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Mountain towns are often thought of destinations to hit when the snow is falling, but if you save booking a ticket for cold weather, you miss out on endless outdoor activities, events, culinary experiences and live music. Believe it or not, ski towns have even more options of things to do in the warmer months. From hiking, biking and white-water rafting to music festivals and outdoor dining, mountainous locales are not to be ignored when planning your late-summer getaways (August adventure, anyone?). Here, a list of where to go and what to do in five of the country’s top mountain towns.

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Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is a gorgeous and glamorous destination in the Rocky Mountains that, contrary to popular belief, draws more tourists during the summer than it does in the winter. The go-to phrase of Aspen locals is "you come for the winter and stay for the summer," and you'll find out why as soon as you land and spot the lush foliage and stunning scenery. But it isn't only nature that puts on a show during an Aspen summer: There are the summer-long Aspen Music Festival & School classical concerts, Jazz Aspen's Labor Day Festival featuring headliners Hall & Oates and Maroon 5, Aspen Institute symposiums, Aspen Art Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center events and lectures and much, much more, meaning the summer is packed with endless ways to be culturally enriched.

And when your mind is in tip-top shape, get your body in tune too with incredible hikes, mountain biking (take the lift up Snowmass with your bike if you can’t stand the climb), road biking (the grueling trek to Maroon Bells is particularly popular for its scenic payoff at the end), kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing and even paddleboarding at Stillwater, just outside of town toward Independence Pass.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make sure to grab a seat on one of the many outdoor patios. Order a spicy marg and a crab cake at Bodega, enjoy the truffle fries at Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain, try the escargot at Cache Cache, indulge in pasta and pizza at Aquolina and don’t miss the bar burger served with a view of Aspen Mountain at the world-renowned The Little Nell hotel.

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Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley may be Idaho's beloved ski getaway, but its summer offerings are plentiful. Hundreds of miles of single-track and 30 miles of paved trails mean bikers of every interest and skill level can enjoy the spectacular surroundings. There's also horseback riding, golf courses, fly-fishing and pretty much every other outdoor activity you can imagine. Have lunch at The Roundhouse by taking the gondola up the mountain and then hiking down to walk off your meal—jump in the river at the bottom to cool off. Or hike Adam's Gulch Loop, which is easy to get to from town but will get you far enough into nature to feel away from the crowds. If you're feeling productive, head to Galena Lodge, a day lodge set in the Rocky Mountains approximately 20 miles north of the resort in Ketchum, and hike around there. Grab a local Idaho beef burger for lunch at the lodge afterward—you’ve earned it.

If you’re into more mellow activities, do sun salutations with a view at Yoga on the Mountain or rent bikes and ride the path from Sun Valley to the nearby Gimlet and back. There are also day trips to the Salmon River where you can go white-water rafting on Class II and III rapids. More of a viewer of nature than a partaker? Not a problem. See a movie at the Opera House or make your way to one of the free Sun Valley Summer Symphony concerts that take place throughout the summer featuring some of the most famous names in classical music. It seems music can be found around every corner in Sun Valley, from live music in the Limelight Hotel’s lounge to concerts featuring bands like Lord Huron at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. The three-day Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival (from August 11 to 13) is an outdoor exhibit of artists from around the country. And for those who can't get enough culture, there's Ballet Sun Valley, featuring international ballet performances from August 22 to 24 and an Ernest Hemingway Festival from September 7 to 9.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Wild West is still alive and well in Jackson Hole, which helps account for this small, picturesque town's undeniable charm. Sitting at the base of the imposing Tetons at just above 6,000 feet, Jackson Hole is both gorgeous and primely located near Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It's home to world-class mountain biking, some of it accessible right from town. Snow King Mountain, the ski hill located within the town of Jackson, has a plethora of trails that wind through Aspen groves. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, located 12 miles outside of town, offers trails accessible by lifts, so you can skip the grind of the uphill and just enjoy all the thrill of the downhill.

For a few envy-inducing scenic shots for Instagram, take the lift to the top of Snow King for amazing views of the Tetons and the town below. And if you like a cocktail with a view, take the gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort after 5pm for happy hour at The Deck. A requirement for all visitors to Jackson Hole is a pit stop at the iconic Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where you may be greeted by patrons two-stepping. If an authentic Western cookout is more your style, head to Bar T 5, where you will arrive at your Dutch-oven dinner in Cache Creek Canyon by a horse-drawn covered wagon. Natch.

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Stowe, Vermont

If you're East Coast–based, you know that Stowe, Vermont, is the spot on the right side of the country to indulge all your outdoor cravings. And while it's a popular destination among skiers and snowboarders, it's even more popular during the summer months. Sure, like the other towns, there is biking, fishing, hiking, golfing and all sorts of water sports (canoeing, kayaking, etc.), but Stowe also offers events and out-of-the-box activities for visitors of every interest. For starters, there is the Stowe Wine & Food Classic from August 26 to 27, featuring wine tastings, artisan liquors, craft beers and food by renowned Vermont chefs.

In the mood for a thrill? Head to the top of Stowe Mountain Resort and soar through the sky on the zip-line tour. It's an undeniable rush, and thanks to two side-by-side lines, you can do it as the same time as a friend. Prefer something more mellow? People-watch and take in your surroundings by cruising along the 5.5-mile, paved Stowe Recreation Path (commonly referred to as the "Rec Path") on foot or on a bike. If you get hot, take a dip in one of the swimming holes you'll pass on the way, or pack a few sandwiches and enjoy lunch at a picnic table along the path. If you prefer to visit Stowe a little later in the year when the leaves are beginning to turn, plan your trip for September 8 to 10, when the Stowe Jazz Festival brings music to town.

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Park City, Utah

In Park City, Utah, the fresh mountain air of the Wasatch range comes with a quaint downtown and not one but three area mountains offering endless ways to dive into nature. There is Park City Mountain Resort, the Canyons and Deer Valley, which means whether you want to channel your inner child on the alpine slide, go for a scenic lift or gondola ride, or bike, hike or horseback ride, there is an activity for you. Regardless of whether fly-fishing is your thing, doing it on the Provo River is a must—you'll be on a gorgeous river surrounded completely by nature, and you might even get lucky enough to catch something. Create a cruising playlist and get in your car and drive the 20-mile Alpine Loop, one of the most scenic drives in North America, following Highway 92 up the American Fork Canyon through Uinta National Forest and into Provo Canyon.

Once you're hungry, make your way to Park City's adorable downtown and check out Handle's menu of creative dishes (don’t miss the cauliflower in buffalo hot-wing sauce). Whiskey and rye lovers will definitely want to stop by High West Distillery's saloon for a meal and a libation—serious fans should make the 20-something minute trek to Wanship for a tour of the distillery where the spirits are made. And just outside of Park City is Deer Valley and the Montage Deer Valley hotel located on Empire Pass, right on the ski mountain. The uber-luxe property offers an incredibly cozy atmosphere and several restaurants for grabbing a bite or a drink. Make sure to stay until 8pm, when the s'mores setup comes out. This is an absolute don't-miss—we’re talking homemade marshmallows in every flavor imaginable. (Squeeze in a workout that day because you’re going to want more than one.)

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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