The Winter X Games have been held in Aspen for the past ten years, and since I can remember my family has made a habit of sitting around the TV and watching them. When we moved to Aspen, this was made a lot easier, and I finally began to understand the excitement.
The X Games begin on Thursday, and carry on until late Sunday night. Over the weekend, Aspen is packed. Tons of people fly in for the event, and none are disappointed. Especially the students in the Aspen School system.
It used to be a school holiday, and it might as well should be because of the amount of students that actually turn up. When we heard the contract for Aspen had been renewed, it was all anyone could talk about for days. Some of the classes make a field trip of walking over to the base of Buttermilk, where it is held, and watching. At night, you can see the lights, and hear the music, announcers, and roar of the crowd from the other side of town. It’s mayhem, but the locals love it.
When I first came to school here last year, my dad called me and told me the X Games were gonna be in town. I immediately went to my computer to see if there was a way for me to watch them live, but I couldn’t figure it out. I resigned myself to the TV in the girls’ lounge. I pretty much camped out there all weekend, and my classmates thought I was crazy.
To me though, it was perfectly normal. I mean come on, it’s the Winter X Games. In Aspen.
This year, one of my friends and I have made plans to camp out all weekend and watch the games withought interruption. She’s from Aspen as well, so she gets the excitement of it. I spent most of my afternoon figuring out how to stream them live to my computer, and once I did I settled down to watch. My roommate looked at me like I was insane when I invited her over to watch with me.
To everyone else, the X Games aren’t that special. But when you grow up in Aspen they’re a big deal. Kids you know from the high school compete in them, like Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferreira. Then there’s competitors like Gretchen Bleiler, who grew up in Aspen but have long since made a name for themselves in other parts of the world as well.
The X Games are a chance for Aspen to show just how good it is, and for many of the locals, it’s the best time of the year.