It’s no surprise to us that a top skiing destination like Aspen is also home to some thrilling winter events. December through to April, the state comes to life with annual celebrations amidst the towering mountain peaks. From Christmas festivities to world class winter sport, this town boasts one unbeatable events season.
Grab your hats and scarves and join locals to welcome in the winter at Aspen’s annual Wintersköl festival. Celebrating the Nordic charm of this beautiful resort, 2016 marks the event’s 65th anniversary and offers even more fun filled entertainment than previous years. Sample delicious local food and wine, kick back to live music and check out the canine fashion show for a truly unique experience.
Winter X Games – January
As one of the top skiing events of the year, ESPN Winter X Games is certainly not one to miss if you happen to be here in January. Cheer along international Olympic medallists as they compete in skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling championships for one of the most sought after titles in the world.
Winter Words – January-April
If you’re seeking to take a break from the slopes to uncover some authentic Aspen culture, then this fabulous literature festival is ideal. Running from January through to April, Winter Words showcases notable upcoming books that range from poetry to investigative journalism, and everything in between.
Bud Light Spring Jam – March
As Spring approaches residents head up to the Rocky Mountains for three weekends of open air concerts, competitions and non-stop parties. Enjoy exhilarating events like the Aspen Snowmass Banked Slalom and top it all off with a weekend of outdoor concerts, for après ski scene like never before.
World Snow Polo Championships – December
Whether you have witnessed a polo match before or not, one that takes place in the snow is certainly a rare find. Located at the Rio Grande Park, this exciting event will see polo players from across the globe competing on their horseback in thick snow. Take it all in with locals from the side-lines or for an extra special treat, book yourself into the VIP tent and indulge in an afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles.
12 Days of Christmas – December
To really get in the festive mood, every December the streets of Aspen are adorned in an array of joyful celebrations and activities for all ages. Spanning over the Christmas and New Year period, you can choose from free events like the Family Skating Party, or book tickets for a variety of workshops and performances including the US comedian Kevin Smith.