Archive for January, 2013

X-games

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The 2013 ESPN Winter X Games 17 is in full swing here in Aspen, Colorado! It kicked off today with some practice and elimination rounds in Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle and Superpipe, and wraps up the night with Snowmobile Freestyle Finals. It continues with non-stop action all throughout the weekend. One event that is going to be particularly exciting is the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final where Shaun White will try to upset reigning Mark McMorris who won double gold last year in this event and the Snowboard Big Air at Buttermilk. Later in 2012 at X Games Tignes, White went on to win double gold in Slopestyle and Superpipe for his first appearance there. So there is definitely going to be some fierce competition out there as these two battle it out! If we’re lucky, this may be the year we see the first ever triple cork in a slopestyle contest.

Here are some other athletes to watch for:
Kelly Clark & Gretchen Bleiler– Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Bobby Brown – Men’s Ski Big Air and Slopestyle
Torin Yater-Wallace – Men’s Ski Superpipe

Keep in mind, as the crowds flock over to Buttermilk to get in on the action, the mountains clear out for some great skiing. Expect to see a few inches of fresh snow throughout the weekend as well! If you venture over to Snowmass you might catch a glimpse of a green and black blur as I rip down Big Burn on a set of Salomon Enduros.

Below is a schedule of events:
2013 ESPN Winter X Games 17 : January 24th-27th : Aspen, CO
Competition Schedule

Thursday, January 24, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Practice
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Snowmobile Freestyle Practice
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Elimination
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Practice
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Snowboard Street Practice
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Elimination
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Snowmobile Freestyle Practice
5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Practice
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Elimination
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Skiing & Snowboard Big Air Practice
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Snowmobile Freestyle Final*
8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Skiing & Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s Practice

Friday, January 25, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s & Women’s Practice
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s & Women’s Practice
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Practice
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Snowboard Street Round One & Final*
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Elimination
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s & Women’s Practice
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ***Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert featuring MuteMath at Aspen Mtn.***
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Skiing & Snowboard Big Air Practice
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Women’s Final*
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Snowboard Big Air Practice
8:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Final*
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Snowboard Big Air Round One & Final*

Saturday, January 26, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Snowmobile Speed & Style Practice
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Practice
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Snowmobile Speed & Style Seeding
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Final*
1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Women’s Final*
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Snowmobile Speed & Style Final*
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ***X Fest Music performance by Calvin Harris***
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Practice
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Skiing Big Air Practice
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s Practice
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Skiing Big Air Round One & Final*
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s Final*
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Practice

Sunday, January 27, 2013
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Practice
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Practice
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snowmobile Seeding
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Final*
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Practice
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final*
1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Women’s Final*
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Round One LCQ & Final*
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ***X Fest Music performance by Major Lazer***
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Snowmobile Best Trick Practice
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Practice
7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Snowmobile Best Trick Final*
7:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Final*

Competition designated in bold type
* This is a medal event
** Schedule subject to change

Credits to: http://aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities/events/espn-winter-x-games/schedule

Short Flim

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Days To Come

Hey rippers! Here’s little update to get you stoked. The high pressure system that was hanging around the Roaring Fork Valley here has moved on, and we’re getting snowed on again! As always, the reports are varying quite a bit for snow predictions, but on the low end we should end up with around to 6-10 inches for the storm total in the Aspen and Snowmass area. A more optimistic weather forecast is calling for around 1.5 feet in isolated areas. So regardless, we’ve got some powder skiing to look forward to! I can already hear the dedicated hollering, “Woohooo!” as they make first tracks this weekend.

A local production company, Vital Films, just released a short ski film called “Days to Come” starring Torin Yater-Wallace, Gus Kenworthy, Aiden Sheahan and Jacob Wester. It was shot entirely in the Aspen/Snowmass area, featuring the Winter X Games Slopestyle course and Superpipe at Buttermilk, as well as the terrain park at Snowmass. Check it out http://vimeo.com/57135411.

 

2013!!!

Friday, January 4th, 2013

 

 

Happy New Year to everyone from our ski rental shops here in Aspen and Snowmass! Some of our crew has made some unique New Year’s Resolutions this year: “ski every powder day”, “make eight laps in one day on the Hanging Valley Wall at Snowmass”, and “Hike the Highlands Bowl for the first time.” We’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2013! There are plenty of exciting events that are firing up soon, such as the Aspen Highlands SkiMo Race Series with the first race on January 10th, and the Audi Ski Challenge dual giant slalom race on the 12th. Another huge, can’t miss event is the ESPN Winter X Games that’s held at Buttermilk ski area from Thursday the 24th through Sunday the 27th of January. Start planning your ski vacation now! We’ll see you on the slopes!