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66th  Annual Celebration  
January 12-15, 2017



The Wintersköl™ Committee is now accepting slogan submissions for the annual toast to winter. In Honor of the World Cup finals returning to Aspen in March of 2017, the Wintersköl™ Committee is looking back to the heritage of skiing in our community. The early 1950's were a time of great beginnings in Aspen, as two significant celebrations of winter originated. In 1951 Jack DePagter created Wintersköl™,  Aspen's annual 'toast to winter,' and in 1950 Aspen hosted its first FIS World Championship welcoming ski racers from around the world. 

Our community embraces, and thrives upon, a strong culture of winter sports and athletics. When interpreting the 2017 slogan, be creative and highlight this year’s 66th annual Wintersköl Celebration with a nod to the rich history of skiing, love of winter sports, and the tradition of Wintersköl in Aspen.

- Slogan entries are due Friday, October 7th by 5 p.m.
- Limit of 5 entries per person
- Slogan must be a 1-5 word phrase
- E-mail entries to [email protected]     

WINNER will receive (1) pass* to the 2017 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen!  (*Associate Pass valid for all Grand Tastings; Seminars on a space available basis only) 



  • 2016: "Aged to Perfection"
  • 2013: "Vintage Spirit"
  • 2006: "Winter Fun Since '51"
  • 1996: "Around the World from Pole to Pole"


2016 schedule, button artwork & event results listed below









Wintersköl 2016 Slogan Announced!
The Wintersköl Committee and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association have selected “Aged To Perfection” as the official slogan for the 65th Annual Wintersköl Celebration. The winning slogan was submitted by Beth Hensel and will appear on the 2016 Wintersköl button as well as all promotional materials.

Entrants were asked to submit catch phrases between one and five words that embody Aspen’s annual toast to winter and embrace the celebration’s 65th anniversary.

As the winner, Hensel will receive one pass to the 2016 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.




Wednesday 1/13/2016 - A Special Edition to  WINTERSKÖL

St. Regis Aspen
5 – 6 p.m. Reception
6 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner      
Kick-off the annual Wintersköl celebration. Join the ACRA in honoring the 2016 Wintersköl King & Queen, presenting the ACRA Business of the Year Awards, the Molly Campbell Award, and the Defy Ordinary Award. Dedicated to the memory of Helen K. Klanderud.
Tickets $80 for members/$100 for non-members.                                     
For tickets call ACRA, 970-925-1940 


4 p.m.  Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Wintersculpt
Anderson Ranch selects three teams to participate in this intense 48 hour snow sculpture competition as part of Aspen’s annual Wintersköl festivities. Each team receives a participation fee and a grand cash prize is awarded to the winning team. Teams often work around the clock on Thursday and Friday of the event to transform their 8’x 8’x 8’ snow cubes into freestanding creations. By Saturday afternoon, the completed sculptures are judged by a panel of independent community members based on creativity, technical execution, and compliance to rules. 
Anderson Ranch, 970-923-3181or www.andersonranch.org
5:00-7 p.m.

Ultimate Winter Shopping Night!
Aspen Sports, 408 East Cooper Avenue
Join Women's Health and Spyder for a fun shopping night!
Free gift with purchase*
Complimentary champagne and appetizers. DJ spinning the hottest tunes
*Free gift when you buy $100+ worth of Spyder products on 1/14/16 between 5-7 p.m. 

5:30 p.m.

Aspen History 101 - Aspen Historical Society
Wheeler Opera House                                       
Aspen State Teachers College presents a crash course in the stories and characters that made Aspen the town it is today. From the rough-and-tumble miners to the cosmopolitan culture established in the '50s, this entertaining performance features local actors and local celebrity appearances. Kick off Wintersköl by celebrating the past! Get your student ID card for discounted drink special at the Mad Hatter's Bash.                                        
Free admission.                                                
Aspen Historical Society, 970-925-3721 or www.aspenhistory.org

