X Games Return to Aspen 2017

X Games Aspen 2017

X Games Aspen 2017

The world’s premier action sports competition returns to Aspen Snowmass January 26 – 29, inviting the top Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile athletes to compete in 18 different disciplines over four days of sports, music and festival offerings. X Games Aspen will also feature musical performances – in chronological order – by Bassnectar, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, The Chainsmokers and G-Eazy.

While admission to the action sports competitions and festival village are free to the public, X Games musical performances will require purchase of a ticket. Music fans can purchase an All-Music pass for $125, which will include general admission to all four performances. A limited number of preferred All-Music passes are available for $175, which include preferred viewing, a private entrance to the concert venue, dedicated preferred restrooms and cash bar. Continue reading

X Games Aspen 2016 Reveals First Wave of Invited Athletes

ESPN returns to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass, January 28-31, 2016, for the 15th consecutive year to televise the world’s premier action sports competition with live coverage on ESPN and ABC. The 2016 event will again feature action sports competitions, world-class musical performances and a festival village.

The first wave of athlete invites will include 83 additional invitations to compete at X Games Aspen 2016. For X Games Aspen 2016, all 2015 medalists with sport disciplines returning in 2016 received an automatic invite to compete in the 2016 event. For a complete list of invited athletes please visit www.xgames.com.

ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 16 hours of live X Games Aspen competition.  Additional competition, music and behind-the-scenes content will be carried on ESPN3 as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com, X Games app, X Games pages across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and more.


Rider: Sage Kotsenburg | Photo: Tom Zuccareno/ESPN Images

The first wave of invited athletes includes:

  • Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colorado) – One of the most well-rounded freestyle skiers, Kenworthy is a triple threat in Slopestyle, SuperPipe and Big Air at X Games Aspen. Though he has only an X Games bronze to his name, Kenworthy is one to watch as the five-time consecutive AFP overall champion and Sochi Olympic silver medalist.
  • Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, Colorado) – Plagued by injury in 2014 and 2015, Yater-Wallace is healthy and ready to reclaim his spot atop the hometown podium. Earning his first X Games medal with a silver at just 15 years old, Yater-Wallace has since added three more X Games medals to his trophy case.
  • Colten Moore (Krum, Texas) – The defending Freestyle gold medalist, Moore will look to add his third Snowmobile Freestyle gold as the discipline returns to X Games Aspen 2016. After winning his first gold at X Games Aspen in 2012, Moore has earned five additional medals in Freestyle, Best Trick, Speed & Style and Long Jump. Originally a freestyle ATV rider, Moore performs on the Nitro Circus tour riding both his ATV and Snowmobile.
  • Mike Schultz (St. Cloud, Minnesota) – The five-time consecutive SnoCross Adaptive gold medalist, Schultz was injured competing in the Snowboarder X Adaptive discipline at X Games Aspen 2015 and was unable to complete the six-peat. A seven-time medalist, Schultz has competed at X Games in SnoCross Adaptive, Snowboarder X Adaptive and Moto X Racing Adaptive.
  • Yuki Kadono (Tokyo, Japan) – Making his X Games Aspen debut with a silver medal in Snowboard Big Air in 2014, Kadono hasn’t looked back. In 2015 Kadono added X Games Big Air silver, a win at the Los Angeles Air + Style with the first-ever switch backside triple cork 1620 and a win at the Burton U.S. Open with the first ever back-to-back triple cork 1620s.
  • Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen (Geilo, Norway) – In her rookie year, Christiansen topped the podium at X Games Aspen 2013, claiming gold in Ski Slopestyle and went on to secure silver a few months later at X Games Tignes 2013. Raised in a family full of professional skiers and national champions, Christiansen won silver medals at both the Junior World Championships and Youth Olympic Games in 2012. Most recently, she won gold in the Silvaplana Freeski World Cup.
  • Arielle Gold (Breckenridge, Colorado) – A two-time X Games bronze medalist, Gold has finished in the top four at each X Games event in which she has competed. Both she and older brother Taylor earned the chance to compete at the Sochi Olympics, with Arielle being the youngest member of the halfpipe team.

