Winterskol was successfully wrapped up about a week ago and the always popular gay ski week is coming to yet another successful finish. Some may find themselves asking “what now?” The answer to this question is “X-Games of course!” We are now less than a week away from X-games 14, a very exciting four day event that only seems to grow bigger and more entertaining with time. This special event will take place from Thursday, 1/28 through Sunday, 1/31. This year’s X-Games promises to outdo previous years’ X-Games as it will have all the familiar events and more. The super pipe will remain 22’ high, up from what now seems like a measly 18’ in earlier years. Only this year the pipe will be 20’ longer than last year which will allow the amazing athletes to throw down some additional airs at the end of their runs. Another exciting event that is new to the four day competition is the aptly named “Snowmobile Knockout” event, in which participants are challenged to catch as much air as possible off a series of progressively bigger jumps. This event will take place in the snow-cross area of the venue (eastern part of Buttermilk) and therefore will need to be set up at the last minute. This is a testament to the hard work and organization of the 2,000+ people that have been working (some of them around the clock) to make this amazing spectacle possible. In addition to the sports action that will be taking place over X-games, there will be plenty of lyrical entertainment as hip-hop moguls Snoop Dog, 50-Cent, and Too $hort are all scheduled to perform throughout the weekend. 50-Cent is scheduled to put on a daytime concert at Buttermilk Mountain on Saturday, 1/30. Snoop Dog and Too $hort are scheduled to play at the Belly Up music venue on both Friday and Sunday nights respectively. In addition to the X-Games action and multiple concerts, Skico is offering a great deal for college students (valid college I.D. required). They are offering the “college x-pass” which will allow college students to purchase a two day lift ticket for $87 during the X-Games. In addition to this heavily discounted ticket price, those who purchase the x-pass will get 35% off of rentals at Four-Mountain Sports. And of course the best part of X-Games is that all the events are FREE for spectators! Hope to see you there. Thanks for reading!
Here is a link to the ESPN X-Games blog and website. A detailed schedule of events can also be found by visiting this site. Enjoy!