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Vermont is a patchwork quilt of amazing people doing amazing things. From the biggest events in snowboarding, to way off-Broadway plays, the endless passion and creativity of Vermonters and Vermonters-at-heart is always on display. Find out what we’re up to on and off the slopes.
- Oct. 11-12 Mount Snow Resort
Food and Land
17th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest
Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 17th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and Oom-pah music; but throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous “schnitzel toss” and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family! A Columbus Day Weekend tradition since 1997, the Mount Snow Oktoberfest is one of our signature festivals and was named a 2014 Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
The Kid’s Zone is where families will find festival games like the beanbag toss, a huge bouncy house, pumpkin painting and other kid-friendly activities. While the young ones are playing, the big kids can enjoy a large selection of beers from at least 25 different German and domestic breweries as well as authentic German fare served out of Der Markeplatz in the Main Base Lodge and the sausage roast outside of Cuzzins. Plus, try your hand at games like the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament.
Scenic Chair Rides on the Bluebird Express
Enhance your Oktoberfest experience by taking a ride to the 3,600-foot summit of Mount Snow aboard North America’s only six passenger bubble lift – Bluebird Express. Often referred to as “flying couches”, the Bluebird’s chairs comfortably seat six adults for a smooth ride to the top where you will disembark and have an opportunity to explore the alpine environment. Be sure to bring your camera for some photo ops on the observation deck of the Summit Lodge! Purchase your scenic chair ride tickets at the Clocktower Building, Toll Haus or Mount Snow Sports at the Grand. Save yourself some time and purchase your scenic ride tickets at the window when you pick up your Oktoberfest tickets so you can go right from the festival grounds up the lift. For chairlift schedule, go here.
The Bullwheel restauarant and bar in the Summit Lodge will be open all weekend long serving great food and unique beers on tap.Visit mountsnow.com for more info
- Oct. 12 Stratton Mountain Resort Featured Event
North Face Race to the Summit
Test your mettle in a run straight up Stratton Mountain. The two-mile course starts at the Main Base, following ski trails to the summit.
Registration is $35 on runsignup.com and will be $55 day of race.Visit stratton.com for more info
Check in from 7:30-9am; race starts at 9:30 am.
- Oct. 15-19 Stratton Mountain Resort
Wind Rose Retreat
Chi Running Retreat – Running doesn't have to be hard, and it doesn't have to hurt! Whether you’re a seasoned runner in marathon training or just getting started, ChiRunning helps you run free.Visit stratton.com for more info
- Oct. 19 Smugglers' Notch Resort
Smugglers' Notch Trail Race Series
Calling all trail runners! Explore the nature trails around Smugglers' Notch Resort in a new Trail Race Series (June 7, August 10, October 19). Each race will feature a Kids' Fun Run, 4k and 8k; runners of all levels of ability welcome. $20 when preregistering online; $25 day of event. Kids 7 and under free.Visit smuggs.com for more info
- Nov. 5-9 Stratton Mountain Resort
Wind Rose Retreat
Haven Writing Retreat – Packed with information to help you explore your creative life, Laura is committed to helping you dig deeper into your self-expression on the page based on her two decades of living the creative life and working intensely with the publishing world.Visit stratton.com for more info
- Nov. 13-16 Stratton Mountain Resort
Wind Rose Retreat
Peaceful Warrior Experience - Join Dan Millman, Best-Selling Author, World Champion Athlete, Modern Day Spiritual Teacher and Retreat Leader in a spiritual experience. The intimate group size offers ample opportunity to ask questions & to dialogue with Dan, & with fellow attendees, so bring an open mind, sense of humor, & a friend!Visit stratton.com for more info
- Dec. 6 Jay Peak Resort
Arts and Culture
Electric Hot Tuna
Founding members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, had developed a musical rapport that anchored the Jefferson Airplane sound, but also existed independently of it. Today, Hot Tuna still continues to produce the smooth sounds of traditional blues.Visit jaypeakresort.com for more info