Xpert advice: Take bus to the games
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” With no public parking at Buttermilk for the Winter X Games , as usual, spectators should plan on taking a bus to the venue, local transportation officials advise.
New this year, there will also be no parking at Cozy Point Ranch; instead, attendees should park at the expanded lot at the Brush Creek park-and-ride on the opposite side of Highway 82, at the intersection with Brush Creek Road. Free shuttles will operate between the parking lot and Buttermilk from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the games, Thursday through Sunday. Regular valley and skier shuttle buses will also serve the park-and-ride lot on their regular schedules.
Those heading to the games from downtown Aspen can catch any regular valley bus (rides between town and Buttermilk are free), or one of the designated, free X Games buses that will operate continuously between the Rubey Park bus station and Buttermilk from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Those who park in Aspen should be sure to follow posted parking rates and regulations. Lower cost, long-term parking is available at the Rio Grande parking garage, located one block north of Main Street off Rio Grande Place.
Transportation between Snowmass Village and Buttermilk is available via regular skier shuttles that run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily between Snowmass and Aspen, with stops at Buttermilk. Additional evening service will be provided to and from Snowmass by town shuttles, from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the day’s events.
From points downvalley, regular RFTA fare service will be available. Several park-and-ride locations offer free parking. Correct change is needed for the fare buses for those without a punch pass or season bus pass.
To serve the apres X concerts at Wagner Park in downtown Aspen on Friday and Saturday, free shuttles will operate after the concerts (until 2:15 a.m.) to transport concertgoers from Wagner Park back to the Brush Creek park-and-ride lot or Snowmass Village. Regular downvalley fare buses will also operate until 2:15 a.m. Correct change is required on the regular valley buses.
There will be boosted security at the Rubey Park bus terminal on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday’s concert starts at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday’s begins at 10 p.m.
Parking and vehicular travel will be restricted on Durant Avenue near Wagner Park on Friday and Saturday nights in order to accommodate concert staging and the quick loading and unloading of buses. Motorists should observe no-parking signs in the area.
Concertgoers are reminded alcohol is not permitted in the park. Aspen Police officers will be enforcing open-container laws and security will be checking backpacks and jackets for open containers. Underage consumption of alcohol will be addressed by the police.
Although Aspen has an established curfew for people under the age of 18, underage concertgoers who have permission from their parents to attend the events will be able to enjoy the concerts from inside the concert venue. All those under age 18 who are outside the concert area will be expected to head home after the 11 p.m. curfew.
To enhance safety at the concerts, a detox facility is planned, and the police will assign dedicated officers to handle enforcement of drunk driving laws.
For more information about transit during the games, call (970) 925-8484.