Aspen Weekend Agenda: February 8–10, 2019

Aspen is going old-school this weekend with the Powder 8s, curling at Snowmass, and a celebration of the blues.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff February 6, 2019

The Bumble Powder 8 Championship is coming to the slopes of Aspen this weekend. In the words from Aspen Extreme, “Skiing’s the easy part, Karl.”

Friday, February 8

Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club
8:45–10 a.m., Cliffhouse, Buttermilk Mountain
Geared for the uphill crowd, this breakfast, sponsored by Aspen Expeditions, tastes just as good whether you hike, skin or take a lift. $8–$12, 

Bumble Powder 8 Championship
9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Aspen Mountain 
Spend the day at Bonnie's watching 32 teams of two going old school, as they try to make the best turns on the mountain. Registration is closed. Free to spectate,

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,    

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),  

Come try your hand at the cult favorite game from the Winter Olympic Games. 

Game of Stones
3–5 p.m., Limelight Ice Rink, Snowmass Base Village
Starting this Friday, there will be a weekly curling series with teams of two competing in a head-to-head elimination competition. Registration required, must be 18 or older. Free,

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, 

Opening Reception: For[u]m
5-7 p.m., Art Base, Basalt
Amanda Ramsay's solo exhibition of sculptures made from cast concrete, resin, and plaster, explores light and shadows, as well as sequence and order. Free,

Escape Room: Pirate Pursuit
5–7 p.m., Basalt Regional Library
Designed for those 18 years old and above, this Game Time is your chance to find hidden treasure before the pirates return. Free,

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,     

Retro Film Series: Decades of Skiing Aspen/Snowmass
5:30 – 6:45 p.m., Limelight Hotel Aspen 
This community series features four decades of vintage films from the Aspen Historical Society collection. The showings for Friday include two films from the 1950's: Little Skiers Big Day and Ski Time in Aspen. $10 suggested donation,

Family Feud Aspen
6 p.m., Hotel Jerome
The Aspen Youth Center’s always entertaining annual fundraiser pits teams of well-known locals against each other in a Family Feud–style game show. From $160,  

Shake off the SOTU with a healthy dose of political satire and lots of laughs courtesy of the Capitol Steps. 

The Capitol Steps
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
A Washington DC-based comedy troupe, the Capitol Steps will have you in hysterics with their non-partisan–basically, if you're in politics, you're fair game–political satire. $40,  

Consensual Improv!
8 p.m., The Collective, Snowmass
Thunder River Theater Company’s Consensual Improv! takes the stage with unrated, adult comedy and their special mix of improv, games, and hilarity. $15,  

Tierro Band with Bridget Law
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Tierro Band is the collaboration of four talented musicians–Tierro Lee, founding member of Kan’Nal and producer of Arise Music Festival; Bridget Law, founding member of Elephant Revival); Charlie Parker Mertens, and Jonny Jyemo. Get ready for an evening of  sweet melodies and passionate improvisation at this evening presented in partnership with KDNK. $12 for members/$15 in advance/$20 day of show,

DJ Z-Trip
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Known as the Godfather of music mash-ups, DJ Z-Trip's music promises a high-energy dance party. $28 GA/$60 reserved,

Saturday, February 9

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,   

Bumble Powder 8 Finals
9 a.m.–2 p.m., Aspen Mountain
The eight qualifying teams will travel to the back side of Aspen Mountain to ski for the grand prize of $10,000. Spectators are welcome at Schlomo's at noon for a viewing party (via drone), food and drinks. Registration is closed. Free to spectate,

Make: Family Workshop
10 a.m., Aspen Art Museum
Come with your family to explore the galleries and create works of art of your own. Free,

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

JAS Honor Jazz Band & Choir
5 p.m., Roaring Fork High School
More than 80 jazz musician students from 11 schools across the Western Slope will wrap up a two-day intensive weekend of jazz training with a public performance. Free, 


Eschewing the standard rafting option, Kevin Fedarko (left) and Pete McBride traveled 750 miles by foot to document the threats facing the Grand Canyon. Learn more in their film Into the Canyon, showing Saturday night. 

Into the Canyon
6:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House

In 2016, local filmmaker and photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko journeyed the entire length of the Grand Canyon to draw attention to the environmental threats facing the Big Ditch. This is the film about their journey. Currently sold out,

Love Me Some Lipsync Battle
7:30 p.m., Batch, Carbondale
Enjoy beer and awesome entertainment as your friends bring their singing from the shower to the stage to win prices. Props and costumes are encouraged. Batch is donating 10% of beer sales to Carbondale Arts. Email [email protected] to register,

Library Cinema: The Mystery of Picasso
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
This 1956 documentary shows the legendary Spanish artist at work and explores his creative process. $10 (includes free popcorn while supplies last),   

This is your opportunity for a double blues and history. 

George Kilby Jr. and Phil Wiggins Trio Blues: An American Treasure
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
These legends of the blues will share their stories about growing up in Alabama during the Civil Rights Era, and dazzle your soul with their award-winning blues music. $14 for members/$17 in advance/$22 day of show,

An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
An Aspen-favorite, this southern rock and blues group is touring to promote their latest album Barefoot In The Head. $38 GA/$58 Reserved,

Sunday, February 10

Owl Creek Chase
9 a.m., Snowmass Cross Country Center
One of Colorado’s largest cross-country ski races (classic and skate) twists and turns for 21 kilometers from Snowmass Village to the Aspen Cross Country Center. A recreational tour follows, with aid stations en route. Races begin at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., with a more casual tour beginning at 10 a.m. $45–$60, tour free ($25 donation suggested) but registration required,

Library Cinema: The Mystery of Picasso
4 & 7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
This 1956 documentary shows the legendary Spanish artist at work and explores his creative process. $10 (includes free popcorn while supplies last),    

Josefina Méndez Quartet
4 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Come for the kick off of the new jazz series in honor of the late Walt Smith. Méndez was the youngest singer ever to perform with "La Orquesta Argentina de Jazz." $12 for members/$15 in advance/$20 day of show,

Come here your favorite Tom Petty songs live at the Belly Up on Sunday. 

Grant Farm plays Tom Petty's Damn the Torpedos
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Revisit your favorite songs on the 40th anniversary of the album as well as enjoy original favorites with this Boulder-based jam and cover band. No cover before 10 p.m./$5 after 10 p.m.,


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