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Facebook contest seeks nominees for Wintersköl king, queen

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Every year, the Aspen Winterskol committee chooses a king and queen to preside over the four-day celebration, returning to town Jan. 14 through 17. The Winterskol committee is seeking community input for nominations for the king and queen with a Facebook fan contest.

Participants are encouraged to submit their recommendations for king and queen online by including the nominee's name and a short paragraph (75 words or less) describing why the nominee should win. As an incentive, those who nominate a candidate on Facebook will be entered to win a one-day ski pass valid at all four Aspen Skiing Co. mountains available beginning Winterskol weekend and valid anytime Jan. 14 through the end of the 2016 ski season.

The criteria for the king and queen nominees are representatives from the Aspen valley community who exemplify the Winterskol spirit, community involvement and goodwill, have made a significant contribution to the community, have embraced life in this mountain town and its various activities, will be present during the entire 2016 Winterskol celebration and have not served as a Winterskol king or queen in the past. Visit http://www.aspen chamber.org for a list of past kings and queens.

The Facebook contest will run from Oct. 22 to Nov. 9 on http://www.facebook.com/AspenChamber. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Once the contest is over online, the Winterskol committee will review the nominees and select the 2016 Winterskol king and queen.

Winterskol dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when the ski lifts closed and the locals, craving wintertime excitement in the downtime, created a weekend of eclectic events to showcase Aspen's unique alpine lifestyle. The celebration has since developed into one of the winter season's most cherished traditions.

For the full 2016 Winterskol schedule and most up-to-date information, visit http://www.aspenchamber.org.