January 11-14, 2024


Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual “toast to winter,” dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when locals chose to commemorate Aspen's distinctive mountain way of life with a diverse weekend of events.  The four-day festival showcases on-mountain activities, snow sculptures, a soup contest, (NEW!) a craft beer festival, a torchlight descent and fireworks on Aspen Mountain plus much more. 

Each year, Wintersköl choses a unique slogan reflecting the theme and spirit of the celebration. “Uniting Ski Bums and Bunnies” represents a coming together of diverse members of the community to celebrate our winter lifestyle. Thank you and congratulations to Johnny Klein for submitting this year's winning slogan, "Uniting Ski Bums and Bunnies (since 1951)."  

2024 Schedule of Events

Please be patient as we update the schedule of events...more to come as confirmed! Schedules are subject to change.

Thursday, January 11th
11:30am - 1:30pm
ACRA's Helen K. Klanderud Winterskol Awards Luncheon

Kick-off the weekend celebration with a heartfelt "toast" in memory of Helen K. Klanderud! Convene with fellow business leaders to recognize the Wintersköl Royalty and celebrate with ACRA's business community members. Tickets include a champagne toast and lunch. 

Aspen History 101

A theatrical crash course in local lore, was born from the no-credit, all-fun college of the Rockies, also known as the Aspen State Teachers College. The performance resurrects the party-loving atmosphere of Aspen State Teachers College, arguably one of the more entertaining aspects of area history. 

Aspen Extreme Movie (1993)

Storyline - T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski-instructors in Aspen. While T.J. becomes the most popular instructor of the school, he must look after Dexter, whose future is so much dimmer that he's thinking about becoming a drug courier; this tests their friendship. Meanwhile, rich businesswoman Brice supports T.J. in his writing ambitions and invites him to live at her home. But in her absence he falls in love with stunningly-beautiful blonde radio moderator Robin.

Fun Facts - The radio station in the movie, KSPN, is a real radio station in Aspen. The equipment used for the KSPN studio, however, was actually outdated and unused equipment from KMTS in nearby Glenwood Springs.

Every time TJ and Dexter venture into the backcountry, they are transported to the Coast Range of British Columbia. This includes the Powder 8 Championships. TJ's fall into a crevasse is especially unlikely given that there is no glaciated terrain in Colorado.

Friday, January 12th
7:30 - 10am
Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club

Fuel your day with adventure and a hearty breakfast at The Cliffhouse! Join us for the Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club, a tradition that brings together uphill skiers and hikers for a memorable morning atop Buttermilk Mountain. ACRA will be offering discounted breakfast for all participants!

9am - 12pm
Anderson Ranch Arts Center KIDSCULPT

A frosty festival of creativity! Anderson Ranch Arts Center presents "Kidsculpt" which challenges school teams to roll up their sleeves and carve out spectacular snow creations. Come out to encourage these kids and give them a warm round of applause!

Saturday, January 13th
(NEW!) Winterskol Beer Festival

Embrace the winter chill with a toast to great times, delicious beer / wine / spirits, and live music! Get ready for the Winterskol Beer Festival, offering a wide variety of beer / wine / spirits to satisfy every palate. Live music will keep the festivities going throughout the afternoon. 


Celebrate our community's culinary creativity as restaurants from the Roaring Fork Valley come together for the legendary Soupsköl competition. You can be the ultimate judge as you taste your way through a variety of delectable soups. Winning restaurant will receive the coveted Soupsköl soup pot and bragging rights for 2024!

Winterskol Bonfire, Torchlight Parade, & Fireworks

Bundle up and prepare for an evening of wonder and delight. Gather for a family-friendly bonfire at Wagner Park.  Watch skiers and snowboarders adorned with torches descend the slopes of Aspen Mountain. Enjoy a dazzling fireworks show over Aspen Mountain (8pm) to celebrate winter in style.


Sunday, January 14th
11am - 12:30pm
The Ultimate Drag Bingo Brunch Experience
Presented by Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA)

Celebrate Pride and experience all that The Little Nell has to offer during our AGSW 2024 kick-off brunch with Drag Queen Bingo, hosted by none other than the sassy clown in a gown herself, all the way from San Diego; it’s She, Her, Me, Ms. Mariam T. Doors open at 10:30 AM with games starting at around 11:00 AM.

This beautifully crafted brunch will include morning eats and options of choice cocktails in the Grand Salon at The Little Nell.

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