Who: The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club provides Roaring Fork Valley youth the opportunity to develop and flourish through winter sports. Founded in 1937, it’s the Valley’s oldest and largest youth nonprofit.
What: Held December 29 and 30, the third annual Ajax Cup features celebrities, professional athletes, and AVSC members, and is chaired by Katy Frisch, Marc Ganzi, and Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum. Fourteen teams compete head to head on a dual slalom course on Aspen Mountain (December 30), followed by an après-ski bash hosted by Antonio Banderas.
Where: Aspen Mountain and St. Regis Resort, 315 E. Dean St.; 970-205-5100
Aspen Art Museum Freestyle Winter Benefit
Who: The Aspen Art Museum showcases the latest in international contemporary art.
What: The annual Aspen Art Museum Freestyle Winter Benefit is one of the hottest tickets of the season. Held December 28 (4:30–7:30 p.m.), this après-ski soirée features one-of-a-kind auction items, a fashion show, Champagne, and caviar.
Where: St. Regis Resort, 315 E. Dean St., 970-925-8050
Who: Autism Speaks is a leading nonprofit dedicated to funding research for causes, prevention, treatments, and ultimately, a cure, for autism. Additionally, it advocates on behalf of families and individuals with autism.
What: The second annual Light It Up Blue Gala, held April 2, features drinks and dinner paired with Ultimat vodka cocktails, followed by the lighting up of Aspen Mountain, as several other global landmarks are lit, too, for autism awareness. The event also benefits the local Extreme Sports Camp.
Where: Element 47 restaurant at The Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Ave.
Who: Founded in 1976, The Aspen Writers Foundation started as a poetry conference and literary magazine; today, it has become a leading literary center, as part of the Aspen Institute. It stages some of the world’s most celebrated authors, in addition to hosting an annual literary retreat and festival.
What: Aspen Winter Words is a season-long series that helps promote AWF’s membership program. A series of events staged throughout the season, featured authors include Gretel Ehrlich (February 20), Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell (March 4), and Cheryl Strayed (April 12), among others.
Where: Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., 970-920-5770