Lissa Ballinger and Mike Monroney

Lissa Ballinger and Mike Monroney

The royal honorees for the annual Wintersköl celebration have been announced.

Aspen locals Lissa Ballinger and Mike Monroney have been selected as the representatives who will preside over the four-day “toast to winter” event, Jan. 10-13, which will be in its 68th year. According to a press release, “the committee looks for residents who are dedicated to and involved with the community and exemplify the Wintersköl spirit” in selecting the event’s official king and queen.

Ballinger will lead the celebration of Bauhaus: 100 Aspen, which is on track to have 30 events over the next year, including Wintersköl. She is also the curator for the galleries at the Aspen Institute as well as its outdoor exhibits, is involved with the institute’s Our Society Reimagined and teaches several exercise classes.

Monroney has had several jobs in Aspen, including working for George Gordon and Gwyn Knowlton at Gwyn’s High Alpine, as well as directing and acting with Shakespeare in the Park, Theatre Aspen, Aspen Community Theatre, Aspen Fringe Festival and the Thunder River Theater Co. He is the history coach at the Aspen Historical Society and he wrote the play “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen,” which is performed at schools around the valley. He currently hosts the Weekend Edition on Aspen Public Radio.

For more information, or to get involved in this year’s Wintersköl celebration, which includes a snow sculpture competition, dozens of events and fireworks, please contact: Brittany Zanin,