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Winterskol

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Wintersculpt is underway on the Aspen pedestrian mall. It’s a Winterskol tradition, where teams carve a snow sculpture in 48 hours. Competitors use spades, shovels and chainsaws. Getting the snow ready for carving takes different equipment: Dump trucks, front loaders and a lot of elbow grease from the city’s Parks and Rec department.  

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Local skiers will be carrying solar-powered torches down Little Nell before Aspen’s annual Winterskol fireworks display. Those lights will go on to power a community in Fiji.

Winterskol goes 'extreme'

Jan 12, 2017
Carolyn Sackariason

The annual “toast to winter” celebration — known as Winterskol —  is underway in Aspen. And on Thursday night, it’s going to get extreme at the Wheeler Opera House.

 

This week is all about Winterskol. Jennifer Albright Carney, vice president of event marketing, and Erik Klanderud, director of member services at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, with the details.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The Roaring Fork Valley is a biking wonderland in the summer months, rife with world-class singletrack trails and scenic, quiet roads. But in the winter, it’s a different landscape. Local mountain bikers are working to change that.

Aspen Chamber

Aspen’s annual celebration of winter starts tonight with the Helen K. Klanderud Winterskol Awards Dinner at the St. Regis.

The Art Base wins Wintersculpt prize

Jan 17, 2016
Patrick Fort

  Three teams completed snow sculptures on Sunday as part of Aspen Winterskol festivities, and only one came away a winner. As time began to run out, contestants made final touches to their pieces.

65th Winterskol kicks off in Aspen

Jan 14, 2016
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Ice carving, fat bikes and fireworks are all part of the Winterskol 65th year of festivities that kick into high gear today.

 

The free events starts at 4 p.m. with Wintersculpt, hosted by Anderson Ranch arts center. Three teams are selected to carve 8 square feet of ice in two days. Sculptures are judged on Sunday.

The Aspen Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winterskol events. A representative said Wednesday the next few days of activities are a good example of how Aspen comes together during the winter.

Marci Krivonen

During this year’s Winterskol celebration in Aspen, two large snow sculptures towered above passersby on the Mill Street Mall. Artist Thomas Barlow created the works. The Basalt-based artist has created more than two dozen snow sculptures at festivals and events across the globe. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with him mid-sculpt on Friday afternoon.

Artist Thomas Barlow thoughtfully slices his chainsaw through a large block of snow. The snow sprays on Barlow’s black jacket and sunglasses.