2019’s Wintersköl transformed the City of Aspen into an interactive art studio and history classroom during the second weekend of January. A massive collaboration between the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, non-profits like Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Bauhaus 100: Aspen, the weekend featured many long-held Aspen traditions with a timely Bauhaus twist.
This year’s Royal Honorees (above) included our own Lissa Ballinger alongside the Aspen Historical Society’s Mike Monroney. Also bestowed during the Klanderud Wintersköl Awards Luncheon were Rick Ballentine with the Molly Campbell Service Award, Tom Yoder (Kemosabe) with the Defy Ordinary Award, WE-Cycle with the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year Award, and Limelight Aspen with the 2018 Business of the Year Award. The ceremony was attended by 200 people on Thursday, January 10th at the St. Regis. Attendees of the ceremony received Bauhaus 100: Aspen bound notebooks from the ACRA in which to record their observations of the next nine months’ Bauhaus activities.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center took the reigns from the ACRA following the awards luncheon as Wintersculpt and Kidsculpt plunged the Aspen Pedestrian Mall into a competition of artistic expression by teams of all ages. Inspired by a backdrop of colorful wooden structures designed by Anderson Ranch employees and sponsored by the ACRA, locals took to the snowbanks with chainsaws, gardening tools, wooden spoons, and imagination to free Bauhausian forms hidden within the ice.
While the kids carved 4′ squares of snow, the adults took on 8′ squares, and ultimately the Peak Season team took the prize for their piece entitled Futura, judged by Wintersköl Queen Lissa and Katie Viola of Kissane Viola Design.
The weekend continued with activities hosted by nearly every venue in town. With free public skating at Lewis Ice Arena and a Snowcoming Bonfire at Wagner Park; workshops, exhibitions, and receptions at the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler / Stallard Museum; tours and activities atop Aspen Mountain and Elk Camp; and musical and comedic offerings around town, Aspen was abuzz with learning, entertainment, and a palpable sense of community.
Wintersköl culminated of course with the iconic pyrotechnics display at 8 p.m. on the Little Nell Run, for which the fireworks company provided specially made pattern shells for the production with a “cross section of the color spectrum and designer shells [to] accentuate” the Bauhaus Centennial theme.