Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lake Tahoe in the running to get Winter X Games

ESPN, owner of the X Games, has been reviewing bids to host the games in 2015. The Lake Tahoe Sports Organizing Committee is on the short-list to host the event. The winning city is locked in for a three-year contract. If "Lake Tahoe" wins the contract, competition would be held at Heavenly and Squaw Valley.

The other cities vying for the games are Aspen/Snowmass, Quebec City, and Park City, Utah. Aspen Colorado has been hosting the Winter X Games the last several years. Their contract expires in 2014.

The Lake Tahoe Sports Organizing Committee expects the Winter X Games to bring in $10 million dollars to the region, along with 20,000 to 25,000 spectators per day. The local visitor bureaus see the Winter X Games and the TV broadcast as Lake Tahoe's chance to "tell the world" about the great skiing Lake Tahoe has to offer. The 2012 Aspen Winter X Games broadcast reached 232 million homes in 192 countries.

Finalists will be picked in April, with the host area announced by the end of the year.

1 comment:

  1. During our vacation in Aspen last year, we were able to watch one Winter X Games event. It was awesome to watch those extreme stunts by the players. -Cadence