X Games Aspen Introduces Three New Disciplines for 2020 Winter Games

After five consecutive years of the fan-favorite Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Event, X Games Aspen will also add a Special Olympics Unified Skiing Event this year.

Aspen, CO - January 27, 2019 - Buttermilk Mountain: Danny Davis competing in Monster Energy Men's Snowboard SuperPipe during X Games Aspen 2019 (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

New disciplines are coming to X Games Aspen 2020.

Known for celebrating the style and creativity inherent in winter sports, X Games Aspen 2020 is going to be better than ever. Earlier today, ESPN and X Games announced the additions of Snowboard SuperPipe Best Trick, Snowboard Rail Jam and, following the success of Snowboard Knuckle Huck in 2019, Ski Knuckle Huck.

In Snowboard SuperPipe Best Trick, riders will have the opportunity to throw the best trick in their arsenal in the SuperPipe. The competition will be in a jam session format, with eight riders competing for 20-minutes, scored on overall impression. In Snowboard Rail Jam, riders will take as many runs as possible in a jam session format, using only the rails on the Slopestyle course. Based on overall impression, judges will rank the riders throughout the competition and take into consideration progression, difficulty, execution and variety.

Aspen, CO – January 28, 2019 – Buttermilk Mountain: Alex Hall competing in Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle during X Games Aspen 2019
(Photo by Matt Morning / ESPN Images)

For Ski Knuckle Huck, instead of hitting the Big Air jump as they traditionally would, riders instead take off the knuckle (roll over) of the jump and huck their most unique trick, finishing in the same landing area. Since the athletes do not get as much height, the tricks must instead rely on technicality and creativity throughout the jam session format.

After five consecutive years of the fan-favorite Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Event, X Games Aspen will also add a Special Olympics Unified Skiing Event this year.

The full list of disciplines at X Games Aspen 2020 is as follows:

Ski
Snowboard
Snowmobile & Snow Bike
Big Air (M & W)
Big Air (M & W)
Snowmobile Freestyle
Slopestyle (M & W)
Slopestyle (M & W)
Snow BikeCross
SuperPipe (M & W)
SuperPipe (M & W)
Snow Bike Best Trick
Knuckle Huck
SuperPipe Best Trick
Para Snow BikeCross
Special Olympics Unified
Knuckle Huck
Adaptive Snow BikeCross
Rail Jam
Special Olympics Unified

The three medalists from each X Games Aspen 2019 discipline returning in 2020 and the X Games Aspen 2019 gold medalists from Snow Bike Best Trick and Snowboard Knuckle Huck received an early invite to compete today. The first full round of invited athletes will be announced in the near future.

X Games Aspen 2020 takes place at Buttermilk Mountain from January 23 – 26, 2020 Aspen, Colo.