Friday, January 18

Aspen Gay Ski Week has a full roster of events this weekend, including the Downhill Costume Competition and Party at Aspen Mountain on Friday and the Big Gay Ice Show at the ARC on Saturday evening. 

Aspen Gay Ski Week
January 13–20, Aspen
For more than 40 years, one of skiing’s premier LGBT events has infused the town and slopes with infectious energy. Events on the robust schedule include friendship dinners, ski days, après-ski gatherings, late-night dance parties (like Friday's Top of the Mountain Party "Pose" at the Sundeck), benefits, and, of course, the infamous Downhill Drag Costume Competition and Party on Aspen Mountain’s Little Nell run (Jan 18) makes the week one heck of a celebration. But it’s not just fun and games: a beneficiary is the grant-making Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund. Passes from $375, gayskiweek.com 

The special Friday-only Cliffhouse breakfast tastes even better after you earn it by skinning.

Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club
8:45–10 a.m., Cliffhouse, Buttermilk Mountain
This week's edition is sponsored by Ute Mountaineer. Geared for the uphill crowd, breakfast tastes just as good whether you hike, skin or take a lift. $8–$12, aspensnowmass.com

Rock Bottom Ranch Winter Farmyard Tour
11 a.m., Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt
Staff and educators lead explorations of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies' working ranch, including the animal paddocks, hoop houses, and gardens. They will also share the science behind vegetable production and livestock rotational grazing. Tours are appropriate for all ages. $5 per person/$10 per family/free for members, aspennature.org    

History Ski Tour: Aspen Mountain
11 a.m. & 1 p.m., Guest Service Cabin below the Sundeck
Learn about the amazing mining and ski history lying literally beneath your feet as you tour Aspen Mountain with a long-time local historian. Free (lift ticket required), aspenhistory.org

Native Storytelling 
3:30–4:30 p.m., The Collective, Snowmass Base Village
Join Spellbinders storyteller and Aspen Historical Society Education Director Nina Gabianelli for an hour of native storytelling. Stories are best suited for kids age 4-12. Free, aspenhistory.org

Après Art with Anderson Ranch
3:30–5 p.m., The Collective, Snowmass Base Village
Children of all ages are invited to create seasonally-inspired and whimsical art projects to take home. Free, andersonranch.org 

Ullr Night
5–9 p.m., Elk Camp Restaurant and Meadows, Snowmass
Honor Ullr, the Norse god of snow, at this weekly winter wonderland party, complete with an à la carte dinner at Elk Camp, free ice skating, free snowshoe tours with an ACES naturalist, free mini bikes for younger kids, snowbike tours, a bonfire, live music, lift-served tubing, and rides on the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Reservations suggested. $10 gondola pass/$54 activity pass/$75 snowbike tour, aspensnowmass.com     

Little Women
6 p.m., Black Box Theatre

Directed by Logan Carter, Aspen High School Fall Play Production class presents: "Little Women" the play written by Marisha Chamberlain, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. $10, ahstheatre.ludus.com

Opening Reception of the Valley Visual Art Show
6–8 p.m., The Launchpad, Carbondale
Fifty Roaring Fork Valley artists are featured in the 39th iteration of this popular show. Free, carbondalearts.com

Altay Wild Snow, showing at 5Point Aspen on Friday night, explores the origins of skinning and skiing. 

5Point Aspen: Adventure Shorts 
7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This evening of adventure-based short films explores the origin of skinning, takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the movie Free Solo, shows the Colorado premiere of The Quiet Force about immigrant workers, and more. $28, wheeleroperahouse.com

Library Cinema: The World Before Your Feet
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Learn about the man who has spent the past five years running all of New York City's 8,000 miles of roads and paths. $10 (includes free popcorn while supplies last), pitcolib.org 

Staples will be singing her own captivating version of blues at the Belly Up on Friday night. 

Mavis Staples
8:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Through blues, gospel, soul, and R&B, Staples sings about race relations, the possibilities of love, and the importance of bringing people together. $60 GA/$90 reserved, bellyupaspen.com

Kevin Joyal
9 p.m., the Temporary, Basalt
Back by popular demand, Joyal is bringing his feel-good mix of EDM to keep you dancing into the wee hours. $8 members/$10 in advance/$14 day of show, tacaw.org  

Saturday, January 19

Aspen Parkrun 
8 a.m., Aspen Golf Course (southwest corner near the tennis courts)
Every Saturday, the Aspen Recreation department hosts weekly 5K timed runs. Now at a new location, the Parkrun is on a more user-friendly (read: flatter) course consisting entirely of concrete paths that are cleared of ice and snow throughout the winter. Parkrun is an international movement that encourages communities to sponsor free runs open to all. Free, parkrun.us/aspen  

Anderson Ranch Saturday Workshop
9 a.m.–12 p.m., The Collective, Snowmass Base Village
Budding artists between the ages of six and 10 will learn techniques from professional artists and have the opportunity to create their own masterpiece to take home. 
Free, andersonranch.org

Learn about this family favorite ski mountain at a slower pace during a Snowmass Snowshoe Tour, offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Snowmass Snowshoe Tour
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Elk Camp Meadows 
Learn about local wildlife and winter ecology with a naturalist from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies during a 1.5 mile stroll. The tours, which are offered daily, include snowshoe rental, snack, and hot drink. 
$66 adults and $46 for youth and seniors/$40 adults and $31 youth and seniors if you have a ski pass, aspennature.org

