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It's a well-established fact that one of the best ways to recuperate after a multi-sport summer day in a mountain town is to kick back with a beer, but to have that beer at one of ski country's breathtaking outdoor concert venues takes the experience to a whole new level. To give you a tour of what you could be doing this summer, Curbed Ski has rounded-up the ultimate outdoor ski town concert venues. We've got classics like the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail, beach side stages in Lake Tahoe, flower-filled meadows in Stowe, and some of the country's best high altitude decks in Aspen. There's something for everyone.

Please note, the venues below are listed from East to West, not from best to worst.

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1. Trapp Family Lodge

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700 Trapp Hill Rd
Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-8511
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The hills are alive with music at the Trapp Family Lodge’s Concerts in the Meadow series. With musical acts ranging from classical to bluegrass, and fireworks after most shows, this is an ideal way to spend a summer evening.

2. The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

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1000 Montage Mountain Rd
Scranton, PA 18507
(570) 961-9000
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Set at Montage Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain is a picturesque venue that can still pack in the crowds for all types of concerts, from Warped Tour to Camp Bisco to a Blink 182 show at the end of the season. Relax on the grass and watch the sun set as the music of your (i.e. our) youth floats out from the pavilion.

3. Hideaway Park

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U.S. 40
Winter Park, CO 80482
(800) 903-7275
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The remade Hideaway Park outdoor amphitheater in Winter Park is home to plenty of concerts and events throughout the summer, but the big event is the Winter Park Jazz Festival scheduled for July 16 and 17. This year will be headlined by The Isley Brothers the first night and Anthony Hamilton the next.

4. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

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530 S Frontage Rd
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-2918
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Remodeled in 2001, Vail’s Ford Amphitheater has both covered reserved seating and general admission seating on its expansive grassy hillside. Since its opening, the Ford Amphitheater has been host to the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series. Enjoy free live music Tuesdays from June through August while taking in killer views of Vail's mountains. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with shows starting at 6:30 p.m.

5. Aspen Mountain

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601 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 80611
(970) 300-7014
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Aspen is host to a number of music festivals throughout the summer, but some of our favorite happen on top of Aspen Mountain. Enjoy Classical Music Saturdays and Bluegrass Sundays through August. Pack a picnic and hop aboard the gondola to hear great tunes at 11,000 feet.

6. Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Fanny Hill

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Snowmass
Aspen, CO

Looking for some Aspen tunes at a little lower altitude? How does 8,650 feet at Fanny Hill Sound? Jazz Aspen Snowmass' Summer of Free Music puts on concerts every Thursday. Bring a blanket, the fixin's for a picnic and enjoy the view.

7. Alpenglow Concert Series

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606 6th Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224

The Crested Butte Center for the Arts' free Alpenglow Concerts happen Monday evenings at the center's outdoor stage. Bring the whole family to these community shows that run through August.

8. Telluride Town Park

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500 East Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81320
(970) 728-2173
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Telluride Town Park has a ton of awesome stuff to enjoy during the day. Think pools, various playgrounds including the “community built” Imagination Station, and lots of great places for picnicking. Top off your park day with a concert in the park or spend the day (or the weekend!) there for the Telluride Jazz Festival, which runs from Aug. 5 to 7 this year.

9. Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

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2250 Deer Valley Drive South
Park City, UT 84060

Leave it to Deer Valley to up the ante on outdoor concert venues. Nestled at the base of the Deer Valley Resort, the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series hosts free outdoor concerts at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater on Wednesdays through Aug. 17. While guests are welcome to bring their own picnics, who could pass up an amazing Deer Valley gourmet picnic baskets.

10. Sun Valley Pavilion

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300 Dollar Road
Sun Valley, ID 83353
(208) 622-2135
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Located on the lower esplanade of Sun Valley Resort, this beauty features a 3,000 square foot stage and has seating for over 4,500 guests. We’re fans of the efforts to integrate the venue into the mountain environment through the use of planters, water features, and a spectacular view of Baldy. Check out the Sun Valley Summer Symphony free concerts through the summer.

11. Mountain Village Resort

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Eva Falls Ave
Stanley, ID 83278
1-800-843-5475
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Not many venues can match the backdrop of the Sawtooths. Add two rounds of the Stanley Sawtooth Mountain Music Festival, and that's an atmosphere that's hard to beat. This year's second round of artists is still coming up July 2, featuring Suzy Bogguss. And that's not even all the music happening at Mountain Village this summer.

12. Kings Beach

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8318 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe National Forest, Toiyabe National Forest
Kings Beach, CA 96143
(530) 546-4212
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Lake Tahoe’s Kings Beach is a popular venue for the summer crowds in Tahoe. Think icy blue water surrounded by dark green forested mountains. Add in some free kick ass local bands, food and drink vendors, and call it the start to your weekend. Kings Beach has weekly free concerts on Fridays through Sept. 2. Click here for a full schedule.

13. Commons Beach

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Commons Beach Road, Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Still in Tahoe and searching for music on Sunday afternoon? Check out Commons Beach through Sept. 4. Free concerts typically run from 4 to 7 p.m. Pack your cooler with a picnic and some adult beverages and ditch your kiddos at the nearby playground and listen to some local favorites ranging from reggae to rock to classical.

14. Whistler Olympic Plaza

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4144 Village Stroll, Whistler
BC, Canada
(604) 932-5535
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Surround yourself with memories of the 2010 Winter Olympics and hear some awesome local music this summer. Whistler's Olympic Plaza hosts the Outdoor Concert Series with artists lasting into September. Picnic, frolic on the expansive lawn and enjoy epic views of Blackcomb.

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1. Trapp Family Lodge

700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

The hills are alive with music at the Trapp Family Lodge’s Concerts in the Meadow series. With musical acts ranging from classical to bluegrass, and fireworks after most shows, this is an ideal way to spend a summer evening.

700 Trapp Hill Rd
Stowe, VT 05672

2. The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

1000 Montage Mountain Rd, Scranton, PA 18507

Set at Montage Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain is a picturesque venue that can still pack in the crowds for all types of concerts, from Warped Tour to Camp Bisco to a Blink 182 show at the end of the season. Relax on the grass and watch the sun set as the music of your (i.e. our) youth floats out from the pavilion.

1000 Montage Mountain Rd
Scranton, PA 18507

3. Hideaway Park

U.S. 40, Winter Park, CO 80482

The remade Hideaway Park outdoor amphitheater in Winter Park is home to plenty of concerts and events throughout the summer, but the big event is the Winter Park Jazz Festival scheduled for July 16 and 17. This year will be headlined by The Isley Brothers the first night and Anthony Hamilton the next.

U.S. 40
Winter Park, CO 80482

4. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

530 S Frontage Rd, Vail, CO 81657

Remodeled in 2001, Vail’s Ford Amphitheater has both covered reserved seating and general admission seating on its expansive grassy hillside. Since its opening, the Ford Amphitheater has been host to the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series. Enjoy free live music Tuesdays from June through August while taking in killer views of Vail's mountains. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with shows starting at 6:30 p.m.

530 S Frontage Rd
Vail, CO 81657

5. Aspen Mountain

601 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 80611

Aspen is host to a number of music festivals throughout the summer, but some of our favorite happen on top of Aspen Mountain. Enjoy Classical Music Saturdays and Bluegrass Sundays through August. Pack a picnic and hop aboard the gondola to hear great tunes at 11,000 feet.

601 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 80611

6. Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Fanny Hill

Snowmass, Aspen, CO

Looking for some Aspen tunes at a little lower altitude? How does 8,650 feet at Fanny Hill Sound? Jazz Aspen Snowmass' Summer of Free Music puts on concerts every Thursday. Bring a blanket, the fixin's for a picnic and enjoy the view.

Snowmass
Aspen, CO

7. Alpenglow Concert Series

606 6th Street, Crested Butte, CO 81224

The Crested Butte Center for the Arts' free Alpenglow Concerts happen Monday evenings at the center's outdoor stage. Bring the whole family to these community shows that run through August.

606 6th Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224

8. Telluride Town Park

500 East Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest, Telluride, CO 81320

Telluride Town Park has a ton of awesome stuff to enjoy during the day. Think pools, various playgrounds including the “community built” Imagination Station, and lots of great places for picnicking. Top off your park day with a concert in the park or spend the day (or the weekend!) there for the Telluride Jazz Festival, which runs from Aug. 5 to 7 this year.

500 East Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81320

9. Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City, UT 84060

Leave it to Deer Valley to up the ante on outdoor concert venues. Nestled at the base of the Deer Valley Resort, the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series hosts free outdoor concerts at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater on Wednesdays through Aug. 17. While guests are welcome to bring their own picnics, who could pass up an amazing Deer Valley gourmet picnic baskets.

2250 Deer Valley Drive South
Park City, UT 84060

10. Sun Valley Pavilion

300 Dollar Road, Sun Valley, ID 83353

Located on the lower esplanade of Sun Valley Resort, this beauty features a 3,000 square foot stage and has seating for over 4,500 guests. We’re fans of the efforts to integrate the venue into the mountain environment through the use of planters, water features, and a spectacular view of Baldy. Check out the Sun Valley Summer Symphony free concerts through the summer.

300 Dollar Road
Sun Valley, ID 83353

11. Mountain Village Resort

Eva Falls Ave, Stanley, ID 83278

Not many venues can match the backdrop of the Sawtooths. Add two rounds of the Stanley Sawtooth Mountain Music Festival, and that's an atmosphere that's hard to beat. This year's second round of artists is still coming up July 2, featuring Suzy Bogguss. And that's not even all the music happening at Mountain Village this summer.

Eva Falls Ave
Stanley, ID 83278

12. Kings Beach

8318 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe National Forest, Toiyabe National Forest, Kings Beach, CA 96143

Lake Tahoe’s Kings Beach is a popular venue for the summer crowds in Tahoe. Think icy blue water surrounded by dark green forested mountains. Add in some free kick ass local bands, food and drink vendors, and call it the start to your weekend. Kings Beach has weekly free concerts on Fridays through Sept. 2. Click here for a full schedule.

8318 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe National Forest, Toiyabe National Forest
Kings Beach, CA 96143

13. Commons Beach

Commons Beach Road, Tahoe National Forest, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Still in Tahoe and searching for music on Sunday afternoon? Check out Commons Beach through Sept. 4. Free concerts typically run from 4 to 7 p.m. Pack your cooler with a picnic and some adult beverages and ditch your kiddos at the nearby playground and listen to some local favorites ranging from reggae to rock to classical.

Commons Beach Road, Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe City, CA 96145

14. Whistler Olympic Plaza

4144 Village Stroll, Whistler, BC, Canada

Surround yourself with memories of the 2010 Winter Olympics and hear some awesome local music this summer. Whistler's Olympic Plaza hosts the Outdoor Concert Series with artists lasting into September. Picnic, frolic on the expansive lawn and enjoy epic views of Blackcomb.

4144 Village Stroll, Whistler
BC, Canada