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Aspen’s Winterskl in full swing

Staff ReportPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Aspen’s annual Winterskl celebration officially kicked into gear Thursday and hits full stride today with the ever-popular Soupskl competition.That will cap off a day of activities that includes the sculpting of those big blocks of snow dotting the downtown pedestrian malls.Saturday, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association has arranged a host of family activities, all centered on the Cooper Avenue Mall and at the corner of Cooper and Galena, replacing the traditional parade. The area will bustle with music and more throughout the day, leading up to the evening torchlight parade on Little Nell followed by fireworks.Sunday brings more fun, including the Hike for Hope uphill race at Buttermilk.The weekend also brings several evening performances to Aspen, starting today with the 10 p.m. Snow Jam concert at Belly Up Aspen, featuring The Spazmatics. Also today, Nathan McEuen and Friends take the Wheeler Opera House stage at 7:30 p.m., and “13 – The Musical” will be presented at the Aspen District Theatre at 7 p.m.Saturday has The Punch Brothers at the Wheeler (9 p.m.) and Tea Leaf Green with Elmwood at Belly Up (10 p.m.), plus a second performance of “13 – The Musical” at 7 p.m. at the district theatre. On Sunday, it’s The Wailers at 9 p.m. at Belly Up and an eTown taping with John Hiatt and Brandi Carlile at the Wheeler at 7 p.m.Winterskl scheduleToday8 a.m. – Wintersculpt sculpting continues on the downtown malls.9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Kidsculpt competition on the mall next to Wagner Park.9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Men’s Health and Women’s Health expo in gondola plaza, including spa services and products, a lounge, and aprs-ski snacks and music in the upper plaza at 3 p.m. 10:30 a.m. to noon – Apple Strudel downhill race at Aspen Highlands. Free, plus complimentary strudel to participants.3-6 p.m. – Snowmass Pub Crawl features music at Big Hoss Grill, The Sweet Life, Cirque Bar & Grill and Mountain Dragon.5:30-7:30 p.m. – Soupskl cookoff featuring soup entries from local restaurants. Sample the soup and vote at Cooper Avenue and Hunter Street.Saturday9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Men’s Health and Women’s Health expo in gondola plaza. Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Skijoring with your dog at the Aspen golf course. Preregister with Aspen Animal Shelter; $40 suggested donation. Participants attend a classroom session first at 10 a.m. Call 927-1771 to sign up.11 a.m. – Canine Fashion Show, Cooper and Galena (free to participate, but registration required, starting at 10 a.m. Call 925-1940).Noon to 8:15 p.m. – Festival on the Cooper Avenue Mall. Musical performances throughout the day, a street fair starting at 1 p.m., Wintersculpt winners announcement at 5:45 p.m., hot chocolate and cookies at the fire hearth from 6-8 p.m., live music with Jes Grew and The Broccoli Brothers from 6:15-8 p.m., a torchlight descent on Little Nell at 8 p.m. and fireworks on Aspen Mountain at 8:15 p.m.Skating – Skate free at the Aspen Recreation Center from 11:45 to 1:15 p.m. Public skate at the Aspen Ice Garden takes place from 4-5 p.m. The Aspen Skating Club Winterskl Skating Exhibition is from 5-6 p.m. at the Ice Garden.Sunday7:30 a.m. – Hike for Hope uphill race at Buttermilk. Registration starts at 6 a.m. $25 entry fee benefits muscular dystrophy research. Pancake breakfast at Cliffhouse restaurant atop Buttermilk at 8 a.m. (breakfast not included in race fee).9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Winterskl at Aspen Highlands Village includes Kastle demo day, a cocktail-mixing world record holder at the Ice Bar, fashion show at 1 p.m. and a lunchfest starting at 11:30 a.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Men’s Health and Women’s Health expo in gondola plaza.

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