Aspen: At A Glance

Aspen comes alive this winter through thought-provoking cultural events and outdoor fitness.


Ski season inspires and invigorates. Photograph by Reinhard Rosar

By Gabrielle Echevarrieta

January 13

Winter Words Author Series: Ayad Akhtar

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar speaks on his new novel, Homeland Elegies, a personal tale about immigrant rights in America, that O, The Oprah Magazine’s Junot Díaz proclaimed, “For me, this is the book of the year.” From $10. Participants will receive a link 24 hours before the event.

January 14

Aspen History 101 at Wintersköl

Aspen’s rich history is celebrated in anticipation of Wintersköl, featuring theatrical retellings of local cultural moments by actors, musicians, dancers and more. Contact the Wheeler box office at 970.920.5770 for more information.

January 16

Virtual Tasting at The Little Nell Wine Academy

The Little Nell teams up with Verve Wine for a live at-home tasting seminar, centered around the timeless debate of Old World classics vs. American rivals. Each participant kit includes four bottles of wine, a tasting mat and pouring instructions. $200. Register via

February 6

Aspen Fat Bike Race

This invigorating excursion through the snowy Aspen terrain offers cash prizes of up to $150, and includes racing demos from Ute City Cycles and complimentary food and beverage from Red Mountain Grill. $20. Race begins at Aspen Golf Course, 39551 Highway82.

February 7

Winter Day/Long Soul/Medicine Walk

Take a reflective journey through the picturesque backcountry landscape, an opportunity to find the healing and grounding power of nature, and connect with like-minded explorers over a catered dinner. $65. Avalanche Campground, 201-53 Avalanche Creek Rd., Carbondale.

March 6

Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering

A true test in strength and endurance, this uphill ski trek challenges both recreational and elite athletes to roam through the natural splendor of Snowmass Mountain. Starting line at Snowmass Base Village.

March 7

Owl Creek Chase

This fast-paced cross-country ski race sends competitors through a scenic 21K course in Snowmass, and follows the Owl Creek Trail. A free 15K tour is also available from Two Creeks, concluding at Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. From $45. Starting line in Snowmass. Register at

April 6-11

Aspen Shortsfest

Cinematic visionaries from across the globe convene at this Oscar-qualifying film festival to showcase groundbreaking work, with workshops allowing audiences a look into the minds of celebrated filmmakers.