Winter X Games 16 TV Schedule: When and Where to Catch Most Exciting Events

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IJanuary 25, 2013

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 24:  Spectators crowd the bottom of the halfpipe during the Men's Snowboard Superpipe Elimination at Winter X Games Aspen 2013 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 24, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Day one of the 2013 Winter X Games is in the books, but don't despair extreme sports fans, there is plenty of championship action remaining to help you get your fix before the sport goes into a little bit of a hiatus.

In fact, you won't have to experience a cliffhanger like we did on Thursday, as three rounds of qualifying action will lead into the rest of the event this weekend.

For the duration of the action, both the qualifying sessions and the final round will be broadcast on the same day, giving fans no delay in seeing which participant will claim an X Games gold.

Thursday didn't disappoint, as Shaun White, Mark McMorris and David Wise were all in action in qualifying events for snowboarders and skiers. In Snowmobile Freestyle, Caleb Moore had a scary moment when he got rolled up on by his 450-pound piece of equipment after a spin, while Levi LaVallee managed to rise above the fray and capture the gold.

In summation, there are plenty of events left that will fill your X Games hunger.

Here's a look at a few you won't want to miss, and when you should tune in to see them.


Snowboard Big Air Round One & Final

When: Friday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D

Aside from McMorris being in this event, the Big Air is always a chance for fans of the sport to see tricks and air that look nearly impossible from the comfort of a couch or chair at home.

Big Air isn't the most popular event, but it could very well be the first of two gold medals for McMorris, especially after his first-place finish in qualifying during Slopestyle on Thursday. Check it out on Friday, and see the spotlight piece on one of the young men that has been heralded as the next Shaun White.


Snowboard SuperPipe Women's Final

When: Saturday, Jan. 26, at 9:15 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D

Kelly Clark already has back-to-back gold medals in this event, and she is looking to get another in one of the most anticipated women's events.

It is a United States heavy field, as six of the eight participants are from the USA, but Clark is the clear favorite in this one.

However, records and titles are made to come down, and this is the kind of event that could produce a surprise winner on Friday night.


Snowmobile SnoCross Round One, LCQ & Final

When: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D

X Games legend Tucker Hibbert is looking to make history with the first ever six-peat at an event. It certainly isn't the most exciting draw of the event, but it is the one with the most intrigue when it comes to all-time leaders of the sport.

Hibbert headlines the 24-man field on Saturday afternoon, and the X Games committee clearly saved this one for last due to the magnitude of what a win would mean for the long-time legend.

Don't miss this one after church and before the Pro Bowl (if you tune into that at all).


Snowmobile Best Trick Final 

When: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D

If you saw Thursday night's freestyle event, you'll know why this one is a must-watch. A 450-pound piece of equipment flying through the air is both dangerous and astounding.

A group of similar competitors from Thursday will hop on their sleds again and try to best each other on Sunday.


Snowboard SuperPipe Men's Final 

When: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9:45 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D

This is the big one. White versus the field. The long-time star has, time and again, proven that he belongs in the category with the world's best, but he must continue to prove it in the icy depths of the Aspen snow.

It is the final event for a reason—it includes White, and it includes an extremely motivated field of competitors trying to unseat him from his perch.

If you watch one event this weekend, make it the SuperPipe finals.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.