Aspen Wintersköl shakes things up
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Aspen’s annual Wintersköl celebration returns in January with a couple of surprises ” changes to the traditional downtown Aspen parade and a new rail jam event and fireworks at Snowmass.
The Jan. 10-13 celebration brings back the Wintersculpt and Kidsculpt snow-sculpting competitions on the downtown Aspen pedestrian malls to kick off the weekend on Thursday, Jan. 10.
And, the popular Soupsköl competition returns Friday, Jan. 11. Competing restaurants will offer up their best soup for sampling by members of the public, who will pick a favorite. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association is looking for contestants who are willing to put their soup to the test.
New at Snowmass will be a rail jam competition on Friday, Jan. 11, followed by live music by Lynx on the Snowmass Village mall and 7 p.m. fireworks on Snowmass Mountain.
Saturday’s annual parade through downtown Aspen will begin at 2 p.m. instead of the usual noon, and will follow a route that leads entrants past judges who will be posted at a new spot away from Main Street ” the balcony above Paradise Bakery at the corner of Durant and Galena. The parade entry deadline is Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.; the best overall entry receives a $500 cash prize.
Saturday’s events will, as usual, include a torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain and fireworks.
For the full Wintersköl schedule or to register for the various events, go to http://www.aspenchamber.org.
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