Mountain Summer – Ski Resorts Celebrate Summer

Even if you are a die hard skier, keep in mind that closing day of the ski season in no way represents the end of ski resort celebrations. Can’t underestimate the ski town summer; there is a reason for that local saying, “I came here for the winter, but stayed for the summer”.

Ski season ends and the off-season commonly finds locals heading out for a beach holiday or a hometown visit. Then it’s back to the high country where one is quickly reminded of why they chose to live there.

Considering a move to a ski town? Does the current economy and a challenging job search have you feeling frustrated and unsure? This is a great time to travel around the mountains; no time like the present to get out there and explore. Not actually being able to make the move right at this time doesn’t have to mean the end to your dream. Make the trip part of your journey, a step in the right direction towards your long term goal.

Among the long list of outdoor summer activities, biking, hiking, climbing, fishing, and kayaking along with a host of festivals and events all summer long.

Here is a (partial) list of festivals in Utah, California, Colorado, Wyoming and California coming up for the Summer 2009.


Roots Rock Reggae Music Festival – July 11-July 12
NewPark Resort Park City, Utah

Snowbird Mountain Music Festival – July 8-July 12
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Park City Jazz Festival – August 22–24

See more Utah Summer events at Now Playing Utah


8th Annual Squaw Valley USA Art, Wine & Music Festival – July 18 – 19

Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee – July 8 -12

Lake Tahoe Music Festival – July 23 – August 8


Uncorked Mountain Wine Festival at Keystone – July 11 – 12

Winter Park Jazz Festival – Winter Park, CO – July 25 – 26

Crested Butte Land Trust Wine & Food Festival – July 23 – 26

Vail International Dance Festival – July 27 – August 11

Blues Festival and Art Show at Keystone – August 22 – 23

Steamboat All Arts Festival – August 20 – 23

Four Corners Folk Fest – Pagosa Springs, CO – September 4 – 6

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival – September 18th – 20


Targhee Fest – July 17 – 18 Targhee

Fall Arts Festival, Jackson Hole – September 10 – 20

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival – September 28 – October 2

Know of any additional Summer Festivals happening in the mountains for ‘09? Please let us know. These festivals will give you a nice taste of mountain living. They are always “festive”. It almost feels like your at the summer version of après ski!

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