Winter X Games 2016 Day 1

Winter is upon us and the 2016 Winter XGames in Aspen, CO has begun! Snowboarding, skiing, snowmobile, and music. It is an incredible free event to the public that takes place on Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain. I have worked the X Games in previous years and this year I am once again hitting the slopes and taking pictures. What many people don't know is that during this event, they offer a College X Pass for accredited 4-year college students under the age of 24 get to ride all Aspen mountains for 2 days for about $80 during the X Games. Let me tell you from experience... It is a hell of a deal. You're basically paying for a 1 day kids lift ticket but instead add about 10 years and another day. The craziest thing, is that since most don't know about the deal, and the locals typically stay away from the crazy college kids flooding the mountain, the actual slope are basically empty. I have yet to wait in line for a lift in both years I've snowboarded during this event. 

Today had some great events going on and lots of practice for more tomorrow. The pro skiers and snowboarders practicing their Big Air lines were impressive to watch from the sideline.

"I can see my house from here!"

"I can see my house from here!"

These guys were crazy throwing doubles and triples of everything. Tomorrow is going to be amazing watching them compete for that sweet gold medal. The forecast predicts snow all day for the rest of the event, which may hinder the coverage. But if Colorado weather prediction is anything like it usually is, it might be bright and sunny or a blizzard. We won't really know until we step outside because we can never really trust a forecast here.

Check out this updated guide that is even more detailed and comprehensive - it is a multi-page guide on skiing that is packed with practical tips and advice. You can find it here: