McRae Williams competing in Men’s Ski SlopeStyle Final during X Games Aspen 2014. PHOTO: Matt Morning/ESPN Images

McRae Williams competing in Men’s Ski SlopeStyle Final during X Games Aspen 2014. PHOTO: Matt Morning/ESPN Images

Well, that’s a wrap on the 2014 Winter X Games. The four-day action sports fete rolled into Aspen, Colorado, for the 13th season in a row and announced right before the games began that Winter X will be in Aspen for at least another five years. Per usual, the ski events ratcheted up the drama, with a few repeat golds.

We saw repeat winners in Men’s and Women’s Superpipe, Men’s Slopestyle, and Men’s Big Air. Each made a definitive statement about their own respective dominance in the discipline, etching their names in X Games history for winning consecutive titles, alongside X notables like Tanner Hall.

In Men’s Superpipe, David Wise won his third consecutive gold medal. Wise threw down Friday night’s most technically difficult run. He notched a 92.00 and is heading to Sochi as the clear-cut favorite in the halfpipe. Torin Yater-Wallace, the 18-year-old Aspen local, pulled out of the Superpipe finals at the last minute, heeding the advice of friends, family, and doctors who were concerned over his healing ribs. Yater-Wallace is still battling back from an injury he sustained in December and, with his eyes on Sochi, is remaining conservative. In his place, another young-gun from Aspen, 19-year-old Alex Ferreira, stepped up and put on a show for his hometown crowd. With Yater-Wallace watching from the corral at the base of Buttermilk’s Superpipe alongside the rest of Aspen, Ferreira, an Aspen Valley Ski Club product, stomped his third run through the halfpipe and earned the bronze. Frenchman Kevin Rolland, always a threat in the pipe, flashed style and amplitude for the silver.

On the women’s side, 2013 Superpipe gold medalist Maddie Bowman found herself back on top of the podium this year. Bowman’s 88.66 proved to be enough in a competitive Women’s Superpipe field. Bowman, from Tahoe, blasted an inverted 900 during her clinching run. Canadian Roz Groenewoud and Marie Martinod from France finished in second and third place, respectively, making for an interesting rematch between the Women’s Superpipe podium at the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

Maddie Bowman on the podium after competing in Women's Ski SlopeStyle Final during X Games Aspen 2014. PHOTO: Matt Morning / ESPN Images

Maddie Bowman on the podium after competing in Women’s Ski SlopeStyle Final during X Games Aspen 2014. PHOTO: Matt Morning / ESPN Images

On the features and booters of the slopestyle course, Nick Goepper proved that he is the male competitive park skier to be reckoned with, as he garnered his second straight slopestyle gold medal in Aspen. Poleless due to a broken wrist on the mend, Goepper put every trick to the bolts during his third run through the slopestyle course. His score of 95.00 was well deserved, thanks to techy rail tricks, grabbed airs, and a stylish triple on the money booter, the final jump of the course. Park City’s McRae Williams took home the silver, his first medal in an Aspen Winter X (he won gold at Euro X in Tignes last year). And Norwegian legend Andreas Håtveit won bronze in what he announced to be his last Winter X Games.

Just five months after a cutting-edge ACL surgery, 25-year-old Canadian Kaya Turski won her fourth Women’s Slopestyle gold medal in Aspen. Turski’s prowess on the rails and efficient airs and grabs during her second pass through the course was rewarded by the judges. Her score of a 91.33 was the best of Sunday. Whitefish, Montana’s, burgeoning star, 15-year-old Maggie Voisin, burst onto the stage with a silver medal performance, and Canadian Kim Lamarre rounded out the Women’s Slopestyle podium in third. Some would argue that Voisin deserved gold since she through more than the standard 5s and 7s thrown by most of the ladies, in addition to Turski knuckling the first jump of her second run.

Sticking with the weekend’s theme of defending championships, Henrik Harlaut, from Sweden, won his second consecutive gold medal in Big Air during primetime on Saturday night. Like last year, Harlaut nose-buttereed, tripled, afterbanged, and claimed his way to the top spot in Big Air. Canadian Vincent Gagnier did some crazy, tweaked-out grabs to win the silver, and Kai Mahler from Switzerland landed the Big Air bronze medal.

In other Aspen-based ski related news, Gus Kenworthy earned overtime hours with a triple duty, competing in Slopesyle, Superpipe, and Big Air. Kenworthy, from Telluride, will be representing the U.S. in upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics during the Slopestyle event, and made a case for himself as the world’s most versatile freesylte skier.

Meanwhile, outside of sculpted X cources, local ripper Packy Westfeldt escaped the Buttermilk madness and teed up some natural terrain found in the Aspen/Snowmass quartet of mountains.

The X Games competitors weren't the only ones going big in Aspen. Local ripper Packy Westfeldt teed this one up while everyone was at Buttermilk. (Photo: Frank Shine, courtesy TecnicaBlizzard)

The X Games competitors weren’t the only ones going big in Aspen. Local ripper Packy Westfeldt teed this one up while everyone was at Buttermilk. (Photo: Frank Shine, courtesy TecnicaBlizzard)

Now, all park and pipe attention shifts to Russia as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics kickoff Friday, February 7 at the Opening Ceremony. Men and women from all over the world will be competing in the inaugural ski slopestyle and halfpipe Olympic events.

SCORES:

Superpipe

Men’s Final
1. David Wise, 92.00
2. Kevin Rolland, 88.66
3. Alex Ferreira, 85.33
4. Mike Riddle, 84.33
5. Ben Valentin, 81.00
6. Lyman Currier, 77.33
7. Gus Kenworthy, 34.33
8. Justin Dorey, 19.66

Women’s Final
1. Maddie Bowman, 88.66
2. Roz Groenewoud, 85.66
3. Marie Martinod, 82.33
4. Ayana Onozuka, 79.66
5. Brita Sigourney, 77.00
6. Anais Caradeux, 73.00
7. Angeli VanLaanen, 70.00
8. Amy Sheehan, 62.66

Slopestyle

Men’s Final
1. Nick Goepper, 95.00
2. McRae Williams, 92.66
3. Andreas Håtveit, 90.33
4. Henrik Harlaut, 89.33
5. Gus Kenworthy, 87.00
6. Joss Christensen, 86.33
7. Antti Ollila, 85.00
8. Russ Henshaw, 78.66

Women’s Final
1. Kaya Turski, 91.33
2. Maggie Voisin, 90.00
3. Kim Lamarre, 85.00
4. Dara Howell, 84.00
5. Devin Logan, 83.66
6. Keri Herman, 78.66
7. Darian Stevens, 76.33
8. Yuki Tsubota, 75.33

Men’s Big Air Final (Best 2 Combined)
1. Henrik Harlaut, 93.00
2. Vincent Gagnier, 90.00
3. Kai Mahler, 87.00
4. Luca Tribondeau, 81.00
5. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, 79.00
6. Jossi Wells, 73.00