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65th  Annual Celebration  

January 14-17, 2016





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.

2016 Wintersköl buttons will be available to purchase in December. 




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Wednesday 1/07/2015 - A special addition 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 2015 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 $75 for members/$100 for non-members.                                     

For tickets call ACRA, 970-925-1940 


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. Kick off Wintersköl by celebrating the past!  Free admission.                                                

Aspen Historical Society, 970-925-3721 or www.aspenhistory.org
6-8 p.m. Special Aspen Art Museum Wintersköl Events - “I Don’t Get It” exhibition tour and “Soup’s On”

Aspen Art Museum

Join Heidi Zuckerman, AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director for an evening of an “I Don’t Get It” interactive, open forum tour of the exhibition “Gabriel Kuri,” followed by a complimentary sampling of soup served up in the museum’s café, SO.  Free Admission.                                               

Aspen Art Museum, 970-925-8050 or www.aspenartmuseum.org
7:00 p.m. A Special Wintersköl Naturalist Night: How Bears Make a Living Off Salmon in Kodiak, Alaska

Presented by Will Deacy, graduate student, University of Montana

Hallam Lake, 100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen.  Free Admission.                                               

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, 970-925-5756 or www.aspennature.org
7:30-10 p.m. Mad Hatter's Ball

Wheeler Opera House                                       

The resurrection of an adored "pastime," The Mad Hatter's Ball features live music with local's favorite JES GREW and infamous hat contest - wear your best and craziest hat!  Best hat wins (2) passes to the 2015 Aspen Laff Festival.   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 JES GREW                                      

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

8:30 p.m. Who's Bad -  Michael Jackson Tribute, with The Earful

Belly Up Aspen

Who's Bad - Power-packed, musical must-see tribute to Michael Jackson.

The Earful - Booty shakin' masters of funk.

Tickets $28 in advance / $30 day of / $50 reserved.

www.bellyupaspen.com, 970-544-9800

Friday 1/09/2015

All Day Snow Sculpting by Thomas Barlow

Mill Street Mall

Presented by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, local Colorado artist interprets Wintersköl 2015 "Drop in and Dream" through snow sculpting.

Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 970-925-1940
9:30 a.m. -

12:30 p.m.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center's "Kidsculpt"

Mill Street Mall (by McDonalds)      

Kids Snow sculpture competition 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Men’s Health & Women's Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl

The Ultimate Party in The Snow!  Free and open to everyone.  www.menshealth.com/aspen & www.womenshealthmag.com/aspen

The Lodge, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza


With complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. Daily, 9 AM – 11 AM


Between runs, try new products, win cool prizes and get tons of free swag! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


With tranquil spa services. Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM


At our Après-Ski Party! Sip beer and wine, munch on snacks and groove to the sounds of Aspen’s hottest DJs, 3 – 5 p.m.                                         
10:30 a.m. -

12 p.m.
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 12th Annual Soup Cook-Off

Cooper Avenue & Hunter Street

Produced by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 970-925-1940

Soupsköl™ is a soup-making contest judged by the public to determine which restaurant has the best soup in our valley.  Each restaurant 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!  Free to everyone.  REGISTER TODAY or visit www.aspenchamber.org/soupskol

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Aspen Skating Club Wintersköl Skating Exhibition and Open House

Aspen Ice Garden                

Exhibition 5-6pm / Open House 6-7pm.  Free Admission, all welcome!
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Ullr Nights      

Elk Camp at Snowmass Mountain                                 

In honor of the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, Elk Camp at Snowmass is transformed into a nighttime winter wonderland.  Enjoy old-fashioned winter outdoor activities such as a visit to the tubing hill, snowbiking, s'mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire, and ice skating.  Dance to live music and enjoy an a la carte culinary celebration sure to please any palate.  After an evening outside in the snow playground, kids can warm up inside with fun activities and entertainment available downstairs in The Tent. Activities are included in the gondola fee with the exception of Tubing. 

PRICING - $8 per person (Children 3 and under are free)

Aspen Skiing Company, 970-923-1227 or www.aspensnowmass.com
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. LivAspenArt presents "Art & Sköl"

bb's Kitchen

Wintersköl art exhibition and Agave Underground tequila tasting with complimentary hor d'oeuvres by Chef Matt Zubrod.  RSVP to [email protected].

7:30 p.m. IT MIGHT GET LOUD  

Wheeler Opera House 

Unlike any other rock documentary, IT MIGHT GET LOUD gets three legendary guitarists – Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2, and Jack White of The White Stripes – onto an empty soundstage to create an unparalleled music summit.  In the process of jamming together they bring their own perspectives about craft, inspiration, and how each used their unique backgrounds in order to create their own musical rebellion and revelatory sounds.  The film is a gift to both guitar players and lovers of great rock guitarists and – you guessed it – will be played LOUD.  Free admission.                 

