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Beaver Creek Hike to the Mic

September 15 - 17, 2017

Music. Hiking. Mountains. Art.
A high alpine concert, nestled atop Beaver Creek's Centennial Express Lift.
Reach your destination at 10,200 ft by hiking, biking, 4x4 tour or chairlift ride.

Art, from village to trail, inspires your journey.



2017 marks the inaugural Beaver Creek Hike to the Mic – a one-of-a-kind music destination, perched high atop Beaver Creek's Centennial Express Chairlift, complete with a sweeping panorama of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Hike to the Mic is truly about the journey, as well as the destination. For Saturday’s concert, explore the mountain as you make your way by 4x4 tour, bike, foot, or Centennial Express Gondola up to the mountaintop concert on the Spruce Saddle lawn. Along the way, discover uniquely created art pieces and photo opportunities, along with glorious views of the mountain’s fall colors.  For trail recommendations and venue layout, check out our event map here.  

Once at the venue, be rewarded with a spacious lawn to rejuvenate, grab food and drinks, and enjoy live music at 10,000 feet. The afternoon's lineup features Grammy Award winner, Elvis Costello & the Imposters with opening quintet Elephant Revival. Upon return to the Village, you will be greeted with a Village-wide celebration of more music, art, and food – the ultimate after party featuring soulful band, Main Squeeze.  All weekend long, Hike to the Mic creates new experiences and showcases the stunning beauty of fall in the Rocky Mountains.

The journey continues all weekend long with evening art exhibitions, restaurant specials, live music, free outdoor yoga, shopping and more!  

Come for the music, stay for the journey – Hike to the Mic 2017. Save up to 40% off when you purchase your lodging and concert ticket package by September 15th.  To purchase VIP and general admissions tickets, visit the below tickets tab. 

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2017 Hike to the Mic Schedule:


Friday, September 15th: 

2:00-3:00pm  Live Art Demonstration by Don Mesuda (Village)
   Watch as ordinary wood is transformed into intricate and large-scale sculptures – all by chainsaw.
4:00-7:00pm Art & Apres (Village)
  Experience the best of Beaver Creek Village with exclusive access to food, drink and retail specials by downloading the Hike to the Mic Strolling Après Card at beavercreek.com/hiketothemic. Guests can present this card to unlock offers at participating Beaver Creek Village establishments.  All participating stores and Guest Services will have the card available for pick up. 
4:00-7:00pm Knot Lessons (Village)
   Grab a complimentary commemorative hiking stick and learn to tie the perfect knot from the experts from the Eagle County Boy Scouts. You’ll be ready to explore Beaver Creek Mountain’s glorious fall scenery on miles of scenic trails.
7:30-9:00pm  Live Music Featuring the Altitones (Village)
  Soul, rock and blues from this Vail Valley-based 6-piece band will get you moving and dancing! Beverages available for purchase. 

Saturday, September 16th: 

9:00-10:00am  Revolution Yoga Class, presented by Supergoop! (Ice Rink)
  Start your morning with sun salutations under the sun in the heart of Beaver Creek Village with a dynamic and energizing class from one of Eagle County’s most popular yoga studios. For all levels and abilities.
9:00am-12:00pm  Knot Lessons (Village)
  Grab a complimentary commemorative hiking stick and learn to tie the perfect knot from the experts from the Eagle County Boy Scouts. You’ll be ready to explore Beaver Creek Mountain’s glorious fall scenery on miles of scenic trails.
10:00am Guided Hikes Begin (Summer Adventure Center)**
  Explore Beaver Creek Mountain with a guided expert hike with the Beaver Creek Hiking Center. Your journey to the concert will begin in Beaver Creek Village and ascend through open meadows and alpine forests. Learn about the Rocky Mountain environment and catch art installations along the way! Approximately 4 miles (2-4 hours). Purchase your guided experience here.
10:30-11:30am Pure Barre Class, presented by Supergoop! (Ice Rink)
  The largest and world-renowned barre studio pops up in Beaver Creek Village for a total body workout set to fantastic music. For all levels and abilities.
11:00am 4x4 Tours Begin (Summer Adventure Center)**
  Explore Beaver Creek Mountain with a guided expert hike with the Beaver Creek Hiking Center. Your journey to the concert will begin in Beaver Creek Village and ascend through open meadows and alpine forests. Learn about the Rocky Mountain environment and catch art installations along the way! Approximately 4 miles (2-4 hours). Tours have sold for this event.  
11:00am-12:00pm Live Art Demonstration with Don Mesuda (Village)
  Watch as ordinary wood is transformed into intricate and large-scale sculptures – all by chainsaw.
12:00pm Mountaintop Concert Gates Open (Spruce Saddle)
1:00-5:00pm Mountaintop Concert (Spruce Saddle)**
  Join us for award winning tunes at 10,200 feet.  Hike, bike, 4x4 tour or take Centennial Express Chairlift up to Spruce Saddle for live music featuring Elvis Costello & the Imposters with opening act Elephant Revival.  
4:00-7:00pm  Strolling Apres
  Experience the best of Beaver Creek Village with exclusive access to food, drink and retail specials by downloading the Hike to the Mic Strolling Après Card at beavercreek.com/hiketothemic. Guests can present this card to unlock offers at participating Beaver Creek Village establishments.  All participating stores and Guest Services will have the card available for pick up.  
6:00pm Concert Venue Closes (Spruce Saddle)
7:00-9:30pm After Party Featuring Main Squeeze (Village)
  The music continues in Beaver Creek Village with the ultimate after party. Los Angeles based The Main Squeeze brings their unique blends of soul and hip-hop, funk with rock to the ice rink stage. Plus explore the magic of the shops, galleries and restaurants of the Village – and we bet you’ll find yourself laughing and dancing under the stars. Beverages available for purchase.

