Programs & Events

2023 marks Aspen Historical Society’s 60th anniversary! We’re celebrating the milestone with an exciting winter season of programs and events!

Additionally, check out the schedule of guided tours and visit the
 Wheeler/Stallard Museum, featuring the exhibition Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed.

Image: A skier walking along Main Street in front of Paepcke Park in 1964. Aspen Historical Society, Chamberlain Collection

Teddy Bear Story Hour
Presented in partnership with the Hotel Jerome
Featuring Aspen Historical Society & Roaring Fork Valley Storytellers
Wednesday – Saturday, December 21st – 24th
10:30 a.m. (1 hour)
Hotel Jerome “Santa’s Workshop,” 330 E. Main
Free, no reservations required.

Celebrate the holiday season at a special Teddy Bear Story Hour in Santa’s Workshop at the Hotel Jerome! Roaring Fork Valley Storytellers will share classic tales from around the world and kids are encouraged to bring their teddy bears or stuffed animals for this beloved holiday tradition. Families of all ages welcome.

Aspen History 101 and Aspen Extreme at Wintersköl™
Thursday, January 12
Aspen History 101, 5:30 p.m.
Aspen Extreme, 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
FREE in partnership with ACRA and the Wheeler Opera House for Wintersköl™ 2022
Ticket required: on sale beginning December 1st at or call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770
Kick off the Wintersköl™ weekend with Aspen History 101, a theatrical crash course in local lore, born from the no-credit, all-fun college of the Rockies, also known as the Aspen State Teachers College. The performance features actors, song, dance, resurrecting the party-loving atmosphere of Aspen State Teachers College, arguably one of the more entertaining aspects of area history! Then get pumped for ski/snowboard season with a screening of the iconic 1993 film Aspen Extreme, which tells the well-known and oft-repeated story of two ski bums who ditch everything to live the ski instructor dream in Aspen. Get out your “onsies” and come in costume for just Aspen History 101, the film screening, or both!

Retro Films Series
Partnership with Limelight Hotel Aspen
Mondays, January 9 & February 6; Tuesday, March 7
5:30 pm
Limelight Hotel, 355 S Monarch St. (Screenings in the Monarch room off the lobby)
$10 suggested donation at the door – limited seating – first come first serve
Join Aspen Historical Society to experience skiing’s illustrious past in the Aspen/Snowmass area. This community film series will feature a wide range of vintage films from the Aspen Historical Society collection that were recently digitized and being shown for the first time on the big screen! Spanning several decades, the visual histories bring retro skiing to life! Food and beverage specials offered at the Limelight bar may be enjoyed during the screenings.

Monday, January 9th, 2023

  • The Beginning of a Love Affair (1976) (22 minutes) Produced by Freewheelin’ Films, this short film tells the story of two pre-teens who fall in love on vacation in Aspen. It stars Kurt Brendlinger, Gilian Handleman, Skip Behrhorst, and Andy Mill, among others. The young couple stays at the Gant, ski on Aspen Mountain, and explore town. Scenes include Wintersköl, the Roch Cup, NASTAR, and nightlife.
  • Video Postcard; Aspen Snowmass (1987) (24 minutes) This souvenir video includes footage of skiing and snowboarding, special events, the town,  historical elements, and various scenic shots. Featured footage includes Andy Mill skiing powder, KiKi Cutter and Christin Cooper in a benefit race, the Annual Peace Officer’s Race, the Crystal Palace, the Highlands Patrol Jump at Cloud Nine, and more. The film is directed by Greg Poschman and is narrated by John Dietsch and Christie Davis.

