Thanks to Winter X Games 14, attendance records in Aspen broken

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 1, 2010 9:14 am

Nothing like some solid X Game competition to bring more people to a ski town than ever before! Check out this story coming out of the Denver Business Journal this morning:

“The just-concluded Winter X Games in Aspen set new attendance records, according to a news report.

The four-day winter-sports event at the Buttermilk ski area, which wrapped up its 14th year Sunday, drew 84,100 people, topping the previous high of 83,500 spectators, at Mount Snow, Vt., in 2000, the Aspen Daily News reports Monday.

The previous attendance high for the event was 76,150 in 2007, the News said.

The 14th Winter X Games also set a new single-day attendance mark, 34,500 on Saturday, the night when Aspen’s Gretchen Bleiler earned a fourth X Games superpipe gold medal.

The Winter X Games — sponsored and nationally televised by the ESPN cable sports network, a unit of the Walt Disney Co. — have been staged at Aspen for nine years and are slated to return there next year. It features competition in skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and other snow sports.”