Every year the biggest show on snow produces history-making, mind-blowing moments. Whether it’s young stars beating out the old guard, world-first tricks being landed, or wild crashes leaving the crowd speechless, every day at X Games Aspen has something to talk about.
Here’s some of our favourite gnarly moments from this year’s epic edition!
So close to the first snowmobile backflip
Snowmobile best trick is the gnarliest event of the weekend, no doubt. Heath Frisby and Colton Moore, whose brother Caleb died from injuries sustained during the event in 2013, both pushed the competition to its limits by attempting to land the first-ever double backflips seen in competition. Neither managed it, but both are okay, and Frisby’s attempt is nerve-racking to watch!
Teenager makes history, again
Ski slopestyle might not be quite as death-defying as snowmobile best trick, but that doesn’t make Kelly Sildaru defending her title any less gnarly. The Estonian is only 14, and is now the first athlete to win two gold medals before her 15th birthday.
James Woods finally tops the podium
Britain’s James Woods has been going big for years, but never quite reached the top of the podium. He stepped up for the Ski Big Air in Aspen though, stomping his runs to earn a first X Games gold medal.
Hailey Langland goes massive for first women’s Big Air
Hailey Langland kicked off an historic weekend for snowboarding, as women’s Big Air made its first appearance at X Games. The American marked the occasion by landing the first double cork by a female, in any discipline .
World-firsts light up Snowboard Big Air
Marcus Kleveland added to the snowboard history books once again by stomping the first ever quad cork in the competition’s history. But the record-breaking didn’t stop there. Something pretty special was needed to beat Kleveland’s quad cork, so Max Parrot made it an underflip, and took home the gold medal.