Snowmass Winter Events
Every winter an impressive array of events fills the Snowmass calendar keeping both locals and visitors active and entertained all season long. Here’s a collection of the Snowmass winter events you don’t want to miss this year.
November 23, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Swing by Fanny Hill the day after Thanksgiving to watch freeskiers and snowboards throw down their best rail tricks right outside the Snowmass Mall. While they compete for cash prizes, local chefs will compete against one another in a Leftover Challenge cooking contest. Attendees can sample food from the competition and also try their hand at Turkey Bowling. This is a free event suited for all ages.
December 15 & Various Friday & Saturday All Ski Season
Get ready to rock out for free all ski season long with this great concert series. Taking place in downtown Aspen and in Snowmass Base Village, these concerts are a great reason to go play outside on a cold winter night. The two performances in Snowmass will be on December 15 and March 5. Past acts have included Reel Big Fish, Vampire Weekend, Umphrey’s McGee, Brett Dennen, Donavon Frankenreiter and Moon Taxi.
December 18, 4:30 – 7:00pm
Head on over to picturesque Anderson Ranch and celebrate the holiday season with a variety of activities sure to enrich the spirit and invigorate the senses. Take a leisurely walk through the open studios and immerse yourself in recent works by artists, faculty, and staff. Bring the kids and they can get creative with colorful holiday art activities. And, if you need to do some holiday shopping, it’s the perfect place to purchase all types of art for family and friends. The casual holiday dinner at the Ranch Café caps off the magical night with scrumptious dishes and delectable desserts.
December 22, 5:30pm-9:00pm
Strap on a pair of snowshoes or clip into a pair of cross-country skis and explore the Snowmass Golf Course by moonlight. During your trek, make sure to swing by Anderson Ranch Arts Center to re-energize with cookies and hot cocoa. Finish off the night with a pasta dinner and s’mores for dessert at the Black Saddle Bar and Grille. This event starts runs all winter long on the Saturday evening closest to the full moon. Reservations are required.
December 21-24, 2:00pm-4:00pm Daily
Santa’s Village and traditional carolers enliven the Snowmass Mall and Base Village for children and the young at heart. Good girls and boys share their last-minute requests with Santa and get a complimentary photo. The holiday carolers harken back to the old days with their four-part harmonies and classic outfits. It’s hard not to feel the holiday spirit in Snowmass during these four days of festivities.
December 31, 6:00 – 11:00pm
The Annual Torchlight Parade is a sight to behold! Skiers and snowboarders hold lit torches as they make “S turns” down Fanny Hill, creating a serpentine line of glowing lights reflected by the snow. After the torchlight parade, fireworks light up the winter sky and cast the mountain in extraordinary colors against the backdrop of live music.
January 10 – 13, All Day
For over 60 years, Aspen has been celebrating winter with a parade, competitions, concerts, snow sculpting and more. Check out the Fat Bike Challenge in Rio Grande Park, Aspen Skating Club Exhibition, Ullr Nights, Soupskol, a comedy show, and family fun at Wagner Park. Stick around in Aspen on Saturday night—the Wintersköl Fireworks Extravaganza is amazing!
January 24 – 27, All Day
Every January, Buttermilk ski area transforms into a proving grounds for the best extreme sports winter athletes in the entire world. Winter X Games is jam-packed with high-flying skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers, racing each other and the clock for a gold medal. Check out competitions in over 18 different disciplines and catch concerts by some of the biggest names in the music business.
February 10, All Day
This 21K cross-country ski race from Snowmass Village all the way to Aspen has a reputation for being one of the best in all of Colorado. The course has been challenging participants since 1985 and is one of the most exciting ways to see the backcountry surrounding Snowmass. There’s a $45 registration fee to participate and it’s a small price to pay for a scenic backcountry experience you won’t soon forget.
February 28, All Day
Snowmass pulls out all the stops to celebrate Fat Tuesday on an annual basis. The day starts with the Mother of all Ascensions—a 7:00am race uphill climb of 2,073 vertical feet to the High Alpine Restaurant. Then head to the Snowmass Mall for the Bead Toss—how many different colors and styles can you collect? Make sure to catch the street performers as they amaze and delight before and after the outrageous Mardi Gras Parade. Wrap up a day of revelry with awe-inspiring fireworks on the mountain. Food and fun will be served up all day and night.
March 2, All Day
Athletes from all over the world congregate in Aspen and Snowmass each winter to challenge each other, and themselves, during this race. The demanding course stretches 24 miles and over 10,000 vertical feet. Starting in Snowmass and ending at the Gondola Plaza, this race is sure to test recreational and elite athletes alike.
March 3, 10:00 – 12:00pm
Part of the Aspen Cup Series, the Silverboom at Snowmass Cross Country Center gives classic and skate skiers a chance to compete against one another at two different distances, 5K and 15K. The races start at 10:00 am and after it wraps there is a Kiddieboom for children at the 1K distance. Once the kids finish there is a BBQ to celebrate everyone who participated.
With all those Snowmass winter events to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong during your next visit.