Wintersköl in Aspen is the perfect time to celebrate the beauty of winter in the Colorado Rockies and everything that includes: gorgeous scenery, picturesque snowstorms followed by bluebird days, unbeatable skiing and boarding and general enjoyment of the great outdoors. By the time Wintersköl rolls around in mid-January each year, the holidays are over, but the celebration continues in Aspen.
What is Wintersköl?
Wintersköl is a winter festival, founded in 1951 to celebrate Aspen’s embrace of its winter lifestyle. This annual event has become a beloved tradition and 2016 marks the 65th year. The year’s slogan, “Aged to Perfection,” perfectly captures the spirit of this enduring event and Aspen itself.
Wintersköl is more than any old winter festival, though; it’s a weekend-long happening filled with on-mountain and in-town activities.
The History of Wintersköl
It was 1951, and Aspen Mountain’s lifts weren’t running. Residents and visitors could have spent their days complaining of the cold and snow and shut themselves in for the winter. They could have done a whole lot of nothing; but they didn’t.
Instead, they created a unique Aspen celebration that’s still going strong. When you enjoy Wintersköl events and activities today, you can thank the ingenuity and independent spirit of the people who lived here in the early 1950s.
An Aspen ski holiday isn’t just about skiing. During Wintersköl, there’s so much to do, aside from tearing up the hill, that you’ll have a hard time choosing between events and activities.
- Festival Village in Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
- Torchlight descent and fireworks on Aspen Mountain
- Snow sculptures in the Aspen pedestrian mall by Wagner Park
- Hike for Hope on Buttermilk Mountain
- Crowning Wintersköl King & Queen
- Canine Fashion Show
- Fat Cycle Challenge
- Soupsköl Contest
- Après-ski parties
- Live music
- Magic shows
- Comedy shows
- Ice skating
Come check it out for yourself this January.
Want to know more?
Contact the Aspen Square Condominium Hotel concierge staff to learn more about Wintersköl and other Aspen events that may be happening during your stay at Aspen Square. And remember, the concierge team is happy to assist our guests with planning their stay with us at the Aspen Square Hotel no matter what time of year you're here.
Contact the concierge by calling 1-866-285-7876 X 3515, or by email: email@example.com. Non-guests can contact the Aspen Chamber Resort Association by calling (970) 925-1940 for more information on Wintersköl and other Aspen events.
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