The full initial list of invited athletes can be found on www.xgames.com. The full X Games Aspen 2016 competition schedule will be available on www.xgames.com for fans and www.espnmediazone.com for media in the coming weeks. Follow the X Games on Twitter at http://twitter.com/xgames.

Tickets and full music and competition schedules are now available at XGames.com. As always, general admission to the action sports competitions and festival villages is free to the public.

*PLEASE NOTE: The invited athlete list and competition schedule is constantly being updated and is subject to change. 

X Games Aspen 2015 Final Day

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Four News and Results— Largest Crowd in X Games Winter Event History, Norendal and McMorris Take Slopestyle, Goodwin Races to Victory, Hibbert Continues His Reign and d’Artois Rules the SuperPipe

X Games Aspen 2015 came to a close on Sunday and over the course of the event, 115,000 people gathered around the base of Buttermilk Mountain making this year the highest attended in X Games Aspen history.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The women were up first on the Snowboard Jeep Slopestyle course and familiar faces once again took the top spots on the podium. Last year’s winner, Silje Norendal, saved her best run for her last run with a score of 93.66 to capture gold. Jamie Anderson won her second-consecutive silver, her tenth overall X Games Aspen medal, with a score of 91.33. While both Norendal and Anderson were similar in the jumps, it was the rails, according to the judges, that separated the two. Rookie, New Zealand’s Christy Prior scored an 89.33 for the bronze.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

Although she didn’t make the podium, fourth place finisher Spencer O’Brien, made history as she became the first woman in X Games Snowboard Slopestyle history to throw a successful 900.

The final event on the Jeep Slopestyle course was the Men’s Snowboard final where Mark McMorris claimed his second gold medal of X Games Aspen 2015 with a score of 96.00. McMorris, who won America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air on Friday, also accomplished the double gold medal feat in 2012. The silver medal went to Ståle Sandbech, who scored a 95.00. As with the women’s event, the difference between gold and silver was the technical work on the rails according to the judges. The bronze went to Sweden’s Sven Thorgren, whose high score of 92.00 came on his first run.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The first race on the SnoCross course was the Adaptive final where Garrett Goodwin surged to control of the race at the start of the second lap to capture gold. The win was the first of Goodwin’s X Games Aspen career, his third overall. Doug Henry, who struggled off the starting line, battled his way back from a tough start to win the silver. The bronze medal went to Jim Wazny.

Since 2007, only one man has taken the top spot in Snowmobile SnoCross and that man, Tucker Hibbert, continued his dominance on Sunday winning his eighth-consecutive gold in the event. Hibbert took advantage of a great start by grabbing the holeshot and never looking back. Kody Kamm, repeated his silver medal performance from 2014 and Ross Martin took the bronze. With the win, Hibbert increased his total X Games medals to 13 – 9 gold,  3 silver and a bronze.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The final event of X Games Aspen 2015 took place on the Snowboard SuperPipe and Simon d’Artois, who was competing in just his second X Games, took the top prize with a high score of 93.00. His top run included a right side 1080, switch left 900, switch right 720, double cork 1260 and finished with a double quad spin 720. Artois’ gold, is the first gold his home country of Canada has won in this event. As he did in 2014, France’s Kevin Rolland took home the silver with a high score of 92.33. Aspen native Alex Ferreira also repeated his effort from 2014, claiming the bronze with a score of 91.66.

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Four

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Four News and Results— Largest Single-Day Crowd in X Games Winter Event History, Goepper Repeats, Dahlström Rules the Rails, Simmons the Fastest up the Hill, Gagnier Goes Big and a New Queen of Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe

