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Aspen's Annual Winter Events

Aspen Colorado's Annual Winter Events

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One of the best things about Aspen, Colorado is that it truly has something for everyone - kids young and old, athletes, artists, musicians, academics, discoverers, explorers, retreaters, spa-goers, shoppers, diners and more.  If you're looking for things to do in Aspen - look no further.  Hotel Aspen is located steps away from town center, the hub of the action.

2014 - 2015

Bud Light Hi Fi Concert Series
The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series hosted by Aspen/Snowmass debuts on opening weekend in November and continues through March with a series of five free, outdoor concerts held during key events and peak weekends throughout the season.  Past performers include Blind Melon, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Donovan Frankenreiter, Ghostland Observatory, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Galactic, Pennywise, Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars, De La Soul and more.


Aspen Winternational FIS Women's World Cup Races  November 29 - 30
Spectators near and far are invited to the base of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain to enjoy prime viewing of the finish line from the grandstands. Television coverage by NBC and Versus will capture the excitement that embodies World Cup racing.


12 Days of Aspen December 20 - 31
To celebrate the holiday season, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting the 12 Days of Aspen. From December 20-31, 2014, downtown comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate and much more! Come join the ACRA - and the entire Aspen community - in celebrating the winter season and the holidays with the 12 Days of Aspen!


Wintersköl  January 8 -11
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, live music, a canine fashion show, WinterFest, fireworks and much more.

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Gay Ski Week   January 11 - 18
Aspen Gay Ski Week will be celebrating it's 38th year, and we are going to blow out all the stops for this week and continue to be the premier GLBT winter travel event. If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, dining, shopping, music, comedy and will love Aspen Gay Ski Week!

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ESPN Winter X Games
January 22-25

The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile. Winter X Games will feature nighttime events and will be telecast live on ESPN and ABC.


Colorado Junior Freeride Competion Presented by GoPro February 7 - 8
Freeriders aged 10 -18 will compete in the Aspen Valley after winning their regional competitions.  Checkout the future of freeriding.

Bud Light Big Air Fridays   TBD
This popular eight-week series is a mainstay and weekly favorite for the best snowboarders and skiers in the state of Colorado. Each week they gather to perform the latest tricks for a chance at a weekly prize purse and series points on the busy Fanny Hill/Snowmass Mall intersection.

The Owl Creek Chase   February 14-15
The Owl Creek Chase has been one of Colorado's largest and most premier cross-country ski races since 1985. The challenging course from Snowmass Village to Aspen presents the very best that Colorado skiing has to offer; tough climbs, scenic views, thrilling descaspen hotels, affordable hotels in aspen, hotel rooms, aspen, aspen lodging, aspen colorado hotelsents and excellent snow conditions.

Aspen Laff Festival   February 19 - 21
After countless years as the featured site for the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and three years as the co-producer and home of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the Wheeler stepped up in 2011 to present its own unique four-day comedy experience, where comics got to do what comics do best: Everything funny. The 2015 event is being planned right now, so mark your calendar. Come ski all day and laugh all night as we present the most brilliant new voices in comedy in a variety of stand-up and improv events at the Wheeler.

Aspen/Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Open February 19 - 22
The Aspen/Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Open at Buttermilk, is one of the best open competitions in the nation! Giving the opportunity to get noticed for up-and-coming winter athletes, it attracts over 350 athletes to compete on the famed X Games slopestyle and superpipe courses.

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This legendary race is celebrated through the Aspen Valley. With 3 divisions for competitive ski, competitive snowboard and overall non-competitive, each team must finish the course (designed by Chris Davenport and Travis McClain) within the 4 hour time frame. This is open to any skier or snowboarder who enjoys riding Aspen Highlands.



Aspen International Fashion Week  March 12 - 15 
Aspen's destination fashion event designed to showcase and market winter resort, ski and technical outerwear in the home and playground of the most stylish consumers. Designers will present their collections to create a stylish marketplace for buyers, editors, trendsetters and consumers with Aspen Mountain as the backdrop. With daily après showings, on-mountain events, nightly runway shows and late night fashionable soirees, Aspen International Fashion Week will launch the hottest fashion event to hit the Rockies. 

Bud Light Spring Jam  March 13 - 22
Aspen's premier spring festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, takes place March 13-22 2015, with new-school competitions, downtown concerts and parties. Downtown Aspen's CORE Block Party kicks off the Jam on March 13 and is free and open to the public. Also includes Chris Klug's Spring Snowboard Camp, KickAspen Big Air, Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts, and Terrain Park Boot Camp. 

KickAspen Big Air Invitational   March 14
In the Annual KickAspen Big Air Invitational, the best regional ski and snowboard athletes will compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain. Prize giveaways and $2 Bud Lights in the Bud Light Beer Garden will round out the action at the base of the mountain.

Terrain Park Boot Camp   March 14-15, 21-22
The Terrain Park Book Camp is an entry level terrain park that will be set up at Snowmass. Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club coaches and athletes will teach beginners (13 and up) how to safely slide a rail, hit a box and throw a trick. From children to parents, this is open to anyone interested in learning the ropes of the terrain park.

NASTAR National Championships  March 19 - 22
Avid skiers from approximately 45 states, ranging in age from three to 90, will converge on the world-class resort to compete for national titles in various divisions of the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. The event is proud to be returning to Aspen/ Snowmass for 2015, and will celebrate the sport of alpine racing and serve as a reunion for the top recreational racers in the country. Aspen/Snowmass has planned an exciting week of activities that includes race clinics, races, free concerts, Warren Miller movie screenings, autograph signings by U.S. Ski Team alumni and NASTAR Pacesetters, competitor raffles/giveaways, awards receptions, a Family Challenge team competition and a Team Race.

Elk Mountain Grand Traverse   March 28
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Helly Hanson Battle in the Bowls   TBD
This legendary race is celebrated through the Aspen Valley.  With 3 divisions for competitive ski, competitive snowboard and overall non-competitive, each team must finish the course (designed by Chris Davenport and Travis McClain) within the 4 hour time frame. The cost is $75/Team and each registrant receives a Helly Hansen Baselayer that includes the event logo! This is open to any skier or snowboarder who enjoys riding Aspen Highlands.

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Buttermilk Closing Day:  April 5

Aspen ShortsFest   April 7 -12
Recognized as one of the world's "50 Leading Film Festivals" by IndieWIRE, Aspen Shortsfest is one of the world's premier international short film and video showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short. This Oscar-qualifying international competition offers a lively, thought-provoking, and humorous selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary - all at 40 minutes or less.

Annual Schnee Tag    April 12
Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) is the German word for "snow day." Put simply, it translates as "daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond on a craft they built themselves." This hilarious event is one not to miss. The Annual Schneetag invites teams of four to create a craft that they will pilot down a slope in front of Bonnie's and attempt to float across a 30x20 foot pond.  Every team has a theme and will perform a skit before they descend. This event is just as ridiculous and entertaining as it sounds.

Snowmass and Aspen Highlands Closing Day   April 12

Aspen Mountain Closing Day   April 19