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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Updated: January 7, 1:28 PM ET
ESPN's Winter X Games 13 Adds Two New Disciplines

By Press Release
ESPN

Winter X Games 13, to be held January 22-25, 2009 in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., and aired live on ESPN and ABC, will feature new events, a new superpipe and enhanced coverage across ESPN platforms. Two new disciplines will make their debut  Women's Skiing Slopestyle and Snowmobile Best Trick. For the first time at Winter X Games, snowboarders and skiers will ride a 22-foot superpipe. Fifteen hours of live programming on ESPN and ABC will be offered as well as Winter X Games 13 coverage on ESPN International, EXPN.com, ESPN360.com, SportsCenter and ESPN2's X Center.

Women's Skiing Slopestyle will feature the top eight skiers in the world competing on a variety of rails and jumps. Each skier will take two runs, and their best run will determine their final ranking. Snowmobile Best Trick will feature three athletes. Each athlete will take two jumps and will be judged by the fans in Aspen and those watching on television. The athlete who receives the most fan votes will take home the gold medal.

"The X Games have always been about progression and creativity, and with the addition of these two new events, we continue that tradition," said Rick Alessandri, senior vice president, X Games franchise.

With the addition of the two new disciplines to the competition schedule, all events will be held at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. No spectator events will be held in downtown Aspen or Wagner Park.

The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world and showcases more than 200 of the world's top athletes. Buttermilk Mountain at Aspen/Snowmass will continue to host the Winter X Games through 2010. Winter X Games 13 is free to the public.