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Aspen X-treme

For a week in January, Aspen becomes the center of the jibtastic universe when the Winter X Games comes to town. With 80,000 spectators (heavy on the park rats), dozens of free events, and parties—i.e. free booze—galore, Aspen is going to go off. Here’s your insider’s guide to the 2011 Winter X Games.

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Catch the action live and slopeside at the base of Buttermilk. All events are free and open to the public, but leave your vuvuzela, booze, and pets…

Catch the action live and slopeside at the base of Buttermilk. All events are free and open to the public, but leave your vuvuzela, booze, and pets at home. Don’t miss the Ladies SuperPipe final Thursday night and the Skiing Big Air final Saturday. Click here for the full schedule.

Looking for greasy bar food? Zane’s is your spot. Their mac ‘n cheese, potato wedges, and Philly cheesesteaks will provide a solid springboard for…

Looking for greasy bar food? Zane’s is your spot. Their mac ‘n cheese, potato wedges, and Philly cheesesteaks will provide a solid springboard for the debauchery that ensues.

A local staple since opening in 1972, Little Annie’s is cozy, cheap (for Aspen) and will be a welcome oasis from the rowdy crowds. Try the…

A local staple since opening in 1972, Little Annie’s is cozy, cheap (for Aspen) and will be a welcome oasis from the rowdy crowds. Try the shot-and-beer special ($3.50) accompanied by a bleu cheese burger. That should get you fired up and ready to rally for the evening’s festivities.

No matter what time of day or night, 39 Degrees in the Sky Hotel is thumping. It’s Sex in the City meets skeevy ski town bar. Sure, it’s trendy, but…

No matter what time of day or night, 39 Degrees in the Sky Hotel is thumping. It’s Sex in the City meets skeevy ski town bar. Sure, it’s trendy, but with two fires outside, a hot tub, and a “let’s get loose” vibe, it’s your best bet for snagging a nice-looking spooning partner.

Dating back to 1892, when hookers and miners graced the bar, the Red Onion is Aspen’s oldest watering hole. From the get-go, the Red Onion was a…

Dating back to 1892, when hookers and miners graced the bar, the Red Onion is Aspen’s oldest watering hole. From the get-go, the Red Onion was a sports bar featuring wrestling, prize fighting, and cycling and true to its roots, the bar still offers prime sports viewing with the most TV screen square footage in town. This will be ground zero for off-the-hill X Games spectating.

Can you say huge plates of home fries, eggs, and killer Bloody Mary’s? Um, yeah. Head to the Hickory House, a southern-style breakfast joint, to wipe…

Can you say huge plates of home fries, eggs, and killer Bloody Mary’s? Um, yeah. Head to the Hickory House, a southern-style breakfast joint, to wipe away your bleary-eyed morning.

No visit to Aspen is complete without a visit to the Main Street Bakery. Their cinnamon French toast, huevos rancheros, or corn beef hashbrowns…

No visit to Aspen is complete without a visit to the Main Street Bakery. Their cinnamon French toast, huevos rancheros, or corn beef hashbrowns should get you back on the pony and ready to ride in no time at all.

While the crowds gape at the athletes’ supernatural aerial feats, you’ll have the hills to yourself. Up the road from Buttermilk, hit Aspen…

While the crowds gape at the athletes’ supernatural aerial feats, you’ll have the hills to yourself. Up the road from Buttermilk, hit Aspen Highlands. Make laps on the Highlands Bowl—B-Fore and Steep ‘n Deep are sure bets for fresh, fall-line powder. Tiehack on Buttermilk is an often-overlooked secret filled with cruisey groomers and stashes of untouched white stuff.