By Tom Boyd
As Aspenís X Games comes to a close, Vail prepares for the Honda Session
January 28, 2008 —
Not all of the high-flyers from the 3-ring circus of the X Games will come to Vail for the Honda Session Feb. 8-10, but most of the snowboarders will.
Made for TV and packed with more action than one human being can possibly watch without the aid of multiple camera feeds, in my opinion the X Games makes a better couch-event than a go-to-the-slopes-and-watch event.
As a Vailite, I love Aspen like a brother, or maybe a sister (or maybe a long-lost red-headed stepchild?), but the glitz and glamour of the X Games creates a barrier between athlete and spectator. Not so at the Session, where last year I simply walked up to some of the best snowboarders in the world and just started shootiní the proverbial schnitzel with Danny Kass, Andreas Wiig, and Molly Aguirre, among others.
The event is free and open to the public, and parking is available at the Village parking structure.
For more information visit www.sessionvail.com
Toasting my tele-boots by the quaint little fire pit (for I am no longer a full-time knuckle dragger, as I was in high school), I opened up a shop-talking session with some random snowboarder who, I thought, just happened to be watching the event. We talked about the uniqueness of the event, the layout of the ground-breaking Session competition grounds, the chill-as-a-refridgerated-cucumberness of the Session and general.
Turns out the guy was Andreas Wiig, one of the greatest, and most humble, snowboarders Iíve ever met.
And Wiig wasn't an anomaly. Despite the reputation snowboards have somehow developed over the past decade and more, the truth is I find most of them to be a few notches higher on the courtesy meter than their counterparts in extreme skiing.
So, yes, I'm a telemarker now.
But, yes, I'm also looking forward to the Session.
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