The best is yet to come. After weeks chalk full with everything from the X Games to Winterskol, we are ready to get back to a (somewhat) more low-key schedule. Luckily, Aspen is never short on “only in paradise” events, so don’t miss out.
1. Party with the pooches at Hearts for Hounds at Christopher Martin Gallery for Aspen Animal Shelter. Celebrating the art of the heart on Feb. 12, find small heart paintings for sale and, just maybe, a new best friend, as adoptable dogs are sure to be the evening’s most popular guests.
2. Hosted by Aspen Alpine Guides, Leave the Boys Behind combines the rugged Aspen wilderness with an all-female experience. Trips include a series of backcountry hut trips, skiing, snowboarding and avalanche courses, in addition to a bevy of other adventures. Round up your girlfriends (and maybe brush up on the latest gossip), and get ready for an experience you won’t soon forget.
3. Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series continues on Feb. 15 with Black Uhuru. Originally formed in 1972, the reggae and dancehall ensemble hails from Kingston, Jamaica. Get ready to feel temporarily transported to a Caribbean dancehall at this free concert at Snowmass Base Village.
4. In its 12th year at Snowmass, athletes will showcase their big-air style at Bud Light Big Air Fridays. Happening every Friday from Feb. 7 until the end of March at upper Fanny Hill, watch for gravity-defying flips and jumps off of the 40-foot jump. Simply register between 1-2pm every Friday.
5. RESPONSE will hold its 20th annual Chocolate Classic at the Hotel Jerome Ballroom on Feb. 12. This festival of all things chocolate comes complimentary from top chefs and restaurants throughout the Valley. The event finishes with a silent auction to benefit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Roaring Fork Valley.