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Golden-based band Thunder and Rain play The Temporary in Basalt on Friday night. 

Friday, January 5

 
 
Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club
8:45–10 a.m., Cliffhouse Restaurant, Buttermilk

New this year, uphill skiers are able to enjoy breakfast in the restaurant after hiking up the mountain every Friday. The Cliffhouse breakfast will be available for purchase with coffee, tea and hot chocolate, an oatmeal and yogurt station featuring dry quick oats in a mason jar and a toppings bar filled with healthy add-ons. Two hot breakfast options will also be available. $12 (hot items), $8 (oatmeal bar), aspensnowmass.com

Skier Appreciation Day
 
9 a.m., Sunlight Mountain Resort

Now in its 31st year, the down valley ski area is offering $20 lift tickets for its loyal customers along with the annual super hero costume contest, giveaways, food and drink specials, and more. $20, sunlightmtn.com

History Ski Tour
11 a.m., & 1 p.m., Aspen Mountain

Learn about the amazing mining and ski history lying literally beneath your feet as you tour Aspen Mountain with a long time local historian. Meets at Guest Services cabin below the gondola at the top. Free with lift ticket ($94), aspenhistory.org 

Ullr Nights
5–9 p.m., Snowmass

Bundle up and ride the Snowmass gondola ($10) to some family-friendly snow play, including the new Breathtaker mountain coaster and lift-served tubing ($49 for a two-hour activities pass to access both; reserve in advance), free ice skating, free snowshoe tours with a guide from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (6 and 7:30 p.m.), snowbiking ($72 guided rides for ages 12 and up, free minibikes for younger kids), and climbing and sliding on a massive snow sculpture. Elk Camp restaurant serves dinner with live music, followed by s’mores and hot cocoa by the bonfireaspensnowmass.com  

Library Cinema: The Animation Show of Shows
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

See 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world. Together, the films offer a wealth of humor, insight, and produndity. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

Consensual Improv
8 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale

Catch TRTC’s hilarious new improvisational comedy posse as members take the stage for the first time with an edgy, high-energy, Second City–esque show. $12, thunderrivertheatre.com 

Thunder and Rain
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

This alt-country, five-piece band has a background in bluegrass and a love for pop. The group formed after a chance meeting at Seattle's Pike Place Market in the summer of 2011 and are now touring on the heals of their second full length album, "Start Believing." $10 (advance), $15 (door), tacaw.org

Nick Swardson
8:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
 

The road to success has been a steady climb for this comedian, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first found success by writing Malibu's Most Wanted for Warner Brothers and has since been recognized for his roles in Reno 911, Grandma’s Boy, Grown Ups 2, Blades of Glory, and Just Go With It. From $28, bellyupaspen.com

Jauz: Mountain Takeover
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

Local DJ Lo_G opens for this late night party featuring one of electronic music's brightest young stars.

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For its 68th installment, Line of Descent, Warren Miller Entertainment follows athletes Tommy Moe, Kalen Thorien, Collin Collins, Lexi duPont, Marcus Caston, Seth Wescott, and more as they travel the globe.

Image: Court Leve

Saturday, January 6

 
 
 
Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum

Drop-in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum   

"Bring on the Snow" Ullr Party
1:30 p.m., Gwyn's High Alpine, Snowmass

Start your aprés ski session early with music, food, drink specials and lots of snow dancing to bring on the snow.  Snowmass Tourism will be giving a away champagne breakfast for two at Gwyn's and other great prizes. Don't forget to don your best one-piece ski suit and other vintage gear to please the Nordic Gods. Free with lift ticket, gosnowmass.com 

Marble Bar Aspen Grand Opening
4 p.m., Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen
 

Celebrate Marble Distilling Co.'s newest tasting room during an afternoon of aprés ski fun featuring Colorado craft cocktails, live music from The Crown Ferlies, local eats from Slow Groovin' BBQ, and Sweet Coloradough donuts with giveaways throughout the evening (one lucky winner will receive a complimentary night at the award-winning The Distillery Inn!). Take a turn on the vodka luge housed in a life sized ice sculptured martini glass will be featured in the courtyard near the fire pit. Free, marbledistilling.com

Warren Miller’s Line of Descent
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House

Is it really ski season without a Warren Miller film? For 68 years running, these ski movies have inflicted countless innocents with ski-bum fever. After watching this edition's footage—shot in New Zealand, Val d'Isere, and Jackson Hole among other locales—we bet you won't be able to stave off the snow stoke any better this year. $16, wheeleroperahouse.com  

Nick Swardson
7:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
 

The road to success has been a steady climb for this comedian, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first found success by writing Malibu's Most Wanted for Warner Brothers and has since been recognized for his roles in Reno 911Grandma’s BoyGrown Ups 2Blades of Glory, and Just Go With ItFrom $28, bellyupaspen.com

Library Cinema: The Animation Show of Shows
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

See 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world. Together, the films offer a wealth of humor, insight, and produndity. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

Andy Haynes
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

"Raised on salmon and caffeine" in the shadows of Mt. Rainier, the now Los Angeles-based comedian has appeared on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and his own special on Comedy Central. He has also performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Bumbershoot in Seattle and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland. $24 (advance), $29 (door), tacaw.org

Steve Aoki
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

This electronic dance music superstar is always one of the hotter tickets in town. $95, bellyupaspen.com 

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Here's a sneak peek of the chic new Marble Bar Aspen inside the Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen before its Grand Opening party on Saturday.  

Sunday, January 7

 
 
Library Cinema: The Animation Show of Shows
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

See 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world. Together, the films offer a wealth of humor, insight, and produndity. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

The Rescue Band
 
9 p.m., Justice Snow’s

Justice Snow's weekend live music series is back and welcomes Roaring Fork Valley musicians to the stage to wind down the weekend. Free, justicesnows.com

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