X Games Aspen 2020

1:00pm 23 Jan - 11:00pm 26 Jan, 2020
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Aspen, Colorado, United States

X Games Aspen: High octane winter action in your face

X Games is a staple event for most extreme sports athletes and is a definite ‘Sharpie’ scribble on the calendar. It’s one of 8 epic Aspen events and festivals in Colorado, USA and not just an event for the athletes. Thousands travel the country, the continent and the globe to see their favorite events in a big TV setting.

So, as 2019 rolls into a steady motion of days flying by, we’re looking at X Games Aspen and all the invited athletes with anticipation. There are 4 core disciplines to watch (Big Air, SuperPipe, Slopestyle and SnowBike) across Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile & Snow Bike. 

The X Games Aspen 2020 lineup includes electronic music titan Alesso, R&B/Pop superstar Bazzi, electronic music DJ and record producer Illenium and hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd.

‘Witness the impossible take place over a variety of extreme sport competitions during a five-day span that will leave you utterly stunned.’

Your experience at X Games

Experience premiere and extreme snow sports competition in Aspen, Colorado. World class ski, snowboard and snowmobile athletes will once again come together to spice up your winter on top of Buttermilk Mountain. X Games is not only a snow sports competition, but it also has a festival element with live music from local artists and bands.

This year the organizers added 3 new disciplines to the event: Snowboard SuperPipe Best Trick, Snowboard Rail Jam and Ski Knuckle Huck.
Here is an overview of all disciplines for 2020:

Ski:

Big Air 
Slopestyle 
SuperPipe 
Knuckle Huck
Special Olympics Unified

Snowboard:

Big Air 
Slopestyle 
SuperPipe 
SuperPipe Best Trick
Knuckle Huck
Rail Jam
Special Olympics Unified

Snowmobile & Snow Bike:

Snowmobile Freestyle
Snow BikeCross
Snow Bike Best Trick
Para Snow BikeCross
Adaptive Snow BikeCross

Best views of X Games 

X Games takes place at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado. Head there early to avoid the queues for parking, the shuttle buses or security. 

You will see some great tricks during practice sessions. That’s the time to take some picks as there are less people around. ESPN and ABC will broadcast the event live in case you can’t be there in person.

What to wear

The weather in Colorado is cold at this time of the year. Prepare yourself for a sunny but cold day or even fresh snow. 

Wear comfortable shoes for walking through the snow and crowds, the area is larger than you think. All events take place outside. Most visitors wear ski or snowboard clothes to stay warm.

What to pack

Don’t underestimate the winter sun and pack some sunscreen. Take a water bottle to refill and to stay hydrated during the day. A good camera is handy to capture the action.

Buy tickets

One of the massive draws is that X Games Aspen is a free event. All the sports events are free to watch, only the concerts you need to pay for. You can buy your tickets online beforehand or at the X Games Aspen Box Office.

X Games Event Schedule

X Games Aspen takes place over 4 days from January 23-26, 2019. Every day is action packed from morning till evening.

Thursday – January 23 

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle and Ski Big Air Elimination
Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final
Ski Knuckle Huck
Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding and Skiing

Friday – January 24

Men’s Ski Slopestyle, Snowboard Big Air and Ski SuperPipe Elimination
Men’s Ski Big Air Final
Women’s Ski Big Air Final
Snowmobile Freestyle Final
Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Session
Rae Sremmurd Concert

Saturday – January 25

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Ski SuperPipe and Snowboard SuperPipe Final
Men’s Ski Slopestyle, Snowboard Slopestyle and Snowboard Big Air Final
Adaptive Snow and Para Snow BikeCross
Snow BikeCross Elimination and Final
Illenium and Alesso Concert

Sunday – January 26

Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final
Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final
Snowboard Slope Rail Jam and Knuckle Huck
Snow Bike Best Trick Final
Bazzi Concert

Top Tips

Wear comfortable shoes: There will be a lot of walking through the crowds at the event so we recommend warm and comfortable shoes. 

