The ‘Milk still flows
January 22, 2007
Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN The Winter X Games take up a good share of Buttermilk, but the ski area remains open throughout the events, Jan. 25-28.”Ninety percent of the mountain is still open to the skiing public,” said Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle.Trail restrictions are primarily at and near the base. Access to the bottom of the Summit Express chairlift is limited to one designated route; skiers and riders go below a bridge that’s part of the skiercross course en route to the lift.Uphill traffic is allowed only at the Tiehack section of the ski area. There is no downloading on the Tiehack chairlifts, and uphillers may not download on the Summit Express.The main Buttermilk parking lot is out of commission because of X Games preparations. It will remain off limits during the games and a short time after because of the tear-down of special facilities.”Take the bus, take the bus, take the bus,” Hanle advised. “There is no public parking at Buttermilk.”Parking is limited at Tiehack.The ski school will take first-time skiers and riders to the mountaintop since Panda Peak is in use for the games. “Never-evers” will ride up the Summit Express chairlift and gather at the top of Westward Ho. There they will use a platter lift and snowmobiles fitted with a contraption to move several people at once, according to Hanle.The Skico is offering a couple of discounts to entice people to Buttermilk during the games: The Buttermilk Deluxe package features a full-day lesson, a lift ticket, equipment rental, a 50 percent discount coupon for lunch at any Buttermilk restaurant, as well as lessons for up to four additional friends or family members for $269, Hanle said. That package is available through Feb. 3.The Skico is also offering a College X Pass during the games. That two-day pass is $59 for buyers 24 and younger who can show they are enrolled in an accredited four-year college. That pass is good on all four Skico ski areas for any two days between Jan. 25 and 28, Hanle said.