X Games rundown: transportation and viewing
For the next four days, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will be shuttling tens of thousands of spectators throughout the valley to X Games events and concerts. The following is a breakdown of what weekend revelers need to know concerning transportation and venues offerings.
How to get there
Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day, free RFTA buses will run every six to 10 minutes between Aspen, Buttermilk Mountain, the Brush Creek Intercept Lot and Snowmass Village. RFTA information technology director Phil Schultz encouraged drivers to park at the Intercept Lot, which is on the north side of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road.
Shuttles also are running from Aspen Highlands to Buttermilk from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Sunday. There will be no direct transportation to and from Buttermilk to Highlands after 4:30 p.m.
Drivers also have the option to drop off and pick up attendees at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. No parking or waiting is allowed.
The Buttermilk spectator area is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, though X Games will extend hours if competition runs late. The venue will feature four festival villages: Galleria, Gaming Shack, Playground and Sound Factory. The villages will include entertainment, interactive games, food, live music, the Major League Gaming X Games Invitational, athlete autograph signings and giveaways.
X Games concerts
Attendees can purchase $150 four-show general admission tickets or $200 four-show preferred admission tickets.
Friday: Snoop Dogg at 6:15 p.m. (gates open at 5:15 p.m.)
Saturday: Chromeo at 4 p.m. and Skrillex at 9:30 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.)
Sunday: Wiz Khalifa at 4:30 p.m. (gates open at 3:30 p.m.)
Temperatures are forecasted to be around 32 degrees during the day and below zero at night, so dress accordingly.
The following items are prohibited: large bags, weapons, alcohol, coolers, pets (service animals excepted), folding chairs, large umbrellas, laser pointers, noisemakers and beverages (factory-sealed plastic water bottles excepted).
X Games is a non-smoking, alcohol-, drug- and marijuana- free event.
Tailgating and camping not permitted in the Intercept Lot.
Large posters and banners must be inspected by security.
Commercial photography and videography prohibited, including the following: lenses greater than 31/2 inches in length, telephoto or zoom lenses, interchangeable lenses, monopods, tripods and flash equipment.
Gates and/or specific competition venues are closed at capacity.
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Kevin Warner started his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness ranger in 2001. Now he’s taking over the key position as Aspen-Sopris District Ranger.