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  X Games finished up Sunday with lots of snow coming down. Athletes battled through the extra inches of the white stuff in final events ranging from Men’s Ski Slopestyle to Women’s SuperPipe.

Two premier X Games events crown champions

Jan 28, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

After two qualifying races and ten eliminated racers, a few more laps separated the athletes from their goal.

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Jan 28, 2016

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Aspen's Alex Ferreira competing for more than gold

Jan 28, 2016
Patrick Fort

  21-year-old Alex Ferreira is a two-time bronze medalist in the mens' ski super pipe event at the Winter X Games. He will compete tonight and is going for gold. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio about how growing up here has boosted his abilities.

X Games start today

Jan 27, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The battle for X Games gold starts today. And for athletes in the hunt, it’s another year in which the boundaries are being pushed even further. With more and more spins.

Snowboarding photos raise money for breast cancer

Jan 27, 2016
Andy Wright

Boarding 4 Breast Cancer will be at the X Games opening event tonight. The group is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. To pull out all the stops, the group’s executive director wanted something big.

Nas, deadmau5 headline X Games music performances

Oct 8, 2015
Tony Felguerias / Flickr

When he was only 20 years old, Nas put out what is arguably one of the greatest rap albums of all time. “Illmatic”.

Now he will be coming to perform at the X Games in January at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. deadmau5 and KYGO join the lineup, as well as Run The Jewels, Twenty One Pilots and DJ Snake.

The musicians will also play smaller shows at the Belly Up.

 

This year’s lineup continues on the rap and electronic track. Last year, rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa made appearances alongside Skrillex and Chromeo.

Bill Grasse/Special to Aspen Public Radio

This past weekend added a new meaning to the phrase, “Winter X Games gold medalist.” More than fifty competitive video gamers battled it out for for those awards... and $50,000. That was at a tournament next to more traditional events like SuperPipe, but it had nothing to do with winter or snow. And it's part of ESPN's move to join forces with a gaming corporation and bring in more TV viewers. 

Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks

Jan 28, 2014
Marci Krivonen

After seeing the tricks, flips and crashes at last week’s Winter X Games, it’s hard to understand why someone would take such risks. And yet, terrain parks with similar, but smaller features are ubiquitous at ski areas around the country. Education around how to be safe in these parks is growing. And, as Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the efforts are also meant to draw more people to snowboarding, which has seen a drop in popularity on the slopes.

ESPN

Aspen athlete Torin Yater-Wallace is heading to the Olympics next month and, he’ll be ushering in a new discipline: Ski Halfpipe. The 18-year-old has been a standout ever since he began training with the local ski club in grade school. This season, he’s coming back from injuries suffered early in the season but, he says he’s feeling confident about the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Valley Roundup - January 24th, 2014

Jan 24, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.

We are joined today by Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, a columnist fro and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, Editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

The X Games are upon us and the word is that ESPN will continue them in Aspen for another five years.  The games bring a younger crowd to town.  Today we consider what Aspen looks like to a 20-something visitor.

Basalt is organizing a crowd-sourcing urban planning process.  The town wants residents to look ahead and imagine a future town.

Aspen will soon have an empty art museum to repurpose and the ideas for the space are rolling in.  The city wants a public service that will engage the community.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary - Netflix could be ready to press subscribers into the battle over net neutrality.

Elise Thatcher

One year ago today, Caleb Moore crashed during the Snowmobile Freestyle event of the X Games. He later died from his injuries. The crash led to some changes in how that event was run. Still, despite the inherent dangers, the Snowmobile Freestyle contest goes on.
 

Editor’s note: below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story.

Announcer: “It all comes down to the score… oh my gosh! He’s going to pick up where he left off, the gold…”

Rukes.com

This month’s Winter X Games will mean more road closures in Aspen than in previous years.  That's because the city wants to make way for music concerts downtown, in Wagner Park. Aspen is taking pains to make sure businesses and residents know what to expect…including a recent meeting at City Hall. 

 

Below is a transcript of Reporter Elise Thatcher's story:

Axwell: “Center of the Universe”

Twitter/Alex Ferreira

Aspen native Alex Ferreira was asked to be on the U.S. Ski Team before he graduated high school. The 19-year-old freeskier competes in the halfpipe and the 2014 Olympics would be his first. Right now, he’s splitting his time between training, competing and studying. He’s enrolled in college in Utah, and he says it keeps his life balanced. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.