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X-Games a school holiday in the Roaring Fork Valley

Mike Binnell, left, and Frank Wells of Snow Park Technologies work on the halfpipe on Buttermilk in preparation for the Winter X Games. Aspen Times photo/Erin M. Cady.

Students won’t have to fear dodging a truant officer at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk later this month.The Roaring Fork School District will give kids the day off Jan. 31 to let them watch the games. That frees students from the schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs to attend the games that day – or do whatever else they choose.

It wasn’t a decision so much out of the goodness of the administrators’ hearts as just plain common sense, Assistant Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.”It was more in the spirit of ‘They’re not here anyway,’ ” she said. “Our attendance on those days was dismal.”

The Winter X Games consists of extreme sports ranging from motorcycle races in the snow to roller derby-inspired snowboarding competitions through obstacle courses. The games are in their ninth year and the fourth at Buttermilk. Competitions are Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, with practice days on Jan. 27 and 28. The events are free and open to the public.

Cheryl Barto of Basalt said her two sons are thrilled to trade a day of school for the X Games. James is in fifth grade at Basalt Middle School and Mark is in third grade at the elementary school.”In the past I have not pulled them out of school,” Barto said. “We’ve gone after school hours.”She said the her decision made her feel “old-fashioned” because so many other parents let their kids cut school to head to Buttermilk.Vail Colorado

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