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Ring in the New Year with some of our favorite only-in-Aspen events. The holidays may have just ended, but town is just heating up. When you aren’t hitting the slopes, here’s an array of ways to spend your time.

Dusk falls during the Highlands SkiMo Race series.

In an effort to support and fund local nonprofits of LGBTQ interest, AspenOUT will host Aspen Gay Ski Week, the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, the week of Jan. 12-19. Besides the daily après-ski events, pool parties and the always-lively Downhill Costume Contest, the week peaks with “All For Love”—a group civil union ceremony in Wagner Park.

The long-running toast to winter—Aspen Wintersköl Celebration—celebrates 63 years with four days of events downtown and at all four ski mountains. Among the 30-plus events are the popular Soupsköl soup-cooking contest, the Canine Fashion Show, a glittery fireworks displays and loads of other family-approved activities.

The Highlands SkiMo Race Series kicks off Jan. 7 at Aspen Highlands. This six-race series provides uphill and downside challenges against fellow locals and a chance to improve race technique—plus the added incentive of a post-race beer at Highlands Pizza Company.

Armed with buckets, shovels, an array of tools and, of course, imagination, six teams and five middle school teams compete in the annual Wintersculpt competition in downtown Aspen from Jan. 13-15. Hosted by Anderson Ranch Arts Center, teams have 48 hours to create an eight-foot square snow sculpture. As one of our favorite events during Wintersköl, we can’t wait to see the always-imaginative results.

The Owl Creek Chase Supertour Cross Country Race takes place Jan. 19 at the Snowmass Club Golf Course. The 21K event takes racers on a scenic journey through the Owl Creek Trail, Buttermilk and the Tiehack Bridge. As one of the premier cross-country races in the nation, expect tough climbs, scenic views and thrilling descents.