The Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen is coming up January 26 - 29th, and Colorado will be represented very well by this list of riders.
Eric Willett is a Breckenridge native who is a regular on the X Games athlete list. He's had success around the world in both slopestyle and big air events, and competes on the meritable Air & Style tour. Willett's best finish at XG came in his rookie appearance when he earned Slopestyle silver in 2010. He recently placed second at the Mammoth stop of the U.S. Grand Prix (Jan. 21st) and he won the Park City stop in 2015 (March). Willett and his wife, Candace, own a home in Breckenridge, where he likes to spearhead home improvement projects.
- Silver in Slopestyle at XG Aspen '10, his rookie year. 9 XG competition starts covering 5 appearances.
- Won the Air & Style event in Innsbruck, Feb. 2, 2013 with a switch backside 1260.
- Won the 2015 Park City Grand Prix (March). Second at the 2016 Mammoth Grand Prix (Jan. 21)
- Member of the U.S. Slopestyle Team
- Winter X Games Aspen 2013S Slopestyle 16th
- Winter X Games Aspen 2013 Big Air 7th
- Winter X Games Aspen 2012 Big Air 4th
- Winter X Games Aspen 2012 Slopestyle 7th
- Winter X 2011 Slopestyle 8th
- Winter X 2011 Big Air 9th
- Winter X 2010 Slopestyle 2nd
- Winter X 2010 Big Air 8th
A consistent podium threat, Arielle has a powerful style with amplitude and technical ability. She had a stellar January 2016, taking silver at XG Aspen (her best XG finish) and winning the Laax Open with an epic run that included a frontside 900 almost 15 feet out. She's finished in the top 4 in her five XG appearances, with bronze medals from Aspen and Tignes in 2013. The U.S. Pro Halfpipe team member earned a spot on the 2014 Olympic team. The 19-year-old from Steamboat is an animal advocate and a student at the University of Colorado, intent on becoming a veterinarian. Her older brother, Taylor Gold, is also a top-level snowboarder and X Games vet.
- 3 XG medals in 5 appearances: Silver at Aspen 2016, 4th at Aspen 2014 & 2015, bronze at Aspen 2013 as an XG rookie and bronze at Tignes 2013.
- Won the Jan. 2016 Laax Open in Laax, SUI.
- Member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic halfpipe team; dislocated her shoulder in practice the day of competition in Sochi and couldn't ride.
- Won the Burton European Open in Feb. 2013 and the 2013 World Snowboard Championships (Jan. 20, 2013) in Stoneham, CAN. Won the 2013 Grand Prix overall title.
- Studying ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado
- X Games Aspen 2016 SuperPipe 2nd
- X Games Aspen 2015 SuperPipe 4th
- X Games Aspen 2014 SuperPipe 4th
- X Games Aspen 2013 SuperPipe 3rd
Red Gerard is coming off an incredible season including a super solid video part. The Summit County local has a sweet set up in his backyard with multiple handrails, jumps, and some very unique features.
At just 15 years old, Redmond Gerard placed fifth in his Dew Tour slopestyle debut at the start of the 2016 season. He then went on to place fifth at the prestigious US Open and hit the podium in third at the Ale Invite big air event. His successful season earned him a spot on the U.S. Snowboarding pro slopestyle team; expect great things in the near future from this Colorado shredder.
Gerard first began competing in the amateur ranks in 2011. By 2015 he was scoring podium finishes on the Revolution Tour, the final stepping stone to the elite professional level. That year he also earned fourth at the Junior World Championships and by 2016 he was on the pro circuit.
The 21-year-old Gold had a strong 2014 season, when he made the podium at three Olympic qualifiers, including a win in a competitive field at the Copper Mountain Grand Prix, and another at the first Grand Prix of 2015. Although the X Games haven't shown his true talent and he struggled in Sochi, Taylor is stylish and tech, with a double Michalchuk and frontside 1260. He's the older brother of X Games SuperPipe medalist Arielle Gold. The siblings come from Steamboat Springs, CO, where Taylor has been riding since age 7, and are living together for winter 2015 in Breckenridge.
Taylor has two X Games appearances. He placed 12th in X Games Tignes 2013 and 14th at X Games Aspen 2014. He won the first Grand Prix of 2015 at Copper Mountain and finished 14th in halfpipe at his first Olympics in Sochi 2014. He is the older brother of X Games medalist Arielle Gold and a member of the 2015 US Snowboarding Halfpipe Team.
- X Games Aspen 2015 SuperPipe 9th
- X Games Aspen 2014 SuperPipe 14th
This Denver-based rider surprised at X Games Aspen 2016, taking gold. Though the contest was cut short due to weather, Matt earned the title with a beautiful run featuring great amplitude and a technical frontside 1260. Matt followed his XG gold with a dominant win at the Park City Grand Prix (Feb. 6). He grew up in the Midwest with a dedicated mom who moved him to Steamboat Springs when he was 11 to pursue a professional snowboard career. Ladley is a member of the U.S. Snowboard Pro Team and a product of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
- XG gold at Aspen 2016 after being an alternate at both Aspen 2014 and 2015.
- Made the Final at his 3 previous XG Aspen appearance: 9th, 2013 (withdrew before Final due to crash in practice); 5th, 2012; 8th, 2011.
- Won the Park City Grand Prix on Feb. 6, 2016.
- X Games Aspen 2016 SuperPipe 1st
- Winter X Games Aspen 2013 SuperPipe 9th
- Winter X Games Aspen 2012 SuperPipe 5th
- Winter X 2011 SuperPipe 8th