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What to Look Forward to this January in Aspen


January 3: ACES Christmas Bird Count

ACES invites birders of all experience levels to participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the Aspen area on January 3rd. This important census is the longest-running citizen science survey in the world and has helped assess the health of bird populations and guided conservation action since 1900. If you can’t make it to the Christmas Bird Count, birding with ACES is a monthly outing with guide Rebecca Weiss, offered on the first Tuesday of every month throughout the winter. Interested guests can enjoy the next free birding class on January 5.


January 12: Winter Words with Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. His many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. Head to the Paepcke auditorium for a reading, Q+A, and book signing from Herrera on January 12 from 6-7 p.m.


January 14-17: 65th Annual Wintersköl

Wintersköl, Aspen's 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.  Today the four-day celebration features on-mountain activities, Fat Cycle Challenge, Soupsköl, a canine fashion show, WinterFest, fireworks and much more. For a complete schedule of all of the events happening during Wintersköl, click here.


January 17-24: Aspen Gay Ski Week

Aspen Gay Ski Week is a week-long LGBTQ winter event held in January each year. The annual gathering includes daily group skiing/boarding on one of the four mountains in the area with guides for all abilities, daily après ski parties, dinners, comedy, film, boutique & art walk, nightly parties, snow shoeing, and more!


January 28-31: Winter X Games

X Games returns to Aspen, Colorado's Buttermilk Mountain from January 28-31 for the world's best action sports, music and festival experience --featuring deadmau5, DJ Snake, Kygo, Nas, Run the Jewels and the Twenty One Pilots! All sport competitions are free and open to the public. All musical performances will take place at the stage at Buttermilk Mountain.