On to Aspen and the X Games
With their sights set on Aspen later this month, hundreds of skiers and boarders headed to Sugar Bowl over the weekend for the X Games Qualifier.
The event was the only official, open registration race designed to attract raw talent from around the world. Any athlete had the opportunity to enter, race and win a spot for the X Games, with or without sponsorships.
Four men and three women in SkierX and two men and women from BoarderX qualified for the final 11 slots in the X Games being held in Aspen Jan. 24-27.
Winner of Friday’s Boardercross time trials was Chelone Miller in his first major event since the U.S. Open a few years ago. A New Hampshire native and the 20-year-old younger brother of World Cup skier Bode Miller, Chelone Miller was free riding at Mammoth until he got word about the X Games Qualifier being held at Sugar Bowl. “I heard about it and thought I would have a chance to win,” said Miller. “I didn’t think I was going fast enough in the last rollers, before the step down but I guess I was.”