It's the biggest week in snowsports and [R25R] Aspen is bursting at the seams with athletes, sponsors, industry friends, and fans. After two days of Winter X Games competition, gold medals have been won, favorites upset, knees blown, and triples thrown.
There's more than just mind-blowing skiing and riding taking place during Winter X Games 15. It's no secret that this week in late January, the X Games turn Aspen into a world-class party scene.
The Powder Video Awards and Reader Poll rolled out Friday night. It's the Academy Awards of the ski world, and was held at the historic Wheeler Opera House. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa picked up Powder Awards for Best Natural Air and Best Male Performance for his segment in TGR's Light the Wick. Best Female Performance went to Grete Eliassen for her movie Say My Name. Matchstick Productions claimed Movie of the Year for The Way I See It.
But the main action has been taking place at the Winter X Games venue at Buttermilk. Sarah Burke found herself on top Thursday night after a year off the podium, when she took gold in Women's Ski Superpipe.
Brita Sigourney, first time X Games competitor, took home a silver medal, with some of the highest amplitude of the night. Rosalind Groenewoud grabbed her third consecutive bronze medal tonight.
It was a repeat performance of Winter X Games 14 in Women's Ski Slopestyle Thursday, as Kaya Turski once again claimed gold. Keri Herman took silver and Grete Eliassen, bronze.
Torstein Horgmo threw the first triple in Snowboarding Big Air Friday night, and he did it on what many called a smaller jump, with a flat, icy landing. It's Horgmo's second gold in Big Air, and his third medal in the event in four years.
Frenchman Kevin Rolland repeated Winter X Games Superpipe gold Friday night. But the story of the night was 15-year-old Aspenite, Torin "Tater Tot" Yater-Wallace, taking silver in front of a hometown crowd. Favorite Simon Dumont rounded out the podium with bronze.
And in Skier X news, Canadian Ashleigh McIvor flew too far off a jump in the middle of the course during a practice run Wednesday and blew out her knee. McIvor won X Games silver last year, along with Olympic gold, and was a favorite to win Winter X gold this year.
Saturday brings men's and women's Snowboarder X finals, men's Ski Slopestyle finals, women's Snowboard Superpipe finals and Ski Big Air finals.
Stay tuned at OnTheSnow for more from Aspen.
Check out this video of Torgan Horgmo's Triple Cork.