What’s new this 2019/2020 season in Aspen Snowmass

Find out what’s new and which events will take place in Aspen Snowmass this upcoming season to enjoy your ski trip on and off the slopes.

It’s already snowing in Aspen Snowmass and we can’t wait for the start of the season! Check out what’s happening at one of the most popular ski resorts in the world.

30 years of The Little Nell

The Little Nell 30_anos

The renowned hotel, which is also part of the city’s social scene, celebrates 30 years in 2019. To celebrate, the structure underwent a remodel that includes parts of the common areas, the lobby, the Chair 9 bar and famous Ajax Tavern, one of Aspen’s most sought-after après-ski venues. There should be some special events held here during the winter season.



Located where Sam’s Smokehouse once operated in Snowmass, the new restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine with fresh pasta and bread made daily in-house. Situated more than 9,842 feet above sea level, on top of Sam’s Knob mountain, the place has undergone a major renovation and now includes an open kitchen, bar, deck and lounge with fireplace.

Snowmass Base Village

Snowmass Base Village

Inaugurated last season, the resort’s village hasn’t stopped growing: this winter, you can enjoy The Collective, a community center with a restaurant, lounge, art events and games and the One Snowmass residence building, which will also house shops, cafeterias and even a yoga studio.

W Aspen

W Aspen

The second mountain hotel from the coolest brand of the Marriott chain opened its doors in Aspen in August of 2019. With its cool atmosphere, bold design and the exceptional service of the W, the hotel promises to stir up the city’s social scene with The Living Room restaurant, which will remain open all day, the bar 39°, with inventive portions and cocktails, and the WET Deck rooftop, where the aprè-ski takes place and alternates between the bar, heated pool and hot tub.

Schedule of Events

The 12 Days of Aspen (December 20th-31st, 2020)

12 days

The Christmas spirit takes over the city and completely transforms downtown Aspen. The shops, squares, poles and the ice skating rink are adorned with little lights, booths with hot chocolate are spread throughout the city and there’s even a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Restaurants, bars and hotels host stand-up comedy presentations, Santa Claus meet-ups and themed menus. The best part of the event is the fireworks show on New Year’s Eve. 

Wintersköl (January 9th-12th, 2020)


Aspen celebrates the winter season with this annual event that dates back to 1951 when the locals began to celebrate the city’s unique lifestyle with a series of celebrations. Today, the four-day celebration includes a snow sculpture competition, live music sessions, film screening, parties with food and drinks and the iconic “Torchlight Descent” night when skiers go down Aspen Mountain in the dark holding lanterns – plus, there’s a fireworks show.

Aspen Gay Ski Week (January 12th-19th, 2020)

Aspen Gay Ski Week

The oldest annual, week-long gay ski event in the nation is filled with parties, concerts, film screenings, symposia and dinners scattered across the four mountains. Events may include après-ski at the Limelight Hotel, which is decorated with rainbow-colored lights, musicals at the Wheeler Opera House, charities at the Caribou Club, comedy shows at Belly Up and women-only cocktail night at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar.

XGames (January 23rd-26th, 2020)

Aspen X Games

More than 200 extreme sports athletes meet in Buttermilk every year with skis, snowboards and snowmobiles to perform radical maneuvers on pipes and insane ramps in 18 categories – access to watch the competitions is free. The event even offers shows (must purchase tickets for these) with a great lineup, which has in past years included the rappers Nas and Lil Wayne, the band LCD Soundsystem and the DJs The Chainsmokers.

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Aspen Art Museum

Aspen Art Museum

The museum’s glass building was designed by the famous Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, and overlooks Aspen Mountain. The program has contemporary art exhibitions from important international artists such as Bruce Nauman, Yayoi Kusama and Zoe Crosher. 637 E Hyman Avenue

Isis Theatre

Aspen Isis

This historical street cinema displays classic films and releases – ideal for the rest days after a day on the slopes. It’s worth checking the schedule on the website. 406 E. Hopkins Avenue

Wheeler Opera House

Aspen Wheeler

The iconic 1889 construction hosts about 300 annual events, including classical ballet performances and pop music shows. It’s worth checking the schedule on the website. wheeleroperahouse.com

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