Sunday, September 17th: 
9:00-10:00am  Revolution Yoga Class, presented by Supergoop! (Ice Rink)
  Start your morning with sun salutations under the sun in the heart of Beaver Creek Village with a dynamic and energizing class from one of Eagle County’s most popular yoga studios. For all levels and abilities.
9:30am Hike, Wine, and Dine**
  A fundraiser for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, hikers take meandering, golden-hued, easy four-mile trail, along which they are treated to gourmet foods provided by local restaurants. Details and tickets here
10:30-11:30am Pure Barre Class, presented by Supergoop! (Ice Rink)
  The largest and world-renowned barre studio pops up in Beaver Creek Village for a total body workout set to fantastic music. For all levels and abilities.  
12:00-1:00pm Live Art Demonstration with Don Mesuda (Village) 
  Watch as ordinary wood is transformed into intricate and large-scale sculptures – all by chainsaw.

**Ticketed Event, please visit the ticket tab to make a purchase // all other events are complimentary

2017 Hike to the Mic Lineup:

Beaver Creek’s inaugural Hike to the Mic music and arts festival will feature a mountaintop musical performance on Saturday, September 16, 2017 by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello & the Imposters. Nederland, Colorado quintet Elephant Revival will open the show on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday's after party will feature the soulful band Main Squeeze.


Grammy Award winner Elvis Costello, along with his band The Imposters, bring their new show, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers,” to Beaver Creek this fall. The show takes songs from the 1982 album, “Imperial Bedroom” as a starting point, but as Costello explains, “We never intended to recite this book from cover to cover. Listen to our new arrangement of ‘Tears Before Bedtime,’ it gets straight to the real meaning of that song, the way we hear and feel it today.” “Imperial Bedroom,” produced by famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, features Costello classics like "Beyond Belief" and "Almost Blue." The album, which Rolling Stone dubbed a "masterpiece" upon its initial release, ranks at Number 166 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums list. “Hike to the Mic’s mountaintop setting will certainly provide some of the most breathtaking venue views in my 40 years of performing,” Costello said.


Elephant Revival is a unique quintet of multi-instrumentalists blending elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk. The five songwriters and multi-instrumentalist’s approach is unique and fearless as they create genre-defying, yet highly accessible, music that has continuously evolved into a signature sound. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose, Elephant Revival communicates the importance of harmony among all living things and uses music to unite us in ways that no other medium can. 

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The Main Squeeze, with deep musical roots sprouted in the Midwest, have scored their lives at each twist and curve. While starting out as a party band at Indiana University, their forthcoming April 28th release “Without a Sound” illustrates their increasing musical maturity and creativity inspired by their new home in Los Angeles.  The beats on “Without A Sound” are plentiful and it is balanced with emotion, a mix of vocals, and instrumentation of the band.  Their vibe is simultaneously timeless and futuristic as they are inspired by the greats, yet have found a way to infuse their own genius into the mix.  The Main Squeeze appeals to your head, heart and body.

