Action sports make their home at Buttermilk Mountain again this January, as the ESPN X Games bring the world's cutting-edge skiers, snowboarders, and other athletes right to the doorstep of Timbers Resorts' luxury private residence clubs at Dancing Bear Aspen and the Timbers Club.
In its 12th year on the slopes, many well-known X Games faces will be back: Snowboarding star Shaun White, Snowmobile standout Tucker Hibbert, Ski hero Tom Wallisch and others. Check the full list of athletes on the X Games website.
A fresh, new face will be appearing front and center this month as the host of the global X Games circuit: Ramona Bruland. The Aspen local and Aussie native has been a familiar fixture in the Aspen Snowmass area for several years as a host on Plum TV. She makes the giant leap to ESPN with this January's Winter Games and the support of friends from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.
There are all kinds of additional surprises in store this year, and so, in the run-up to the action, we turn to the hottest moments and unbelievable records from last year's action.
On the Trail of 2012: Remarkable Moments
Aspen 2012 was very much about honoring the achievements of the late, great Canadian Sarah Burke, a world renowned freestyle skier who passed away shortly before the Aspen events convened.
In a sense, many of the accomplishments that came out of last January's competitions were infused with the spirit of that 29-year-old phenom.
— It was the Canadians who scooped up a special honor in Burke's name. Her teammate Roz Groenewoud nabbed the country's first gold in the wake of the tragedy. And Burke's teammate Kaya Turski notched a nearly flawless ski run in the champion's honor as well.
A lot of perfection showed up on the slopes.
— Take Shaun White's snowboarding perfect score. Carving up a super-pipe with an injured ankle, he still managed to tick every box in the competition ranking: 100 out of 100 points.
— Torstein Horgmo also logged a perfect snowboarding score with dramatic new spins, including a triple cork spin that sent ripples through riders' worlds.
X Games Aspen by the Numbers
It wasn't just the athletes and the stories that caught enthusiasts' attention last time. The 2012 games marked the record second-highest attendance in the history of the event — some 108,000 attendees showed up to watch.
If you're thinking of coming — making a day-by-day breakdown (courtesy of Aspen Daily News) should help you plan things this coming year.
— In 2012, crowds peaked on Saturday at 45,000.
— Sunday was the second busiest, at 26,800 people.
— Thursday and Friday were lighter days: 16,200 and 20,000 respectively.
So, set your schedules. X Games Aspen 2013 is scheduled for Jan. 24 through Jan 27. The full schedule is now online.
And leave some time each day for entertainment such as DJ Calvin Harris at Belly Up Aspen and Major Lazer at Buttermilk.
Another ideal way to unwind is enjoying your own luxurious finishing line at Dancing Bear Aspen for a bit of post-game relaxation — running the numbers and the highlights of your own over a plate and glass at Brexi Brasserie as the perfect way to recap the action.
See you on the slopes!
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