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WInterskol Aspen- A very Gatsby weekend

By: JR

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61st Annual Wintersköl Celebration
January 12-15, 2012

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HISTORY OF WINTERSKÖLWintersköl, 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, fireworks, and much more.

OFFICIAL WINTERSKÖLTM 2012 SLOGAN

The Wintersköl Committee and Aspen Chamber Resort Association have selected “Wintersköl 2012: Seize the Summit” as the official slogan for the 61st Annual Wintersköl Celebration.   The winning slogan was submitted by John Hailey, General Manager of Aspen City Market.  Congratulations John!

OFFICIAL WINTERSKÖLTM 2012 BUTTON The 2012 Wintersköl button is brought to you by Aspen Valley Hospital.  50% of all proceeds will go towards the AVH Helmet Program.  “Be Smart!  Wear a Helmet.”  Buttons are on sale now for $1 at various businesses in Aspen and Snowmass.  Wear your 2012 button in select businesses during the 4 days of Wintersköl and you will receive discounts & freebies!

Buttons are ON SALE at the following businesses:
  ACRA, Airport Visitors Center, Visitor Pavillion, Wheeler Opera House Visitor desk, Alpine Bank Aspen, Community Banks of Colorado, Vectra Bank Colorado, Clark’s Market, City Market Aspen, Carl’s Pharmacy, Great Western Grog Shop, Victoria’s, Purebarre Aspen, Morris & Fyrwald Real Estate, Aspen Brewing Company, Tasters Aspen, Ute Mountaineer, Pomeroy Sports.  

Discounts & Freebies offered January 12 – January 15 with the purchase of a 2012 button ($1):
Aspen Locations:
Ajax Tavern – 10% off Dinner
Aspen Art Museum – FREE Gift or 10% Discount at AAM Museum Shop
Aspen Brewing Company – Buy any merchandise (t-shirt, hat, sweatshirt) and get a free pint of Aspen Brewery Craft Ale
Aspen Historical Society –  FREE entrance to the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, former residence to Jerome B. Wheeler and former Aspen Institute presidents.
D&E, Four Mountain Sports, & Helly Hansen – 15% off total purchase
Montagna – 10% off Dinner
Paradise Bakery & Café – FREE Chipper Cookie with purchase
Purebarre Aspen – Buy one & get one free Purebarre class
Taster’s Pizza – 15% off Dine in/ Take out (no delivery) Aspen Only
Victoria’s Espresso – Buy one  & Get one FREE
Snowmass Locations:
Fuel – FREE cookie with purchase of any menu item
Goodfellows Pizza – FREE fountain drink with lunch


2012 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of 11/11/11)
THURSDAY 1/12/2012
Noon – 1:30 p.m.     ACRA Opening LuncheonSt. 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. 
Anderson Ranch Arts Center is seeking submissions from artists and amateurs, sculptors, builders and tinkerers, friends, families and businesses, young and old. Everyone is invited to participate.  It only takes a good idea, a love of snow, and a few pairs of mittens.  The 2012 Winterskol and Wintersculpt theme is: Seize the Summit! Participation stipend is $200 per team with prizes awarded for 1st ($400), 2nd ($200) and 3rd place ($100). Sculptures will be judged on Saturday, January 14 at 5 pm and awards will be announced at 6 pm at WinterFest on the Cooper Ave Mall in downtown Aspen.  DEADLINE to apply is December 9, 2011. Visit andersonranch.org/wintersculpt for more information or email Sonya Taylor at staylor@andersonranch.org.

Anderson Ranch selects six teams to participate in this intense 48 hour snow sculpture competition.  Teams often work around the clock on Thursday and Friday of the event to transform their 8′ x 8’x 8′ snow cubes into freestanding creations.  By Saturday afternoon, the completed sculptures are judged by a panel of independent community members based on creativity, technical execution, and compliance to rules.  Anderson Ranch, 970-923-3181 or www.andersonranch.org

6:00 p.m.  Special Art Museum Wintersköl Events:
Soup’s On at the AAM:
 The AAM and 2011 Soupsköl competition winner Merry-Go-Round present a free preview of Friday night’s Soupsköl celebration followed by a fun, interactive discussion on contemporary art!  Aspen Art Museum, 970-925-8050 orwww.aspenartmuseum.org
 
7:30 p.m.  A Special Wintersköl Naturalist Night at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Beaver: Nuisance or Opportunity
. Join ACES for a fun, cozy evening at Hallam Lake with Colorado’s Beaver Expert, Sherri Tippie, and hot chocolate and cookies.  FREE Admission.  ACES, 970-925-5756, http://www.aspennature.org/

9:00 p.m.  Belly Up Aspen
Tea Leaf Green – 
Five-piece rock-n-roll jam band from San Francisco. Tickets are $18/$20 day of.  970-544-9800 or www.bellyup aspen.com

FRIDAY 1/13/2012…Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s “Wintersculpt” continues… Aspen Mall Area.
  
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s “Kidsculpt” Mill Street Mall, by McDonalds.  Kids snow sculpture competition.  

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Men’s Health & Women’s Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl Aspen Gondola Plaza. The Ultimate Party in The Snow.  Check out our schedule of events and carve your trail through Aspen WinterskölTM 2012.
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.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Sanctuary, Lower Gondola Plaza
LOUNGE between runs in the Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, featuring games, sweeps and an Internet café.  Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, Upper 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.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, Upper Gondola Plaza
DANCE at our annual Snow Jam concert featuring The Spazmatics at  Belly Up, Aspen
Friday, January 13, 2012.  Tickets are $25.  Doors open at 9 p.m. Band plays at 10 p.m.  Belly Up,  Aspen, 450 S. Galena.  Get your tickets at http://www.bellyupaspen.com/, by calling 970-544-9800 or at the Belly Up, Aspen box office.

