X-Games Recap 2021
After cancellations and postponements of many big-name ski and snowboard competitions like the Dew Tour and FIS Alpine Ski World Cup were canceled last year, athletes and spectators were left wondering what the 20-21 season ahead would hold. Thankfully, Aspen Snowmass was ready to take on the challenge of hosting the 25th annual Winter X-Games.
If you aren’t familiar with this event, no worries! We’ll catch you up to speed. The Winter X-Games are a ski and snowboard competition with events ranging from superpipe, slopestyle, and big air where aspiring and current Olympic athletes come to compete. In 2002, the first year that the Winter X-Games were hosted by Aspen Snowmass the entire US Olympic Snowboard Team showed up and took home the gold, just weeks before heading to Salt Lake City to compete in the Olympics. This event has kept spectators in awe year after year with jaw-dropping competition and world-class athletes! The big names of the competition this year included Chloe Kim, Shaun White, and Aspen local Alex Ferreira.
This year things look different and spectators were not allowed to attend the event due to COVID-19. However, that doesn’t mean that the X-Games didn’t bring the fun! While the live events that usually draw over 100,000 fans weren’t in the cards this year, X-Games created a virtual “X-Fest” where users could simulate the experience. This includes creating your own avatar to explore a virtual village, sweepstake entries, music, and games free to all users. X-Games also utilized their social media channels to broadcast the events for fans across the world. Digitizing the X-Games opened up the event to a much larger audience and made it that much more accessible to enjoy the event.
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Did you tune into the event this year? Do you have any favorite events or athletes? Are you interested in visiting Aspen Snowmass? We’d love to hear about it!