Our favorite time of year has finally commenced — IT’S X GAMES ASPEN WEEK and we are HYPED!
For the 22nd edition of ESPN’s annual winter action sports competition, X Games Aspen 2018 will feature the world’s top action sports athletes competing in the sports of Ski, Snowboard, Snowmobile and Snow Bike at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.
The four-day event will also feature an enhanced festival village experience, offering spectators a unique and wide-ranging interactive experience to complement the X Games competitions. If that’s not enough to add to the fun, the festival village will include a music stage with ticketed performances by LCD Soundsystem, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Method Man & Redman!
Celeb Secrets is headed back to Aspen later this week to get you the up-to-the-minute scoop on all things sports and music, but before the best show on snow begins, we’re giving you a run-down of what you can expect from this year’s X Games.
Be sure to tune into ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ABC beginning Tuesday, January 25th @ 2:30 pm ET to catch the competitions right in your living room!. You can even stream these events live on the WatchABC and WatchESPN app, with Xgames.com and @XGames having the full television schedule.
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Kicking off Thursday (January 25th) and wrapping on Sunday (January 28th), over 200 world-class athletes will be competing in various ski, snowboard, snowmobile, snowbike, and moto events for medals, prize money, and of course the bragging rights that come with it. The best part? Each competition is absolutely free and open to the public if you’re in Aspen AND will be streaming on ESPN platforms for everyone wanting to watch from home.
This year, X Games is taking things to the next level with its disciplines. Featuring fan favorites such as Slopestyle, Big Air, and SuperPipe for both men and women as well as introducing the new Moto Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, the event will be covering it ALL this year. Be sure to visit Xgames.com for the updated schedule of the competitions as well as the previews of the courses.
Aside from the competitions, our favorite part about X Games Aspen every year is seeing some of our favorite artists live — outside in the middle of a ski mountain. This year, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, LCD Soundsystem, and Method Man & Redman are all expected to take the stage this year, guaranteeing to bring some fire to the chilly base of Buttermilk Mountain. Check out the schedule of when they’re slated to perform below and click here to purchase tickets!
- Martin Garrix – Friday, January 26th @ 9:30PM MT
- Method Man & Redman – Saturday, January 27th @ 5:30PM MT
- LCD Soundsystem – Saturday, January 27th @ 9:30PM MT
- Marshmello – Sunday, January 28th @ 4:30PM MT
The Amazing Athletes
Over 200 athletes are touching down in Aspen today to prepare for what could be one of the most important (and exhilarating) competitions of their lives later this week. This year’s roster is uber talented, as some are even heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to represent their countries in just a few short weeks.
Out of all the athletes competing this year, Celeb Secrets compiled a list of athletes you should keep your eye on this weekend — skiers Aaron Blunck and Maddie Bowman, snowboarders Scotty James and Hailey Langland, and snowmobiler Joe Parsons.
At only 21, Aaron Blunck already has seven X Games appearances, including gold from Aspen 2017. He also took an impressive 7th at the 2014 Sochi Olympics as the youngest American male to compete on the halfpipe team (then 17- years-old). Blunck had a great 2016 which was highlighted by podiums at the Grand Prix in Mammoth (3rd) and the Grand Prix in Park City (1st).
Maddie Bowman earned her eighth straight SuperPipe medal in 2017, with a bronze, after taking silver in X Games Oslo 2016. In 2015, Bowman had two knee surgeries in less than year, and while that would have set most skiers back, she quickly found her way to the top of the podium at X Games Aspen 2016 for the third consecutive time. When she’s not skiing, Bowman, 2014 Winter Olympic halfpipe champion, takes classes at Westminster College.
Already a two-time Olympian, 22-year-old Aussie Scotty James clinched his first X Games gold medal last year in Snowboard SuperPipe. In 2016, James became the first male Australian snowboarder to medal in SuperPipe at X Games when he earned SuperPipe bronze. A technical rider with a great attitude, Scotty puts a lot of style and switch tricks into his run. James took home second place at the Dew Tour Breckenridge.
The up-and-coming face of American slopestyle snowboarding, Hailey Langland took X Games Big Air gold at Aspen 2017, landing a women’s competition-first cab double cork 1080 in the process. Langland took home bronze in Slopestyle as a rookie at X Games Aspen 2016, firmly cementing her name among the world’s elite at just 15-years-old. She joins joins fellow Southern California teen Chloe Kim as the present and future of snowboarding, flashing style on and off the mountain and showing a desire to progress the sport with cutting-edge tricks.
The most decorated snowmobiler in X Games history with an astounding 17 medals, Joe Parsons also has the second-most X Games winter event medals in history. In 2013, Parsons became the first male to earn three medals at a single X Games winter event, only the second person in history to do it. Parsons trains at home with freestyle riders Heath Frisby and Cory Davis. Parsons’ signature trick is the backflip combo Gator Wrestler, discovered by accident in 2012.
X FEST at Buttermilk Mountain
X Games Aspen will showcase X Fest, a four-day interactive festival offering sponsor activations, entertainment, games, attractions, food and other activities for all ages. Located throughout the base of Buttermilk Mountain, X Fest will also include DJ performances, athlete autograph signings, daily giveaways and much more. New this year – don’t miss the X Fest Craft Beer Garden, and sample the amazing local brews from around Colorado.