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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! Today, the four day celebration features on-mountain activities, Soupsköl, the Canine Fashion Show, winterfest, The Mad Hatter's Ball, fireworks, and much more. (full schedule)