Think the Aspen X Games, highlighted by sick snowboarding, freeskiing and snowmobiling competitions, are just for the kiddos? Think again!
While it is true that the events and activities surrounding the Aspen X-Games are geared largely towards the younger crowd (there’s even a Major League Gaming “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” video game tournament this year), Aspen and ESPN do keep Baby Boomers and Gen Xers in mind during this high-profile event as well.
Watching the Competition
This year, the Games are being held from January 22nd to January 25th. If you want to avoid the largest crowds, and if the vibrant but sometimes frenzied millennial crowd scene at the base of Buttermilk Mountain is, well, …not quite your scene, you can still enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Games by taking advantage of the X GAMES GOLD EXPERIENCE and SUPERPIPE PLATINUM SUITE EXPERIENCE packages offered by ESPN.
These packages allow you to watch the competitions from private seating and private viewing areas, and they include access to cash bars, restaurants, complimentary food and beverages, complimentary lift and music event tickets, SuperPipe course tours and more! For more information, please visit the ESPN Winter X Games 2015 website here: http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/11815898/x-games-aspen-2015-ticket-info.
If you prefer to just leisurely watch the events from the comfort of your sofa (or the luxury of a private, large-screen home theater in your vacation rental), the Aspen X Games will also be broadcast live on ESPN and ABC. Of course, there is always your favorite restaurant, pub or bar.
The music and the parties
In addition to the on-hill competitions themselves, the Aspen X Games always offer great music – and parties!
This year, the Game’s outdoor concerts feature nationally acclaimed acts multi-platinum hip hop icon – Snoop Dogg, electro-funk duo – Chromeo, electric dance music artist – Skrillex and rapper – Wiz Khalifa.
If you are not into hanging out with a large crowd in the cold environs outdoors, and if you prefer to enjoy the music with a cocktail or two, Skrillex and Chromeo will also be performing in the intimate, casual confines of Aspen’s premier live music venue, the Belly Up.
We mentioned parties, and there are plenty of other “behind the scenes” activities to enjoy at the Aspen X Games. The twitterverse (#XGames) and other online social media channels are already alive with the “pulse” of the X-games, and this will reach a fever pitch in the coming days. To give you an idea of what it has been like in the past, Curbedski.com indulged in a few of last year’s festivities – here’s a recap: “The X Factor: Behind the Scenes Recap of the Winter X Games”.
Yes, adults too can enjoy the Aspen X Games, where one can find a good mix between casual entertainment and the exuberance of the events themselves. Besides, no matter what you do, all of the youthful energy surrounding the games is infectious and invigorating, and you get a great pre-Olympic preview of top athletes competing at the highest level. We might just have to go brave the crowds for a little while ourselves.
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