Crazy as usual at Aspen X Games
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Downtown Aspen saw the usual X Games-induced weekend mayhem, with bars selling out of beer and police making nearly two dozen arrests.
The four-day Winter X Games 12, which wrapped up Sunday at Buttermilk, netted a total attendance of 72,500, only the second time Winter X Games has had a crowd of more than 70,000. Saturday drew the largest crowd with 29,500.
Local bars and restaurants were slammed Friday and Saturday nights, with many breaking records for volumes sold.
That meant more work for the Aspen Police Department. Officers responded to 305 calls for service between noon Thursday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
“It was as busy or busier than we expect X Games to be,” Sgt. Bill Linn said. “As you can see by the sheer numbers, this is busier than Christmas week or Wintersköl, some of the other weeks flaunted in town as being big weeks.”
Most of the arrests were alcohol-related, police said, with five arrests for driving under the influence and six for minor in possession. There was at least one serious assault during the weekend as well as six charges for disorderly conduct issued by the police department.
At the Buttermilk X Games venue, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office had a considerably easier time, where security was tight and fewer people were intoxicated.
“It went pretty well, all things considered,” patrol director Mario Strobl said. “All in all, everyone was well behaved.”
In town, Sgt. Linn said the lack of big concerts at Wagner Park this year made no difference in the number of calls to which they responded.
“It just spread out the issues instead of having them concentrated all in one spot,” Linn said.
The fact things were spread out was great for restaurants and bars that got slammed at the end of concerts in past years.
“All of our numbers are up from last year, we ran out of everything,” said Kevin Gadow, bar manager at Bentley’s. “As far as Bentley’s is concerned, we didn’t have the problems with behavior. Nobody lit anything on fire, and I didn’t get vomited on once.”
The Hickory House had a huge weekend, according to assistant general manager Kim Hanson, who said deliveries and restaurant attendance were “crazy from start to finish.”
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