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All Winter Words events start at 6pm at Paepcke Auditorium, with doors open at 5:30pm. A book signing will follow each discussion and Explore Booksellers will have books for purchase at the event. 

10% off books at Explore for AW Members!
Purchase Winter Words and Summer Words book titles in advance of events at Explore Booksellers, 221 East Main Street, Aspen.

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$25 Individual Tickets
$60 AW Member Series Pass
$80 Non-Member Series Pass
* Passes available for purchase through January 8, 2018. AW Members will receive an email with the discount code. Passholders can pick up their pass in the lobby at any of the Winter Words events.

We are proud to offer FREE tickets to students ages 14-24
We believe that engaged youth vitalize our literary community by offering fresh perspectives and taking bold risks. Contact Aspen Words with questions or to reserve a free ticket.

This offer is subject to space availability at events. Winter Words programs are not scripted and may contain adult content and explicit language. 


All 2016 events are held at Paepcke Auditorium located on the campus of the Aspen Institute.
1000 North 3rd St. Aspen, CO 81611

Disability Accommodations

All Winter Words venues meet ADA standards for wheelchair accessibility. If you are a person with a disability requiring accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact us in advance with your needs so that we know how we may best assist you.

Parking & Transportation

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Parking is limited in the Paepcke lot directly adjacent to the venue. If that lot is full, try the Music Tent lot located at the end of the Paepcke driveway by Gillespie Street and near the Aspen Physics Center. Free residential parking is available in the surrounding West End neighborhood. Guests may utilize the Aspen Meadows Resort parking garage located on the opposite side of campus at the Meadows Rd entrance. Walkways between parking areas are well-lit in the evenings and thoroughly maintained during winter months.

Meadows Shuttle Service

The Aspen Meadows offers complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Aspen departing from the Meadows Reception Building every hour and half hour. Drop-off and pick-up are available at the Rubey Park Bus Station, at the base of Aspen Mountain near the Gondola, and the Hotel Jerome. The town shuttle does not run unless there is a requested pick-up or drop-off. Please call ahead to schedule, 970-925-4240. Gratuity is encouraged.

RFTA – Free Town Bus

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) Crosstown Shuttle provides access to the West End of Aspen and the Music Tent parking lot. The shuttle runs from Rubey Park in the center of town to the Music Tent parking lot at :06 and :36 after each hour, and from the Music Tent parking lot back to town at :15 and :45 after each hour.


Cancellation Policy

  • Tickets and season subscriptions are non-refundable.
  • Tickets that have been purchased and have not been used may be redeemed at the end of the season for a charitable contribution receipt equal to the value of the purchase.
  • AW reserves the right to change or cancel any speaker and/or event without notice.

Seating Policy

  • All tickets are general admission
  • Your ticket/subscription guarantees you a seat up to 10 minutes before the event start time. In the event of a sell-out, all seats unclaimed 10 minutes prior to the start time — including those of series passholders — will be released for sale.

Book Sales & Author Signings

Explore Booksellers will have books for sale at each Winter Words event. Featured authors will be available for a book signing following their reading and talk. Bring your book or buy one onsite and don’t miss this rare opportunity to have your book inscribed by some of today’s most inspiring and talked about authors.