By Oliver Bacharach | January 25, 2017 | Lifestyle
After 16 years in Aspen, the Winter X-Games have grown into not only a wonderful display of athleticism and talent, but also a weekend of social gatherings, music, and events. Here are 5 events that you won’t want to miss during the X-Games, starting on January 26.
Two of the most popular Winter X-Games events, Ski and Snowboard SuperPipe continues to drop jaws. Be sure to check out the best skiers and snowboarders perform under the lights. Gus Kenworthy, Danny Davis, Matt Ladley and local favorite, Torin Yater-Wallace, are sure to put on a stylish show. The progression of skiing and snowboarding over the last few years has been unbelievable and you won’t want to miss these events on T.V. or in person. January 26-27.
One of the innovators and longstanding favorite acts of ‘bass music’, Bassnectar is known for his incredibly lively shows. After releasing his first album in 2001, Bassnectar, or Lorin Ashton, has performed at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands among other festivals and venues. He is sure to make everyone do his or her ‘snow dance’ on January 27. He hits the stage at 9:45 p.m.
If you don’t know how to get in, you might not be able to. But the annual Monster Energy Party at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain is always a hit. You’ll find the best X-Games athletes and dance your socks off to the yearly musical guest. Limited tickets are available. January 28.
Watch the ladies take on some of the largest features in the world, including rails and jumps. Buttermilk has continually built some of the most creative terrain parks in the world. Be sure to watch athletes such as Kelly Sildaru, Spencer O’Brien, and Jamie Anderson show their creativity and athleticism on the course. January 28-29.
Saturday is sure to be a highlight of the weekend. See two of the hottest musical acts perform after the Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final and the Men’s Ski Big Air Final. Singer/Songwriter/Rapper Anderson Paak opens for the Chainsmokers at 9:30 p.m. January 28.
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