X Games 2018 returns to Aspen, Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountain from January 25-28. It’s the world’s premier, on snow action sports, music and festival experience!

All sport competitions are free and open to the public. To see the musical acts fans can purchase a four-show general admission pass for $150 or a four-show preferred pass for $200. The preferred pass will get you your own seat near the stage, a private show entrance, your own toilets and bar. All musical performances will take place at the X Games GEICO Music Stage at Buttermilk Mountain. Over the four days X Games Aspen will feature musical performances by LCD Soundsystem, Marshmello, Method Man & Redman and Martin Garrix.

The Big Baller Pass

If you’re a big baller and music fan then get yourself a Diamond Music Club pass. New for X Games 2018, the pass gets you access to a heated premium viewing tent and a heated outdoor patio at the GEICO music stage. You can seal the deal with complimentary beer and wine.

X Games SuperPipe, 2017
X Games SuperPipe, 2017

If you’re after the ultimate X Games experience then get your hands on a four-day platinum pass. This will allow you access to the exclusive Platinum Tower at the base of the SuperPipe. The Platinum Tower offers gourmet food, beer and wine and the best views of the X Games action. Platinum pass also gets you the Diamond Club treatment for musical performances, athlete meet and greets, a tour of the halfpipe and limited-edition merch.

The Snowboarding Schedule

The X Games have just announced the schedule of sport disciplines on offer for Aspen 2018. For snowboarding, the usual crowd pleasers are there with the Men’s and Women’s Big Air, Slopestyle and SuperPipe.

Julia Marino, 2017 Slopestyle Champion
Julia Marino, 2017 Slopestyle Champion

 

An interesting omission from this years games is the Boarder X event. This can’t be due to a cut back in scheduling as two new events will be replacing the Boarder X in 2018. The popularity of Snow Bike Cross in last years games has lead to the introduction of a new event in 2018, the Snow Bike Best Trick. And for the first time since 2015 the Snowmobile Speed & Style will be making a comeback. It may be that the athletes were not keen to compete so close to the Olympics, or more likely the event wasn’t rating high enough for the X Games brass. Either way, we are huge Boarder X fans here at snowboard.com and hope that it makes it’s way back to the games asap.

The Golden Ticket

Of course, probably the most interesting thing about X Games Aspen is that it is an invitational event. There are no qualifying events, the only way to guarantee an invite is to be a medallist from the previous years event. This leads to some fun line ups in competition as for whatever reason, some of the biggest sporting names don’t always make the list (Shaun White vs ESPN 2016).

Max Parrot, Marcus Kleveland and Mark McMorris. Slopestyle podium 2017 X Games, Aspen
Max Parrot, Marcus Kleveland and Mark McMorris. Big Air podium 2017 X Games, Aspen

The snowboarders that have been named so far are;

SuperPipe

  • Xuetong Cai, China
  • Taylor Gold, U.S.A.
  • Scotty James, Australia
  • Chloe Kim, U.S.A.
  • Matt Ladley, U.S.A.
  • Elena Hight, U.S.A.

Slopestyle

  • Jamie Anderson, U.S.A.
  • Anna Gasser, Austria
  • Marcus Kleveland, Norway
  • Hailey Langland, U.S.A.
  • Julia Marino, U.S.A.
  • Mark McMorris, Canada
  • Tyler Nicholson, Canada
  • Katie Ormerod, U.K.
  • Max Parrot, Canada

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