Aspen’s winter blast a little zany, a lot of fun
Aspen’s 48th annual Winterskl celebration was deemed a success Sunday afternoon by Aspen Chamber Resort Association officials, the festival’s organizers.
Yesterday’s Ski Splash extravaganza at the Snowmass ski area capped off four days of wintertime festivities that included Saturday’s traditional parade through Aspen, various on-mountain skiing and sledding competitions, a canine fashion show, and snow sculpting on the mall.
“All of the events have been very well attended,” said Patti Hecht, public relations manager for the ACRA. yesterday. “I think that’s because we’ve added some new fun things and the weather has cooperated.
“And I think everybody was ready to cut loose,” Hecht added. “It’s been fun, and as we at the chamber like to say this year, it has been the best ever.”
In the Wintersculpt competition, seven teams of artists crafted blocks of snow into fleeting works of art in the downtown mall area. On Saturday, the Non-Bored of the Anderson Ranch, the event’s organizer, awarded two teams with a share of first place honors.
The Snow Lovers (Tom Alpern and Gary Bains) and Team Zoot (Paul Williams, Pete Phibbs, Emily Proskine and Pauly Anderson) each received $1,500 in prize money. Team Misty Flips (David K. Gibson, Katie Kissane and Paul Viola) earned third place honors, and received $500 in prize money. Misty Flips also won the people’s choice award, and received a $100 gift certificate to L’Hostaria.
Winners of the other Winterskl competitions, announced by the ACRA, include:
Storefront Window Decorating Contest: Best Overall – Aspen Skiing Co. for its display, “Where in the World is Standing Man Celebrating Winterskl?” Most Creative – Sashae Floral Arts and Gifts for its display, “Flower Power Worldwide.” Most Festive – Aspen Luggage Co. for its display, “Go Global, Buy Local.”
Winterskl Parade Winners: Best Display of Winterskl 2000 International Theme, “Think Globally, Celebrate Locally” – Sister Cities Dignitaries. Most Humorous – Aspen Skiing Co. for its “Nike Sweat Shop – Mind Your Own Business” float. Most Historic and Most Creative – Holland House for its “Celebrating 50 Years” float.
Canine Fashion Show winners:
Most Beautiful: First place – Molly, “Fairy Princess,” presented by Kathy Bieber. Second place – Angus, “Prince Charming,” presented by Melinda Coile. Third place – Tookie, “Tooth Fairy,” presented by Hunter Tolk.
Best Winterskl Theme: First place – Geze, Gizmo, Bonzi and Sumo, “Dress Worldly, Ski Locally,” presented by Melinda Goldrich. Second place – Rody and Joe, “One World, One Dog,” presented by Katie Brimm and Eden Ferry. Third place – Charlie and Sally, “Tourist and Ski Bum,” presented by Maryanne Thompson.
Best Group: First place – Etta and Maggie, “Mardi Gras Dogs,” presented by Jim Trowbridge and Kristen Mosely. Second place – Lucky and Hunny, “Father Time and Baby New Year,” presented by Wendy Hemingway. Third place – Max and other poodles, “Maximilian’s Party,” presented by Barbara Young.
Most Original: First place – Foxy, “A Pawlitical Dog,” presented by Anne Larson. Second place – Buckeroo, “Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.” Third place – Sophie, “Dali Llama,” presented by Marshall and Susan Olson.
Funniest: First place – Ajax, “Standing Dog,” presented by Barbara Smith. Second place – Raisin Kayne, “Local Bear Celebrating Locally,” presented by Demetra Kayne. Third place – Cassidy, “Obermeyer Poodle from Maui to Aspen,” presented by Carla Wheller.
Best of Show: First place – Tazzy, “Madeline in Aspen,” presented by Mia Coddwell. Second place – Emma, “Jack Russell Posing as a Dalmatian.” Third place – Kitty, “Mountaineer North Face,” presented by Shae Wilson.
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