ASPEN WINTER 2018-19 NEWS
Winter 2018-2019 Season in Aspen Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Bauhaus, New Art Exhibits, Restaurants, Ski Deals & More
ASPEN, Colo.– The start of each new season brings in a surge of changes in Aspen, with winter 2018-2019 being no exception. News for this season in Aspen includes the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Bauhaus, lodging updates, retail and restaurant openings, and more. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit www.aspenchamber.org or call 970.925.1940, or 800.670.0788.
ART AND CULTURE NEWS
- Bauhaus100: Aspen (Jan. – Aug. 2019) 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, and to celebrate the history of the Bauhaus in Aspen, there will be a nine-month schedule of activities orchestrated by various organizations from the Aspen Institute to Anderson Ranch Arts Center to the Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Art Museum, and many others. While plans are being finalized, events will kick off in January 2019 and continue through August 2019 and will include activities during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival, an Aspen Institute symposium from Aug. 6 – 9, an exhibit at the Aspen Historical Society of Herbert Bayer’s works, regular tours of the Aspen Institute Herbert Bayer collection, Bauhaus-themed Wintersculpt during Winterskol, art exhibitions and more. Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer designed the Aspen Institute’s campus which includes Bayer sculpture’s, landworks, tapestries, paintings, photography and more. In addition, other Bauhaus designers impacted modern Aspen.
- NEW EXHIBIT. “Herbert Bayer: Mountains and Convolutions, 1944 – 1953” opened on the Aspen Institute Campus in the Resnick Gallery in the Doerr-Hosier Building in June 2018. This exhibit features 28 of the artist’s most dynamic compositions and will stay in the Resnick Gallery through June 10, 2019.
- NEW EXHIBIT. As a part of Bauhaus 100: Aspen celebration, Aspen Historical Society presents “bayer and Bauhaus: how design shaped aspen” opening Dec. 4, 2018. This new exhibit delves into the profound influence of Herbert Bayer’s work on Aspen. The new exhibit will live in the Wheeler Stallard Museum until March 2020.
- NEW GALLERY. Local photographer Guadalupe Laiz recently opened a new pop-up gallery on the Hyman Avenue mall. The gallery features her stunning Aspen area landscapes, Icelandic horses, and African wildlife as well as city landscapes. (420 E. Hyman Ave.)
- NEW. Internationally-renowned artist Shepard Fairey completed a new mural “Ideal Power” in downtown Aspen at 520 E. Durant Ave. in June 2018. It’s the first piece of legal street art in Aspen and will remain on the wall permanently.
- COMING SEPT. 2019. Following their 2019 summer season, Theatre Aspen will launch the organization’s inaugural one-person show festival, Solo Flights, in Sept. 2019. The week-long festival will be presented at multiple venues in Aspen, including Theatre Aspen’s Hurst Theatre, and include talkbacks as well as guest interview panels.
- COMING SOON. The “JAS Center” is Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ new permanent home in the Aspen core for JAS Café performances, jazz education programming, and special events for private as well as not-for-profit and community users. Construction is tentatively projected for April 2019 with a planned opening for 2020.
FOOD & WINE NEWS
- OPENING DEC. 2018. The co-owners of the restaurant Bonito in St. Barth will open a new restaurant called Betula in downtown Aspen this winter. The restaurant will blend French and Pan American cuisine. (525 E. Cooper Ave.)
- COMING SOON. Almresi Aspen is a new European-alpine style restaurant slated to open for the winter 2018-19 season. (Dancing Bear Mountainside building)
- NEW. The Winter Market, located inside Grey Lady Aspen’s heated outdoor tent, is open every Saturday throughout the winter season with rotating vendors, many of whom are participants in the summer Aspen Saturday Market. New this year, The Biscuit Food Truck, a popular midvalley eatery, will serve biscuits during the Winter Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (305 S. Mill St.)
- NEW. Eleven Madison Park recently opened a pop up restaurant, EMP Park Winter House, over the winter season in Aspen in partnership with American Express. The restaurant space, located within the St. Regis Aspen, includes indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor space features a yurt village with eight private-dining heated yurts as well as an outdoor seating area for après-ski. (315 E. Dean St.)
