Two of the longest-running competitions in X Games history,
winter's Snowboarder X and Skier X, will not be part of the show when the X
Games return to Aspen
in January, 2013, event organizers confirmed last Thursday. ESPN decided to cut
the events, as well as Mono
Skier X and will not build the X Course for the first time in history.
Meanwhile, two events that were dropped last year,
Snowmobile SnoCross and Speed and Style, are returning to the 2013 Aspen schedule. SnoCross had been featured for 14
straight years before it was omitted from X Games Aspen 2012.
Snowboarder X was one of three events that had taken place
every year since the Winter X Games debuted in 1997, along with Snowboard
Superpipe and Slopestyle. Skier X had been staged 15 of those 16 years,
starting in 1998. Mono Skier X was added to the docket five years ago.
"These decisions are never easy, obviously," said
Tim Reed, senior director of content strategy for ESPN X Games. "We
understand the ramifications these things bring. We come up with what we
believe are the best events to showcase to our fans on-site and obviously the
"There wasn't one single factor that led to this
decision. It just comes down to filling the schedule with how much we believe
we need to make the event enjoyable to the fans and deliver on what we need
from a product standpoint."