Winter X Games 16: Exciting Events You Do Not Want to Miss

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2012

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 30:  Casey Puckett (yellow) of Aspen, Colorado leads Brian Bennett (white) of Canada, Nik Zoricic (black) of Canada and Stan Rey (red) of Canada to the finish line in their semifinal heat of the Men's Skier X at Winter X Games 15 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 30, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Winter X Games will be the 16th iteration of the ESPN-ran winter classic.

Aspen, Colo., is the site of the spectacle, which will begin on January 26 and run through January 29. You will be able to catch the various events on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ABC.

Here are some of the better events that you certainly don’t want to miss if you are an action sports junkie.

*All Times EDT

Thursday, Jan. 26

Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final–3:30 p.m.–ESPN3

Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final–9:45 p.m.–ESPN

These two events will showcase men and women heading down a mountain, doing awesome flips and grinding rails.

It’s exciting to watch and it showcases some incredible talent. You are guaranteed to see things you never thought possible on a pair of skis.

Snowmobile Freestyle Final–9:00 p.m.–ESPN

These guys do some insane things on snowmobiles, and it’s highly recommended you tune in to see for yourself.

Friday, Jan. 27

Snowboard Big Air Final–10:30 p.m.–ESPN

Picture the most extreme snowboard slopestyle imaginable. That is what the Big Air contest is, and these riders will be doing wild things off the largest jumps.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Women’s Ski Superpipe Final–1:00 p.m.–ESPN3

This event is going to be an extremely somber one. Sarah Burke was a pioneer in this contest and won four gold medal in it at X Games.

Unfortunately, she passed away last week from damage stemming from a fall. There will most likely be a wonderful tribute to her life from many riders in event.

Men and Women’s Snowboarder X Final–4:00 p.m.–ABC

This nationally televised event is one of the main features of the contest and will showcase some of the world’s best riders shredding the slopes.

Ski Big Air Final–9:30 p.m.–ESPN

Just like the snowboarding one, this contest has skiers jumping insane distances and doing athletic maneuvers in the air.

Sunday, Jan. 29

Men’s and Women’s Skier X Final–2:15 p.m.–ESPN

These are the best skiers on the planet going at it for a gold medal and respect.

Snowboard Street Final–5:15 p.m.–ESPN

This event is inspired by skateboarding but on a snowboard and on a mountain. Definitely must-see TV. 


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