The X Games feature some of the coolest, most awesome and, yes, extremist sports in the world. The only way to make them better is by mixing in the atmospheric perfections of winter.
And just like that, you've got the Winter X Games.
This year will mark the 16th year of the event. While there's plenty of action to be expected from this year's games, there's some must-see events that you shouldn't skip out on.
The Winter X Games is an event dominated by snowboarding. And while snowboards are awesome, one can never underestimate the ski slopestyle event.
Now, skiing is hard. I have a challenging enough time changing from "pizza" to "french fries." Now you want to tell me people can do it while going off insane jumps and doing tons of tricks?
Ski Slopestyle may not be the flashiest event, but it's a great one to watch.
The vertical air these folks get is truly ridiculous, and it's amazing how perfect the execution has to be to land some of these flips and twists.
And did I mention half the time they're moving down the slopes backwards?
Take a snowmobile—fast, heavy and powerful—put it in the air, and then put an acrobat in the driver's seat.
That's basically what you're getting with snowmobile freestyle.
What these athletes do is phenomenal. To have such control over a powerful piece of machinery, while executing stunts and tricks, is the epitome of extreme.
It is impossible to watch these events and not be entertained.
So unless you want Russell Crowe knocking on your door—Gladiator/meme reference for those who don't know—you should definitely tune into these events.
Anything with Shaun White in it
The man rules the X Games, and it seems every year he has some new, innovative, extreme—and a little bit crazy—way to remind us he's the king.
Shaun White is the man when it comes to all things snowboarding, and he's always fun to watch.
Will Shaun White be usurped as king of the SuperPipe?
This year, White will attempt to take gold in his sixth straight SuperPipe. It's an event he absolutely dominates, which is probably why he has the only perfect 100 in the history of the event.
No matter what it is you're up to, make sure you drop it, and check out White in this year's X Games.
Here's the full schedule of events:
Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012
Men's Ski Slopestyle Elimination at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3, ESPN3D
Women's Ski Slopestyle Final at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3D
Snowboard Street Elimination at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3, ESPN3D
Snowmobile Freestyle Final at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Men's Ski Slopestyle Final at 9:45 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3, ESPN3D
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESP3, ESPN3D
Men's Ski SuperPipe Elimination at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3, ESPN3D
Snowboard Big Air Final at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final at 10:45 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Sat., Jan. 28, 2012
Women's Ski SuperPipe Final at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3, ESPN3D
Real Snow at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Men's Ski SuperPipe final at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Men's and Women's Snowboarder X final at 4 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN3D
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination at 4:15 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN3D
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Ski Big Air Final at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3 ESPN3D
Sun., Jan. 29, 2012
Men's And Women's Skier X Final at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final at 2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Elimination at 2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Mono Skier X Final at 4:45 ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Snowboard Street Final at 5:15 ET at 5:15 p.m. EST on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Snowmobile Best Trick Final at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Final at 9:45 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D