August 4, 2005
Aspen/Snowmass CO,- This season will bring back renowned events Aspen/Snowmass is known for as well as introduce some new and innovative experiences for all types of audiences. All spectator events are free and open to the public.
NEW EVENT! The Meeting presented by Nissan — Aspen's Snow Film Celebration: Sept. 22 — 25
This new industry-driven event combines film, athletes, music, sports, and the best minds in the business bringing Aspen a four day extravaganza for the community to jump-start winter's excitement. Highlighting the event will be premieres and multiple showings of newly released 05/06 ski and snowboard films, surrounded by parties, industry VIPs, and more. Look for appearances from top ski and snowboard pros that are featured in the movies along with directors and producers discussing the trends and stories behind this year's crop of new films. The weekend is a kick-off to energize the onset of winter and a sneak preview to the films the world will see on tour. All movie showings are open to the public at various venues around Aspen.
Thanksjibbing: Nov. 26, NEPSA Awards: Nov. 25
Thanksjibbing weekend will throw the start of the winter season into high gear with art, music and a new school jib event. The third annual NEPSA Awards will feature multimedia presentations created by young athletes combining music, video and photography to expose their ever-changing lifestyles. The Thanksjibbing event is back and will provide cutting edge rails, boxes and jib features at the base of Aspen Mountain. This event will introduce Team Aspen/Snowmass, athletic leaders in their respective disciplines. Live music to follow with the first installment of the Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert Series.
FREE Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert Series — On-going
The popular FREE Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert Series is back and debuts on opening weekend, Nov. 26 and continues through Easter, April 16 with a series of six free, outdoor concerts held during key events and peak weekends throughout the season. All concerts are held in unique locations in Aspen and Snowmass and announced throughout the season. Past performers include Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Offspring, Unwritten Law, The Prodigals, Riddlin' Kids, Wylde Bunch and Arrested Development. Stay tuned for announcements on the artists for this season's series. (Concerts are scheduled for November 26, December 10, January 29, February 11, March 16 and April 16.)
RACE ADDED! FIS Women's Alpine World Cup Races: Dec. 9 — 11
Aspen Winternational tradition continues with FIS Women's Alpine World Cup Races when Olympic favorites and hopefuls will descend on Aspen for a weekend of non-stop action and entertainment. The fastest women in the world will compete for three days in the disciplines of Giant Slalom, Slalom and new this year, Super-G, to garner international notoriety before heading off to the Olympics in Italy in February. Television coverage by NBC and OLN will capture the excitement and despair that embodies World Cup racing. The weekend includes an outdoor concert in downtown Aspen with fireworks immediately following on December 10.
Storm the Stars Uphill Race: Dec. 17
The 2nd Annual Storm the Stars Uphill Race invites local enthusiasts and regional sports junkies to charge up over 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain using their preferred choice of lighting and non-motorized equipment — snowshoes, skins and other creative means in the dead of night. The public is invited to the Rock the Stars Party following the race atop Aspen Mountain to enjoy live music, drinks, food and an awards ceremony.
Budweiser Big Air Friday Series — On-going
This entertaining eight week series is entering its fourth year at Snowmass. The best snowboarders and skiers in the state of Colorado descend upon Fanny Hill at the Snowmass Mall ea Friday to perform the latest tricks for a chance at a prize purse and series points. Jan. 15, Feb. 17 & 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31.
ESPN Winter X Games TEN: Jan. 27-31— LIVE TV
For a record fifth year in a row, more than 250 ski, snowboard, Moto X and snowmobile athletes from across the globe will flock to Aspen/Snowmass to compete in ESPN's Winter X Games TEN on Buttermilk. In January 2004, Aspen Skiing Company and ESPN reached a landmark agreement keeping the Winter X Games, the world's signature action sports event, in Aspen/Snowmass through Winter X Games XI in 2007.
AWOL Aspen: Jan. 29
This gigantic nighttime spectacle held at the base of Aspen Mountain, combines music and action sports to create a unique display of ski and snowboard progression. Under the lights, skiers and riders blow by a rowdy crowd to scale a 30-foot wallride while a band plays on a stage above it all. The fast-paced action, energetic music, and lively competition add up to a vibe in the air that cannot be matched. Held during ESPN's Winter X Games weekend, AWOL features athletes from Winter X Games and others looking to have some fun while claiming some cash and bragging rights.