Wear layers: With the winter weather in Colorado you may suddenly be surprised with snowfall or sunshine. We recommend to wear layers to cater for all weather conditions. 

Bring some water: With the event running throughout the day, it’s a good idea to bring water to avoid dehydration.

History of X Games

X Games started off as Extreme Games in Rhode Island during the summer of 1995. 

It took almost 2 years before the first winter games were launched and Big Bear Lake hosted the first event in 1997. New disciplines like Freeskiing, Snowmobile SnoCross,  Skiboarding, Snowboard SuperPipe, Moto X Big Air, Ski Slopestyle and Ski SuperPipe have been added before the event was first held in Aspen in 2002. 

The 2002 Winter X Games in Aspen made history with many spectators visiting including the entire U.S. Olympic Snowboard Freestyle team before they headed to Salt Lake City for the Olympics.

Today X Games Aspen is one of the best winter action sports events showcasing the world’s best action sports athletes and musical performances on stage. 

Things to do in Aspen

There are many things you can do in Aspen, apart from skiing and other snow activities in winter.

Go hiking in the Snowmass Village Hiking Trails, visit the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center and go on a ride at the Krabloonik Dogsled Ride.

Is Aspen too busy for snowboarding and skiing during the event? Why not head to A-Basin? Arapahoe Basin is everything Aspen isn’t and vice versa.

What to eat in Aspen

Aspen has a wide selection of restaurants, bars and cafes. Explore the place yourself but pop your head into Element 47, a restaurant slash cocktail bar that offers the best food and drink that Aspen has to offer, a raw bar upstairs and almost 20,000 bottles of wine downstairs. 

Another favorite is Jimmy’s. Go and enjoy a drink with views of the Ajax Mountain. Are you more of a craft beer kind of guy or gal? We can’t list them all but here are some of our recommendations.

How to get there

By Plane

It is easy to get to Aspen with 4 airports to choose from: Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), Eagle County Airport (EGE), Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) and Denver International Airport (DIA). Denver is the largest airport with many direct flights from US and international cities. Aspen is the closest airport to the resort but may cost you a bit more for the convenience.

By Car

Aspen is easy to get to by car but keep in mind the weather conditions. Highway 82 over Independence Pass east of Aspen is usually closed during winter.

Take Interstate 70 and head for Highway 82 at exit 116 towards Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Follow Highway 82 until you see signs for Aspen.

Park your car at one of the recommended event car parks. Free parking is available at the Brush Creek Intercept Lot at Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road and paid parking in Downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village. Shuttle buses run all day and night up to one hour after the final competition or concert. There will be no possibility to park at the event location.

By Bus

Greyhound Buses connect many cities across the US and are your alternative to getting to Aspen. The closest Greyhound location is Glenwood Springs which you can reach directly from Denver. Take one of the other buses from Glenwood Springs like the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) that connects all the resorts and towns close by. RFTA also provides free shuttle service in Aspen town.

Alternatively you can arrange tailored rides with shuttle companies like EpicMountain Express, Colorado Mountain Express, Summit Express and Bustang.

Getting to the event

Shuttle buses run all the time during the event from Brush Creek Intercept Lot, Ruby Park in Downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village Malland Aspen Highlands. They stop one hour after the final event, either a sports competition or concert. The entrance to the event is located at the base of Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort at the intersection of Highway 82 and Owl Creek Road.

Where to stay

Aspen has many hotels and lodgings within a 5-mile radius of the festival village. Choose among many of the resorts or airbnbs. Head to the map here to secure your accommodation.

How to get around

Aspen is a small town and shuttle buses run all the time. If you don’t want to wait for the next one grab a taxi or rideshare. The distances are short so it won’t cost you much.

X Games Aspen is one of the greatest snow festivals around with music, food and drinks, extreme sports action and other activities for the whole family. Fell in love with the snow? Check out Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and Winter Games NZ.

Photo Credit: X Games Aspen

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  1. William Williams says:

    Say what? the concerts at the 2019 winter x-games are FREE this year?

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