Winter X Games in Aspen

Written by on January 4, 2011 in CO Events - Comments Off on Winter X Games in Aspen

Each year around the middle of January, the four-day Winter X-Games competition is held in Aspen, Colorado. The events is nothing short of sheer fun … high flying, death-defying, out-of-control, snow madness! Each year, more than 200 of the best action sports athletes (and growing each year) compete in the winter events including skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling events.

The X Games are an Olympics-style annual competition of so-called “extreme winter sports.” The X Games was created by cable sports network ESPN in 1995 in response to the growing popularity of these extreme sports. Perhaps inspired by the X Games, the Olympics began introducing extreme sports such as snowboarding in 1998. One of the best known winter extreme sports enthusiasts and frequent X-Games winner is Shaun White, aka the Flying Tomato (also known as The Monster) who captured Olympic Gold in 2006 and again in 2010 in the halfpipe snowboarding competition. Shaun has won a dozen or more medals at the X-Games over the years.

You can combine a ski getaway with a chance to see the X-Games if you book a trip to Aspen in mid-January. Aspen has hosted the event since 2001. And it’s no wonder! Aspen has become an iconic ski destination with four world-class mountains within ten minutes of downtown. Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass all have different ski styles and the feel of each is unique. Aspen Mountain has steep glades and bump-runs. The Highlands has a big-mountain feel with plenty of in-bounds adventures. Beginners and X Gamers end up at Buttermilk, while families gravitate to the easier slopes of Snowmass. With miles and miles of public trails, as well as acres of backcountry and a XC ski touring area just up Castle Creek Road, Aspen has also become known as a Nordic skiers nirvana.

Aspen has dozens of places to stay, from cabins to resorts, hotels to condos and B&Bs. And there’s plenty to do in Aspen besides skiing. The quality of Aspen dining wins accolades year after year. You can find everything from sushi to exquisite international cuisine. The shops along Galena street boast everything from designer styles and unique boutiques to outfitters and art galleries. The calendar of Aspen is filled events including music, dance, lecture, exhibits and even wine tastings.

For more information on the X-Games, visit ESPN.

For more information about places to stay and things to do in Aspen, please visit:
Aspen Chamber Resort Association
425 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611
970.925.1940 | 800.670.0792
Email: gro.rebmahcnepsanull@ofni

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