Aspen’s “vintage spirit” was on display for the weekend’s Wintersköl festivities, with locals taking home prizes and awards in various categories. “Vintage spirit” is the chosen Wintersköl theme in 2013.
Twenty chefs competed in the 10th annual Soupsköl competition on Friday night. Soupsköl is a soup-cooking contest judged by the public to determine what restaurant has the best soup in town and it gives the winner bragging rights for the next year. The 2013 Soupsköl winner was Aspen Square Grouper’s jackalope gumbo, whipped up by Mike Goldman and his team. The runner up was Kenichi Aspen, and third place went to Big Hoss Grill located in Snowmass Village.
Aspen’s four-legged friends gathered in style at the 25th annual Canine Fashion Show on Saturday. The show highlights canine couture, style and overall pampering of furry companions. The winners were Terry Decker with Lily Ann in the most adorable category; Joy West and Mary Kay with Apollo and Bacchus for best multiple; Carrie Marsh with Louie as Chewbacca won the celebrity look-alike award; best theme went to Kathy McGowan with Dixie; and Gemma Goss with Victoria took home best in show honors.
Anderson Ranch selected four teams to participate in this 48-hour snow sculpture competition known as Wintersculpt. Teams often work around the clock on Thursday and Friday of the event to transform their 8-foot-square snow cubes into freestanding creations. By Saturday afternoon, the completed sculptures were judged, based on creativity, technical execution and compliance to rules. The overall winner, taking home $600, was Truckin’ by Team Frozen Chosen.
For more information on Wintersköl and pictures from this year, please visit www.aspenchamber.org .