Monday, February 6th, 2023

  • One for the Money (1973) (13 minutes) Sponsored by Demetre Ski Sweaters and produced by Fat City Films, this documentary about professional ski racing is narrated by Spider Sabich. The film features Sabich and other racers including Tyler Palmer, Hank Kashiwa, and Jean Claude Killy, as well as brief shots of Kiki Cutter and Claudine Longet.
  • Winter of ’74 (1974) (26 minutes) Produced by Jalbert Productions and sponsored by Olympia Brewing Co and TWA from Modern Talking Pictures, this 29-minute film features skiers Mike King, Chris Curtis, and Scott Magrino hotdogging at Aspen, Vail, Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Winter Park, Sun Valley, and Taos.
  • Return to Aspen (1987) (22 minutes) This promotional film for Aspen Skiing Company was produced and directed by Dick Durrance. It features Fritz Benedict and Bill Dunaway discussing what makes Aspen attractive as a place to live, a brief history of Aspen, images and film footage from the Aspen Historical Society archives, and footage of 1987 Aspen, including the new Silver Queen Gondola, restaurants, and shops. There is footage of the 1950 FIS World Championships and the 1987 Winternational America’s Downhill. The evolution of ski lifts, travel, ski fashion and ski equipment are covered, as well as Wintersköl activities, hot air ballooning, cross country skiing, and more.

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

  • Just a Matter of Time (1976) (26 minutes) Produced by Jalbert Productions, this documentary film about World Cup ski racing focuses on the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria, the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics, and America’s Downhill in Aspen. Featured in the film are Andy Mill (USA), Franz Klammer (AUT), Bernhard Russi (SUI), Herbert Plank (ITA), and Rosie Mittermaier (AUT).
  • Welcome to Aspen (1984) (21 minutes) Produced by Rodney Jacobs and Freewheelin’ Films, this promotional film is hosted by Andy Mill and Greg Lewis. They tour Aspen in a Unicorn Booksellers hot air balloon and experience all that the area has to offer, from shopping in Aspen and on the Snowmass Mall, skiing, and dining around town, to Wintersköl fireworks, ski joring, and more. Featured in the film are Andy Mill, Greg Lewis, Ray Smalls, Ann Vores, Julie Kennedy, Judy Green, Deb Moore, Alex Halperin, Leon Fell, and ski racers Phil Mahre, Steve Podborski, Franz Klammer, and Bill Johnson.
  • Aspen Skiing Company Orientation Film (1986) (13 minutes) Produced by Aspen Skiing Company for their 40th anniversary, this promotional film provides a brief history of the area, from silver mining to early skiing to recent improvements including the Silver Queen Gondola. The narrator also discusses developments around town, specifically to Victorian buildings.

Time Travel Tuesdays | History on Stage: Fred Iselin & Billy Fiske
Tuesday, January 17, 5:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$15 / free for AHS Lixiviator and up members
Ticket required: on sale beginning December 1st at or call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770

Join history scholars and actors from Aspen Historical Society for first-person accounts of area ski pioneers in live museum theatre character performances. Two legendary Aspenites will share their stories “in their own words”:

  • Mike Monroney will present Billy Fiske, an American skier and adventurer whose plans to bring commercial skiing to the area came to a halt due to World War II.
  • Alexander Hunter will present Fred Iselin, the Swiss skier, author, legendary ski school maverick, and film-maker.

Time Travel Tuesdays | Ski Gangs of Aspen
Tuesday, January 31, 5:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$15 / free for AHS Lixiviator members
Ticket required: on sale beginning December 1st at or call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770
Join Aspen Historical Society and guests to hear from members of the legendary ski gangs of Aspen! Panelists will share stories from the early days of ski gangs and insight into today’s ski gang scene! Come dressed in your favorite retro ski outfit and show off your collection of ski passes at this celebratory community program!

Time Travel Tuesdays | Racing through History: FIS in Aspen
Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$15 / free for AHS Lixiviator members
Ticket required: on sale beginning December 1st at or call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770

Join Aspen Historical Society and guests to experience Aspen’s fast-moving and innovative ski racing history, beginning with the 1950 FIS World Alpine Championships, the first sanctioned international alpine competition in the U.S. In honor of the 2023 return of FIS World Cup racing to Aspen, don your favorite old-school ski gear or 1950’s costumes for a multimedia presentation featuring historical photos, retro ski footage, and an overview of the history and importance of ski racing in the Aspen community.