ATW Agenda: Highlands closing party, Spider Sabich, improv and more |

ATW Agenda: Highlands closing party, Spider Sabich, improv and more

Our picks for the best events in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, April 7-13



The annual Oscar-qualifying short film festival’s weekend portion includes some of the most anticipated film programs on the schedule, including two standout horror shorts in “Skin & Bone” (Program 7, Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.) and “Huella” (Program 10, Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m.) as well as the annual all-animation Family Program (Sunday, April 10, 11 a.m.) and the free special event showcasing two films by local high schoolers (Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.).



Spider Sabich competes in a ski race in 1974.
Aspen Historical Society/Aspen Today Collection

The late local ski legend Spider Sabich is finally being inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame this year, so his friends and fans and race buddies are celebrating his life with a new documentary film and a party on April 8 at the Viewline Resort Conference Center in Snowmass Village. The hour-long “Spider Lives,” produced by the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation, will premiere at the event which has been dubbed “Party Like a Pro.”



Our local troupe, Consensual Improv, will headline the Arts Campus at Willits on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. We are all ready to laugh and these professional comedians – with a show based on improv games and audience participation – know how to work a crowd.



It’s an Aspen barn-burner of a closing party two years in the making. God help us. When the patrollers toss their final bombs and close the book on the 2021-22 season at Highlands, the most notorious ski town party in the country will take over the base area unimpeded by pandemic public health restrictions for the first time since 2019. Dress up and party down, Aspen.