live music, songwriting contests, workshops, jam sessions, and late-night Nightgrass shows throughout the town of Telluride.

Recent lineups have included Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, Bonnie Raitt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and many more.

Four day passes are only $230, get em quick!

String Cheese Incident, Credit: Benko Photographics.

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