Selby: The X factor in Aspen
When ESPN’s Winter X Games roll into town, the energy across the slopes and through town is instantly elevated to atmospheric levels. Beyond the riveting competition at Buttermilk, private parties pop up all over Aspen, such as Red Bull’s Athlete Kick-Off event at The Sky on Thursday, hosted in part by Freeskier, Resqwater and Swedish Match with DJ Chris Karns and DJ Flo.
Belly Up opened its doors during X Games 10 years ago, so it was only suitable to have a blow out bash. Grammy nominated DJ and producer Kaskade took the stage Thursday, commenting “what an honor it is to get to play the legendary club’s anniversary party.”
With Australia Day always coinciding with Winter X Games, Aspen-Snowmass, The Little Nell and Residences at The Little Nell kicked off the celebration with a meat pie contest with local chefs. Australians Sam Perry and X Games gold medalist snowboarder Torah Bright judged the competition, deeming Viceroy Snowmass the winner.
A hot ticket this weekend is the Native Roots Treehouse downtown — an invitation-only event with live music, DJs, athlete lounges and product testing.
For info on X Games activities through Sunday, visit http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/aspen/.
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