Aspen Skiing Co.’s The Meeting will gather at Wagner Park this year |

Aspen Skiing Co.’s The Meeting will gather at Wagner Park this year

Karl Herchenroeder
The Aspen Times

Because of renovations at the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen Skiing Co. will host its annual ski-film event, The Meeting, in Wagner Park.

A large tent will be set up for the movie screenings. The tent will be surrounded by a festival area, offering autograph signings with athletes, a photo exhibit and a bar. Tickets will be required to enter the tent, but the festival area will be open to the public.

The event, scheduled for Sept. 26 through 28, kicks off with the NEPSA video awards inside the tent. Opening night also will feature a party at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain following the screenings in Wagner Park. Sept. 27 will feature a D&E fashion show at Belly Up following screenings. And on Sept. 28, additional movie showings and a concert at Belly Up will follow the events at Wagner.

The Wheeler renovations are part of a $3 million project that will include upgrades to the balcony area, bringing projection equipment up to date and improving safety.

In December, the City Council approved a design and engineering contract, not to exceed $318,835, to Mills and Schnoering Architects LLC, of Princeton, N.J., a firm that specializes in historical-preservation projects. The company will guide the rehabilitation of the balcony, for which $2.9 million has been included in the city’s 2013 budget.

Deric Gunshor, manager of event marketing at Skico, said the remodeling is important “for everyone who uses the theater.”

“It’ll be a little different than being in the Wheeler, but I think it’s a good solution,” Gunshor said of Wagner Park.

Gunshor said Skico is prepared for inclement weather. Even with rain or snow, the screenings go on as scheduled inside the tent.

Skico is still confirming which films it will show. Gunshor said announcements for the full schedule could come some time next week.