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Aspen Winter Season Events

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Aspen has some of the most sought after winter events of any ski resort in North America. After a day on the slopes or shopping in Aspen, put on your best aprés ski or late night ensemble and take on the town. From November through April, there is always something going on, mark your calendar and get ready to find your favorite Annual Winter Event in Aspen.Aspen, Aspen Mountain, Winter in Aspen

Belly Up Aspen
When you come to Aspen Snowmass a must visit hot spot is the Belly Up Aspen. The Belly Up hosts musical talent from around the world including acts such as: Ben Harper, Social Distortion, Damien Marley, B.B. King, SEAL, Chris Isaak, Method Man, Redman, Jurassic 5 and many, many more. Learn More

 

2017-2018 Winter Events


Bud Light Hi Fi Concert SeriesDates TBA
The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series hosted by Aspen Snowmass features a series of free, outdoor concerts held during key events and peak weekends throughout the season. Past performers include Donovan Frankenreiter, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Pennywise, Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars, Umphree’s Mcgee, Vampire Weekend, Nakho and Medicine for the People, Big Gigantic, Ghostland Observatory, De La Soul and more.


October

39th Annual Aspen Filmfest, October 3-8, 2017
Aspen Film's flagship event is a noncompetitive festival showcasing narrative and documentary features, a dynamic mix of award-worthy fall previews, and acclaimed independent films from the international festival circuit. Filmfest audiences are often among the first in the country to see films like Room, The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Argo, The Artist, The King's Speech, and Nebraska.

The Meeting, October 5-7, 2017
In its 13th year, The Meeting will once again deliver an unforgettable weekend of film, music, industry conference, networking and all around snow stoke.
 

November

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Opening Day, November 23, 2017
 

December

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Opening Day, December 9, 2017

The 12 Days of Aspen - December 20 -31
To celebrate the holiday season, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting the 12 Days of Aspen. From December 20-31, downtown comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate and much more! Come join the entire Aspen community - in celebrating the winter season and the holidays with the 12 Days of Aspen!
 

January

Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, January 10-14, 2018
U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team athletes will be competing to punch their tickets to the Olympic Winter Games in the 2017-18 iteration of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, marking Toyota’s second consecutive year as the events’ title sponsor. Colorado’s Copper Mountain and Aspen Snowmass, along with California’s Mammoth Mountain will host stops on this season’s tour.

WinterskölTMJanuary 11-14, 2018
Wintersköl, Aspen's annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. The four day celebration features on-mountain activities, Soupsköl, a canine fashion show, winterfest, fireworks, and much more.

Gay Ski WeekJanuary 14-21, 2018
Aspen Gay Ski Week is the premier GLBT winter travel event. If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, dining, shopping, music, comedy and more...you will love Aspen Gay Ski Week!

ESPN Winter X GamesJanuary 25-28, 2018
The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile. Winter X Games will feature nighttime events and will be telecast live on ESPN and ABC. 
 

February

Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Dates TBA
This popular eight-week series is a mainstay and weekly favorite for the best snowboarders and skiers in the state of Colorado. Each week they gather to perform the latest tricks for a chance at a weekly prize purse and series points in an urban inspired rail garden on Fanny Hill at Snowmass Ski Area.

The Owl Creek Chase, Date TBA
The Owl Creek Chase has been one of Colorado's largest and most premier cross-country ski races since 1985. The challenging course from Snowmass Village to Aspen presents the very best that Colorado skiing has to offer; tough climbs, scenic views andd excellent snow conditions.

Aspen Laugh Festival, February 20-24, 2018
After countless years as the featured site for the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and three years as the co-producer and home of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the Wheeler stepped up in 2011 to present its own unique four-day comedy experience, where comics got to do what comics do best: Everything funny. The 2018 event is being planned right now, so mark your calendar. Come ski all day and laugh all night as we present the most brilliant new voices in comedy in a variety of stand-up and improv events at the Wheeler.

Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open, February 22-24, 2018
The Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open at Buttermilk, is one of the last and longest running independent open competitions in the nation. It opens up the X Games Aspen Slopestyle and Superpipe and Big Air courses to amateur and professional level athletes. Last year, the open drew around 200 competitors from six nations to test their skills!

Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race, Date TBA
This legendary race is celebrated through the Aspen Valley. With 3 divisions for competitive ski, competitive snowboard and overall non-competitive, each team must finish the course (designed by Chris Davenport and Travis McClain) within the 4 hour time frame. This is open to any skier or snowboarder who enjoys riding Aspen Highlands.
 

March

Bud Light Spring Jam, Dates TBA
Aspen's premier spring festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, continues like never before! The festival kicks off with the Core Party free concert in downtown Aspen and continues with a Terrain Park Boot Camp offering both adults and kids instruction on how to slide a box or hit a rail in a mini-park on Snowmass.  

Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, March 23, 2018
Nearly 200 racers will being their journey tackling the 40-mile course that starts at 9,000 feet in Crested Butte, takes skiers through Mt. Crested Butte Ski Resort. The race is scheduled to start at midnight on Friday which allows entrantsto reach Star Pass (12,303 ft) before the warmth of the day increases the likelihood of avalanches. The remote route continues through the Elk Mountains and over one more mountain pass before finishing at the base of the Aspen Mountain.
 

April

Aspen ShortsFest, April 3-8, 2018
Recognized as one of the world's "50 Leading Film Festivals" by IndieWIRE, Aspen Shortsfest is one of the world's premier international short film and video showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short. This Oscar-qualifying international competition offers a lively, thought-provoking, and humorous selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary - all at 40 minutes or less.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Closing Day,  April 8, 2018

Schneetag, April 8, 2018
Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) is the German word for "snow day." Put simply, it translates as "daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond on a craft they built themselves." This hilarious event is one not to miss. The Annual Schneetag invites teams of four to create a craft that they will pilot down a slope at Aspen Highlands and attempt to float across a 20x40 foot pond. Every team has a theme and will perform a skit before they descend. This event is just as ridiculous and entertaining as it sounds.

Snowmass and Aspen Mountain Closing Day, April 15

For more events, see our Calendar of Events page.

Fireworks Photograph Courtesy of Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Jeremy Swanson.