Kicking off the Aspen Winter X Games 2023

Jasmine Judge, Business Manager

From Jan. 27-29, the 22 consecutive Winter X Games took place at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.  Along with free event entry, organizations such as ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC followed the event with 13.5 hours of live coverage. The games included competitions in various winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

“Snowboarding is really fun because I love being able to ride alone and with my friends while having no distractions, and I also love being in the snow and the cold weather,” Miami Palmetto Senior High junior Derek Gurka said. “Winter is also my favorite season.”

Some of the most popular parts of the games are the events outside the sporting competitions. After almost three years, live performances and concerts returned to the Winter X Games. Some notable musicians performed, including Yung Gravy, Kaskade, MADDS, Girlfriends and more. 

Nearly 100 of the best snowboarders and freestyle skiers attended, making it the biggest snow sporting event of the year in the United States. The games feature 14 disciplines, such as Men’s and Women’s Ski, Snowboard SuperPipe, Knuckle Huck, Big Air and Slopestyle.

“The best part about snowboarding is being able to ride freely and being able to enjoy the snow and the rails,” Gurka said. “Also, I enjoy trying the bigger rails and doing more tricks and pushing myself to get better each time.”

For entertainment and dining purposes, four themed villages— The Galleria, The Gaming Shack, The Playground and The Sound Factory — hosted numerous activities for guests to participate in. Events included live concerts, athlete signings, giveaways and the Major League Gaming X Games Invitational.

Over the course of the three-day competition, many Olympic athletes made history. Below is an overview of the bronze, silver and gold winners from each day and event:


Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

  1. Gold – Zoi Sadowski-Synott
  2. Silver – Tess Coady
  3. Bronze – Murase Kokomo

Women’s Freestyle Skiing Big Air

  1. Gold – Megan Oldham
  2. Silver – Tess Ledeux
  3. Bronze – Kirsty Muir

Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe

  1. Gold – Scotty James
  2. Silver – Jan Scherrer
  3. Bronze – Valentino Guseli


Men’s Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle

  1. Gold – Colby Stevenson
  2. Silver – Mac Forehand
  3. Bronze – Ferdinand Dahl

Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe

  1. Gold – Gaon Choi
  2. Silver – Maddie Mastro
  3. Bronze – Cai Xuetong

Women’s Freestyle Skiing SuperPipe

  1. Gold – Zoe Atkin
  2. Silver – Rachael Karker
  3. Bronze – Svea Irving

Women’s Snowboard Big Air

  1. Gold – Iwabuchi Reira
  2. Silver – Zoi Sadowski-Synott
  3. Bronze – Laurie Blouin

Men’s Snowboard Big Air

  1. Gold – Marcus Kleveland
  2. Silver – Ostuka Takeru
  3. Bronze – Su Yiming


Women’s Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle

  1. Gold – Megan Oldham
  2. Silver – Mathilde Gremaud
  3. Bronze – Kirsty Muir

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle

  1. Gold – Mark McMorris
  2. Silver – Marcus Kleveland
  3. Bronze – Mos Røisland