2017 Hike to the Mic Lineup:

Beaver Creek’s inaugural Hike to the Mic music, arts, and outdoors festival will host several artists, whose artwork will be featured throughout the village and along the hiking path to the concert.  Experience the art in the natural elements, interact with the art works, and learn more from artists during live demonstrations in the village. 

Karl Krueger

Born and bred Vail Valley local, Karl Krueger, received his master of architecture from Yale University in 1998. He brings this architectural sensibility to a wide range of artistic mediums including traditional oil paintings and mixed-media sustainable constructions. If you've spent much time in the Valley, you've have likely encountered one of Krueger's designs. 

Don Mesuda

Chainsaw artist Don Mesuda hails from Hopewell Junction, NY. His work is inspired by all aspects of wildlife. He will be creating custom works for Hike to the Mic that will be displayed along Overlook Trail as hikers make their way up to the concert venue. Mesuda says he finds a spiritual peace in the process of creating his chainsaw art. He came to his craft in 2012 when his last child went off to school and was looking to fill the void of being an empty nester. 11 chainsaws later, he has created a menagerie of woodland creatures as well as Native American inspired pieces. He regularly participates in carving festivals and competitions and, if you’re lucky, you can even catch him giving live demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Complimentary Fitness Classes, presented by Supergoop!:

Join us Saturday and Sunday morning for outdoor, complimentary fitness classes.  Find your balance and begin your day with yoga and barre classes.  All classes are located in the center of the village atop the ice rink.  

  • Revolution Yoga: Classes are at 9:00-10:00am both Saturday and Sunday morning.  
  • Pure Barre: Classes are at 10:30-11:30am both Saturday and Sunday morning. 
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Outdoor Adventures: 

At our mountaintop concert, choose your own mode of transportation whether its hiking, biking, 4x4 tours, or the gondola.  There are many different ways to experience the spectacular views of the golden aspens at Beaver Creek.  To check out the best route to the venue, visit our map here.  

  • Guided Hiking: Take your hiking experience to a whole new level with our guided hiking tours along the Overlook trail.  Learn more about the Rocky Mountain environment, mountain history, and ecology as well as have the opportunity to take in the interactive art along the trail.  End the adventure atop the mountain by Spruce Saddle for your mountaintop concert.  To book a guided hike, visit the ticket page tab to reserve your spot. 
  • 4x4 Tour: Enjoy a scenic 4x4 tour as you make your way up to the mountain for the concert. A guide will reveal interesting details about the area history and ecology, all while making exploring Beaver Creek’s mountainous terrain easy and exciting for all ages.  To book a 4x4 tour, visit the ticket page tab to reserve your spot.
*Note: guided experiences do not include a concert ticket. 


Hike to the Mic VIP Experience:

From a VIP concert lounge to guided on-mountain tours, you can enhance your Hike to the Mic experience in a variety of ways.

VIP Concert Ticket: Elevate your concert viewing experience with exclusive access the VIP lounge, private viewing deck, and more. Plus, be entered to win an exclusive meet-and-greet with Elvis Costello at the concert!

VIP Concert Experience Includes:
• Admission to concert featuring Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Elephant Revival. 
• Complimentary lift access on Centennial Express Lift (#6) Saturday, September 16.
• Private indoor VIP lounge with complimentary select alcoholic drinks, light appetizers, beer tastings from Breckenridge Brewery, specialty cocktails from Patron Tequila.
• VIP-only front row viewing locations
• Access to elevated VIP viewing deck.

Price: $300 per person

Guided Mountain Hike: Explore Beaver Creek Mountain with a guided hike with experts from the Beaver Creek Hiking Center. Your journey to the concert will begin in Beaver Creek Village and ascend through open meadows and alpine forests. Learn about the Rocky Mountain environment and catch art installations from local artist Karl Krueger and other surprises along the way! Approximately 4 miles (2-4 hours).

Time: Saturday, September 16, 10am-2pm

Price: $50 per person, includes a Hiking Center guide and commemorative hiking stick
*Note: The Guided Mountain Hike does NOT include a ticket to the concert. Concert tickets must be purchased separately. Guided hikes will conclude at the concert venue at Spruce Saddle Lodge. 

