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Big air is big news at this year's ESPN Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen/Snowmass. With the addition of the skiing/snowboarding big air events, athletes will showcase their vertical skills as they blast off a 65-foot jump in search of gold. Even better, these two events turn interactive: Fans both at home and on-site can text a vote for their very vertically unchallenged favorite.

In addition to big air and the nine standard events ranging from skiing/snowboarding superpipe to snowmobile freestyle, this year's X Games includes the Snowmobile Speed and Style, a mixed race and freestyle event judged half on time and half on style points. "The additions of skiing and snowboard big air as well as Snowmobile Speed and Style will undoubtedly up the high-flying excitement," says Danny Chi, manager of event publicity at ESPN Productions. All events are free and run today (starting at 8 a.m.) through Sunday. For more information, visit
Jan. 24-27, 2008


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