Today has us feeling more thankful than ever that we are lucky enough to live and visit Aspen. We're proud to participate in the first-ever Women Ski & March in solidarity with our sisters across the country. And speaking of female empowerment, Meaghan Lynch will make her official debut as executive director of 5Point Adventure Film Festival on Saturday night, kicking off a year-long 10th anniversary celebration of special events and screenings. Here's the rundown for the rest of the weekend, which also calls for plenty of powder—perfect conditions for clearing the mind and thinking about all of the work in taking action that lies ahead.
Friday, January 20
Aspen Gay Ski Week
Times & locations vary
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this winter, Aspen’s premier LGBT event takes over the town and slopes with infectious energy. A packed schedule of friendship dinners, ski days, après-ski gatherings, late-night dance parties, benefits, and, of course, the infamous Downhill Drag Costume Competition and Party on Aspen Mountain’s Little Nell run this afternoon (12-3 p.m.) and Jane Lynch live at the Belly Up tonight (8 p.m.) makes the week one heck of a celebration. But it’s not just fun and games: beneficiaries this year are the Tyler Clementi Foundation and the grant-making Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund. Passes from $375, gayskiweek.com
5 p.m., Snowmass Mountain
Bundle up and ride the Snowmass gondola to some family-friendly snow play, including lift-served tubing ($34 per hour; reserve in advance), free ice skating, free snowshoe tours, snowbiking ($69 guided rides for ages 12 and up, free minibikes for younger kids), and climbing on a massive snow sculpture. Elk Camp restaurant serves dinner with live music, followed by s’mores and hot cocoa by the bonfire.
$10 (gondola ride), gosnowmass.com
Another Look: Obituaries & Adam McEwen with Bruce Weber
6 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Join former obituary writer for the New York Times Bruce Weber for discussion and insight into the process of writing about peoples’ lives as a marker of their passing. He will draw connections to Adam McEwen’s exhibition—in particular, the artist’s "obituaries" of living subjects.
Saturday, January 21
Aspen Women Ski & March
11 a.m.–5 p.m., Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Mountain, Hooch
While women across the country are rolling up their sleeves and marching, we're doing it locally—in ski boots, of course. Organized by local working moms Kim Masters and Heather Stevenson, the day begins at the Aspen Art Museum (11 a.m.); then it's up the Silver Queen Gondola (1 p.m.) for what we hope to be the biggest group of mountain gals Ajax has ever seen. From the base, the march will make its way through downtown and end at Hooch (2 p.m.) for après specials, slam poetry, and live music.
11 a.m., Aspen Art Museum
This month’s artist and theme for the drop-in workshop is Andrea Bowers and "Expressing your Voice." It's a fitting accompaniment to the first-ever Women Ski & March, which will begin its milestone day here to connect with the community through visual language. The session begins in the Education Workshop, giving families choices for self-guided or educator-led activities and art-making stations.
5Point on the Road Aspen
6 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
Kick off the 10th anniversary year of 5Point Adventure Film Festival at this annual winter fundraiser featuring an inspiring lineup of short documentary adventure films and special guests, including Aspenite Jesse Hoffman, adventure skier Brody Leven, and Silverton mountain guide John Shocklee.
An Evening with Brett Dennen
8 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
The ski-town lover and Belly Up Aspen regular returns to the stage as part of his latest tour, "The Lift Series 2017," to perform old favorites plus new songs from his recent pop-folk album, Por Favor.
Sunday, January 22
Intergalactic Peace Jelly
9 p.m., Justice Snow’s
Wind down your weekend with Boulder's improvisational rock band, known for its experimental jams. Also on the JS Sunday schedule is free live music for brunch (11:30 a.m.).