Behind the scenes of the XG Aspen 2016 Kick-off bash
Fans flock to X Games
X Games Aspen 2016 officially kicked off with an evening bash in the exclusive X Games Athlete Lounge at Buttermilk Mountain to benefit two causes -- The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). Take an inside look at the array of athletes that stopped by for the evening before X Games got underway. Here, an eager XG fan mugs it up for the camera.
Inside the athlete lounge
To open X Games Aspen 2016, fans and athletes were welcomed into the exclusive athlete lounge for an art show, silent auction and refreshments.
"The 20 Most Influential Snowboarding Images exhibition" on display featured images of top pro riders including four-time X Games gold medalist Jaime Anderson, B4BC founding member Tina Basich, Megan Pischke, Jamie Lynn, Craig Kelly, Jeff Brushi and others, shot by pioneering snowboarding photographers including Bud Fawcett, Trevor Graves, Jeff Curtes, Dean Blotto Gray, Dawn Kish and many more.
Be like Fonzie
X Games Aspen 2016 commentator Brandon "Brando" Graham played host to the evening, and did his best Fonzie impersonation possible while presenting the awards during the silent auction.
Anderson on guitar
X Games Snowboard Slopestyle competitor Jamie Anderson strums a tune for the camera.
What time is it?
The night offered a unique opportunity to mix and mingle with X Games athletes, indulge in hosted appetizers, listen to a live performance by HONEYHONEY, and partake in a one-of-a-kind silent auction.
Aspen native and X Games royalty Gretchen Bleiler was on hand to meet fans, catch up with old friends and pose for the camera.
Team USA represent
U.S. Olympic team members and friends Elena Hight and Jamie Anderson enjoy some shine time before the action gets underway at X Games Aspen 2016.
Pass the Mike
Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive contender Mike Schultz stopped by the athlete lounge to say hi to the camera. Look for Schultz to be competing on day 1 of X Games.
Ski SuperPipe contender David Wise competes on day 1 of X Games Aspen 2016, but he didn't seem too nervous about it at the kick off bash.