Winter X Games 16; Could they be the final one in Aspen?

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The phrases 'Winter X Games' and 'Aspen-Snowmass' have been inseparable over the last decade. However, with 2012 being the final year of ESPN's contract with the Colorado mountain, change may be on the horizon.

Thursday marks the start of the 16th annual winter-sport competition. Aspen has been the host-site of the games since 2002.

The snow at Buttermilk mountain has been home to Shaun White's excellence before the world came to know him as the 'flying tomato.' It was also home to the first 1080 landed in competition by a female snowboarder when Kelly Clark stomped it out last year.

It would be strange to see the X Games logo missing from the fresh powder of Aspen next year. Just as it would be strange to watch the X Games and not see the beautiful Rocky Mountain skyline in the background. But, that's always a possibility.

"We want them," said Aspen-Snowmass representative Jeff Hanle. "We submitted our bids. We think we've got the best offer out there, the best place to have the X Games. Now, we'll just sit and wait and see what happens."

The bidding process for the X Games is confidential, so Aspen is not aware of what other resorts around the nation - and possibly in Colorado - have submitted bids. Hanle hopes to have a decision sooner rather than later, but no specific deadline has been set by the ESPN network.

To view a complete schedule of Winter X Games 16 go to All competitions are free to the public.

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