A lifelong love of learning is ingrained in the Aspen Idea of enriching your mind, body & spirit. Here are some programs that take the guess work out of adding a learning experience to your vacation.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)
Wednesdays at 6pm at ACES at Hallam Lake (100 Puppy Smith St, Aspen)
Potbelly Perspecives is an adventure/travel series featuring a narrated slide show presentation of pictures and videos. ACES has hosted the Potbelly Perspectives series for many years, providing Aspen locals and visitors the chance to share exciting accounts of world travel and adventure with out community through stories and visual media. Enjoy cookies, tea, and beer (for our 21+ guests). This series is free for ACES members/ $5 for non-ACES members.
10 week series from January 2nd to March 6th
Explore and learn about the Aspen area with ACES! Hire a Naturalist guide, available by the hour, to lead you on private adventures that may be customized to your interests such as birding, geology, snowshoe guides, and more.
First Tuesdays of the Month
Join naturalist Rebecca Weiss on the first Tuesday of the month from October through April and open yourself to a new passion! Bring your binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours) and dress warmly: coat, gloves, hat, and appropriate footwear especially when snow's on the ground. Birding in fall, winter, and early spring is great for exercising your birding skills, learning some non-breeding plumages, and observing foraging behaviors of both migratory and resident species. We are often rewarded with nuthatches, woodpeckers, and other songbirds in better view in the absence of summer's foliage, as well as tracks in the frost and the soothing quiet of crisp mornings. Designed for all birders from novices to experts, we focus on birding skills, fun, and being in tune with nature. Every outing is a treasure hunt for birds and their wild neighbors!
October 2018 through April 2019
*photo courtesy of ACES
Aspen Music Festival & School
Aspen Music Festival and School: The Aspen Music Festival and School presents its popular Winter Music Recital Series with renowned classical artists at Harris Concert Hall (1/29, 2/7, 2/28), as well as encore airings of the Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed The Met: Live in HD series (1/22, 2/18, 3/7, 3/21) at the historic Wheeler Opera House.
Event: 2019 Winter Music Recital Series
Date: Tuesday, January 29; Thursday, February 7; Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Details: Don't miss three intimate recitals with elegant programs by Yefim Bronfman, piano (1/29), Jennifer Koh, violin (2/7), and Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano (2/28). See full repertoire online.
Location: Harris Concert Hall
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042
Event: The Met: Live in HD
Date: Tuesday, January 22; Monday, February 18; Thursday, March 7; Thursday March 21, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm
Details: Enjoy encore presentations of the Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed The Met: Live in HD series in Aspen's own historic opera house. The 2019 season features the Met's productions of favorites such as Aida (1/22), La Fanciulla del West (2/18), La Traviata (3/7), and Carmen (3/21).
Location: Wheeler Opera House
Price: $20 adults ($15 for Wheeler Wins! members); $5 youth 18 and under
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042
Please visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com for more information on upcoming Winter events.
Aspen Words - For Readers & Writers
Writers Speaker Series
Event Name: 22nd Winter Words Series
Dates: January-March, 2019
Time: 5:30- 7:00 p.m.
Location: Paepcke Auditorium on the campus of Aspen Institute, 1000 N 3rd St, Aspen, CO 81611
In five events from January to March, the literary nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute will welcome writers at the height of their careers, including professional rock climber and memoirist Tommy Caldwell, New York Times best-selling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld and her longtime friend and fellow novelist Emily Jeanne Miller, a former Aspen Words Writer in residence; divinity professor and best-selling author Kate Bowler, Pulitzer Price winner Colson Whitehead, and New Yorker staff writer and ward-winning author Jane Mayer.
Price: $25 Individual Tickets/$60 AW Member Series Pass/ $80 Non-Member Series Pass
Contact information: [email protected]; 970-925-3122; www.aspenwords.org
JAS Aspen Snowmass
Pre-concert talks with Jas Café artists dedicated to the history of the performing artist and the origin of the music they will perform. All talks are included with tickets to the evening's show and start 45 minutes prior.
Tickets and info at jazzaspensnowmass.org
January 11, 2019 - Sammy Miller, 8 pm show
February 17, 2019 - Robin McKelle, 8 pm show
February 22, 2019 - Shelly Berg, 8pm show
March 1, 2019 - Ola Onabule, 8pm show
March 15, 2019- Niki Haris, 7pm show
March 29, 2019- Deva Mahal, 8pm show
Free for Ticket Buyers, the sessions will allow attendees to hear the artists speak about their music and insight into where it fits in the jazz pantheon. For tickets and more information: jazzaspensnowmass.org or 970-920-4996.
Jas Café's Winter series line-up will have shows taking place Downstairs at The Little Nell and at the Cooking School of Aspen. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 9 at 10am mst and can be purchased at 970.920.4996 or at jazzaspensnowmass.org Individual show tickets range from $45-$75 while a series pass to the five shows of your choice is available at a $50 discount. This winter, JAS is adding a series of four aprés shows that will start at 5pm.
Women's Edge Skiing & Snowboarding Group Lessons
A program uniquely designed for intermediate to expert women, providing an amazing laughter filled four days of skiing and riding with friends.
Bumps for Boomers
A ski lesson program designed to quickly teach intermediate-level Baby Boomer and senior skiers how to ski moguls & powder.
The Magic of Skiing with Thomas Crum
Aspen Ski Company's longest-running special program. Magic of Skiing views the art of skiing & snowboarding as an adventure in self-awareness and an opportunity to unify mind and body and achieve inner peace.
Beginner's Magic Adult Group Lessons
First-timers and beginners age 18 and older, includes lesson, rental equipment and beginner area lift ticket.