Guide to the 21st edition of the Winter X Games

Guide to the 21st edition of the Winter X Games as athletes prepare to impress.

For the past 20 years the Winter X Games have provided thrills and spills for adventure sport fans all over the world.

2017 promises to be no different with this weekend around 150 of the world’s best heading to Aspen to showcase their talents over four days of exciting action.

First held at Big Bear Lake in California in 1997, two years after the Summer X Games first debuted, the Winter version has grown into an addictive spectacle.

For the last 15 years, home for the world’s premiere action sports competition has been in Aspen, with the 2017 edition also returning to Colorado for more record-breaking attempts and world firsts.

Competitors will battle it out in a variety of disciplines and take the snowy stage looking to win gold, silver or bronze medals.

Sports and disciplines at X Games 2017

M&W = Men’s and Women’s

Ski

SuperPipe (M&W)

SlopeStyle (M&W)

Big Air (M&W)

Snowboarding

SuperPipe (M&W)

SlopeStyle (M&W)

Big Air (M&W)

Special Olympics Unified (Teams will comprise of one professional action sports athlete, including X Games and Olympic medalists, and one Special Olympics action sports athlete)

Snowmobile & Snow Bike

SnoCross Adaptive

Best Trick

Freestyle

SnoCross

Snow Bike Racing

A selection of new tricks and notable moments from the Winter X Games

2007 – Freestyle skier Peter Olenick landed the first double-flip (The Whiskey Flip) in halfpipe competition history

2011 – Freestyle snowboarder Kelly Clark landed the first 1080 by a woman in competition history

2012 – Freestyle snowboarder Shaun White posts a perfect 100 for the first time in the history of either the winter or summer X Games

2013 – Freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut earned a perfect score with his nose butter triple cork 1620

2016 – Freestyle snowboarder Max Parrot lands the first ever cab triple cork 1800