CrafterDay
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Basalt Regional Library
Drop in for a fun craft project. Free, basaltlibrary.org  

Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Drop in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum.org  

Aspen Ice Spectacular
2 & 5 p.m., Lewis Ice Arena
The annual star-studded skating extravaganza features world and national champion figure skaters headlined by Aspen native Jeremy Abbott, with fellow Olympians Ashley Wagner, Rosalynn Sumners, and more, plus the local Revolutions Skating Club. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Lewis Ice Arena. $20–$75, revolutionssc.com  

Little Women
2 & 6 p.m., Black Box Theatre

Directed by Logan Carter, Aspen High School Fall Play Production class presents: "Little Women" the play written by Marisha Chamberlain, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. $10, ahstheatre.ludus.com

A winter triathlon? Under the light of a full moon? It's happening this Saturday in Carbondale!

Full Moon Winter Tri
3–8 p.m., Gus Darien Riding Arena, Carbondale
The Town of Carbondale, together with Aloha Mountain Cyclery and Independence Run & Hike, presents this first-ever winter 5K run, 5K cross-country ski, and 5K bike ride. Compete individually or as a team; some rental equipment is available. The race begins around 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by a lively after-party, complete with bonfires. $35, carbondalerec.com 

5Point Aspen: Youth Adventure Program
4:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
The youth-centric programming for this showing will delight audiences of all ages. $15/free for ages 12 and under, wheeleroperahouse.com

Aspen Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
5 p.m., Hotel Jerome
Come honor the newest inductees into the Aspen Hall of Fame—Matthew & Kay Bucksbaum, Jon Busch, and Dr. Barry Mink–at this annual community banquet. Note that advance tickets are sold out. $125, aspenhalloffame.org

Moonlit Trek & Dinner
5:30–9 p.m., Snowmass Cross Country Center
Snowshoe or cross country ski on a 1.2-mile route around the Snowmass Golf Course, stopping at Anderson Ranch Arts Center for hot chocolate and cookies along the way. An optional guided tour with an ACES naturalist begins at 6 p.m. Dinner (starting at 6:30 p.m.), plus live music from Tom Paxton and s'mores, are at the Black Saddle Bar and Grille (reservations required). $25 for adult dinner/$15 for kids 12 and under, $17.50–$22.50 ski or snowshoe rentals, gosnowmass.com

5Point AspenBikes of Wrath
7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This amazing film about an epic bicycling journey across America had its world premiere at the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale last April. $28, wheeleroperahouse.com

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
7:30 p.m., Aspen District Theatre
Whether you’re a seasoned ballet-goer or someone for whom a pirouette is just a Pepperidge Farm cookie, you can appreciate the wicked humor, as well as the real artistry, in this world-acclaimed all-male drag revue. $36–$94, aspensantafeballet.com  

Library Cinema: The World Before Your Feet
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Learn about the man who has spent the past five years running all of New York City's 8,000 miles of roads and paths. $10 (includes free popcorn while supplies last), pitcolib.org 

Prepare yourself for an evening of raucous entertainment with MarchFourth.

MarchFourth
9 p.m., the Temporary, Basalt
Experience a night of dazzling entertainment with this multidisciplinary, 15-piece band that is always a local favorite for its high-energy shows. $22 for members/$24 in advance/$29 day of show (This show is sold out, however, 'one-in-one-out' tickets will be sold throughout the night.), tacaw.org

Eminence Ensemble
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
This Denver-based funk-rock sextet entertains audiences with heartfelt shows and influences of 70's funk and soul, 80's rock, and R&B from the 2000s. No cover before 10:30/$5 GA after 10:30 p.m., bellyupaspen.com 

Sunday, January 20

Rock and Roll Academy Winter Concert
3:30 p.m., the Temporary, Basalt
Rock and Roll Academy is an after-school music program that lets students explore their passion for music. Come hear these talented up-and-comers. Free, tacaw.org

Library Cinema: The World Before Your Feet
4 & 7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Learn about the man who has spent the past five years running all of New York City's 8,000 miles of roads and paths. $10 (includes free popcorn while supplies last), pitcolib.org 

Full Moon Dinner at the Cliffhouse
5–8 p.m., Buttermilk Mountain 
Skin or hike up the Tiehack side of Buttermilk under a full moon and enjoy a delicious dinner inside the Cliffhouse. Dynafit will be giving away swag at the top, and there will be samples from Bobo’s and REQWATER plus free hot chocolate from 5–6 p.m. Dogs are not allowed, and lifts will not be running. Remember to bring a headlamp for the ski down. Free to hike up, dinner and drinks are à la carte, aspensnowmass.com

The annual Nordic Bonfire Dinner is a much-loved fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club's Nordic program. 

Nordic Bonfire Dinner
6–8 p.m., Aspen Cross Country Center
Cross-country ski from station to station on a 1.5-kilometer course, fueling up on food and drink from local restaurants, at this annual fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s Nordic team. $30 adults/$15 children 10 and younger, $80 for a family of four, teamavsc.org

Who's Bad
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
This talented group is the world’s longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one in existence while the superstar was still alive. $28 advance ticket/$30 day of show/$50 reserved seating, bellyupaspen.com

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