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Janet Urquhart
The Winter X Games crowd is expected to swell for the weekend (this is last year's). Attendees are urged to take the bus to Buttermilk since they don't really have any choice. (Aspen Times file)
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Take the bus.That’s the word on getting to and from the Winter X Games at Buttermilk. There is no – as in, not any – public parking at Buttermilk. However, ESPN and the Aspen Skiing Co. have ramped up bus options with service from the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Snowmass Village Shuttle, Vail Transit and Rocky Mountain Transit.All told, the event will have more bus service than last year, according to Skico event marketing manager Ryan Miller.”We are in very, very good shape,” he said.In addition, there will be more time this year between the end of the final event at Buttermilk and the free concerts in downtown Aspen on Friday and Saturday nights to help accommodate the crowd trying to get from the games into town.As for parking, there will be free parking at Cozy Point, three miles west of Buttermilk on Highway 82. Kitty-corner from Cozy Point is the Brush Creek park-and-ride lot. Grab a bus marked “X Games” at either locale; the free shuttles will serve both lots. The Cozy Point bus will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 27-31. To move between the two lots, use the pedestrian underpass to the southeast of the Highway 82/Brush Creek Road intersection.Shuttles will also operate from about 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights to take concertgoers from Wagner Park back to the Cozy Point parking area. Shuttles will operate until 30 minutes after the end of the concerts. Look for buses lining Durant Avenue next to the park (the park is also next to the Rubey Park bus station on Durant).Regular valley fare buses that stop at the Brush Creek lot will also stop at Buttermilk; it’s a $2 fare. Anyone coming from downvalley should hop on a RFTA bus or drive to a park-and-ride lot (parking is free) and take a bus from there.Free X Games buses will also run continuously between Buttermilk and Rubey Park.Free skier shuttles from Snowmass Village will run to Buttermilk between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. daily. Additional evening service via a free Snowmass Village Shuttle will run every 10 minutes from the Village Mall, starting at 4:45 p.m. to the end of each day’s events at Buttermilk.RFTA regional service to Aspen and the Brush Creek park-and-ride lot departs the Snowmass Mall at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, from 6:15 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. The fare is $3 to Aspen and $1 to the lot.On Sunday, X Games shuttles will operate between Buttermilk and Wagner Park (on Durant Avenue) to serve AWOL Aspen, a wallride competition and concert at the base of Aspen Mountain at 5:15 p.m. While AWOL is going on in town, events will continue at Buttermilk.Parking in downtown Aspen is limited; the maximum is four hours for $8 without refeeding the meter. Parking is free throughout town on Sunday and after 6 p.m. other days. Parking in the residential neighborhoods is free but limited to two hours. The two-hour limit may be exceeded with the purchase of a one-day pass, available for $5 at City Hall (on weekdays), or with a pass lodges provide to their guests.Parking is also available at the Rio Grande Parking Plaza for an hourly or daily rate. The garage is off Rio Grande Place, a block north of Main Street.Look for a bright yellow flier at Rubey Park and on the buses that details shuttle and parking options during the X Games.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com


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