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Aspen Remains Site Of Winter X Through 2019

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Louie Vito does a hand stand in the start area  prior to the men's snowboard superpipe final during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Louie Vito does a hand stand in the start area prior to the men’s snowboard superpipe final during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The Winter X Games will stay in Aspen through 2019.

The deal was set to expire after the event this weekend, but ESPN and Aspen Skiing Company announced a five-year extension Wednesday. This will be the 13th straight year Winter X has staged snowboard, ski and snowmobile events in Aspen.

Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of ESPN programming and X Games, said that other options were explored, much like a few months ago when the decision was reached to relocate Summer X from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. In the end, Guglielmino said a return to Aspen simply made “a lot of sense.”

The winter action sports event will be without one of its premiere athletes as two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White skipped the competition to rest for Sochi.

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