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Some Xpert advice: Take the bus

Daily Staff Report
Vail, 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. There will be additional evening service 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 necessary 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, free shuttles will operate after the concerts (until 2:15 a.m.) Friday and Saturday 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 higher security at the Rubey Park bus terminal 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.

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. The police will also address underage consumption of alcohol.

Although Aspen has a curfew for people younger than 18, underage concertgoers may attend the concerts with permission from their parents. All those under 18 outside the concert area must head home after the 11 p.m. curfew.

To enhance safety at the concerts, there will be a detox facility, and the police will assign dedicated officers to handle enforcement of drunken driving laws.

For more information about transit during the games, call (970) 925-8484.


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