Those who live for big air were glued to the tube to catch the recent action on the slopes of Buttermilk in Aspen. It included skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and monoskiers.
Events included SnoCross, Slopestyle, SuperPipe, Big Air, and basic freestyle through the park. There was even some interactive voting this year, with viewers as the judge, texting in their votes.
One of the big victories went to former U.S. Ski Team superstar Daron Rahlves who won gold in his first X Games Ski Cross. "I just wanted it. I wanted it really bad. There's a lot of room to make passes. I got up in the lead pretty quick, which is nice, and the whole time I just tried to work it, stay low and go fast," Rahlves said. Rahlves retired from World Cup racing after the 2006 Olympic season.
The fashion statements were as much a part of the broadcast as the high-flying action. If you want to know what the big styles or trends are going to be next year, catch the X-Games action. Looks like clothes are still baggy and the really cool guys wear their goggle straps under their helmets instead of on the outside. Bandanas are back, as are white sunglasses.
Aspen puts on a great show for the premier winter action sports event. Athletes come for the medals, the big money, and the TV exposure, which carries many of the events live and worldwide. Best of all, the events are free and open to the public. It's the place to be in January.