6 p.m. Special Aspen Art Museum Wintersköl Events - “I Don’t Get It” exhibition tour and “Soup’s On”
Aspen Art Museum
This year’s “I Don’t Get It,” led by AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman, is an interactive, open-forum tour of Ryan Gander’s exhibition Make every show like it’s your last. The tour is followed by a complimentary sampling of soup served up in the museum’s café, SO. 
Free Admission.
Aspen Art Museum, 637 East Hyman Avenue, 970-925-8050 or www.aspenartmuseum.org
6-9 p.m.  Kids’ Night Out
Snowmass Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center
For children ages 5 and up. Enjoy an evening on the town as your children enjoy a variety of games, hula hooping, board games, electronic games & more! Dinner is provided.
$40 per child, reservations recommended.
Treehouse Adventure Center, 970-923-8733 or viksnowmass.com
7:00 p.m. A Special Wintersköl Naturalist Night: The Challenges of Advocating for
Mountain Lion Conservation

ACES at Hallam Lake
Presented by Wendy Keefover, Native Carnivore Protection Manager, The Humane Society of the United States
Free Admission.                                               
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, 100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen, 970-925-5756 or www.aspennature.org               
7:30-10 p.m. Mad Hatter's Bash
Wheeler Opera House Lobby Bar                                               
The resurrection of an adored "pastime," the Mad Hatter's Bash features "DJ Naka G" and infamous hat contest, wear your best-and craziest-hat for a chance to win two passes to Aspen Laff Fest. Aspen History 101 attendees redeem your student ID card, good for a discounted drink special. 
Free Admission.                                               
  • 7 - 7:30 p.m. Hat Contest Registration
  • 7:30 - 8 p.m. Hat Contest & Judging
  • 8 - 10 p.m. Live Music with DJ Naka G                               

Aspen Historical Society, 970-925-3721or www.aspenhistory.org

9 p.m. JD & The Straight Shot
Belly Up Aspen
Singer-songwriter Jim Dolan's band's style is steeped in the quiet fire of Americana, with distinctive elements of the blues and mystical, rustic, New Orleans-flavored roots music. 
Tickets $5 general admission/ $5 surcharge for under 21
Belly Up Aspen, 970-544-9800 or www.bellyupaspen.com 



Friday 1/15/2016

All Day Anderson Ranch Arts Center's “Wintersculpt” Sculpting continues 
Aspen Mall Area 
9:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center's "Kidsculpt"
Aspen Mill Street Mall (by McDonalds)   
Kids Snow sculpture competition 
Seven middle schools from across the Roaring Fork Valley put together teams to participate in a snow sculpture competition on the pedestrian mall as part of Aspen's annual Wintersköl festivities. Each school receives a $200 stipend to be used for art supplies in the school's art department. Students work together to transform their 4'x 4’x 4' snow cubes into freestanding artistic sculptures. The completed sculptures are judged by a panel of independent community members based on overall artistry and creativity. 
Anderson Ranch, 970-923-3181 or www.andersonranch.org                      
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Men’s Health & Women's Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl 
The Lodge & Sanctuary, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
The Ultimate Party in The Snow!                                               
Free and open to everyone. 
http://www.menshealth.com & www.womenshealthmag.com

With complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Between runs, try new products and get free swag! 

With tranquil spa services. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

At our Après-Ski Party! 3 – 5 p.m.           

10am-12pm Apple Strudel Downhill                                               
Apple Strudel Trail, Aspen Highlands      
Free to everyone! All participants receive complimentary apple strudel with whipped cream, a drink, and bragging rights at finish line! 
4-6 p.m.

“Soupsköl™,” Aspen's 13th Annual Soup Cook-Off
Cooper Ave. & Hunter St.

Soupsköl™ is a soup-making contest judged by the public to determine which restaurant/cafe/caterer has the best soup in our valley.  Each eatery offers a FREE sample of their soup.  The public casts a vote for their favorite and the winner gets the coveted Soup Bowl Trophy, and CASH PRIZES:  $750 FIRST PLACE, $500 SECOND PLACE, $250 THIRD PLACE! 
NEW for 2016 -- All participating businesses will receive $100 cash incentive! 

