Looking for something to do in Colorado? Head to beautiful Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, where every year in January they play host to the X-Games. The X-Games is annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN. It is here that athletes compete to win bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as prize money.
When I caught wind of the X-games I knew that I had to go. Even though it was being hosted 250 miles away from Denver, that did not stop me. I packed up all my warm gear and hit the road. It was about a four hour drive with traffic, plus an extra hour drive from the hotel in Glenwood Springs to Aspen.
What are they x-games?
There are multiple winter sport events being held. Events are broken down into three categories: Skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobile.
- There are five different skiing events: Ski Big Air, Men’s Ski Slopestyle, Women’s Ski Slopestyle, Men’s Ski Superpipe, Women’s Ski Superpipe.
- There are seven different snowboarding events: Snowboard Big Air, Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Men’s Snowboard Superpipe, Women’s Snowboard Superpipe, Men’s Snowboard X, Women’s Snowboard X.
- There are four different snowmobile events: Snowmobile Freestyle, Snowmobile Speed & Style, Snocross, Snocross Adaptive.
Outside of the athletic events going on there are a few other things to do. There are concerts held throughout the day. The lineup for 2019 was Lil Wayne, Louis the Child, The Chainsmokers, and KYGO. You can also sign up to participate in the various winter athletic challenges or ski/snowboard down all four mountains during the games.
How much are the tickets?
I expected this to cost tons of money, but luckily to spectate the live televised events it is totally free. Prior to the event there is an option to purchase packages that include accommodations, alcohol, and warmth throughout the event. However, those packages can run upward of $2000 plus. There is also the option to just purchase tickets to the various concerts throughout the day, but once they sell out they remove that option. You could also purchase an “x-pass”. For $134 you could enjoy two days of skiing and riding on all four mountains at Aspen Snowmass during X Games.
Parking is also free. There are a few different parking locations, we parked at the Brush Creek Intercept lot. Then, you can take one of their free shuttles from the lot to the games. It is nice that they do bag checks and security scans prior to boarding the shuttle. So, when you get to the games you walk right on in via the “express lane”.
No doubt to attend the X-games comfortably you need to have some money. However, it is not impossible to be frugal and have just as much fun. We ended up staying in Glenwood Springs, which is a town about 45 miles away from the games. So, although we did have to drive an additional hour, it was worth it to get hotel accommodation for half the price of what we would have paid in Aspen.
Make sure that you are bundled up in multiple layers. The temperatures dropped to about 14 degrees, which for me is borderline freezing. You can also bring in empty hydro flask or mugs that can retain hot drinks, and there are places to purchase water or hot beverages. There are not tons of food places inside the venue so make sure you bring snacks. Wendy’s is a sponsor of the event, so they have a food truck there, but the line to purchase one of the three sandwiches they had on sale was absurd.
There are tons of events going on throughout the day but be sure to look at the schedule beforehand. We ended up getting there early and seeing a snow bike event, then we had two hours to kill before the next event started. We ended up going to the town of Aspen and hanging out there, but it would have been nice to plan a bit better.
Overall, it was an amazing trip that I would definitely do again. If you haven’t visited our website yet, please be sure to do so after reading this post.
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