The best winter athletes from around the world will gather at Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountain from January 25-28. Aspen was chosen to host the Winter X Games for the seventeenth time in the history of the prestigious event. The crowds and athletes are likely to focus on the Big Air event that is a centerpiece of the competition, and will make its debut in the Olympics a month later.
Athletes Invited To Participate
The United States’ Shaun White is certainly the biggest name on the preliminary docket, but he is unlikely to participate with the Pyeongchang games right around the corner. White is also continuing to recover from an injury he suffered while training. Jamie Anderson, another Olympic athlete, was included on the X Games list of potential participants. She is one of many American hopefuls vying for a medal in Big Air. Other notable international athletes likely coming to Aspen include Canada’s Josh Penner, Sweden’s Oscar Wester, and Cai Xuetong of China. The games will be televised on both ESPN and ABC.
XGames Featured Entertainment
Each night will feature a different musical act, and this year’s lineup is as diverse as ever. Martin Garrix will pump energy into the crowd on Thursday night. The 21-year-old DJ is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in dance music. Rappers Method Man and Redman take the stage the following night. After that, LCD Soundsystem and Marshmello hope to end the four-day event on high notes. Marshmello’s big year has been highlighted by chart-toping hits featuring the likes of Khalid and Selena Gomez.
Schedule Of Events
Thursday, January 25th: Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifying, Women’s Ski SuperPipe, Snowmobile Speed And Style
Friday, January 26th: Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Snowmobile Freestyle, Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Saturday, January 27th: Women’s Ski Slopestyle, Men’s Ski Big Air, Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
Sunday, January 28th: Women’s Ski Big Air, Men’s Ski Slopestyle, Snow Bike Best Trick