[Photo: Ryan Holst]
Each January the world’s best winter athletes descend upon Aspen for the Winter X Games. They compete for medals and prize money. Various competitions exist for ski, snowboard and snowmobile.
The first Winter X Games was held in 1997 at Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, CA. It is hosted by ESPN. The following two years took place in Crested Butte. The two years after that were in Mount Snow, VT. And since 2002, the games have found a home at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen.
The competition kicks off Thursday, January 26 at 11am and runs through Sunday the 29th. No tickets are necessary since its free to watch and entirely outside. Concerts, Major League Gaming, and suite packages may be purchased.
- Ski/Snowboard X
- Ski/Snowboard SuperPipe
- Ski/Snowboard Big Air
- Ski/Snowboard Slopestyle
- Snowmobile Freestyle
- Snowmobile Speed & Style
- Snowmobile Best Trick
Friday through Sunday, there will be live music by Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex, and Wiz Khalifa in the Sound Factory Festival Village.
Festival VillagesFour interactive themed villages will be set up to provide entertainment and dining. They offer live concerts, Major League Gaming X Games Invitational, athlete autograph signings and giveaways at Buttermilk Mountain.
- Gaming Shack
- Sound Factory
Parking is offered at the Brush Creek Intercept Lot on Hwy 82. Complimentary shuttles will get you to the big show.