Full house for Winter X Games
Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN Got a couch? You can probably make some bucks renting it out about a month from now.Aspen’s luxury accommodations fill up for the holidays, but come late January, a different crowd rolls into town. And those who haven’t already lined up a place to stay for the 11th Winter X Games at Buttermilk may soon find themselves hunting for a sofa.If Aspen could triple the number of high-end townhomes, hotel suites and mansions available for rent during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it could probably fill them, according to Bill Tomcich, president of local reservations agency Stay Aspen Snowmass. In fact, the less expensive accommodations are typically the last to fill up, he said.”It’s the total opposite at the X Games. The cheaper hotel rooms go fast, then the higher-end condos and townhomes start to fill.”X Gamers will find the hunt for a moderately priced room even tougher this winter, now that the Limelite Lodge, an X Games mainstay, has been razed to make way for a new iteration of the hotel.The night of Friday, Jan. 26 is especially tight, according to Tomcich. By his tally, 97 percent of the rooms in town are already booked.”When you get over 90 percent, it means every affordable room is taken up,” he said.Still, accommodations remain for the games, including condos in Snowmass for the Jan. 25-28 event.And some lodges are reporting an available bed here and there, though innkeepers don’t expect them to last long.The St. Moritz Lodge has no space available in its popular bunk room on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27. Early November was the time to claim a bunk for $49 a night, said front desk man Gerald DeLisser. A snowmobile team competing at the Games has claimed about a dozen rooms at the lodge for the duration of the games, he added.Aspen’s Little Red Ski Haus still had one open bed in its four-bed bunk room for women when innkeeper Beverly Fiore checked its availability on Wednesday. It goes for $80 a night, with breakfast. The men’s bunk room is completely booked.The lodge also had one room that sleeps four available during X Games weekend, for $429 a night. There had been two rooms available Wednesday, after cancellations that morning, but one of them was already rebooked later in the day. The other was still available on Friday.Most of the rooms at the Ski Haus were booked for X Games weekend in October and November, Fiore said.The Molly Gibson Lodge’s 48 rooms are booked completely for the games with individuals associated with producing the event for ESPN. The Limelite used to take on a contingent of that crew.As the event nears, motels all the way down to Glenwood Springs will feel the impact of the games, but the Comfort Inn & Suites in Carbondale has already booked all of its 76 rooms on Jan. 26 and 27. The Days Inn in Carbondale still has plenty of rooms left, though, according to Debbie Bethell at the front desk.”We’re not worried about it,” she said. “They will come.”Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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