Though the Denver metro area has yet to see any significant snowfall this winter, the Colorado Mountains continue to be a desired setting for winter fanatics. This week kicks off one of Colorado’s biggest winter events in the state, the 2019 ESPN Winter X Games.
Nestled between Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Village, Buttermilk Mountain has been home to the Winter X Games for 18 years now (2013 X Games, was in Tignes, France) and it seems like each year the athletes bring something spectators have never seen before.
Last year at the Winter X Games 22, Canadian snowboarder Maxence ‘Max’ Parrot won gold in Big Air, chalking up his fourth gold in the event with a Cab Triple Cork 1800 followed up with a front triple 1400 (Google it, you’re going to want to). Unfortunately Max will be unable to compete in this year’s event as he was diagnosed last month with Hodgkin lymphoma. Athletes from the games have expressed their support and well wishes as Parrot sits out this year’s X Games to undergo treatment.
This year marks the second year of the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb an event that debuted at the 2018 Winter X Games. Though the event is the very last event of a four-day schedule it has easily become a fan favorite, because who doesn’t like the sound of a Harley engine blaring up an 18 percent snow grade?
Though lodging might be next to impossible to find in and around neighboring towns, the experience is one you’ll never forget. So if you haven’t got anything to do this weekend, head up to Aspen for a chance to watch some of the world’s most talented athletes compete. Events are free to watch to the public however all concert events and VIP passes are sold out.
In other sports the AFC and NFC championship games wrapped up on Sunday and both the L.A. Rams and the New England Patriots emerged victors. The two will face each other at Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday February 3. This is Tom Brady’s ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, a number higher than any other team’s combined appearances. Brady shocked the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday on the first drive of overtime, scoring the needed touchdown to end the game.
The Denver Nuggets have won two straight after taking a beating by the Golden State Warriors who beat the Nuggets by 31 last Tuesday in Denver. Since then, the Nuggets have beaten the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers to retain the number two spot in the National Western Conference.
The Nuggets are on the road in Utah this week to face the Jazz on Wednesday night before returning to Pepsi Center to host the Phoenix Suns who beat them earlier this month in Phoenix. Despite losing the top spot in the National Western Conference, the Nuggets only remain a half game behind the Warriors and 4 games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder.