Snowmobile demo canceled at French games
February 13, 2013
The Winter X Games will cancel a snowmobile freestyle demonstration at the next stop in Tignes, France, next month as organizers review safety protocols in the wake of Caleb Moore’s death after an accident in Aspen.
Moore died last month from injuries he suffered when his 450-pound sled rolled over him after a backflip gone wrong at Buttermilk. The accident left everyone involved – snowmobilers, the people who issue the permits for the event and the programmers at ESPN, which sanctions and televises the X Games – re-examining the niche sport.
In a statement Tuesday, X Games officials said, “Our review of snowmobile freestyle continues.”
The X Games stop in Tignes will be March 20 through 22 and feature some of the top freeskiers and snowboarders in the world.
The Winter X Games will return to Aspen in 2014.