Staying Warm in Aspen: Indoor Activities for Winter Visits

Warm up off the slopes with film festivals, literary readings, gallery tours and shows at a restored Victorian-style theater.

Aspen's winters bring more things to do than just hitting the slopes. Stay warm with these cultural activities. 

Literary: Readings and Talks

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation presents readings and talks by literary stars with a series of dates in mid- to late winter, including James Salter, Richard Blanco and more. Visit the website for more details. 970.925.3122

Contemporary Films


Max Zahle at Aspen Shortsfest
Academy Award nominated director Max Zahle, wins an award at Aspen Shortsfest for his short film "Raju." (Brad Camembert/Shutterstock)

Aspen Film presents its Academy Screenings—all the year’s Oscar contenders—at Harris Concert Hall each year, late December through early January. Aspen Shortsfest, which draws short films from around the world, usually takes place in late winter at the Wheeler Opera House.

Art Galleries

Do a loop of Aspen’s first-class galleries. Start with the Baldwin Gallery, perhaps the most significant contemporary art gallery between Chicago and Santa Fe, and include Magidson Fine Art and Galerie Maximillian, all within a few blocks.

Shows at Wheeler Opera House

Concerts, comedy, films, theater, and more are offered throughout the winter at the Wheeler Opera House, a magnificently restored Victorian theater in downtown Aspen. Even if you can’t make an evening show, take a daytime tour. 320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, 970.920.5770