Originally published in the Winter + Spring 2020 issue.
Sustainability is at the forefront of this annual Colorado bluegrass gathering, and founder Scotty Stoughton has made sure the ethos holds true for the other WinterWonderGrass events in Squaw, California (March 27-29, 2020) and Stratton, Vermont (April 10-11, 2020).
“Growing up surfing and skiing, luckily, I have always had a deep reverence for the health of our planet,” shares Stoughton. “Seeing ocean pollution, mismanaged waste and garbage situations on my travels made me want to become a leader in this space. When given the opportunity through WinterWonderGrass, we would implement extensive environmental measures in our little universe. Since day one, my entire team has been working to become the leaders, not only with the management of our consumption but in spreading information. Fortunately, we linked up year one in Tahoe with Marina McCoy, who has built a business around innovative and bold environmental initiatives, and she pushes us each year to walk the talk.”
The lineup for Steamboat this year will definitely not disappoint, from Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings and Margo Price as headliners along with greats that include Keller & The Keels, Molly Tuttle and Pickin’ on the Dead.
This weekend really has something for everyone — the event is comprised of huge, decorated, heated tents, an outside main stage, a kids zone, VIP lounge, coffee bar, local food trucks, access to some of the most iconic skiing in the U.S. and daily craft beer sampling. Not to mention all the sustainability efforts that keep the gathering as conscious as it is fun, year after year.
Photo courtesy of WinterWonderGrass Festival + Dylan Langille.