With sunny skies and amazing conditions, the final day of competition at X Games Aspen 2019 made the athletes progress their respective sports.
Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle, Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, fan-favorite Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe and Snow Bike Best Trick plus a special performance from Kygo were on the schedule, and over 34,000 spectators came to the base of Buttermilk Mountain to see it all go down.
Jeep Ski Slopestyle opened the day with American Alex Hall earning his first X Games medal with gold. Already in the lead, Hall bettered his score on the last run with a technical rail section into a leftside 1260, switch rightside double cork 1260 for a 95.66.
Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand added his second silver medal of the event and Norwegian Ferdinand Dahl rounded out the podium with bronze — his first X Games medal.
“It’s been a really big six days doing both events but I am so happy,” ABM said in a statement after the competition. “Incredible that I was able to put almost the run that I wanted today and the two jumps I wanted last night so just so happy for sure for my performance.”
In the second year of Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, the racers sped up the face of the Big Air jump as the sun set over Buttermilk Mountain. Though hillclimb athletes don’t often race on snow, Logan Mead showed his versatility, walking away with his first X Games gold. Last year’s winner, Travis Whitlock took the silver medal and Jake Anstett took third.
“It’s 100% different,” Whitlock said when asked about how this event stacks up to other competitions. “Timbersledding that I do in the winter is not even remotely close to this. These are so squirrly, you gotta keep the power to the rear wheel. It’s fun, it’s exciting.”
James earned a 94.00 on his second run that included a switch backside double cork 1080, backside double cork 1260, cab 1080 and a frontside double cork 1260. That second run score held, leaving him to take a victory lap down the deck of the pipe, high-fiving fans along the way.
In his first X Games appearance, 17 year old Yuto Totsuka took home the silver medal with a 90.00.
“Scotty took the time to learn the fundamentals,” Davis says about James’ performance. “A lot of kids skip the fundamentals and learn the tricks. What he does in the air is incredible but what he does between the walls is also incredible. He’s a confident dude and he’s a nice dude. I love to see someone like him doing well..it puts a smile on my face.”
Australian Rob Adelberg defended his gold medal in Snow Bike Best Trick with a trick similar to the one he landed last year — The High Roller. After winning the first-ever Snow Bike Best Trick gold last year, Adelberg went on to win five medals between X Games Aspen, Minneapolis and Sydney — making him the only athlete in history to collect five X Games medals in the same calendar year.
Snowmobile freestyle silver medalist Brett Turcotte added his second silver medal of the event, and Ethen Roberts took bronze.
“Oh my gosh, I’m over the moon!” Roberts said about his third place finish. “It’s so crazy to come into a competition stacked with this much talent and walk away with bronze…it’s amazing.”
With four days, twenty one events, and 117,000 people, X Games Aspen 2019 officially came to a close.