January in Aspen

Four people having fun out skiing

It was not long ago when January was a quiet month in Aspen. From the cultural boom of the 70’s, there was always a busy holiday season as tourists, celebrities, artists and politicians came to ring in the New Year and be with family. Then – it was dead again. That is certainly not the case today! There is no lull to be had in this town from New Years on.
After the blast of the New Year holiday comes Winterskol, Gay Ski Week and X-Games! When most of the country gets to settle back in after the holidays, get back into routine and practice healthier eating habits, Aspen is just getting revved up for far more debauchery!

Skol is an old world Scandinavian exclamation for cheers! And Winterskol in Aspen was created to bring some cheer to the dark days of January. Today, the festival is celebrated with music, ice sculpting, downhill races, rail jams, local dinners, soup tastings, apres events, dancing and much more. Winterskol 2017 falls on January 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th this year.

For more information check out the Aspen Chamber website.

Locals Tip – Don’t miss the Apple Strudle downhill race on Aspen Highlands! Every participant gets a free strudle. What’s better than straddle and skiing fast?

Coinciding with Winterskol begins Gay Ski Week here in Aspen! Hosted January 15 – 22, 2017 This week-long festival — the longest running gay ski week in America — serves up 7 nights of parties, concerts, comedy, films, symposiums and dinners. During the day, festival goers enjoy Aspen Snowmass’ four mountains of terrain, special lunches, receptions and, you guessed it, more parties. Venues include the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass, the Wheeler Opera House, and a variety of hotels and restaurants around town. Most events are ticketed with fun for singles, families and “virgins”. Get more information from the event sponsor, Logo.

Locals Tip – Get out and mingle!

To top off the month, comes Winter X Games – by far the largest event Aspen plays host to. Come join us as Buttermilk Mountain is transformed into a playground for action sports, music and a festival experience — on snow! All sport competitions are free and open to the public.

Locals Tip – Head to the hill to watch events like snowmobiling and motocross finals. They are less crowded, exciting to watch in person and usually at times where you won’t get stuck in bus lines, i.e. the daytime.

January – the month where Aspen doesn’t sleep. We look forward to playing with you!