NEW! Timber & Torch

Bear River Grill MusicFest

Turn the Page: Bear River Becomes The Timber & Torch

The MusicFest hosts shows in many venues over the years, but the “Bear River” is where the magic began. A cozy bar nestled at the foot of Mt. Werner, the Bear River is a haven for skiers and boarders to warm up, enjoy après-ski options and share their stories of thrills and spills on the slopes. In the 1980s, while the festival was “trying out” various ski resorts, founder of the trip John Dickson produced the first live music in the cozy après ski bar “Buddy’s Run” which at the time of this writing is called “Bear River.” It was the quintessential “After the Slopes” party kicking off a full evening of more music at the two other available “venues.”
“I’ve seen minimal cosmetic changes to this room over the years, but nothing like what is being done today. Timber and Torch will provide an exceptional new music experience like no other at the same amazing location” says Dickson.

In the decades since those fateful shows, the Bear River stage has hosted hundreds of hours of top-notch music for not only powder-dusted skiers, but for the most avid music fans around. The stage has hosted legendary songwriters, and new up-and-comers alike, and the walls still reverberate with the energy of past performances like a well-worn acoustic guitar.

It’s time to turn the page as we christen the old Bear River as The MusicFest’s newest venue – The Timber & Torch. With a multi-million-dollar investment from the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, this old favorite will be rebranding with a new name, new interior and a lot more space! We’re excited that the new Torch & Timber will hold all the charm and history of our beloved Bear River, while offering a much more comfortable listening experience.