Choice Slopeside Rock: Turnpike Troubadours at Steamboat

Over winter break, I took a week’s vacation to go skiing in Steamboat Springs, CO. I unknowingly scheduled my trip during “MusicFest”, a week-long music festival held in Gondola Square at Steamboat Springs Mountain Resort. If you have never been to Steamboat, this stage is literally steps from the snow, between the slopes and the gondola.

The Turnpike Troubadours began at 1PM, a perfect time to get some good shredding in during the sparsely populated morning hours, then take a lunch break outside with fantastic live music before heading back up to the slopes.

After the first song, they instantly began telling jokes and gracing the crowd with funny personal accounts about their airport travel experiences. They immediately caught the attention of the crowd by playing their two most popular songs “7 & 7’s” and “Every Girl” as the third and fourth songs in their set. The band offered the perfect sound for the venue, as they clearly showed that they were enjoying having a good time on vacation just like everyone else. The largely Texan crowd got a kick out of the folk band from Oklahoma, as they ate lunch, hung out slope-side, and played an organized Washer Toss tournament next to the stage.

This was a fantastic event held by Steamboat Mountain Resort, which offered entertainment all day and night for the whole family. Whether taking a break day from skiing, or for the spouse who would rather relax and get a massage than hit the slopes, this event was great for the town and its guests, that I feel like more resorts will evolve to this style of entertainment to cater to the whole variety of their guests.

Matt Peters


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