Aspen hosts its 61st Wintersköl |

Aspen hosts its 61st Wintersköl

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual salute to winter, kicks off its four-day run Thursday with the annual community luncheon and the crowning of local ski mountaineers Ted and Christy Mahon as the king and queen, who will reign over the fun.

Wintersköl began on a quiet night in January 1951, when a handful of locals decided to celebrate the town’s unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today, Aspen’s oldest wintertime celebration comprises a host of events, including a downtown festival, torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain, fireworks, the popular Soupsköl competition and more.

Today’s luncheon at the St. Regis, hosted by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, will feature the awarding of Business of the Year honors along with the crowning of the Mahons. The event starts at noon. Call the ACRA at 970-925-1940 for tickets.

Go to for the full schedule of events.

Thursday: Wintersculpt snow sculpture begins downtown at 4 p.m., followed by a Soupsköl preview and interactive discussion of contemporary art at 6 p.m. at the Aspen Art Museum.

Friday: Kidsculpt starting at 9 a.m. on the mall, Soupsköl (the annual soup cook-off) on Cooper Avenue and Hunter Street from 4-6 p.m., and Locals Night at the Wheeler Opera House at 7:30 p.m. (free).

Saturday: Wintersculpt continues, with judging beginning at 4 p.m.; Winterfest on the Cooper Avenue Mall from noon to 4 p.m., featuring the canine fashion show at 1 p.m. (register starting at noon), the K9 Kings performance at 2 p.m., U.S. Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps at 3 p.m. and other fun; free skating at the Silver Circle from 4-6 p.m.; torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain at 8 p.m. ,and fireworks at 8:15 p.m.

Sunday: Hike for Hope Uphill at 7:30 p.m. at Buttermilk (registration is $25), with a pancake breakfast at the top ($5).

Also, find the Men’s and Women’s Health Village in gondola plaza daily from Friday through Sunday.

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