When: January 25th – January 28th
Where: Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado
Channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ABC
The January 22nd annual Winter X-Games begin this week on Thursday, January 25th. The X-Games is a four-day extreme sports and music event that happens twice a year. The summer X-Games feature the best in extreme sports like skateboarding, BMX biking, wake-boarding, rollerblading… the list goes on. The Winter X-Games feature extreme winter sports like skiing, snowmobiling, and of course, snowboarding. Some of the TOP athletes in the world compete for the coveted X-Games GOLD and for the pride of being the best at their sport.
A Brief History of the Winter X-Games
Two years after the appearance of the first Summer X-Games the Winter X-Games began in 1997 in front of an audience of 38,000 people. The big event was first broadcast live on ESPN in 2002. In addition to that the Winter X-Games received coverage on SportsCenter. Over the years the event has grown and so have the audiences. During the 2017 Winter X-Games an audience of 105,000 spectators flocked to Aspen, CO. At it peak the event has drawn crowds of 115,00 people.
Extreme sports isn’t something that is confined to United States athletes. In 2003, the X-Games held the Global Championships, an event where competitors from The United States, Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America competed in 11 sports. Furthermore, several Winter X-Games Europe events have been held in Tignes, France. Most recently European games have taken place in Oslo, Norway.
This years big event will take place at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado and will continue to utilize this location until 2019.
This years events include:
- Ski Big Air
- Ski Slopestyle (Men’s and Women’s)
- Ski Superpipe (Men’s and Women’s)
- Snowboard Big Air
- Snowboard Slopestyle (Men’s and Women’s)
- Snowboard Superpipe (Men’s and Women’s)
- Snowboard X (Men’s and Women’s)
- Bobsled Freestyle
- Snowmobile Freestyle
- Snowmobile Speed & Style
- Snocross Adaptive
This should turn out to be an amazing show!
2018 Winter X-Games Musical Performances
In addition to hours of amazing extreme sports the 2018 Winter X-Games will host some of the best live musical acts that you can wish to see. Check out the line-up.
- Martin Garrix (Friday, Jan. 26)
- Method Man & Redman (Saturday, Jan. 27)
- LCD Soundsystem (Saturday, Jan. 27)
- Marshmello (Sunday, Jan. 28)
How To Watch The Winter X-Games Live
The final events of the competition are being broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. If you’re a cord-cutter here are the ways that you can stream the game live.
DirecTV Now makes ESPN available in its base level “Live A Little” package, which costs $35 a month. You get over 60 channels with this package.
You can try the service FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS.
ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 are available in Sling TV’s Orange service, which offers 30 channels for $20 a month.
You can try it out before you buy it, with a 7-Day Free Trial.
ESPN is also available through Hulu’s Live service, which runs a little more than DirecTV Now at $39.99 a month. Seven-day free trial also available.
YouTube TV includes ABC in addition to over 50 other channels for $35/month. You also get other major networks ABC, NBC, and CBS, plus more. You also get 5 ESPN channels. YouTube TV has everything you need to watch the X-Games
PlayStation Vue’s more expensive packages feature loads of sports channels, but you’ll need just the Access package at $39.99 a month for ESPN.
The Men’s Ski Big Air Final and the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final will be broadcast on ABC. Since ABC is a network channel you can use an over-the-air antenna to watch. A good digital antenna is a good tool to have if you’re a sports fan since every major sport can be seen on network television.
Schedule Of Events
The final rounds of every event will be telecast. Here’s a schedule of events, times, and the channels that they will be on.
Thursday, January 25 10:00 – 11:30 PM ET (ESPN)
- Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final
- Snowmobile Speed & Style Final
Friday, January 26 10:30 – 12:00 AM ET (ESPN)
- Men’s Snowboard Big Air Final
- Snowmobile Freestyle Final
Saturday, January 27 1:00 – 6:00 PM ET (ABC)
- Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final
- Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final
- Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
- Snow BikeCross Final
9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN)
- Men’s Ski Big Air Final
- Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
Sunday, January 28 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET (ESPN2)
- Women’s Ski Big Air Final
- Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final
8:30 – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN)
- Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
- Snow Bike Best Trick Final