Wind Rider Mountain Festival
Aside from a killer lineup with more than 30 bands on two stages, the Wind Rider Mountain Festival will feature a Kansas City Barbeque Society competition, a beer gelande quaffing competition, camping, gondola rides, downhill mountain biking, zip lining and more May 26-28 at Ski Apache.
The sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Master Series will bring the best grillers, smokers and barbeque fanatics to Ski Apache for an all-out battle for the title of Grand Champion.
Festivalgoers who purchase weekend passes will be treated to free barbecue tastings throughout the duration of the competition.
The Gelande Quaffing Competition will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, at the Elks Lodge. During the game two teammates stand at the end of 10-foot long bar tops. One slides a beer down the smooth surface and when the glass leaves the table, the other teammate catches the brew mid-flight to quickly guzzle it down. Between each catch, tricks are added, which accumulate more points.
To complete the festival experience, Wind Rider Mountain Festival will feature camping on Lower Moonshine Trail and Bunny Hill for $25 and RV camping for $35. Attendees will also have a chance to see the Sacramento Mountains like never before as they ascend the mountain almost 12,000 feet above sea level with unlimited gondola rides.
While the gondola is a more relaxing way to experience the mountain, active festivalgoers can hit Ski Apache’s 5.5 miles of mountain bike trails while the festival’s 30 bands provide live music to their very own soundtrack. Ski Apache features mountain bike trails for all skill levels as well as natural and technical features like rocks, ramps and wooden bridges.
The Apache Wind Rider ZipTour will be up and running during the festival, where visitors can experience the 8,890-foot ZipTour like never before. Zip-liners will soar down the entire mountain at speeds up to 65 miles per hour with unsurpassed views of the festival grounds from the final phase of the zipline.
Three-day passes for Wind Rider Mountain Festival start at $85 with VIP packages starting at $160. Featuring bluegrass, jam, funk and rock, the line-up includes headliners The Werks, Fruition, Spafford, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Desert Dwellers.