The Winterskl schedule |

The Winterskl schedule

Fireworks exploded over Aspen Mountain Saturday night, Jan 16, 2005, highlighting the day's Winterskol events, Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox

Winterskl, Aspens annual salute to winter, begins today and continues through the weekend with events all four ski areas and the traditional parade through downtown Aspen on Saturday. Heres a rundown of the schedule. TODAY OPENING DAY8 a.m. Anderson Ranch Arts Centers Wintersculpt, a 48-hour snow sculpture and carving competition, gets under way on the malls. Huge blocks of snow will be sculpted into unique works of art, as passersby witness the artists in action.9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mens Health Village at the gondola plaza. Activities and product sampling. This continues daily through Sunday.Noon Aspen Chamber Resort Associations Winterskl luncheon at the Crystal Palace. Sold out.5 to 7 p.m. Art After Hours a Winterskl reception with live music, refreshments and gallery tours. Free admission.FRIDAY ASPEN HIGHLANDS DAY10 a.m. to noon Apple Strudel Downhill. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. USSA Rocky Mountain Division mogul training day on Thunderbowl run. Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club hosts 70 top mogul skiers, age 13 and older, to a freestyle skiing training session. Noon to 3 p.m. Ski club open house at the clubhouse. 2 to 4 p.m. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at Aspen Highlands 3 to 3:30 p.m. Vintage costume contest at Highlands. Free. Register from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at Endeavor.

Meanwhile, around town 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anderson Ranch Arts Centers Kidsculpt snow sculpture competition on the Mill Street Mall. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Soupskl the third annual soup cook-off on Cooper Avenue. Sample the entries by competing restaurants, vote for a favorite. 8 p.m. Stardust songs from the golden age of jazz at the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary dessert and a glass of champagne. 7 to 10 p.m. Teen Night at the Aspen Recreation Center. $7 admission; open to all, ages 12-15 with picture ID. Ice skating, swimming, climbing wall, food and beverages. Fund-raiser for graduating senior scholarships and youth grants for the arts, education and sports programs.

SATURDAY ASPEN MOUNTAIN DAY9 to 10:30 a.m. Wintersculpt judging and awards on the malls.Noon Canine Fashion Show, with 11 a.m. registration at the clock tower at Wagner Park. 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. WinterFest, featuring music and entertainment on the Cooper Avenue Mall. 1 p.m. Winterskl parade through downtown Aspen. 2 to 3:45 p.m. Public skate at the Aspen Ice Garden. 4 p.m. Aspen Skating Club exhibition at the Aspen Ice Garden. 4 to 7 p.m. Hike for Hope cocktail reception and silent auction at Vectra Bank. Free. Fund-raiser to help cure muscular dystrophy. 7 to 9 p.m. Winterskl fireworks party at the Sky Hotel. Free. Complimentary hot chocolate and cider during the pyrotechnics. 8 p.m. Torchlight descent on Little Nell run on Aspen Mountain. 8:15 p.m. Fireworks on Aspen Mountain. 9 p.m. Cross Canadian Ragweed with special guests Micky & the Motorcars at the Wheeler Opera House. Texas rock n roll. Tickets $20 and $12.

SUNDAY BUTTERMILK/SNOWMASS MOUNTAIN DAY7:30 a.m. Hike for Hope uphill race at Buttermilk. $20 registration fee. Followed by 8 a.m. pancake breakfast ($5) at the Cliff House restaurant atop Buttermilk. Registration forms available at the Ute Mountaineer through Saturday, or day of the race from 6 to 7:15 a.m. at Bumps at Buttermilk. 9 to 10 a.m. Snowmass Swissbob registration at Christy Sports for $20. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Snowmass Swissbob Downhill, GS, and Uphill Swissbob Challenge on Fanny Hill. 12:30 p.m. Bud Light Big Air registration on Fanny Hill. $20 fee. 1 to 2 p.m. Bud Light Big Air practice on Fanny Hill. 2 p.m. Kids Kamp begins on Snowmass Village Mall. 2 to 3 p.m. Bud Light Big Air Event on Fanny Hill. 2:30 and 4 p.m. Live music by Little Hercules on the Snowmass Village Mall stage. 3:30 p.m. Snowmass Swissbob and Bud Light Big Air awards ceremony on the mall stage. 7 p.m. Fireworks on Fanny Hill.

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