Aspen Square Daily News

Winter X Games just ahead


It's a late January Aspen tradition -- the return of ESPN's Winter X Games over the weekend of January 25 - 27. Buttermilk is the venue for the competitions that include tricks in the Super Pipe, ski and snowboard races and slope-style, snow-cross with snowmobiles and so much fun. Most events are broadcast live on ESPN each night, then they are rebroadcast over the months ahead. Tune in and see Aspen at its best, or come and enjoy the events in person. They are all free!!

AVSC Bonfire Dinner


With our fresh snow from this morning, tomorrow night's AVSC Bonfire Dinner will be even more fun. This annual fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club's Nordic program includes 1.5 km of candlelit trails with regular stops for hors d'oeuvres, soups and desserts from some of Aspen's finest restaurants. The dinner begins at 6pm at the Aspen Golf Course. For details, visit www.teamavsc or call (970) 205-5107.

Mad Hatter's Ball Returns to Winterskol

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The Aspen Historical Society is bringing back a fun Aspen tradition, the Mad Hatter's Ball, a staple of the winter season which began in the wacky 1950s. This year's version kicks off Winterskol on Thursday, January 10 at the Wheeler Opera House. The Ball is free, but revelers are urged to get creative and come up with the most outrageous head gear they can think of. Attendees will be vying for the coveted Best Hat Award and will receive two passes to the Aspen Laff Festival in February. For details, visit or call (970) 925-3721.

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