Inside The 2013 Winter X Games [24 HQ Photos]

This weekend we were in Aspen, CO for the 2013 Winter X Games with Oakley. Here are some behind the scenes images of what we saw.

Simon Dumont waits to drop in during a practice session. [Photo source:]

Shaun White waited all week, but in the end he got to celebrate a gold medal. [Joshua Duplechian/ESPN]

Daniel Bodin called winning gold in Sunday’s Best Trick “unbelievable.” [Joshua Duplechian/ESPN]

Levi LaVallee celebrates with members of his support team following his win in Snowmobile Freestyle at X Games Aspen on Thursday night. “I’m going to bed,” LaVallee said, “and I’ll celebrate after Best Trick on Sunday.” [Photo source:]

Calvin Harris, X Games MUSIC

Electronic dance-music artist Calvin Harris had a huge crowd bouncing at X Games Aspen 2013. The X Fest Stage area was jam packed with people too busy dancing and fist-pumping to mind the steady snow. [Photo source:]

Ayumu Hirano, 14, isn’t just satisfied to be at X Games. “I want to be on that podium,” he said. And at his first X Games event, the protégé of the great Kazu Kokubo, he did just that — coming in 2nd in SuperPipe on Sunday. [Photo source:]

Tucker Hibbert became the first person to six-peat at X Games Aspen Sunday when he won Snowmobile SnoCross after leading the 15-man final from the start. The 28-year-old won his seventh career SnoCross gold medal 13 years after he won his first, at age 15. He is still the youngest gold medalist in X Games winter sports history. [Photo source:]

Petter Norsa and SnoCross made a triumphant return to X Games Aspen 2013, after a brief one-year hiatus from the event in 2012. [Photo source:]

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Belgium’s Seppe Smits learned how to ride on a dry slope and has been a regular on Big Air podiums for the past few years. After landing his very first triple cork 1440 in Big Air finals on Friday, he earned his first X Games medal, a bronze, in Slopestyle on Saturday. [Photo source:]

After an almost overwhelming amount of “will he or won’t he” drama leading into his face-off with Shaun White in Slopestyle, McMorris rose to the occasion and exceeded every expectation. White on the other hand, surprised everyone by not even making the podium. [Photo source:]

James Woods competing in Ski Jeep Slopestyle Men’s Elimination during X Games Aspen 2013. [Photo source:]

The first head-to-head matchup between X Games Tignes 2012 Slopestyle silver and gold medalists, Mark McMorris and Shaun White, went down in spectacular fashion. McMorris lived up to the hype and qualified first, while White made the eight-rider cut by one place. [Photo source:]

In a surprise turn of events, Shaun White declined to take his second run in SuperPipe Elims after his first-run score came in just .33 points off of first-place finisher Iouri Podladtchikov’s. I-Pod’s Swiss compatriot Christian Haller qualified for the finals in seventh place. [Photo source:]

The Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle elims could go down as the heaviest contest of the week. All 16 invited riders are good enough to make the finals, but after a nail-biting two runs, many favorites, such as Ståle Sandbech here, didn’t make the cut. [Photo source:]

X Games Aspen 2013 got off to a huge start on Day 1 with the first gold medal (Levi LeVallee in Snowmobile Freestyle), some brutal crashes, and heated eliminations. Stay tuned for more action to come in Aspen, Colo. [Photo source:]

Norway’s Ståle Sandbech stomped a perfect triple cork 1440 on his third run of Big Air finals, scoring him a near-perfect score of 49 that put him solidly in the lead. Though he was bumped to third position by two never-been-landed tricks thrown by Torstein Horgmo and Mark McMorris at the buzzer, Sandbech’s solid, stylish tricks were the hit of the night. [Photo source:]

After a crash in his first run in Ski Slopestyle Elimination on Friday, James Woods said, “I knew in the back of my head I could fix that and throw down a good run.” He did and qualified first for Sunday’s Ski Slopestyle Finals. [Photo source:]

On Day 2 at X Games Aspen 2013, Bobby Brown qualified in the fourth spot in Ski Slopestyle Elimination. Next, he’ll compete in Ski Big Air Finals on Saturday night, where, Brown says, “I think this year [a triple] is definitely going to happen [in Ski Big Air]. It’s going to happen in qualifying, I’m sure.” [Photo source:]

The total crowd count for Saturday, Jan. 26 at X Games Aspen was 47,200. That is a single day record for an X Games winter event, breaking the mark of 45,600 set on Saturday at X Games Aspen 2012. [Photo source:]

Two days after claiming X Games gold in Snowmobile Freestyle, Levi LaVallee returned for Snowmobile Speed & Style to claim his second gold medal of X Games Aspen. With LaVallee’s name on the invite list for Snowmobile Best Trick, there’s a chance he could roll away from Aspen with three X Games gold medals. [Photo source:]

Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut won Saturday night’s Ski Big Air by landing the first nose butter triple cork 1620. “Skiing is the most fun thing I know in this world,” Harlaut said after winning. “The jump was so good. I had good speed and everything worked out super well.” [Photo source:]

There were a few X Games firsts in Women’s Ski Slopestyle Finals on Sunday. Among them, Utah’s Jamie Crane-Mauzy, who placed seventh, became the first female to land a double backflip in competition. [Photo source:]

“For me it was weird,” said White. “They were like how do you feel being the oldest competitor and it freaked me out. I don’t think I’ve ever been more focused and more in tune with what I’m doing physically as well as mentally. Six years! That’s pretty heavy, though. It’s going to be more uncomfortable next year when I’m going for the seventh.” [Photo source:]

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