A Local’s Guide to X Games Aspen
Get excited, X Games will returning to Aspen this January 21-23 2022.
X Games Aspen 2022 will welcome spectators back to competition viewing and X Fest areas with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, and masks must be worn in all indoor X Games event areas except when eating or drinking. Fans 11 years old and under may attend without vaccination if accompanied by a vaccinated adult and must wear a form-fitting facemask at all times except when eating and drinking. For additional information, please visit their COVID Policies Page. Buttermilk Mountain will be open to the public operating under Aspen Skiing Company guidelines and will not require proof of vaccination for skiing and snowboarding.
Fans can also follow @XGames across digital and social media platforms for behind-the-scenes, athlete-curated and complementary content that enhance the X Games Aspen telecasts. http://www.xgames.com/aspen/
From favorite food spots to off-mountain adventure, here's our local's guide to enjoying your own action packed X Games weekend in Aspen.
Go Skiing and Riding:
This year's snow storms around Aspen pre X Games have covered Aspen’s quartet of mountains—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk—in fresh snow.
One key to doing X Games like a local is to take advantage of the flawless skiing and riding on our four mountains. You’d be remiss to skip out on a powder day during your X Games trip to Aspen, Colorado.
While you can still ski at Buttermilk, the bottom part of Buttermilk is closed off and there is limited terrain. The Panda Peak Lift will be closed however, if you're looking for beginner terrain Summit Express will be open at the top and give you access to beginner runs. West Buttermilk will remain open as well.
Ajax, Highlands, and Snowmass are your best bets for powder skiing and riding during X Games there are plenty of nooks and crannies to search for untouched powder stashes.
Want to ski Aspen Snowmass like a local? Head to “The Dumps” on Ajax for steep trees and glades. Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands offers the best inbounds, big-mountain terrain in North America. The bootpack up Highland Bowl is worth the effort! Find the “G Zones” off the summit or cut the hike short and drop in at “Fun Deck.” And if you venture past the roundabout and head to Snowmass look for “Sheer Bliss,” “Long Shot,” and “Sneaky’s” for long runs sans crowds.
Equipment Rental and Tuning:
Checkout these local spots to suit you up for a powder day on the mountain.
Grab & go at these tasty Aspen eateries:
Silverpeak Grill- savory hamburgers, hotdogs, tacos, savory soups, salads and more.
Big Wrap- cash-only eatery providing counter-serve wraps, salads, tacos & smoothies in a brick-walled nook.
CP Burger- a chic counter-serve eatery offering burgers, hot dogs & spiked shakes, plus ice skating.
Grateful Deli- takeout Grateful Dead–inspired deli featuring a chalkboard menu of specialty subs, panini & salads.
Highlands Taqueria- Affordable Mexican fare located right at the base of Highlands mountain.
New York Pizza- Narrow, counter-serve pizzeria offering slices on paper plates, plus salads & beer.
Off Mountain Activities:
Get some action off the slopes with activities ranging from snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and more!
Snow/Fat Bike Rentals
Aspen Nordic Center - 39551 CO-82, at the Golf Course, 970-925-2145
Ute City Cycles – 231 E. Main St., 970-925-3325
For more off-mountain adventures in Aspen, click here.
Here are some spots you can grab some from free wifi in Aspen.
- Starbucks- 410 E. Cooper Ave.
- Limelight Hotel Lobby- 355 S. Monarch St.
- Pitkin County Library- 120 N Mill St.
Find full 2022 event information here.