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A lifelong love of learning is ingrained in the Aspen Idea of enriching your mind, body & spirit. Here are some programs that take the guess work out of adding a learning experience to your vacation.

Aspen Words - For Readers & Writers

Event Name: Readers Retreat with Carole DeSanti
Date: June 19-21, 2017
Time: 9am – 12pm
Event Details:
Over three mornings at Summer Words, Viking Penguin Vice President and Executive Editor Carole DeSanti will lead participants in an exploration of the Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante, their enormous resonance for readers, and examine why and how this quartet of books (and their pseudonymous author) has turned reading and our current notions of “authorship” on its head. Optional opening reception on June 18th.
Location: The Gant, 610 S W End Street, Aspen, CO 81611
Price: $375 – includes reading materials, 3 mornings of moderated discussion, and 3 lunches
Contact information: [email protected]; 970-925-3122; www.aspenwords.org 


Event Name: Aspen Summer Words – Beginning Writing Workshop
Dates: June 18-23
Time: 9am – 12pm, optional events in the evenings
Location: The Gant, 610 S W End Street, Aspen, CO 81611
Event Details:
This non-juried, five-day workshop is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require manuscript submission. There are two sections for the Beginning Writing workshops, and neither workshop will exceed 20 students. The workshop is open to beginning writers of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as more experienced students looking to reinvigorate their work. The sections will be led by Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, and Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees and Happiness, Like Water.
Price: $1,375
Contact information: [email protected]; 970-925-3122; www.aspenwords.org

Ski School

Women's Edge Skiing & Snowboarding Group Lessons
A program uniquely designed for intermediate to expert women, providing an amazing laughter filled four days of skiing and riding with friends.


Bumps for Boomers
A ski lesson program designed to quickly teach intermediate-level Baby Boomer and senior skiers how to ski moguls & powder. www.bumpsforboomers.com


The Magic of Skiing with Thomas Crum
Aspen Ski Company's longest-running special program. Magic of Skiing views the art of skiing & snowboarding as an adventure in self-awareness and an opportunity to unify mind and body and achieve inner peace. www.magicofskiing.com


Beginner's Magic Adult Group Lessons
First-timers and beginners age 18 and older, includes lesson, rental equipment and beginner area lift ticket.


All ski school learning opportunities.