06/13/2012 07:04 am ET Updated Aug 13, 2012

Summer Theater Festivals Arrive In America's Ski Towns

While skiing, snowboarding, drinking, eating, shopping, drinking, fireside chats, snowmobiling, drinking, and drinking are all integral and incredibly enjoyable facets of the ski/après ski experience, there are times when I get tired of listening to my buddies brag about their backside 540s and how many beers they were able to fit in a bathtub. When the slopeside victory tales have been exhausted, it's time to get out of the cabin (or the bar) and get into town for some culture.

Here are some of the gnarliest theater festivals and companies near the slopes.