Free to everyone.          
To register Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 970-925-1940 or www.aspenchamber.org  

4 - 6 p.m. Aspen Skating Club Wintersköl Skating Exhibition
Aspen Ice Garden                
Exhibition featuring our local young talent with Open Skating, all welcome.
Free Admission.
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Ullr Nights
Elk Camp Restaurant & Elk Camp Meadows at Snowmass Mountain
In honor of the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, Elk Camp at Snowmass is transformed into a nighttime winter wonderland party.  Enjoy old-fashioned – and modern - winter outdoor activities such as tubing, ice skating, snowbiking, s'mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Dance to live music and enjoy an a la carte culinary celebration sure to please any palate. After playing in the snow, kids can warm up inside with fun activities and entertainment available downstairs in The Tent.
PRICING - $9 per person/ Ages 3 & under free

Tubing at Ullr Nights
Multiple lanes are lift served and carved into The Meadows at Elk Camp, with lighting facilities to illuminate the runs at night during Ullr Nights festivities.
$33 per person, any age. (Ullr Nights is included in tubing cost).

Aspen Skiing Company, 970-923-1227 or www.aspensnowmass.com       

7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. JAS Café Downstairs @ the Little Nell presents Guitar Summit featuring Andreas Oberg, Kruno Spisic & Ted Gottsegen
The Little Nell                                       
Sizzling guitar trio of Django inspired hot jazz plus standards both old and new.
Tickets $35. 866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499) or www.jazzaspensnowmass.org               
8 p.m. Wheeler Associates presents Head for the Hills  
Wheeler Opera House
Head for the Hills is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music.
Tickets $10 advance / $15 day of. Aspen Show Tickets, 970-920-5770  or aspenshowtix.com
Wheeler Associates, wheelerassociates.org                    
9:30 p.m. The Motet with Deluxe
Belly Up Aspen
The Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music.       
Tickets $35 general admission / $45 reserved
Belly Up Aspen, 970-544-9800 or www.bellyupaspen.com

Saturday 1/16/2016

Continued... Anderson Ranch Arts Center's “Wintersculpt” Sculpting continues 
Aspen Mall Area
Judging at 4 p.m. 
9 a.m. -5 p.m.

Men’s Health & Women's Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl
The Lodge & Sanctuary, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza                                  
The Ultimate Party in The Snow!                                            
Free and open to everyone. 
www.menshealth.com & www.womenshealthmag.com

to hit the slopes with complimentary yoga. Reserve your spot at the Lodge. Space is limited.
9:30 a.m. at The Sundeck, Aspen Mountain
with complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. 
between runs, try new products and get free swag!
with tranquil spa services. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
at our Après-Ski Party! 3 – 5 p.m.

at our annual 80s Snow Jam concert featuring The Spazmatics at Belly Up Aspen.        
Tickets are $25. Doors open at 9 p.m., concert starts at 10 p.m. Space is limited.
Belly Up Aspen, 970-544-9800 or www.bellyupaspen.com

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fat Cycle Challenge™
Rio Grande Park
Fat Bikes return to Wintersköl™, January 14, 2016! This is your chance to compete, cruise around our custom course, and check out the hottest fat bike trends. Rio Grande Park will host the 3rd  Annual Fat Cycle Challenge™




10 a.m. - 12 p.m. FAT CYCLE CHALLENGE, Rio Grande Park, $30 registration fee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. BIKE VILLAGE / DEMO COURSE/DJ Naka G    
12 p.m. - AWARDS 

Our Fat Bike Course is a ¾ mile loop through Rio Grande Park, including single track and bridge crossings. Check out our Fat Cycle Challenge page for more details, photos and video from last year’s event.
Aspen Chamber Resort Association 970-925-1940, or www.aspenchamber.org

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Wintersköl™ Free Public Skate
Lewis Ice Arena
Free admission. Skate rentals $3.                                              
Aspen Recreation Center, 970-544-4100  
12 - 3 p.m.

Clock Tower at Wagner Park     
Family fun, free and open to everyone.  ACRA, 970-925-1940 or www.aspenchamber.org