Aspen Show Tickets, 970-920-5770 or visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com    
9:00 p.m. Men’s Health & Women's Health Annual 80s Snow Jam Concert

Belly Up Aspen

DANCE at our annual 80s Snow Jam concert featuring the Spazmatics! Tickets are $25.  Doors open at 9PM, concert starts at 10PM. Space is limited.

www.bellyupaspen.com, 970-544-9800
9:00 p.m. Comedy Show

The Square Grouper

FREE live comedy with headliner Marz Timms (www.marztimms.com) and local comics Greg Studley and Steve Gaasche.  The event will be hosted by Comedy Central's Gregory Hollimon (from strangers with candy).  Don't miss this show or a chance to win a custom snowboard from American Gear/Monson snowboards.

www.aspensquaregrouper.com, 970-429-4968

Saturday 1/10/2015

All Day Snow Sculpting by Thomas Barlow continues

Mill Street Mall
8:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Aspen Mother Pucker's 40th Anniversary - 40 years of Women's Hockey in Aspen

Aspen Ice Garden
  • 8:45 am - Aspen Leaf Girls U8 and U10 scrimmage
  • 10:00 am - Aspen Leaf Girls U12 scrimmage
  • 11:15 am - Aspen Leaf Girls U14 and U14AA scrimmage    
  • 12:30 pm - Aspen Leaf Girls U19 vs CSAHA
  • 1:40 pm - 40 years of Aspen Women's Hockey Ceremony
  • 2:00 pm - Aspen Mp2s vs. Glenwood Ice Queens
  • 3:30 pm - Aspen Mother Pucker Alumni Game
  • 5:00 pm - Aspen Mother Pucker As vs. Rough Riders
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Men’s Health & Women's Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl                    

The Ultimate Party in The Snow.  Free and open to everyone. 

www.menshealth.com/aspen & www.womenshealthmag.com/aspen


To hit the slopes with complimentary yoga. 9:30 AM, Aspen Sundeck, Reserve your spot at the Lodge. Space is limited.

The Lodge, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza


With complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. Daily, 9 AM – 11 AM


Between runs, try new products, win cool prizes and get tons of free swag! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


With tranquil spa services. Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM


At our Après-Ski Party! Sip beer and wine, munch on snacks and groove to the sounds of Aspen’s hottest DJs, 3 – 5 p.m.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fat Cycle Challenge™

Rio Grande Park

Fat Bikes return to Wintersköl™! 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 2nd Annual Fat Cycle Challenge™ with a race, demo village, beer garden and more!



Love to bike? This race is just what you have been waiting for. Bring your own fat bike and come hit the snow for this cool winter challenge. Competitive & Recreation Categories. CASH Prizes!

Haven’t ridden a fat bike yet? Now is your chance! These bikes are made for winter riding, so come test one out on our customized fat bike course. Demos will be available from 12-2 p.m.

Come cheer on our fat cycle friends and warm up with some street treats and cold beer. Beer served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your I.D.

We aren’t just talking about fat bikes...we are giving away fat CASH prizes for our fastest challengers.$300.00 First Place, $200.00 Second Place, and $100.00 Third Place, plus lots of fat swag!
Register TODAY!!  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

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Wintersköl™ Free Public Skate

Lewis Ice Arena

Free Admission.  Skate rentals $3. 

Aspen Recreation Center, 970-544-4100
2 - 5 p.m. Après Party on the Bricks

Snowmass Base Village

Come and enjoy the best après party in town with fun DJ beats, food & drink specials - featuring free BBQ Smoker samples courtesy of Ricard Brasserie, family activities, and more!  

Related Colorado, 720-771-5913 or www. gosnowmass.com
12 - 3 p.m.


Clock Tower at Wagner Park     

Family fun, free and open to everyone.  ACRA, 970-925-1940 or www.aspenchamber.org

  • 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 and takes place day of. 
  • 12:45 - 1p.m.  Live Comedy Show with Marz Timms & Gregory Hollimon
  • 1-2 p.m.             Canine Fashion Show presented by Molly Gibson Lodge & Hotel Aspen, benefiting Lucky Day
  • 2-3 p.m.             US Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps and the  El Jebel Shriner Pipe Band
3 - 5 p.m. Wintersköl Wag benefiting Lucky Day Animal Rescue

39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel

Lucky Day Animal Rescue, www.luckydayrescue.org / 970-618-3662
4 - 6 p.m. FREE Family Skating Party at CP Burger

Silver Circle Ice Rink

Free skating and rentals, delicious CP Burger specials!
8 p.m. Torchlight Descent

Little Nell Run, Aspen Mountain
8:15 p.m. Wintersköl Fireworks Extravaganza                                         

Aspen Mountain

Sunday 1/11/2015

7:30 a.m. Wintersköl Hike for Hope Uphill          

Buttermilk Mountain                              

11th Annual Family Charity Event, 100% of funds raised go to research a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.  Registration is $25 and does not include the pancake Breakfast at the Cliffhouse.  Pre-registration on-line at www.hikeforhopeMD.com or day of from 6 – 7:15 am at Bumps Restaurant (no price change.) Huge prize give-aways, fun for all!!                                          

