Skiing on Ajax, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and athletes, and an all-day slopeside party. Yup, sounds like the holidays in Aspen.
But the Ajax Cup, now in its fourth year, combines these classic ingredients of Aspen New Year’s week revelry for a good cause: the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC).
This year’s races and parties take place Monday, Dec. 30.
The event, hosted by actor and part-time Aspenite Antonio Banderas, begins with ski races down the Little Nell run at the base of Aspen Mountain at 10 a.m.
Fourteen teams will be competing in dual slalom races, with the winner taking home the Gorsuch Ajax Cup. Teams include professional ski racers, AVSC alumni and celebrities, including big mountain star Chris Davenport and Olympians Casey Puckett and Andy Mill.
The final round of races is expected to kick off around 2 p.m.
You can watch from the sidelines for free, or buy a ticket and enjoy VIP seating with cocktails and appetizers throughout the races until 3 p.m. on the patio of the new slopeside hot spot Zeno Restaurant.
From there, the action moves to the St. Regis Resort for the Cup’s infamous après-ski party and awards ceremony. It runs until 6 p.m.
The event has quickly become a signature AVSC fundraiser, dedicating its fundraising haul to the nonprofit’s operating expenses. It is expected to raise about $250,000 for AVSC’s programs, aimed at making snow sports accessible to all local kids, and putting a dent in the club’s $4 million annual operating expenses.
Tickets are $350 and available at teamavsc.org.