Aspen, Colorado, home to two Timbers Resorts’ destinations, Dancing Bear Aspen and The Timbers Club, will continue to host The Winter X Games through 2014. After 11 years together, Aspen Skiing Co. and ESPN’s Winter X Games have agreed to host the winter circus for two more winters. Aspen Skiing spent the last year negotiating with ESPN but could only agree on a two-year extension of the deal that has the X Games taking over Aspen’s Buttermilk ski area for a month every winter.
But ESPN’s new global focus — announced May 1 that it would expand its Summer X Games to three international cities next year in Spain, Germany and Brazil through 2015 — left the network reticent to commit in Aspen longer term.
ESPN’s X Games franchise will expand to six events in 2013. Barcelona, Munich and Foz do Iguacu, Brazil will host Summer X Games events through 2015, beating out nine finalists ESPN tapped last year when it announced it was planning a global expansion of its wildly successful X Games competition. While X Games often have visited Europe – Tignes, France, joins Aspen as a Winter X host – the move to Brazil marks ESPN’s boldest push into the burgeoning action sports scene in Latin America. (Summer X has seen a growing presence of Brazilian medalists in skateboarding and BMX events.)