NEW EVENT! Aspen/Snowmass Open presented by Nissan: Feb. 9 — 12
The Aspen/Snowmass Open at Buttermilk Mountain offers a unique opportunity for up and coming skiers and riders to get noticed. In its inaugural year, the Open will be a co-ed ski and snowboard, slopestyle and superpipe competition. Over 200 athletes are expected to compete across both sports in two disciplines — Slopestyle and Superpipe. The Aspen/Snowmass Open will be a place for up-and-comers to showcase their skills on the same platform as the top names in competitive skiing and snowboarding at the famous Winter X Games venue at Buttermilk.
POWERade Colorado Freeride Series & Championship presented by Stihl: Feb./March
The POWERade Colorado Freeride Series (CFS) consists of three one-day, entry-level events and a Championship for skiers and snowboarders. Some of the biggest names in the business come out to play on the cliff-littered terrain of Snowmass, creating a wild show for spectators. The expert-only terrain requires cutting-edge competition from the over 100 participating athletes who continue to push the boundaries of their sport. The POWERade Colorado Freeride Championship is a stop on the IFSA North American Freeride Tour, allowing competitors to gain overall points for a national title. February 17-18, and March 10-11, 2006 (weather days - 2/19 and 3/12).
Bud Light Spring Jam: March 16-19
KickAspen Big Air Invitational/Core Party: March 18
Bud Light Spring Jam is the premier spring festival in the Rocky Mountains. For four days, Spring Jam infuses new school competitions with street concerts, parties and core cultural events, along with the top athletes and energized spectators. Events will include a free nighttime Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert to kick-off the celebration in Snowmass. St. Patrick's Day will bring out the green as revelers gather for the ever-growing street party at Snowmass.
The 7th Annual KickAspen„¢ Big Air Invitational at Aspen Mountain invites the world's best skiers and riders to compete for a cash purse by hucking themselves off a big air feature under the lights. As the athletes fly through the air, DJs spin and pyrotechnics create an energized atmosphere for spectators gathering in Gondola Plaza. Later that evening the 3rd annual Core Party continues Aspen's notorious nightlife scene when nearly 10,000 party-goers revel as downtown Aspen is transformed into a one-of-a-kind fête where notable music performers, DJ mixers, stage performers, graffiti artists and special effects take the action deep into the night.
Highlands Bowling Party — March 25
The 2nd Annual Highlands Bowling Party is designed to be a fun and a semi-competitive way to experience the best that Aspen Highlands has to offer by skiing/snowboarding each of its famed bowls in one day. The Highlands Bowling Party is a competition of planning and strategy where a little local knowledge just might be the key. Teams navigate the 700+ acres of terrain in an allotted time period with check points at the top and bottom of each bowl. At the bottom check point each participant blindly reaches into a bag and pulls out a "pin number that will be the score for that frame/bowl. Teams returning their cards in the given period will be eligible to win prizes and glory.
NEW EVENT! Junkyard Jam — Closing day, April 16
Junkyard Jam will close out the season on Easter Sunday, April 16 on Snowmass. This new skiing/snowboarding event will include local and regional athletes throwing down tricks on a renovated terrain park using recyclable materials such as refrigerators and tires, to create a spectacle of unique obstacles, thrilling the springtime crowds. The event will be followed by live music, food and drink for all. o offer by skiing/snowboarding each of its famed bowls in one day. The Highlands Bowling Party is a competition of planning and strategy where a little local knowledge just might be the key. Teams navigate the 700+ acres of terrain in an allotted time period with check points at the top and bottom of each bowl. At the bottom check point each participant blindly reaches into a bag and pulls out a "pin number that will be the score for that frame/bowl. Teams returning their cards in the given period will be eligible to win prizes and glory.
NEW EVENT! Junkyard Jam — Closing day, April 16
Junkyard Jam will close out the season on Easter Sunday, April 16 on Snowmass. This new skiing/snowboarding event will include local and regional athletes throwing down tricks on a renovated terrain park using recyclable materials such as refrigerators and tires, to create a spectacle of unique obstacles, thrilling the springtime crowds. The event will be followed by live music, food and drink for all.