Aspen Winterskol, Jan. 9-13, 2020
Celebrate Aspen's Unique Nordic Lifestyle
Now in its 68th year, Aspen's annual Winterskol celebration is four days of festivities around town and at our four ski mountains. Marquee events include Wintersculpt, snow sculpture competition; a canine fashion show; a torchlight parade on Aspen Mountain followed by a fireworks extravaganza; and more.
The annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities.
You can find the full schedule of events here.
Jan. 9 - Jan. 11 | Wintersculpt | Downtown Aspen @ Mill Street Mall
See teams of community members participate in a fun and lively 48-hour snow sculpture competition. Teams work around the clock to transform their 8-square-foot snow cubes into works of art. The completed structures are judged on creativity, design concept, and technical execution. The awards and judging take place at 3 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 11.
Jan. 10 - Jan. 12 | The Mountainside Lodge | Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
Lounge between runs, try new products, and get free swag. (9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Celebrate at the apres-ski parties (3 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 21+ only)
Our Favorite Events:
Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
7 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Friday Morning Uphill Social | Buttermilk Mountain & Cliffhouse Restaurant
Hike or uphill ski to Cliffhouse at the top of Buttermilk Mountain. At the top, Aspen Chamber Resort Association will provide free breakfast 8:45 a.m. - 10 a.m. Meet at the bottom of Tiehack and head up for breakfast, raffle prize giveaways, and swag by Mountain Flow Eco Wax.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | KIDSCULPT | Downtown Aspen @ Mill Street Mall
Middle schoolers from across the Roaring Fork Valley team up to create a snow sculpture from a 4-square-foot snow cube. Judging will take place at 12 p.m.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Torah Bright Mini Shred | Makaha Park @ Snowmass
Olympian, X Gamer, and Aspen Snowmass ambassador Torah Bright hosts her annual Mini Shred clinic for both riders and skiers ages 7-17. Participants must be at an intermediate level and helmets and lift tickets are required. Also - stop by the Frias Properties main office at 730 E. Durant to pick up a worksheet for the "Create Your Own Snowboard" contest. For more information, go to AspenSnowmass.com/Torah.
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Children's Story Book Hour | Chair 9 @ The Little Nell
Children of all ages are invited to gather around the fireplace to hear local author Jill Sheeley read about the adventures of Kip, an Australian Shepher, and Fraser the yellow dog and their exciting lives in Aspen and sip hot cocoa. Signed copies will be available for purchase.
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Apple Strudel Down Hill | Apple Strudel Run @ Aspen Highlands
This race started in 1988 when Gretl Uhl began making apple strudel at the Merry Go Round Restaurant. It is a fun race held on the Apple Strudel Run at Aspen Highlands. Join to run the course, then head to finish line for strudel and hot chocolate!
11 a.m. & 1 p.m. | History Tour | Top of Aspen Mountain
Learn about the amazing mining and ski history lying literally beneath your feet as you tour Aspen Mountain with a local historian.
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Soupskol | Aspen Art Museum
Back after a few years hiatus, Soupskol is back at Winterskol! The soup-making contest, judged by the public to determine which restaurant has the best soup in the Roaring Fork Valley, offers attendees FREE soup samples along with complimentary cocktails and small bites. Be sure to stay to experience the announcement of this year's winner and the awarding of the Soup Bowl Trophy.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Full Moon Dinner | Cliffhouse Restaurant
Skin up Tiehack or Buttermilk to dinner at Cliffhouse under the full moon. Get there early to enjoy free hot chocolate around the Cowboy Cauldron over a roaring fire.
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Ullr Nights |Elk Camp @ Snowmass
We honor the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, on Friday nights during peak season at a winter party atop Snowmass. Take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for outdoor winter activities like tubing, the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, and s'mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Music and indoor activities are also part of the celebration.
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020
9:30 a.m. | Yoga on the Mountain | The Sundeck @ the top of Aspen Mountain
Greet the day at the top of Aspen Mountain with a complimentary yoga class geared toward winter sports enthusiasts. There are also post-yoga refreshments in the Mountainside Lodge. Be sure to allow 25 minutes travel time to the Sundeck via the gondola
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. | WINTERFEST | Wagner Park & Clock Tower Pedestrian Mall
Free and open to everyone, this is a favorite among many Winterskol attendees. Enjoy the Canine Fashion show as well as the U.S. Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps in the middle of downtown Aspen.
6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Winterskol Aspen Glow Parade | Cooper Ave. in Downtown Aspen
Celebrate winter in this year's pedestrian parade in downtown Aspen. Put on your costumes, glow lights, and headlamps on the way to the Bonfire Celebration at Wagner Park.
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Winterskol Snowcoming Bonfire | Wagner Park
Enjoy free food and hot chocolate while dancing under the stars by the Winterskol Bonfire.
8 p.m. | Torchlight Descent & Winterskol Fireworks | Little Nell Run @ Aspen Mountain
Gather at Wagner Park to view the torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain and enjoy one of the festival's highlights, fireworks.
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020
8 a.m. | First Tracks | Silver Queen Gondola @ Aspen Mountain
Be the FIRST to hit the slopes with First Tracks. Take the gondola up the mountain before lift lines open and enjoy all the freshly-groomed runs prior to all the other skiers.
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