The 2014 Winter X Games are now underway and we have our on site blogger Michael Arriola in Aspen to give you daily coverage and updates through out the week. Here’s his break down of what you need to know:
Time to head to the 2014 Winter X Games, and whether you’re a seasoned vet or first timer to the Aspen area, we’ve got your how-to-do-it guide. The Games have progressed over the years, both with athletes pushing their sports to unbelievable extremes, and by becoming an annual destination for people around the world. We are here to make sure you get a well-rounded week packed with skiing, live music, and Aspen’s local allure.
Let’s start with a little history in order to bring everyone up to speed. The first Winter X Games was in 1997 at Snow Summit in Big Bear. It passed through a few mountain towns until finally landing in Aspen, CO (Buttermilk Mountain) in 2002, and has been hosted here ever since. This was also the first year the Winter X Games was televised live. One last fun fact for you, the SuperPipe that we all love and fear today used to be half the size it is now, at a mere 12 ft. tall.
Ok, now we are ready to talk about the what and when of the competitions that are sure to get your blood flowing. Technically the events start tonight with the Men’s Ski SuperPipe elimination, which is a great taste of what’s to come. Thursday is going to be dominated with Snowboard SlopeStyle and SuperPipe eliminations, and topped off with the Snowmobile Freestyle Finals. As we come into Friday, skiing events will pick back up and you will get your fix of SlopeStyle, SuperPipe, and Big Air through Sunday. Check out the link at the bottom for a full schedule. Each event will have its highlights, but you will see the highest level of competition break out during the finals of each event, which don’t start until Friday.
Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe has been a roller coaster ride with Shaun White announcing yesterday that he would compete in this year’s Winter X, and retracting it yesterday. Whether you are a skier or snowboarder it is always fun watching him fly high against Aspen’s dark sky. We will have to wait until the Olympics to see what tricks he has up his sleeve. This does not take away from SuperPipe being one of the most exciting competitions during Winter X, and should top your “to see” list.
The sporting events are complemented with music, X Fest, and the ability to ski world-class resorts. Every year the musicians chosen for the event top the totem pole, and this year is no exception. With Phoenix headlining Saturday and Tiesto Sunday, people will be able to enjoy a nice variety of music to add to their Winter X experience.
X Fest is where you have an opportunity to dive into the action sports world with gear demos, swag giveaways, and a constant flow of live entertainment. Here, you will also be able to meet some of the most exciting athletes during autograph signings and award ceremonies. This is located at the bottom of Buttermilk Mountain, and is held on a daily basis starting Thursday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Winter X is a place where records will be set, rookie athletes will make their mark, and sports will jump to unimaginable levels, and you have free front row seats.
Stay tuned to for a daily fix on what should be an amazing week in the Rocky Mountains.
Important Info Links for Winter X Games 2014
Full X-Games Schedule (TV and In-Person) –
Concert Details –
Concert Ticketing Website
Getting To and From Events –
Athletes Page –
Map and Guest Service Info from Winter X Games –