EYE ON THE GAMES
Snowboard halfpipe defending champion Danny Davis will be going for his third consecutive gold under the lights Saturday night. For only the second time since 1999, Shaun White will not be in the X Games’ marquee event. He was not invited this year.
The high- flying spectacle of skicross, which debuted as an Olympic event in 2010, returns to the Winter X Games on Saturday after a threeyear hiatus. Vail’s Chris Del Bosco, who won the event the last time it was here, in 2012, is one of the top five qualifiers.
Saturday night’s ski big air event, where athletes are judged on tricks off an 80- foot jump, has a heavy Colorado flavor, with Bobby Brown and Gus Kenworthy.
Go for Gold
In her fourth trip to Buttermilk Mountain, 19year- old Arielle Gold of Steamboat Springs is looking for her first X Games namesake medal Sunday. She won bronze as a rookie in 2013 and was fourth the past two years.
Too much white
Toomuch snow, ironically, is not a good thing at Winter X. The schedule could get dicey: The mountain is under a winter- storm warning into Sunday morning. The National Weather Service is calling for 8- 16 inches of snow and winds of 10- 20 mph with gusts up to 45.