Aspen Announces Wintersköl™ Dates

58th Annual Toast to Winter will be Held January 8 - 11, 2009
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58th Annual Toast to Winter will be Held January 8 - 11, 2009

ASPEN, Colo. – Wintersköl™, a spirited tribute to Aspen’s winter playground, celebrates another snowy season January 8 – 11, 2009. For 58 years, Aspen locals and visitors have toasted winter with four days of fun-for-the-whole-family alpine festivities. Today, Wintersköl sums up the character of this mountain town and Aspen’s free-spirited lifestyle. Join the celebration with plenty of people watching, après-ski sipping, gourmet soup savoring, and family fun in Aspen’s winter wonderland.

The Wintersköl™ lineup includes four days of fun, wacky and off-the-wall events, appealing to all ages and interests. Highlights include the following:
* Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Wintersculpt, a 48-hour snow sculpture and carving competition
* Men’s Health Village at Wintersköl™ (sponsored by Men’s Health magazine) featuring booths, products and demonstrations in the Gondola Plaza in Aspen
* Now in its fifth year, Soupsköl, draws eager crowds to the streets of Aspen, where local restaurants offer free samples of their best soups and stews. Tasters vote for their favorite creations in different categories.
* A wild and wacky Canine Fashion Show (a pageant for Aspen’s glamorous pooches)
* The annual Wintersköl™ Parade winding through downtown Aspen
* A Torchlight Descent and annual Fireworks Extravaganza over Aspen Mountain

Wintersköl™ dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when locals began celebrating this one-of-a-kind winter hideaway with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today, Wintersköl™ includes more than 30 events in downtown Aspen, Snowmass Village, and the four ski areas: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Wintersköl™ festivities begin Thursday, Jan. 8 and continue through Sunday, Jan. 11.

Schedule of events subject to change.

For more information or to make lodging reservations, visit or call 970.925.1940.