ASPEN, CO I got to spend 3 days in Aspen... DURING THE X-GAMES NO LESS!! It was a great experience that came along with a few “bumps and bruises” but I surely wouldn't trade a moment of it!
I live in Eagle and have attended at least 1 day of the “Games” each Winter since they've been in Aspen. This year was different in the manner that I got to stay Fri-Sun... had condo accommodations and lift tickets for Buttermilk! It was like I had hit a mini jackpot! I jumped on the opportunity to immerse myself in the Aspen Winter X-Game 15 experience that seemed to have just been laid at my snowboard boot covered feet :)
My adventure started with the 1.5 hour drive from Eagle. My brother Jamison and I headed out early so as to be able to get up on Buttermilk and play for a while. After settling into our “digs” we got geared up, jumped on the shuttle and headed towards the action! The sun was shining and the energy was pumping. Aspen was surely abuzz with the vibe that can only be felt when one is in the perfect place at the perfect time... I felt that vibe :)
The Inn at Aspen was hopping with ESPN'ites, X-Game 15 Athletes, friends & family of both, etc. and as we passed through towards the backside exit I felt great gratitude for my life and where it had placed me at that moment.
Once outside my senses heightened:
My ears filled with the sounds of snowmobiles revving, announcers offering insight on the goings on, attendees chattering, the chairlift running...
My eyes took in the sights like a child! The ½ Pipe was so large it seemed almost cartoon like! The final jump before the finish line for events such as: Boarder-Cross, Big Air, Mono-Ski, etc... was SOOOOO HUGE my stomach dropped a bit from just looking at it!
My tongue welcomed the SUPER SOUR flavor of the Warheads that have become a welcome X-Game staple and finally the board beneath my feet felt the touch of somewhat fresh fallen snow and welcomed it like an old friend :) What a way to start a day!! And this was only Day 1!