By the Numbers: Winter X Games
7 Feb, 2018By: Michael Popke
The 22nd edition of ESPN’s annual winter action sports competition, X Games Aspen 2018, just wrapped up after a successful run from Jan. 25-28. The Games featured the world’s top action sports athletes competing in the sports of Ski, Snowboard, Snowmobile and Snow Bike. The Winter X Games began in 1997 and have become a go-to winter festival for extreme sports enthusiasts and music fans. Here are 10 key numbers associated with the event.
17:Number of years the Winter X Games have been held at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (including 2018)
17:Number of disciplines that more than 200 athletes will compete in over the course of four days
0:Cost, in dollars, to attend events as a spectator
150:Cost, in dollars, for a general admission pass to see concerts by LCD Soundsystem, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Method Man & Redman during the Winter X Games
14:Number of countries represented by athletes who won medals at X Games Aspen in 2017
15.5:Number of hours of combined live coverage that ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will air
5,000:Estimated number of hours spent preparing Buttermilk Mountain for X Games Aspen
38,000:Number of spectators at the inaugural Winter X Games in 1997 at Big Bear Lake, California.
105,000:Number of spectators at the 2017 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
17.8:Economic impact, in millions of dollars, of the 2017 X Games Aspen