Beaver Creek's newest music festival is taking the valley's music scene to new heights — literally. The inaugural Hike to the Mic's (Sept. 15-17) signature event revolves around just that, with ticket-holders making their way to the top of Centennial Express Lift — either by gondola, bike, 4x4 tour, or leg-power — where an awaiting Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Nederland-based Elephant Revival will be providing the afternoon's entertainment at 10,000 feet (Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 to 5 p.m.). Those choosing to forgo gondola service get to bask in fall colors and mountain views as they make their way to the venue at Saddle Spruce lawn via the Cinch Trail, a 4.5 mile one-way uphill trek open to mountain bikers and hikers (if you're not up to the lung-blast, booking a 4x4 tour via the festival is another unique option), or via the Overlook Trail — a slightly more challenging trek exclusive to hikers that will boast a walking art installation for the occasion. If four hours of mountain-top music just isn't enough, a Beaver Creek Village afterparty and band (funk and soul group Main Squeeze, 7 to 9:30 p.m.) will keep the revelry going into the evening. General admission to Saturday's show, $65; guided hike to the show, $50; 4x4 tour, $65; VIP concert tickets ($300) include access to an exclusive lounge with complimentary food and drinks, and a prime spot to take in the music, and the views. beavercreek.com
Can't make the Saturday concert? Beaver Creek Village will be hosting an ode to art and music Friday through Sunday, with a live demonstration by chainsaw artist Don Mesuda, a strolling après and art venue, and live music by locally-based band the Altitones. If you're looking for more of a workout than Saturday's signature trek, try a complimentary yoga and/or Pure Barre class (Sunday, Sept. 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m., and 12 to 1 p.m.) at the Beaver Creek Ice Rink with local instructors from Avon's Revolution Yoga, and the Edwards-based Pure Barre studio.