Beer, Brats and Strudel: Oktoberfests in SnoCountry
Oktoberfest at Snowbird Signals the start of perfect weather and beautiful scerney in Little Cottonwood Canyon. (Snowbird/Facebook)
You might not be able to make it to Munich this fall, but annual celebrations of German culture can be found at resorts across the United States. Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and get ready to enjoy music, beer, bratwurst and pretzels with stunning fall mountain foliage as your backdrop.
Snowbird’s Oktoberfest is one of Utah’s largest festivals, and includes live music, dancing, authentic German food, children’s activities, mountain biking and hiking. The Summit, Snowbird’s newest year-round guest facility located at 11,000 feet atop Hidden Peak, is the newest venue for Oktoberfest activities.
In the Green Mountain State, Mount Snow’s Oktoberfest kicks off with a running start with the Gulp and Gallop 5K, designed for “athletic beer drinkers” with racers downing a glass of beer between laps.
If you’re in New York, aside from traditional Oktoberfestivities, Hunter Mountain hosts specialty events in conjunction with each of the four weekends of the event. Whiteface is celebrating 25 years of Oktoberfests with fireworks - get the best deal and the best swag with the two-Day Oktoberfest Ticket.
In New Hampshire, at the White Mountain Oktoberfest at Loon, ride the gondola to your beer classroom where professors will drop some serious Boston-brewing secrets at the Beer College with Samuel Adams. Or compete at Attitash Oktberfest’s Samuel Adams Stein Hoist Competition, attempting to hold a full beer stein with a straight arm parallel to the ground for as long as possible.
Michigan’s Skitoberfest at Boyne Mountain celebrates the best of fall’s family offerings in an Oktoberfest style setting and the coming winter season with a Snowsports Expo hosted by Olympian Cary Adgate. Find gourmet foods from northern Michigan restaurants, markets and farms, Michigan beers, wines and spirits, plus music and family entertainment.
Watch some of the craziest contests around like log sawing, keg throwing, stein holding and waitress races at The Great Northwest Oktoberfest in Whitefish, Montana.