- NEW. Hao House: Far East Street Food is located in the Bodega space on the Mill Street pedestrian this winter as a pop-up restaurant. The new concept from chefs David Wang and Kiyong Kim includes a menu with a rotating set of shareable items inspired by Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. The restaurant is open during après hours and dinner. (307 S. Mill St.)
- NEW. A new supper-club called 7908 opened in downtown Aspen this July. Guests can enjoy fine dining along with live music and entertainment nightly. (415 E. Hyman Ave.)
- NEW. Austin-based eatery Clark’s Oyster Bar expanded with a new location in Aspen in June 2018. Clark’s serves up seafood dishes, burgers, and more. (517 E. Hyman Ave.)
- NEW .The Cottage is the newest addition to Rustique Bistro and The Cooking School of Aspen. The new 700-square-foot event space is available to rent for private parties, dinners, cooking or product demos, pop-up stores, art shows, and more. (305 E. Hopkins Ave.)
- OPENING SUMMER 2019. W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen is slated to open by June 2019. The new hotel and residences are being designed by Nemaworkshop in partnership with local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture and W’s in-house design team, offering 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded fractional residences. Conveniently located at the base of Aspen Mountain, the development will also feature a 12,000 sq. ft. rooftop bar and pool, which will be open to the public with expansive views of Aspen Mountain.
- NEW. Hotel Jerome, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, recently unveiled their newest property expansions and renovations over the summer 2018 season. Hotel Jerome debuted a number of enhancements including the renovation of the historic Aspen Times building, new aquatic offerings, a new underground bar called, “Bad Harriet,” and the addition of two new three-bedroom residences (six new keys). The elaborate project also includes a new pool, multiple hot tubs, first-floor Junior Suites overlooking the Courtyard, and new event spaces. (330 E. Main St.)
WINTER EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
- Dec. 20-31: The 12 Days of Aspen takes over the town and turns it into a winter wonderland of holiday cheer. Locals and visitors can enjoy free ice skating, visits with Santa, s’more making parties, caroling, and more.
- Jan.- Aug. 2019: Bauhaus100: Aspen will commemorate the influence of the Bauhaus on Aspen and reveal the many ways that it has impacted the City of Aspen, and continues to influence and inspire artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, musicians, and thinkers in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.
- Jan. 10-13: Wintersköl™, Aspen’s annual “toast to winter” returns for its 68th year January 10 - 13, 2019. The four-day celebration features on-and-off mountain activities, festivals, free-and-nearly-free events for the entire family. Wintersköl, Aspen's annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today the four-day celebration of winter in Aspen features a variety of community events, fireworks and much more.
- March 31-April 2: The 2nd annual Aspen Uphill Symposium demonstrates why Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley sit at the headquarters for the uphill industry with experts sharing information at multiple discussions, tours and on mountain activities
- COMING SOON. Global lifestyle brand Rimowa will open a pop up this winter in Aspen. The store will sell luxury luggage and travel accessories.
- NEW. Olivela recently opened a boutique in Aspen for the winter season. The boutique features a curated assortment of top designer fashion and wellness brands alongside immersive storytelling display technology.
- NEW. Forty Five Ten is expanding its footprint with a new space in downtown Aspen opening in fall 2018. This will mark Forty Five Ten’s’ sixth location. The Dallas-born boutique brand sells a luxury collection of men and women’s fashion including clothing and accessories. (530 E. Hyman Ave.)
- NEW. Cripple Creek Backcountry partnered with Hub of Aspen to open a new location in downtown this November. The store carries Cripple Creek’s full specialized ski touring and splitboarding retail, demo gear and service work. (616 E. Hyman Ave.)
- To help promote responsible tourism, Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) created ‘The Aspen Pledge,’ a new initiative with positive messages on how to visit and play in Aspen. The Aspen Pledge was created to encourage visitors to take ownership in ensuring that Aspen stays special. ACRA encourages everyone to take The Aspen Pledge.
WINTER SKI DEALS
This winter, there are incredible deals on lift tickets, ski and snowboard school lessons, equipment rentals, and complete vacation packages for the 2018-2019 ski season.
- Kids Ski Free Package: Rent kids equipment (ages 7 – 12) from Four Mountain Sports and receive one free kids’ lift ticket. Valid Jan. 1, 2019 – Apr. 21, 2019.
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