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Games returning to Aspen

ASPEN – The ESPN Winter Games will return to Aspen for the third straight year Jan. 22-25, it was announced Tuesday.

This will be the eighth year of the event, which has never before returned to the same venue three years in a row.

“This long-awaited great news is cause for celebration,” said Aspen Skiing Company Senior Vice President David Perry. “The energy level that the Winter Games brings to Aspen/Snowmass is off the charts, and the event coverage enables us to get the word out to the world that Aspen/Snowmass is an exciting, special place.”



The four-day event attracts more than 250 athletes in motocross, skiing snowboarding and snowmobiling. All events take place at Buttermilk Mountain. Last year’s Games drew close to 50,000 spectators over four days and millions of viewers on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

The upcoming edition will be aired on the three networks Jan.



24-28.

“We are thrilled to bring the Winter Games back to Aspen/Snowmass,” said Senior Vice President of ESPN Original Entertainment Ron Semiao. “Buttermilk’s base easily accommodates our entire event … and has slopes with perfect pitch for the venues. The spectator support and the embracing attitude of the town have been incredible.”

The Summer Games will take place Aug. 14-17 in Los Angeles.


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