Breaking news: Winter X Games to stay in Aspen through 2019 |

Breaking news: Winter X Games to stay in Aspen through 2019

ASPEN — ESPN and Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday that the Winter X Games will remain at Buttermilk ski area through 2019.

The five-year deal comes on the heels of a two-year contract, which expires after this week’s X Games.

“For the last 13 years, Aspen-Snowmass has been a fantastic location for the Winter X Games and we’re excited about extending our stay in Aspen-Snowmass and continuing our great relationship with Aspen Skiing Company,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming for the X Games. “While the level of interest from other locations was excellent, the opportunity to continue our collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company proved the most promising for long-term growth and development of the event.”

“It’s amazing how X Games has seemingly become part of Aspen/Snowmass’s identity over the years,” John Rigney, Skico’s vice president, sales and events, in a statement. “There’s a rich cultural history here and we’re fortunate to host many world-class events, but I can’t think of a single event that resonates so well with kids and young adults as X Games does – and that’s a win for our resort, and more importantly the sports we love. Our community is proud to collaborate with ESPN and we look forward to five more great years together.”

X Games Aspen runs today through Sunday and will be televised live on ESPN and ABC. This year will mark the 13th year the event will be held in Aspen.

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