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 RoastWillow Creek Bistro Patio at The Ritz Carlton, Aspen Highlands. $2 pulled pork sandwiches and drink specials for Wintersköl button wearers.

4:00- 6:00 p.m.    “
Soupsköl,” Aspen’s 9th annual soup cook-offCooper Ave. & Hunter St. Soupsköl is a soup-making contest judged by the public to determine which restaurant has the best soup in our valley. Each restaurant offers a FREE sample of their soup. The public will TEXT their vote for their favorite and the winner gets the coveted Soup Bowl Trophy and bragging rights for the next year! Free to everyone.  Register for Soupsköl TODAY!  Space is limited, registration is free but required.  All soup must be made in a certified/licensed kitchen.  ACRA, 970-925-1940 or visit 
www.aspenchamber.org

7:30 p.m.  Local’s Night
The Wheeler Opera House.  Laugh with local comedians Don Chaney, Mark Thomas and Alexa Fitzpatrick, sing to -the one-man band- Hurricane Carter and dance to the rock and funk sounds of Sector 7G. It is a FREE event for the locals by Aspen’s very own locals.  970-920-5770 or http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/.
7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.  JAS Café Downstairs @ the Little Nell presents Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueroa Vocalist Cyrille Aimée’s unique blend of French gypsy jazz and Dominican rhythm and spice is joined by one of the most talented guitarists in
the world, Brazilian Diego Figueroa.  Tickets $30 advance/ $40 day of. 970-920-4996 or http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org/.
10 p.m. Men’s Health/Women’s Health Present Snow Jam 6 Belly up Aspen.  Featuring the Spazmatics, 80’s new wave tribute band. Tickets $25.  970-544-9800 or www.bellyupaspen.com.

SATURDAY 1/14/2012
… Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s “Wintersculpt” continues…Aspen Mall Area.  Sculpting continues until judging begins at 4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Men’s Health & Women’s Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl Aspen Gondola Plaza. The Ultimate Party in The Snow.  Check out our schedule of events and carve your trail through Aspen WinterskölTM 2012.
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.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Sanctuary, Lower Gondola Plaza
LOUNGE between runs in the Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, featuring games, sweeps and an Internet café.  Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, Upper 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.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, Upper Gondola Plaza
WATCH the WinterskölTM Fireworks Display at our Little Nell viewing party.  Saturday, January 14, 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 SkateLewis Ice Arena.  Free admission. Aspen Recreation Center, 970-544-4100.
Noon – 4:00 p.m. WINTERFESTCooper Ave Mall.  Family fun, free and open to everyone.
  • Noon – 4:00 p.m.  Clowns, face painters, live music, Aspen Kettle Corn, POP! cotton candy, and more!
  • Noon – 1:00 p.m.  Canine Fashion Show – Registration Free to participate. Registration required and takes place day of. 
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Canine Fashion Show 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.  Come out and support these fashion-conscious pups!  
  • 2:00 p.m.  – Performance by the K9 Kings – The Ultimate Flying Dog Show
  • 3:00 p.m. – US Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. CP Burger Skating PartyFREE Skating & rentals, great music, and delicious CP Burger specials.
7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.  JAS Café Downstairs @ the Little Nell presents Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueroa Vocalist Cyrille Aimée’s unique blend of French gypsy jazz and Dominican rhythm and spice is joined by one of the most talented guitarists in
the world, Brazilian Diego Figueroa.  Tickets $30 advance/ $40 day of. 970-920-4996 or http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org/.
8:00 p.m.  Torchlight Descent Little Nell – Aspen Mountain

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

9:00 p.m. Andy Hackbarth Wheeler Opera House.  Denver-based award-winning  singer/songwriter and dazzling guitarist, coming to the Wheeler with his band. Andy’s performances feature a combination of upbeat original contemporary folk songs and flamenco guitar selections, as well as a few unique renditions of crowd-favorite cover tunes. A former Aspen Music Festival student and participant in the Wheeler’s 2011 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival, his high energy, talent, humor, and genuine love for making great music continue to make him an audience favorite. Free admission. 970-920-5770 or http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/.

10:00 p.m.  Belly Up Aspen
Jes Grew – Aspen’s local eclectic rock & roll band plays originals and rock n’roll classics.
Tickets are $8/$10 day of.  970-544-9800 or http://www.bellyupaspen.com/

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.  Door prizes and a huge prize give-away, fun for all!!  For more information and to pre-register, 970-925-6137 or  http://www.hikeforhopemd.com/.
  
8:00 a.m.  Pancake BreakfastCliff House Restaurant, Top of Buttermilk Mountain, $5
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Men’s Health & Women’s Health Village at Aspen Wintersköl Aspen Gondola Plaza. The Ultimate Party in The Snow.  Check out our schedule of events and carve your trail through Aspen WinterskölTM 2012.
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.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Sanctuary, Lower Gondola Plaza
LOUNGE between runs in the Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, featuring games, sweeps and an Internet café.  Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, Upper 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.  Men’s Health/Women’s Health Lodge, Upper Gondola Plaza

9:00 p.m. Belly Up AspenJackie Greene with Nicki Bluhm & The Grambers.  Combining soul, blues, gospel, rock, country, and bluegrass Jackie Greene has been praised as the “Prince of Americana” by The New York Times.  Tickets are $18/$20 day of.  970-544-9800 orwww.bellyupaspen.com.

**Schedule of Events is Subject to Change** 


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