Column: The name game and ‘Aspen Skico High School’

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen Times Sports Editor Dale Strode
Nick Massaro Jr. / Special to The Aspen Times |

Flash ahead 10 years. It’s 2026. Check out the state of high school sports:

Spring 2026

The Aspen Skico High School girls field hockey team will play for the state championship this week at Obermeyer Stadium on the Aspen School District campus.

The Skico Skiers, who inaugurated girls field hockey on the Western Slope, will play Valor Christian West High School of Silt in the state final.

A large crowd is anticipated for the first field hockey championship game played away from the Front Range.

There will be free parking in the Stutsman-Gerbaz Parking Lot on campus as well as the nearby Grand River Construction Parking Lot adjacent to the Dodge Aspen Aspen Recreation Center.

Pregame festivities include full food service from Jimmy’s Bodega West Snack Bar, located at Obermeyer Stadium.

Meanwhile, inside Aspen Skico High School, even more events are scheduled this week.

The high school jazz band is preparing for the spring concert, working feverishly in the Belly Up Aspen Band Room.

The featured concert will be held in the Aspen Music Festival Theatre located in Limelight Aspen Elementary School.

The dance team also will perform as part of the spring concert at Aspen Skico High School.

The members of the dance team are rehearsing all week at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Dance Studio on the school campus.

Special promotional posters for the spring dance and jazz band concert were created by the art students at Aspen Skico High School in the Aspen Art Museum Art Room.

Meanwhile, offseason workouts have started for the basketball teams at Aspen Skico High School. They’re practicing daily on the brand-new Lumber Liquidators Court in Boogie’s Gymnasium.

Don’t forget the Aspen track and field athletes. They’re preparing for the annual Aspen Times Regional Track and Field Championships, scheduled for the remodeled Berkshire Hathaway Track Complex adjacent to KAJX Aspen Middle School.

And the nationally recognized e-sports team at Aspen Skico High School will defend its state title next week when the Colorado High School Gaming Championships are held at the high school in the Aspen Institute Video Arcade.

Go, Skiers!