For more information and to pre-register, 970-925-6137 or  www.hikeforhopeMD.com
7:30 a.m. Aspen Mother Pucker's 40th Anniversary Celebration

Puckers vs. Rough Riders

Aspen Ice Garden
8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast ($6)            

Cliffhouse Restaurant, Buttermilk Mountain
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Men’s Health & Women's Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl                                   

The Ultimate Party in The Snow.  Free and open to everyone. 

www.menshealth.com/aspen & www.womenshealthmag.com/aspen

The Lodge, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza


With coffee and hot chocolate. Daily, 9 AM – 11 AM


Between runs, try new products, win cool prizes and get tons of free swag! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


With tranquil spa services. Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM


At our Après-Ski Party! Sip beer and wine, munch on snacks and groove to the sounds of Aspen’s hottest DJs, 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. Circle of Friends presents BINGO NIGHT    

Rio Grande Conference Room

FREE to everyone & all ages!  Pizza will be served and there are some great prizes to win!

Circle of Friends is a sub-committee of the Pitkin County Senior Services Council. The Circle of Friends facilitates inter-generational events, cultivating friendships between all ages in our community.  One of our most popular events is Technical Assistance, where the seniors bring their laptops, smart phones, tablets and other devices to receive free advice from the experts- Aspen High School students! We have also had great success with dog training, connecting middle school students with elders, and Aspen Animal Shelter's professional trainer, Louisa Morrissey. We are very happy to join in the Wintersköl fun with Bingo For All Ages!!

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

9 p.m. Mac Miller

Belly Up Aspen

19 year old Pittsburgh native, "The Steel City's newest rap posterboy"

Tickets $35 / $38 day of + $5 under 21 yrs.

www.bellyupaspen.com / 970-544-9800

Schedule of Events is Subject to Change




  • Winter family fun including live music, snow sculptures, canine fashion show and more!
  • Uphill on Buttermilk to raise money for MD.
  • ACRA staff enjoying Soupskol 2014
  • 48 hour snow sculpting competition
  • 48 hour snow sculpting competition
  • Air Force Drum and Bugle Corp perform on the Hyman Mall





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THANK YOU to our sponsors and everyone who participated in 2015 WinterskÖl!  2015 results are listed below:


Twelve chefs competed in the 12th Annual Soupsköl competition. Soupsköl is a soup-cooking contest judged by the public to determine what restaurant has the best soup in town.  For the first time ever there was a tie for FIRST place - The Square Grouper and Meat & Cheese Aspen - both received a cash prize of $625 from ACRA and will share the Soupbowl Trophy.  Big Hoss Grill, representing Snowmass, took home a $250 cash prize from ACRA for SECOND place.


The 2nd Annual Fat Cycle Challenge returned with something for everyone including fat bike races, demos for the public, a beer garden featuring Aspen Brewing Company beer, hot Brugal Rum drinks, 520 Grill food tent, and live music from Kickin’ Aspen Entertainment.
Competitive Division:  First Place – Montana Miller, Second Place – Charlie Eckart, Third Place – Jon Harman.  All three competitive winners walked away with cash prizes donated from the Aspen Chamber Resort Association;
Recreation Division:  First Place – Team Replay Sports- Matt Lamm & Tim Power Smith, Second Place Rob Ringle, solo rider, Third Place – Team Bradley- Cori & Rick Bradley.  All three recreation winners received donated prizes including lift tickets, UpSki gift certificates, Aspen Brewery beer and swag, and a new set of fat tires and gift certificate from Aloha Mountain Cyclery.


Aspen’s four-legged friends gathered in style at the 27th Annual Canine Fashion Show presented by Hotel Aspen and Molly Gibson, benefitting Lucky Day Animal Rescue.
Most Adorable: Remi Shane with Luna a Portuguese Water Dog
Best Multiple: Melinda Goldrich with Taz and Zeus, Pomeranians dressed as “Fairies Make Dreams Come True”
Celebrity Look Alike:  Jenny Beltman with Monkey boarder collie dressed as “Monk-Donna”
Best Theme:  Hailey Lapin with Daisy a boxer dressed as “Lazy Daisy”
Best in Snow:  Gemma Goss with Toria, a five-year-old Fox Terrier dressed as a “Yeti”

Hike for Hope:

The 11th annual Hike for Hope event that 100% benefits promising research toward a cure of Muscular Dystrophy was a HUGE success!  There were plenty of kids, parents and even grand parents which made a larger than usual turn out.  The Hike for Hope has turned into a true community event.   2015 Hike for Hope Results


Replay Sports repeated as champions defeating Team Orange 3-0.  Overall, 8 teams sported their fun costumes and battled on the ice for broomball dominance.  Participating Teams included:  Mt Chalet, Eagles, The Gant, Team Orange, Replay Sports, Team Bennett, KAK, Viceroy Snowmass.