A Local’s Guide to X Games 2019 in Aspen

A Local’s Guide to X Games 2019 in Aspen
A Local’s Guide to X Games 2019 in Aspen

The X Games is the world’s largest action sports competition and lifestyle festival. We’re looking for a handful of short films that are relevant to the action sports community at large, touching on the themes of adventure, progression, environment, lifestyle and culture. The selected films will be showcased as part of a free film screening during the X Games Aspen 2019 started Jan 27-29, 2019 at Buttermilk Mountain.

X Games Aspen officially gets underway on Thursday morning at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado. Athletes from all over the world have converged on Aspen for the world-renowned competition, and Aspen is buzzing as athletes, fans, locals and visitors prepare for action.

Diehard fans of who made the pilgrimage to Aspen are roaming our cobblestone downtown streets looking for free swag and autographs. And, locals are eagerly awaiting the inevitable “X Games Storm” that almost always roll through Aspen the competition.

Have you traveled to Aspen for X Games? Here’s a local guide to getting the most out of X Games Aspen.

Go Skiing & Riding:
Without fail (hopefully it happens again this year), saturated storm clouds envelop all of Aspen during X Games and cover Aspen’s quartet of mountains—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk—in fresh snow.

One key to doing X Games like a local is to either refrain from late-night shenanigans or rally in the morning after raging, because the skiing and riding is flawless right now, and more snow is in the forecast. You’d be remiss to skip out on a powder day during your X Games trip to Aspen, Colorado.

While it’s tempting to spin laps at Buttermilk because of the energy and excitement, locals tend to steer clear from the Buttermilk madness. Ajax, Highlands, and Snowmass are your best bets for powder skiing and riding during X Games because you won’t wait in lift lines and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to search for untouched powder stashes.

Want to ski Aspen Snowmass like a local? Head to “The Dumps” on Ajax for steep trees and glades. Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands offers the best inbounds, big-mountain terrain in North America. The bootpack up Highland Bowl is worth the effort! Find the “G Zones” off the summit or cut the hike short and drop in at “Fun Deck.” And if you venture past the roundabout and head to Snowmass look for “Sheer Bliss,” “Long Shot,” and “Sneaky’s” for long runs sans crowds.

Getting Around:
All X Games competitions take place at Buttermilk Mountain. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) offers FREE transportation throughout Aspen, including to and from the X Games action. Be sure to take advantage of the RFTA’s FREE transportation because you’ll never find parking at Buttermilk. (Even Shaun White can’t get parking permit…)

Watching The X Action:
Some of the best skiing and snowboarding at X Games takes place during practice sessions. Check out the SuperPipe while snowmobilers are competing, head over to the Snowmobile track during Slopestyle, and soak in the Big Air training during down.

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