X Games - Butter Milk Mountain Aspen - 2017
By Glenn Cowan
Readers of this particular section of the Pattaya Trader will know that we try to cover a wide range of sporting events. Football (Soccer to our friends from the US of A), Golf, Tennis, Boxing, you name it we have covered in one way or another. For this edition we fancied a bit of change and decided to take a look at the X Games being held in Aspen, Colorado. You could be forgiven at this point in wondering what these games are all about. Don’t sweat, read on and all will be revealed.
The X Games has actually been around since 1995, when its inaugural event took place at Newport, Rhode Island and Mount Snow, Vermont. It proved an instant hit, with 500,000 fans attending.Since the first outing media exposure has been pretty full on which in part goes a long way to help us understand the success story of these games thus far. Also a combination of big name sponsors, top-tier athletes and consistently high fan attendance have helped the annual sports event gain real traction.
Split into two separate events, the Summer X games are usually held in August with the Winter X Games being held in January (or February)
Current Winter Events
The main theme of course for any good winter sports event is a cold backdrop, allowing for the following to take place:
Aspen makes the perfect venue for some top extreme sports events, with this year promising to be even better than previous ones. Temperatures are predicted to be in and around the freezing mark.
For those of us who can’t view the games live from Colorado the “Real Video Series” is where the best riders and filmers produce premium video content. Expect to see some stunning recorded action from the 2016 / 2017 winter season with the contents being run on XGames.com in November 2017.
This Year's Schedule
The time zone for Aspen is MT (Mountain Time), which to save you going to Google means that the events start 14 hours behind the local time in Pattaya.Assuming that 90 odd percent of our readers are based here in the Land of Smiles the following times will apply for the events:
Friday 27th Jan
1:30 AM - Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Final
2:30 AM - Men’s Ski Slopestyle Qualifying
4:00 AM - Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final
4:30 AM - Snowmobile SnoCross Round 1 & Final
10:00 AM - Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final
10:45 AM - Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
If you happen to check on the web you will of course see that these events are scheduled for the Thursday; however, due to the significant time difference they actually take place the following day in Pattaya time zone! Therefore the best place to catch these events may well be from one of the sports bars in town such as Retox on either Soi Lengkee or Soi Honey, settle down with some beers and enjoy the action….
Saturday 28th Jan
3:00 AM - Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifying
4:30 AM - Snow BikeCross Final
8:30 AM - Women’s Ski SuperPipe Qualifying
10:30 AM - Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final
12:00 PM - Men’s Snowboard Big Air Final
Bassnectar play live on the music stage at 11:45 AM, further strengthening the appeal for sports and music fans alike.
Sunday 29th Jan
1:00 AM - Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final
3:15 AM - Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
5:00 AM - Snowmobile Freestyle Final
8:15 AM - Women’s Ski Big Air Final
9:00 AM - Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
10:30 AM - Men’s Ski Big Air Final
Music lovers get a double whammy treat, with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals hitting the stage at 6:30 AM, followed by The Chainsmokers at 11:30 AM.
Monday 30th Jan
12:00 AM - Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final
2:00 AM - Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
4:00 AM - Snowmobile Best Trick Final
G-Eazy wrap things up from 5:30 AM on the music stage.
Performances from rock bands have become synonymous with the event, with a DJ being on-site at all events.
The X Games has made a point since its inception of trying to stage an eco-friendly event, with measures taken including the use of biodiesel fuel in the vehicles used. However it is interesting to note that no drug testing has ever been carried out on competitors, leading to stern words from the World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman and the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
From a technology standpoint, the 2015 Winter X Games represented a first from broadcaster ESPN. The media giant made use of camera drones to capture some stunning aerial views of the athletes runs and you can be sure there will be more spectacular visuals broadcast this year.
So set the dates in your diary and get ready to watch some of the most extreme sports on the globe!!!