X Games 2019 Aspen officially gets underway on Thursday morning at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado. Athletes from all over the world have converged on Aspen for the world-renowned competition, and Aspen is buzzing as athletes, fans, locals and visitors prepare for action.
X Games Aspen will host musical performances by Lil Wayne, Louis The Child, The Chainsmokers and Kygo alongside competition among the most progressive winter athletes in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado, on January 24 – 27 all at Buttermilk Mountain. More than 75 Olympians return to the biggest stage in action sports, competing in 17 disciplines televised live across the globe on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and international syndication partners. Fans can also follow X Games across digital and social media platforms to watch behind the scenes, athlete curated and complementary content that enhances the X Games Aspen 2019 telecasts.
Have you traveled to Aspen for X Games 2019 live? Here’s a local guide Things to do during X Games 2019 in Aspen.
X Games Aspen 2019 will feature musical performances by:
Friday, January 25
- Lil Wayne: Having sold millions of albums worldwide and garnered four GRAMMY awards, Lil Wayne is one of the most successful and critically lauded artists in Hip Hop. Lil Wayne released his first project at the age of 12 and went on to release his first solo album in 1999 when he was just 17. He released his first installment of his legendary Tha Carter series in 2004 before releasing three others, including the landmark Tha Carter III in 2008. Lil Wayne also holds the record for the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist with 109 entries, having surpassed the record previously set by Elvis Presley. His most recent studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was released in 2013 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 Charts. Last year, Wayne released FWA (Free Weezy Album) exclusively on Tidal, receiving ten million streams within the first seven days alone. Lil Wayne is also a celebrated author who released his memoir, Gone Till November, in October of 2016 chronicling his experience in Rikers Island. Outside of his iconic music career, Lil Wayne remains the CEO of his own Young Money Records, which will release Tha Carter V later this year.
Saturday, January 26
- Louis the Child: Louis the Child is a Chicago-bred production duo comprised of Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett. In 2017, they landed three singles on the Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart and earlier this year, landed at #58 on the first-ever Billboard Dance 100 artist rankings. This year has brought exciting new releases from the duo including collaborations with artists like Joey Purp and Quinn XCII, summer smash, “Better Not” feat Wafia, which peaked at number one on the U.S. iTunes Electronic charts and current single, “Dear Sense” with MAX. Now gearing up for their major North American Dear Sense tour, which kicks off on November 7, and the upcoming release of their Children At PlayEP due October 19th on Interscope Records, Louis The Child continues to prove they’re unstoppable.
- The Chainsmokers: Comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers’ signature sound deftly reaches across indie, progressive and pop realms. Their original tracks and remixes have topped the charts throughout the world, with three certified multi-platinum hits – four-time platinum hits, “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” and seven-time platinum and longest running number one single of the 2016 Billboard Hot 100 chart “Closer.” In 2017, The Chainsmokers released their debut album, Memories…Do Not Open, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and earned the group a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Something Like This”. Early last year, the duo kicked off their residency at Las Vegas’ Wynn hotel, which has already been extended through 2019.
Sunday, January 27
- Kygo: Since his emergence in 2013, the Norwegian-born producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, Kygo has set the pace for electronic music innovation. Following the arrival of 2017’s Kids in Love – which became his second number one debut on the Billboard Top Electronic Dance Albums chart – he released “Remind me to Forget,” which reached 202.3 million Spotify streams and reached number 18 on the Top 40 chart. Returning to the studio, “Born to be Yours” kicked off the next chapter as Kygo heads towards his third full-length album. Continuing his tradition of success, Kygo has achieved over seven billion streams and made history as the first house music performer to perform at an Olympics Closing Ceremony when he performed at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Go Skiing & Riding:
Without fail (hopefully it happens again this year), saturated storm clouds envelop all of Aspen during X Games and cover Aspen’s quartet of mountains—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk—in fresh snow.
One key to doing X Games like a local is to either refrain from late-night shenanigans or rally in the morning after raging, because the skiing and riding is flawless right now, and more snow is in the forecast. You’d be remiss to skip out on a powder day during your X Games trip to Aspen, Colorado.
While it’s tempting to spin laps at Buttermilk because of the energy and excitement, locals tend to steer clear from the Buttermilk madness. Ajax, Highlands, and Snowmass are your best bets for powder skiing and riding during X Games because you won’t wait in lift lines and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to search for untouched powder stashes.
Want to ski Aspen Snowmass like a local? Head to “The Dumps” on Ajax for steep trees and glades. Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands offers the best inbounds, big-mountain terrain in North America. The bootpack up Highland Bowl is worth the effort! Find the “G Zones” off the summit or cut the hike short and drop in at “Fun Deck.” And if you venture past the roundabout and head to Snowmass look for “Sheer Bliss,” “Long Shot,” and “Sneaky’s” for long runs sans crowds.
All X Games competitions take place at Buttermilk Mountain. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) offers FREE transportation throughout Aspen, including to and from the X Games action. Be sure to take advantage of the RFTA’s FREE transportation because you’ll never find parking at Buttermilk. (Even Shaun White can’t get parking permit…)
Watching The X Action:
Some of the best skiing and snowboarding at X Games takes place during practice sessions. Check out the SuperPipe while snowmobilers are competing, head over to the Snowmobile track during Slopestyle, and soak in the Big Air training during down.