  • 11:30am-12:30 p.m.     Dog Demonstrations by High Mtn. Agility & Aspen Snowmass Avalanche Rescue Dogs   
    • 12-3 p.m.                              Family Fun! Clowns, face painters, live music, Aspen Kettle Corn, and more!
  • 12-1 p.m.                              Canine Fashion Show Registration. -  Free to participate. Registration required. 
  • 1-2 p.m.                                 Canine Fashion Show 
  • 2-3 p.m.                                 US Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps and the  El Jebel Shriner Pipe Band
2 - 5 p.m. Après on the Bricks
Snowmass Base Village
Enjoy live DJ music, family entertainment including face painting, dance performances from Dance Progressions, après food and drink specials and more!
Snowmass Base Village, 970-922-2277 or viksnowmass.com
4-6 p.m. Free! Family Skating Party at CP Burger
Silver Circle Ice Rink and CP Burger
Free skating and rentals, delicious CP Burger specials.
7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. JAS Café Downstairs @ the Little Nell presents Guitar Summit featuring Andreas Oberg, Kruno Spisic & Ted Gottsegen
The Little Nell                                       
Sizzling guitar trio of Django inspired hot jazz plus standards both old and new.
Tickets $35. 866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499) or www.jazzaspensnowmass.org               
8 p.m. Fireworks & Film: Grande Aprés at The Wheeler
The Wheeler Opera House
Cocktails! Fireworks! A Feature Film! The new Wheeler Opera House bar is the perfect place to sip a signature Wheeler cocktail and enjoy the Winterskol Fireworks Extravaganza. Following the fireworks, the Wheeler will screen A Blizzard of AAHHH's--Greg Strump's legendary rockumentary-style ski film. 
Admission is FREE & no ticket required. 
The Wheeler Opera House, 970-920-5770 or www.wheeleroperahouse.com 
8 p.m. Torchlight Descent
Little Nell Run, Aspen Mountain  
8:15 p.m. Wintersköl Fireworks Extravaganza                                         
Aspen Mountain
9 p.m. Men’s Health & Women’s Health Annual 80s Snow Jam Concert featuring
The Spazmatics

Belly Up Aspen                                    
DANCE at the Men's Health and Women's Health annual 80s Snow Jam concert. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 9 p.m., concert starts at 10 p.m. Space is limited.
Belly Up Aspen, 970-544-9800 or www.bellyupaspen.com
9 p.m.

Comedy Show
The Square Grouper
The Square Grouper, 970-429-4968 or www.aspensqauregrouper.com 

Sunday 1/17/2016

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                        

Men’s Health & Women's Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl
The Lodge & Sanctuary, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza                                  
The Ultimate Party in The Snow
Free and open to everyone
www.menshealth.com & www.womenshealthmag.com

be the first to hit the slopes with special guest Sierra Quitiquit. Reserve your spot at the Lodge. Space is limited. 8 a.m., Aspen Mountain. 
with complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. 
between runs, try new products and get free swag!
with tranquil spa services. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
at our Après-Ski Party! 3 – 5 p.m.

11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Broomball Tournament           
Aspen Ice Garden
$50.00 per team.  Limited space.                                   
Contact Keith Bulicz with the Aspen Recreation Department at (970) 948-2192 to register. 
2 - 4 p.m.        Wintersköl Bingo for All Ages presented by Circle of Friends    
Rio Grande Room
FREE to everyone & all ages!
Circle of Friends is an Aspen High school service club, supported by the senior services council. CoF connects generations through various community events. Prizes, pizza & more!

For more information please contact Barbara Lynn Bloemsma [email protected], 970-948-7777, or the Senior Center 970-920-5432.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Juggling & Magic Show
Snowmass Base Village Fire Pit
Join Jammin’ Jim for a high-energy variety show featuring juggling, magic, balloons, music and comedy designed to amaze and mesmerize kids of all ages. Can Jammin’ Jim juggle a flaming torch, a flaming knife and a flaming bowling ball? You’ll find out during this fun family event.
Free to attend, children must be accompanied by an adult
Snowmass Base Village, 970-922-2277 or viksnowmass.com

8 p.m.           Sing-a-Long-a Grease
Wheeler Opera House   
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember GREASE is the word… The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free goody bag. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen. It couldn’t be easier… or more fun! Dressing up is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential.
Tickets $30/ $22 children (Wheeler Wins members $22/ $12.50 children)
Aspen Show Tickets, 970-920-5770 or visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com
9 p.m. An Evening with Todd Rundgren
“A gifted pop songwriter, but at his core…a rock & roll maverick (AllMusic)”  
Belly Up Aspen                                                            
Tickets $35 General Admission/ $60 Reserved
Belly Up Aspen, 970-544-9800 or www.bellyupaspen.com 

Schedule of Events is Subject to Change








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