The world’s premiere winter action sports event, the ESPN Winter X Games, will return to Aspen, Colorado in 2003 after a successful first year at the resort. Winter X Games VII will take place January 30 – February 2 and will be held onAspen’s Buttermilk Mountain. Winter X Games VII events are free and open tothe public.

Last year’s Winter X Games featured the talents of more than 250 of theworld’s top action sports athletes competing for medals and more than$500,000 in prize money in the sports of Snowboarding (Slopestyle,Snowboarder X and SuperPipe, men and women); Skiing (Skier X – men andwomen, Slopestyle and SuperPipe), Snowmobiling (HillCross and SnoCross),Moto X (Big Air) and UltraCross (ski and snowboard combined event). WinterX Games VI in Aspen drew a crowd of close to 40,000 spectators over thefour-day event – the biggest winter sporting event Aspen has ever hosted.

Winter X Games VII will be televised January 30 – February 5 on ESPN, ESPN2and ABC Sports with more than 17 hours of original programming. The Gamesare telecast in 10 languages to more than 145 countries and territories,reaching more than 110 million homes around the world.

ESPN recently unveiled the first broadband and on-demand subscriptionservice dedicated to action sports, EXPN, Action Sports On Demand, and willlaunch the service in conjunction with Winter X Games VII. The new servicewill provide X Games content and other action sports video, audio, music andinformation to action sports fans.

Famous for its history, diverse terrain, restaurants and nightlife,Aspen/Snowmass is one of the most well-known resort destinations in theworld. Four mountains – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands andButtermilk – offer a combined 4,803 acres of terrain – three terrain parks,two halfpipes and more than 300 marked trails – via 39 lifts. Like lastyear, Buttermilk is home to all Winter X Games VII venues.

ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action Sports, first developed its X Gamesfranchise in 1995. The X Games, Winter X Games, EXPN 2Day, Tony Hawk’sGigantic Skatepark Tour and EXPN Invitational events are just some of theoriginal action sports programming currently shown on ESPN and ESPN2.