Winterskol is Aspen’s annual toast to winter, and it’s back this year with dozens of events–both old and new–to celebrate living in the mountains during the snowy months. Running Jan. 9 through 12, the schedule is full of activities for everyone from toddler to toddy-sipper. Here are some of the highlights:
- Aspen History 101 and the Mad Hatter’s Ball: The Aspen Historical Society presents this crash course in local history at the Wheeler Opera House, featuring actors, song, dance and a plenty of laughs. It’s immediately followed by the Mad Hatter’s Ball, with live music by Jes Grew. All are encouraged to wear zany hats and enjoy the irreverent spirit. Free. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m.
- Soupskol: Local restaurants compete for year-round bragging rights by offering free soup samples to public, who casts their vote at the end of the evening. Arrive early, as lines can get long, but well worth the wait. Free. Friday, 4-6 p.m.
- Led or Spaz: Take your pick between getting the Led out, with a free screening of the band’s Dec. 10, 2007 performance at the Wheeler Opera House, or The Spazmatics, a raucous and fun ’80s tribute band at the Belly Up Aspen ($25). Friday, 8 p.m.
- Fat Cycle Town Ride: To ride bikes in the snow, big tires are required. This inaugural event features a challenge race in the morning, for those who want to test their winter riding skills, and a community town ride in the afternoon. People can demo bikes throughout the day in Wagner Park in preparation. Free. Saturday, 4 to 5 p.m.
- Aspen Mountain Fireworks: In case the double showing of fireworks on New Year’s Eve didn’t satisfy your pyrotechnic cravings, get another serving of it over Winterskol. Free. Saturday, 8:15 p.m.
- Broomball: Hockey for people who don’t play hockey! Get on the ice and play a cleaner–though not always safer–version of the frosty sport. $50/team. Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m.