The X Games Aspen are a mere week away and if you’re making the trip to Aspen to view the 23rd annual event there are a few things you might want to consider for your itinerary. You’ve got to have a place to stay, and be a little bit in the know on what else to see and do in Aspen when not at Buttermilk. Additionally, you’ve got to get on the hill and know where to go when not on the hill.

Here’s a few tips to get you started down the path of planning your perfect X Games experience.


Snowmass Base Village, Limelight Hotel Snowmass
Snowmass Base Village, Limelight Hotel Snowmass

It’s best to book your lodging well in advance as options tend to dwindle the closer to the event you wait. However, our friends at Stay Aspen Snowmass always have some magic they can pull out of a hat. For those looking for the full downtown Aspen experience, you’ll have to shell out a pretty penny. This week is popular and bedding down in the heart of the action won’t be cheap, but for some, being able to walk a mere block or two from the party scene is worth it. For those looking to get the best value out of their X Games stay, try looking at condo options in Snowmass. These often sleep 4-10 people making sharing with 4-10 of your closest friends a great way to keep per person costs down.
Also, being out of town will keep costs down. And with the X Games events themselves taking place in Buttermilk — between Aspen and Snowmass — you’re in good shape in Snowmass. Free buses run throughout the week from both Aspen and Snowmass to and from the Buttermilk venue, so either option is extremely accessible.


We definitely suggest spending as much time as possible at the Buttermilk venue to get the most out of your X Games experience. To that end, there are plenty of party events as well as other opportunities to interact with athletes, photographers, artists, course builders, industry VIPs, and more during the day and into the evening. But if you need to get away from the hubbub for a little while, we have some après and evening suggestions for you.
Après ski party at Ajax Tavern
Après ski party at Ajax Tavern


Limelight Aspen

For wood-fried pizzas, great beer options, and a large living room type atmosphere, try the Limelight Hotel in downtown Aspen. Live music is often on tap and it’s a great jumping off point for evening activities.

Ajax Tavern

Located right at the bast of Aspen Mountain, Ajax Tavern is the perfect place to kick up your feet… while still in their ski boots. Champagne flows, the burgers are top notch, and the people watching is second to none.
Get a beer at the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass
Get a beer at the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass


Limelight Snowmass

The newly opened Limelight Hotel in Snowmass is as happening as it gets. More wood-fired pizzas, beer, and a relaxed atmosphere all in the heart of Snowmass Village mall is a great stop over between X Games events and whatever is next.

Base Camp Bar & Grill

Directly at the base of Snowmass Mountain and in the heart of the base village mall, Base Camp Bar & Grill is ground zero for great bar food, lots of beers, and keeping your ear to the ground for what’s happening during X Games week.

Venga Venga

There’s nothing like Mexican food for fueling up between skiing and evening activities. Part of the upper village mall at Snowmass, Venga Venga has great access to many hotels and condos as well as shops and other eateries.


College students aren’t known for deep pockets, and we have a great option for getting on the hill and seeing the X Games events for those on a budget. For just $95 the College X Pass includes two days of lift tickets as well as discounts on rentals and adding additional days is only $59.

A photo ID from an accredited four-year institution is required.

About the Author

Nicole Birkhold
Nicole Birkhold


With nothing but a pair of skis and a journalism degree from Michigan State University, Nicole headed west looking for mountains, snow, and someone to pay her to put words to paper. She found the writing gig in Freeskier Magazine for ten years, but needed to be closer to the mountains to she packed it up and came to Aspen where she still crafts words but with more time on the snow.

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