61st Annual Wintersköl Celebration

Don’t miss Aspen’s annual toast to winter!

January 12-15, 2012
Aspen CO

Aspen’s annual toast to winter, dates back to 1951. The town’s unique Nordic lifestyle, which is the heart of Aspen’s real estate appeal, is celebrated with skiing, après-ski parties, a canine fashion show and fireworks.

THURSDAY 1/12/2012

Noon – 1:30 p.m. ACRA Opening Luncheon
St. Regis Aspen.  Tickets $40 for members/$50 for non-members. For tickets call ACRA, 970-925-1940

4:00 p.m. Anderson Ranch Arts Center‘s “Wintersculpt
Aspen Mall Area. Snow sculpture competition.  The 2012 Winterskol and Wintersculpt theme is: Seize the Summit!

6:00 p.m. Special Art Museum Wintersköl
Soup’s On at the Aspen Art Museum.

FRIDAY 1/13/2012

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Men’s Health & Women’s Health Village at Aspen Gondola Plaza.
The Ultimate Party in The Snow.
RECOVER from your day on the slopes with tranquil spa services and new products to try in the Men’s Health/Women’s Health Sanctuary.  Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lower Gondola Plaza
SIP beer and wine, munch on snacks and groove to the sounds of some of Aspen’s hottest DJs at our Après-Ski Parties.  Daily 3-5 p.m. Upper Gondola Plaza

10:30 a.m. – noon Apple Strudel Downhill
Apple Strudel Trail, Aspen Highlands. Free to everyone! All participants receive complimentary apple strudel with whipped cream and a drink, and bragging rights at finish line!

NOON – 4:00 p.m. Willow Creek Bistro’s Famous Après Ski Pig Roast
Willow Creek Bistro Patio at The Ritz Carlton, Aspen Highlands. $2 pulled pork sandwiches and drink specials for Wintersköl button wearers.

SATURDAY 1/14/2012

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Men’s Health & Women’s Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl
RECOVER tranquil spa services and new products to try in the Men’s Health/Women’s Health Sanctuary.  Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lower Gondola Plaza
SIP beer and wine, munch on snacks and groove to the sounds of some of Aspen’s hottest DJs at our Après-Ski Parties.  Daily 3-5 p.m. Upper Gondola Plaza
WATCH the Wintersköl Fireworks Display at the Little Nell viewing party. 7:30-9:30 p.m.  The Little Nell, 675 E. Durant.  RSVP required; visit the Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge to RSVP.  Space is limited.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Wintersköl Public Skate
Lewis Ice Arena. Aspen Recreation Center, 970-544-4100

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Canine Fashion Show
Cooper Ave Mall
Aspen’s four-legged friends will gather in style at the 24th Annual Canine Fashion Show. This event highlights canine couture, style and overall pampering of furry companions.

8:00 p.m. Torchlight Descent
Little Nell – Aspen Mountain

8:15 p.m. Wintersköl Fireworks Extravaganza
Little Nell – Aspen Mountain

SUNDAY 1/15/2012

7:30 a.m. Wintersköl Hike for Hope Uphill
Buttermilk Mountain. 8th Annual Family Charity Event, 100% of funds raised go to research a cure for Muscular Dystrophy. Registration is $25 and DOES NOT include the pancake Breakfast at Cliffhouse. Day of registration will be from 6 – 7:15 am at Bumps Restaurant. For more information and to pre-register, 970-925-6137 or  http://www.hikeforhopemd.com/.

HISTORY OF WINTERSKÖL

Wintersköl, Aspen‘s annual “toast to winter,” dates back to a quiet January in 1951. Jack DePagter, previous owner of the Holland House, created Wintersköl. In 1949 Jack began bartending at the Hotel Jerome. Noticing a lull in business during the 3 weeks after Christmas when the ski lifts closed, Jack decided that there must be something he and his friends could do to bring people into Aspen. His idea: a winter carnival to celebrate Aspen‘s unique Nordic lifestyle, like those at European ski resorts.  With that idea…Wintersköl was born!

Aspen Chamber Resort Association

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