Well, it’s Winter X once again, that magical time of year when there’s actually skiing on ESPN. The Big Air competition just wrapped up and, as expected, it was pretty boss. In only his second Winter X, 18-year-old Bobby Brown (not Whitney Houston’s ex-husband) from Breckenridge, Colorado, clinched the gold for Big Air. He finished with a combined score of 100, the first time a skier has nailed a perfect score in Big Air at the X Games. T.J. Schiller and Elias Ambuhl snagged silver and bronze respectively.
The skiers threw down on an 85-foot gap jump that boosted them about 100 feet through the air. In the finals, they had 20 minutes to squeeze in as many jumps as possible with their best two tricks contributing to their overall score. Brown sealed up the gold with a switch double misty 1440. “I’ve never done the trick before,” Brown says. “I don’t know how I landed it.” Meanwhile, T.J. Schiller from Vernon, BC, scored a perfect 50 on a 1620—that’s four and a half rotations—a trick never before seen at Winter X.
Good times, X Games. Good times. The ski slopestyle comp gets cracking tomorrow afternoon, and we’ll be there. But now it’s time to fight through the hordes at the bars in Aspen. The biggest event in freeskiing also happens to be Aspen’s biggest party. Good thing we brought some Colt 45. No joke.