Winterskl: Parades, fireworks, doggies and sweet candy plenty of candy |

Winterskl: Parades, fireworks, doggies and sweet candy plenty of candy

Joel Stonington
Marie and Henry Brusletto, part of the Scandinavian Design and Vintage Ski World float, make their way down Mill Street during the Wintersköl Parade on Saturday. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

A.J. Adams, 3, of El Jebel rocked back and forth Saturday with bits and pieces of doughnut on his chin, speaking seriously about the dangers and difficulties of candy collection at a parade.”We needed to get in the street,” he said. Though the floats for organizations like Hike for Hope and Aspen Country Day School may just be trucks decked out nicely for the parade, for kids, the floats are bringers of a great and wonderful bounty. It’s sort of like Halloween suddenly struck in the middle of January. But it wasn’t Halloween, it was the 54th Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual celebration of winter. The event includes more than 40 events in downtown Aspen, Snowmass Village and the four ski mountains.”It’s a gorgeous day,” said A.J.’s dad, Greg. “We always have fun getting the kids out for these. You just run across so many people you know.”

A dog fashion show got the day rolling Saturday. And for those who were up on the mountain and missed it, well, those who saw it might only feel pity for those sucker skiers. It wasn’t easy for the doggies, some of which either made it too late to enter or whose owners decided not to enter them in a fashion show that bragged $15,000 in prizes. One of those owners, Richard Fullerton of Aspen, said his dog, Sophie, a golden retriever, really wasn’t all that interested in the fashion show.”Frankly,” Fullerton said, “she seemed more interested in McDonald’s.” Some of the luckier dogs were happily prancing around in various amounts of garb, including but not limited to sunglasses, underwear, jackets, placards, hats and boots.

Two of the happiest participants were Anthony, a 1-year-old Maltese, and owner Nikki Ferrari, who took home the best overall prize.Anthony was dressed up as a “rhinestone cowboy ski bum,” wearing boots, buttons on a rhinestone sweater, and carrying tiny little skis.”He’s thrilled,” Ferrari said. “We’re going out partying. We’re dressed for a good evening.

9-10 a.m. Snowmass Swissbob Race registration at Christy Sports/ Snowmass Village Mall, $20 registration fee. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Snowmass Swissbob downhill, giant slalom, and Uphill Swissbob Challenge on Fanny Hill.12:30 p.m. Bud Light Big Air registration, Fanny Hill, $20 registration fee. 1-2 p.m. Bud Light Big Air practice, Fanny Hill. 2 p.m. Kids Kamp begins, Snowmass Village Mall

2-3 p.m. Bud Light Big Air Event, Fanny Hill.2:30 and 4 p.m. live music by “Little Hercules,” Snowmass Village Mall stage.3:30 p.m. Snowmass Swissbob and Bud Light Big Air awards ceremony, Snowmass Village Mall stage 7 p.m. Snowmass fireworks, Fanny Hill.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is

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