Skiing and music make a superb combo, like peanut butter and jelly. Ski all day then kick off après ski listening to a live band by the slopes. Sounds pretty cool, right?! One of the best musical gigs on snow around New England is FestEVOL in March, topped only by Sugarloaf's Reggaefest in April. FestEVOL is now in its third year, providing a Saturday of skiing followed by live bands and an interactive Eco-Village at the base of the ski slopes. You can get in your ski turns, munch on granola samples, then dance to live music at sister resorts Okemo, Mount Sunapee and Crested Butte in Colorado.
This earthy ski music fest will feature an amazing line up of musicians this year, playing at Crested Butte March 9, Okemo March 16, and Mount Sunapee March 23.
Its going to be like Winter Woodstock at Okemo as the band Yukon Cornelius is reunited for their first performance in five years. Yukon Cornelius, great name, is a conglomeration of musicians from the Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, and Guster - who got together in 2008 while filming music for Warren Miller's "Children of Winter" movie. Other headliners at Okemo's concert include musicians from O.A.R., Twisted Sister, RATT, Fuel and DJ Logic among the 20+ musical talents.
Okemo's FestEVOL concert will be held March 16 at the base of Jackson Gore at Okemo, starting at 3pm - perfect for après ski. I suggest you remove your ski boots and put on comfy shoes to stroll the Eco Village and rock into the evening. Okemo is offering special packages starting at $109 for lodging, a lift ticket and your concert entry. Concert only tickets are $40. Previous FestEVOL's have sold out, and its St Patrick's Day weekend, so it is sure to be popular.
Mount Sunapee's FestEVOL, the following weekend, March 23, will feature band members from Blues Traveler as well as the Pete Kilpatrick Band and O.A.R. Ski and concert tickets (no on mountain lodging at Sunapee) are available for $89.
Crested Butte's kicks off the FestEVOL trifecta March 9 featuring the reggae band- The Wailers (think Bob Marley) and Twiddle - a Vermont quartet (since Coloradoans love all things earthy and New England ironically).
FestEVOL may evolve to the likes of Sugarloaf's Reggaefest, which will celebrate 25 years April 11-14 this year with four days of live music and eight lead bands.
See you on the slopes and dancing at après ski!
Photos by Greg Burke of Okemo and Sugarloaf
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.