County considers Buttermilk camping for JAS festival

Apr 11, 2017

The county is considering allowing Jazz Aspen Snowmass to use the base of Buttermilk for camping during the Labor Day festival.
Credit Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County commissioners showed lukewarm interest Tuesday in Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ latest plan to offer affordable lodging to Labor Day festival concert-goers.

As Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) works to keep up with music festivals across the country, the non-profit wants to offer camping for 500 to 1,000 people this Labor Day. Holly Upper, a vice president at JAS, presented a plan for tent camping and limited RV parking at the base of Buttermilk.

Commissioners expressed general support for affordable lodging options, but have many concerns, including fears that music festival camping could turn into what George Newman called a “mini-Woodstock.”

Upper said the idea has preliminary support from Aspen Skiing Company and the Inn at Aspen, and the non-profit will iron out some details before submitting a special use permit to the county.