ESPN’s Winter X is reviewing bids for new resorts to host Games
December 26, 2012
Denver — ESPN is reviewing bids from several ski resorts hoping to host the Winter X Games.
The network’s annual bacchanal of snow sports — featuring 200 superstars of freeskiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling — turns 17 next year. And like any 17-year-old, it’s growing up and eyeing potential new digs.
Buttermilk ski area, Colorado’s 11-year X Games host, joins a collaboration of Lake Tahoe resorts in California, Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort and possibly British Columbia’s Whistler-Blackcomb in courting the Winter X Games.
Aspen Skiing Co.’s Buttermilk ski area will host its 12th — and possibly next to last — Winter X Games next month. The company’s contract runs through 2014. Last year, the event drew 108,000 attendees who filled every available room in the Roaring Fork Valley, stirring $6 million to $10 million in spending during the four-day event.
In 2014, ESPN plans to announce the next host for 2015 through 2017. The network said it would announce bid finalists early next year.
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