4x4 Mountain Adventure Tour: With fall foliage at its peak, these motorized 4x4 vehicle tours allow guests of all ages to explore Beaver Creek to the fullest. Tours start at the Summer Adventure Center and highlight the natural and geological beauty of the area with an emphasis on fauna, flora, and a history of the area. Tours end at Spruce Saddle in time for lunch and the full concert experience.

Time: Saturday, September 16, 11am – 12:30pm

Price: $65 per person                                                                                                                                                               *Note: The 4x4 Mountain Adventure Tour does NOT include a ticket to the concert. Concert tickets must be purchased separately. Guided hikes will conclude at the concert venue at Spruce Saddle Lodge. 

Hike to the Mic Frequently Asked Questions

How do I receive my tickets? 
You will be sent a confirmation after you buy your tickets online. You can either print and bring the ticket with you, download the ticket to your mobile device or give your name at the check-in tent at the base of Centennial Express Lift on Saturday, September 16. Tickets will not be mailed out.

What is included in the ticket price?
General Admission ticket price includes concert admission, lift access, and lawn seating.

VIP Ticket includes concert admission, lift access, complimentary alcoholic drinks, light appetizers, VIP ticket holders will have access to private indoor VIP lounge, VIP-only front row viewing locations, and access to elevated VIP viewing deck.

Will food and drinks be available for purchase?
Yes, Spruce Saddle Lodge will offer a wide array of food and drink options starting at noon on Saturday. 

Can I bring a picnic to the concert?
Outside food, drinks, and alcohol will not be permitted inside the concert venue. You may bring an empty water bottle for water refills. Blankets and chairs are welcome.

How Do I Get to Spruce Saddle for the concert?
Hike to the Mic is an experience and we hope that you take advantage of Beaver Creek’s various options to ascend to the concert venue.

  • Hiking – Various hiking routes will lead to the mountaintop venue. Cinch is recommended for beginners and the Overlook Trail for more experienced hikers. The Overlook Trail will also feature custom-created artwork for the event weekend.

  • Guided Hikes – The Beaver Creek Hiking Center will offer guided hikes for all abilities and is the best way to learn about the Rocky Mountain environment, mountain history, and ecology. Also featured on guided hikes is the opportunity to meet the artist whose work will be installed during the event weekend. Guided hikes will end at the concert venue.

  • Mountain Biking – Bike trails are available and complimentary bike parking will be available at the concert venue.

  • 4x4 Adventure Tour – Motorized 4x4 vehicle tours make exploring Beaver Creek’s mountainous terrain easy and exciting for all ages. Tours will end at the concert venue.

How do I get a refund? 

All tickets for the event are non-refundable.

Are children allowed? 
Yes, this is a family friendly event.

Are dogs allowed? 
Only registered service dogs will be allowed into the concert venue.  

What should I wear?
The concert venue is outdoors on Beaver Creek Mountain. As an alpine environment, weather can change dramatically. Please prepare for sunshine with water, sunscreen, hats, etc. We also advise layers and rain protection, as conditions can be variable.

If you plan to hike to or from the concert, sturdy hiking shoes/boots are recommended. 

Where do I park?
  • Villa Montane - in the Main Village, off Avondale Lane. Complimentary summer parking for visitors from 7:00am to 11:00pm. 

  • Ford Hall - in the Main Village, before the skier bridge. Complimentary summer parking for visitors from 7:00am to 11:00pm. 

  • Elk and Bear Parking lot(s) - located at the base of the east (Elk) and west (Bear) entrance to Beaver Creek. Complimentary parking with complimentary shuttle service to the Main Village.

Transportation within Beaver Creek: 
Beaver Creek offers complimentary shuttle service for all guests staying in Beaver Creek village to anywhere within the resort. For more information or to schedule a pick-up, call Village Transportation at (970) 949-1938 or ask your concierge to book a shuttle, allowing 10-20 minutes for pickup.

Are there any events open to the public at no charge? 
Yes! The concert at Spruce Saddle is ticketed but all other events are open to all and complimentary. 

Is smoking allowed? 

Smoking is not permitted at the concert venue.

What happens if it is raining/snowing/inclement weather?
Event is rain or shine and will not be rescheduled. 

What is not permitted inside the concert venue?
Cameras, recording devices, bicycles, smoking of any kind, pets, outside food/alcohol, glass bottles/containers.

All bags/backpacks will be subject to search upon arrival at the concert venue.
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