The start of 2020 for Colorado was big yet again with the return of the ESPN Winter X Games Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain. This is La Vozí fourth year and despite a much snowier commute through the I-70 corridor all was forgiven once we arrived in Glenwood Springs which sits on the I-70 corridor about 35 minutes from Buttermilk.
Glenwood Springs has always been a nice getaway for the urban dwellers of Metro-Denver, and this year we decided to spoil ourselves a bit by staying at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge at the base of Iron Mountain where the famous Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park sits atop of.
Here we enjoyed cold and snowy nights, in the Glenwoodís gem hot springs pool and spa, after long days on the mountain shooting some of the worldís best winter athletes perform in events like Slopestyle, Big-Air, and the Half-Pipe.
On day one, Australian snowboarder Scotty James defended his Gold in the Monster Energy Menís Snowboard Superpipe and Finlandís Elias Syrja took Gold in the Menís Snowboard Big Air. Colby Stevenson (U.S.), of Portsmouth New Hampshire took Gold in one of the Winter X Games fan favorite events, the Ski Knuckle Huck.
On day two the action picked up when rookie snowmobiler, Brandon Comier completed one of the most amazing snowmobile freestyle routines ever performed taking home the Gold. Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot won big in the Menís Big Air after taking last year off because he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last December. Parrot won his sixth Gold in Colorado.
On day three, Jamie Anderson (U.S.) of Lake Tahoe, California took home the Gold in the Jeep Womenís Snowboard Slopestyle. Colby Stevenson, took home his second Gold of the 2020 XGames in the Jeep Menís Ski Slopestyle while Coloradoís own Red Gerrard of Silverthorne took home the Bronze in the Jeep Menís Snowboard Slopestyle.
On day four, Zeb Powell (U.S.) of Waynesville North Carolina won the Wendyís Snowboard Knuckle Huck, while Aspenís own Alex Ferreira took home the Gold in the Great Clips Menís Ski SuperPipe. Zeb Powell on his first Gold at the Winter X Games Aspen remarked, ďItís insane. Iím on top of the world.Ē
While there was no shortage of events at the 2020 Winter X Games itís obvious that its popularity is growing which is why it isnít hard to understand why Aspen renewed their contract to host five more years.
Last year, I pleaded with readers to make the commute up to Aspen if just for a day to witness some of the sickest tricks on snow. This year you had no excuse, and if you missed it, next year, athletes will be introducing spectators to tricks we thought not humanly possible.
The only issue we had on our fourth trip up, was that we saw so many out of state plates of people who make the trip across country and the globe to see one of the most talent- filled events in the northern hemisphere and yet so many Coloradoans have never been to this event thatís right in their back yard.
I donít have to keep telling you each year youíre missing out, but, youíre missing out!