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Scenes from the white room on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Aspen Snowmass received over a foot of new snow with more on the way!

Another epic and hectic holiday rush has come and gone with the arrival of a powder storm just in time for the weekend ahead. We're taking our first official "Winter Friday" to shred Aspen Highlands, where The National Ski Areas Association Safety Month is kicking off a full January of festivities across all four mountains. Meanwhile in Glenwood Springs, you can score $20 lift tickets at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday as part of its ongoing 50th anniversary season celebration. Get your skis shined up, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit, and see you on the slopes or around town! 

Friday, January 6

Ullr Nights
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

Improv With Glenn Smith
6:30 p.m., Cooking School of Aspen
Join the energetic comedian and chef for a cooking class paired with wine and a balanced (or slightly off balance) sense of humor. And for the record, it is not necessarily rated PG.
$175, cookingschoolofaspen.com

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Brazilian Jazz Sessions
7:30–10 p.m., The Little Nell
Duck into the Living Room for bites from the Element 47 bar menu and Brazilian tunes from the Josefina Mendez Jazz Trio. 
Free, thelittlenell.com 

Wacka Flocka Flame 
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Gucci Mane's protégé and the rapper behind the hits “No Hands” and “Hard in Da Paint” takes the stage with special guest DJ Whoo Kid. 
From $28, bellyupaspen.com 

Saturday, January 7

Safety Week at Aspen Highlands
11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Mid Station Guest Services 
Stop by for Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol's safety swag giveaway and to meet the patrol avalanche dogs. 
Free, aspensnowmass.com 

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Here, There & Everywhere is Warren Miller Entertainment's 67th annual feature film.

Image: Cam McLeod

Warren Miller's Here, There & Everywhere
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This year, the exploration continues with superstar shredders Marcus Caston, Grete Eliassen, Jeremy Jones, Jess McMillan, Wendy Fisher, and Collin Collins as they take on terrain in Kicking Horse, British Columbia; Switzerland; Greenland; Crested Butte; and more. 
$15, aspenshowtix.com 

Brazilian Jazz Sessions
7:30–10 p.m., The Little Nell
Duck into the Living Room for bites from the Element 47 bar menu and Brazilian tunes from the Josefina Mendez Jazz Trio. 
Free, thelittlenell.com 

Sunday, January 8

ACES Snowshoe Tour
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Aspen Mountain & Snowmass Mountain
Weave in and out of serene spruce and fir forests as you take in majestic vistas from Richmond Ridge or from a babbling creek in Snowmass with a knowledgeable naturalist on this two-hour guided tour.
$61 (adults), $41 (youth & seniors), $39 (adults with lift ticket), $30 (youth & seniors with lift ticket), aspennature.org 

Safety Week at Aspen Highlands
11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Mid Station Guest Services 
Stop by for Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol's safety swag giveaway and to meet the patrol avalanche dogs. 
Free, aspensnowmass.com 

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