Getting Xtreme in the front yard |

Getting Xtreme in the front yard

Aspen is obsessed with the X Games.

I, on the other hand, don’t really care about what’s been happening out at Buttermilk these past few days. Unfortunately my kids ” at the tender ages of 3 and 6 ” have fallen prey to the marketing machine. They’re hooked.

On Saturday, they pleaded with me to take them to the games. But I, the evil mother, said no. Truth be told, it had nothing to do with the actual event. My husband was working all day, and I simply loathed the idea of a double bus transfer to Buttermilk, where I would surely have to haul them both to a good viewing spot for, what, 15 minutes of cheers ” and, more than likely, a few tears?

All was not lost, though. In a momentary flash of genius, I convinced my future X-Gamers that it would be more fun to build our own X Games course. We could have just as much fun right outside our employee-housing condo, I told them.

They agreed, reluctantly. And the digging began ” I with an ice pick and snow shovel; my daughter with an ice scraper from the car; my son with a tiny sand shovel. We made a tunnel, a sledding hill, a jump and a “butt slide” (don’t ask me … my daughter coined the term as she and her brother flew down a small-but-steep snow pile over and over and over again).

We played X Games for hours and napped almost as long. It was awesome.

The next morning, fresh snow had changed the course. The tunnel was still there, so was the jump. The sledding hill and butt slide were running a bit slow. But lo and behold, there was another extreme outdoor venue for us to explore. The neighborhood teens had built two snow forts ” huge caves, where they actually spent the night ” in the backyard. Another X Games-free day!

Of course short people have short memories, and by Monday all thoughts were back on the real X Games. And it was Daddy to the rescue; they called me at work on the bus back to Aspen shouting “X Games rock!”

And so they do, I guess. But I bet when they look back on 2006, they’ll remember more about our mini-X Games course than who won the men’s superpipe.

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