Saturday was a day of records, as 48,500 – the largest single-day crowd in X Games winter event history – witnessed two record breaking events, a pair of concerts and non-stop action.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The day started on the Ski Slopestyle course with the men up first. The first run of the day turned out to be the best run of the competition, as Nick Goepper won his third- consecutive gold medal with a score of 93.66. Goepper initially failed to qualify for the finals, but made the event after Alex Beaulieu-Marchand withdrew due to injury. Sochi Olympics Gold Medalist Joss Christesen grabbed his first X Games Aspen Medal taking the silver with a score of 90.66. Third went to Canadian Alex Bellemare, who had a high score of 85.66.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The ladies were up next on the Slopestyle course with Sweden’s Emma Dahlström separating herself from the competition with her work on the rails to capture gold. Her score of 90.33 on her second run bettered the score of Keri Herman, who finished with a high score of 86.66. The silver for Herman was her third in this event capturing medals in 2010 and 2011. Coming in third was Sochi Olympics Gold Medalist Dara Howell. Howell finished the event with a best score of 82.00.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

After an 11-year hiatus, Snowmobile HillCross returned to X Games Aspen and Canada’s Ryan Simmons, who had never competed in the discipline, took the top spot. Using his SnoCross background, Simmons took advantage of his quick start to capture the holeshot and pull away from his competitors. The 19-year-old X Games Aspen rookie Justin Thomas, finished behind Simmons for silver and Nathan Titus captured the bronze.

History was made Saturday night, as 14-year-old Chloe Kim defeated snowboarding legend Kelly Clark to claim the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe crown. The youngest gold medal winner ever at a X Games winter event, saved her best for last scoring a 92.00 – two points higher than Clark’s 90.00. The winning run included a switch method cab 900, switchback 720, McTwist and a front 900. Clark’s first run score of 90.00, also set a record for the highest amplitude in Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe history at X Games Aspen, reaching an astonishing 16 feet 11 inches. Australia’s Torah Bright score of 78.33 earned her the bronze.

Saturday concluded with GoPro Ski Big Air, where Canada’s Vincent Gagnier put on a high-flying act good for a total score of 91 to easily out pace his competitors. On his first two runs, Gagnier scored a 44 first and then an event high 47 on his second run with a spinning 1260, double bio, double genie and an octo-grab. The silver went to Colorado’s Bobby Brown, with a combined total of 82. Bronze winner Elias Ambühl also scored an 82, but Brown had a higher single run score of 44, compared to Ambühl’s 42.

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Three (Friday)

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Three News and Results— The Queen of Snowboarder X Reigns, First Time Winners in Men’s and Adaptive Snowboarder X, McMorris Recaptures Gold and Frisby Flies to Victory

23,000 spectators packed the grounds of X Games Aspen on Friday and they were treated to excitement on the courses and on the Sound Factory stage as the legendary Snoop Dogg entertained those in attendance.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The action started fast and furious on the X Course with Men’s, Women’s and Adaptive Snowboarder X. In the women’s event, Lindsey Jacobellis captured her ninth overall gold medal in Snowboarder X after she passed silver medalist Dominique Maltais late in the race. France’s Nelly Moenne Loccoz finished in third to capture the bronze.

In the men’s event, Canada’s Kevin Hill jumped out front early in the finals and never looked back grabbing his first X Games Aspen gold. Italy’s Omar Visintin, who is making his first X Games Aspen appearance, grabbed the silver with Snowboarder X legend Nate Holland taking the bronze.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The first-ever Adaptive race was won by Keith Gabel who narrowly edged out New Zealand’s Carl Murphy. Gabel led the race from the start with the hard-charging Murphy closing the gap just before the finish. It wasn’t quite enough as Gabel grabbed his first X Games Aspen medal. Canada’s Alex Massie took home the bronze not far behind the gold and silver medalists.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

As night fell over Buttermilk, the attention moved to the Big Air course where Mark McMorris outpaced his competitors with a 35 on his first run and a 47 on his third run to capture gold with a combined score of 88. Fellow Canadian and last year’s gold medalist Max Parrot took silver with a combined score of 82 and Japan’s Yuki Kadono took the bronze with a score of 66. McMorris, who also won gold in this event in 2012, received his competition high score of 47 with a frontside triple cork 1440.

The final event of day three saw snowmobiles take-off over a 75-foot gap in Snowmobile Long Jump. And at the end of the event, no one jumped longer than Heath Frisby who took gold with a long jump of 164 feet 11 inches. Cory Davis captured the silver and Colten Moore, who won Speed & Style last night, rounded out the podium by taking bronze.