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This Winter in Aspen

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23 Dec 2021
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The days are short, temperatures have dropped, and snow has arrived. It’s winter in Aspen, and it’s officially peak season! While many events and activities take place annually, be sure to check specific websites in case of last-minute changes.

Here’s what’s happening in Aspen Snowmass during the winter of 2021-22:

Aspen’s 75th Anniversary

This winter, Aspen Snowmass is celebrating its 75th year of skiing. All season long, SkiCo is featuring the heritage and history of Aspen skiing while simultaneously looking to the future (the recent major rebrand is one example). This season, marketing and messaging will focus on innovation in ski racing, sustainability, athletics, art, and more.

2021 Red Bull Illume at Snowmass

Evenings at 5pm from December 4-January 2, Snowmass will showcase 56 award-winning photographs from the 2021 Red Bull Illume Image Quest on Fanny Hill near the top of Sky Cab. The selected photographs are considered some of the best adventure and action sports imagery in the world, and also emphasize the photographers’ lifestyle, culture and passion.

Andy Warhol at the Aspen Art Museum

As of December, the Aspen Art Museum is hosting a major international retrospective on Andy Warhol’s work, titled Andy Warhol: Lifetimes. This show has been called a “homecoming” for Warhol, who stayed connected with the city of Aspen and its creative scene over the years. 

Art Museum Rooftop Café

A new Rooftop Café with sweeping mountain views, outdoor installations, and natural lighting has opened at the Aspen Art Museum. The café launched in early December, under Chef Brian Banister and Alex Fonseca, with a strong emphasis on community and supporting local farms.

Aspen Wintersköl

In mid-January of 2022, Aspen’s annual Wintersköl returns with the theme “Positive Altitude.” Over a period of four days, Aspen toasts winter with numerous on-mountain activities, music performances, and a memorable torchlight descent down Aspen Mountain.

Aspen Gay Ski Week

Aspen Gay Ski Week celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, from January 16-23, with a full week’s worth of colorful events, fundraisers and parties around town and on the mountain. For many years the world’s first gay ski week, Aspen Gay Ski Week is known as “the premier LGBTQ+ winter event.”

X-Games Aspen

Returning for its 21st consecutive year, Winter X Games Aspen will take place at Buttermilk from January 21 - 23, 2022, just a few weeks prior to the Beijing Winter Olympics. The X Games will welcome back spectators for the first time since 2019. Nearly 100 of the world's top winter athletes will take center stage competing in one of the biggest snow sports events of the year. The X Games are FREE to attend and viewers at home will be able to watch live coverage of the event on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. Fans can follow along @AspenSnowmass & @XGames across social channels for a behind-the-scenes look into X Games Aspen.

Snowmass Luminescence

From mid-December through the end of February, an interactive light and art display will light up Fanny Hill once the lifts close and the sun sets. Walk through The Tunnel, a series of LED walkways and arches, view large-scale LED installations by well-known artists, and more at Snowmass Luminescence.

2021 Bud Light Music on the Mountains

This year, Aspen welcomes Bud Light Music on the Mountain to the slopes. A series of pop-up musical performances featuring local and regional artists have been scheduled at various locations across all four ski mountains during January and February. The performances are meant to be small and intimate, and will feature close to 40 bands over the course of the winter months.

Free Daily NASTAR Racing All Season Long

Because Aspen Snowmass is set to host the 2022 NASTAR National Championships in April 2022, Aspen Snowmass is offering free NASTAR racing to the public on its Aspen and Snowmass courses for the entire winter season. Over 50,000 racers will be competing at 100 resorts across the US to qualify to attend the National Championships.

Conveniently Located in Downtown Aspen

Are you looking for a cozy place to stay this winter while you’re taking in all Aspen has to offer? Our condominium hotel is located in downtown Aspen just a few steps across the street from the Aspen Mountain Gondola. Contact us at 970-925-1000 x3515 or concierge@aspensquarehotel.com and get ready for a winter vacation to remember!