Snowbasin Set to Host New Bavarian Fall Festival – SnowWiesn


Snowbasin Set to Host New Bavarian Fall Festival – SnowWiesn

I have always maintained that Snowbasin Resort is still one of the more underrated ski resorts in North America. With top notch skiing and riding, some of the nicest lodges you will ever see at a mountain and a mind blowing food and beverage scene, it is a worthy destination that you must put on your winter travel plans. However, what many may not realize is that Snowbasin is pretty hopping in the summer too. Those sick ski trails convert really well into some nice places to hike and bike, there’s the Kid Zone and new Wildflower mini golf course and a slew of family-fun events like their wildly popular Blues, Brews & BBQ that draw families in all summer long. Now building off the success of Blues, Brews & BBQ along with the rest of their summer activities, Snowbasin has announced their newest event, the SnowWiesn fall festival.

SnowWiesn Highlighted by Bavarian Food, Beer and Music

SnowWiesn, a free and family-friendly event, will encompass many activities from the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and run on Sundays in September. Kicking off on the 15th with the traditional tapping of the keg, “O’zapft is!,’’ you will be able to experience delicious German themed food, activities and entertainment including live music, competitions, and more. Live music will fill the mountain air every Sunday ranging from local artists to polka bands that will have you dancing around in your lederhosen. Snowbasin has also prepared an absolutely ridiculous menu that includes more wurst than you can imagine and a delightful creation known as Reuben Fries. And it is Oktoberfest, so of course there will be plenty of local beers to sample from presenting sponsor, Roosters Brewing and more. “With the phenomenal success of Blues, Brews & BBQ, we are pleased to expand our summer operations with this new event, the only premier Oktoberfest in Northern Utah. This fall will be the inaugural SnowWiesn and we look forward to building it in years to come,” says General Manager Davy Ratchford.

Win Prizes in Traditional and Non-traditional Oktoberfest Events

Each Sunday adults can enjoy a multitude of Oktoberfest themed events and win great prizes. Got two tickets to the gun show? Test them out during the Masskrugstemmen, or traditional stein holding competition. Hoist it up and keep it level with your shoulder for as long as you can as you attempt to outlast your competition. Hey you could potentially win a day ticket this winter, so why not? Plus, your entry fee includes the commemorative stein filled with beer.

Maybe you’re a little more aggressive that just holding a stein in the air. Then I suggest testing your hand/eye coordination during the free Hammerschlager competition. If you’ve never played, this is a good (but tough) one. There are many variations, but the bottom line is that you’ll need to drive nails into a stump usually with the narrow side of a small sledge. I swear, only the Germans can make this stuff up. There will even be a Corn Hole Tournament and for just $20 you and your partner can walk away SnowWiesn Corn Hole Champions.

There is Plenty of Fun For the Entire Family

If you are coming as a family, there is nothing to worry about. The kiddos will love SnowWiesn too. There will be plenty of hiking, biking, scenic rides on the Needles along with The Kids Zone and Wildflower Mini Golf Course that you can all take part in. Sara Toliver, CEO of Visit Ogden says, “We are incredibly excited that Snowbasin has decided to expand their summer event schedule with the introduction of SnowWiesn! These events provide a great opportunity for our locals and visitors to enjoy the great entertainment, festive atmosphere and beautiful seasons the mountains and Snowbasin provide.” So don your best lederhosen or whatever German attire it is that you have and be sure to check this new fall festival out. It is guaranteed to be a good one.

Rich Stoner

Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres