For the very first time, the Winter X Games land in Europe! Tignes was chosen to host this key event in freestyle ski and snowboard. For 3 days, from March 10th to 12th 2010, the world’s very best freestylers will be competing in the French resort of Tignes. Scheduled to take place on the heels of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, this unprecedented European competition is preparing to welcome both medal-winning Olympians and champions from Winter X Games 14. Winter X Games Europe has a schedule of eight events: the Men and Women's Ski and Snowboard SuperPipe, the Men and Women's Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle, and a SnowMobile demonstration.
In the US, the Winter X Games are an institution, seen by top sportsmen and women as the big one, the high point of the season. It's a colossal event, with some 54 million television viewers tuning in last year to watch a spellbinding show, broadcast in over 140 countries, from Israel to Australia, and from Africa to Asia. The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing in three sports: Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile. All Winter X Games competitions take place in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado (USA), at the resort’s Buttermilk Mountain.
Winter X Games Europe is a joint venture between ESPN and CANAL+. ESPN launched the first Winter X Games in 1997, two years after creating X Games in Rhode Island. Now, 13 years later, the winter event that united an entire generation is leaving American shores for the first time and choosing as its French partner and general coordinator of the new event, CANAL+ Events, to launch the Winter X Games Europe. CANAL+ Events, the CANAL+ Group's sports marketing and events subsidiary, and ESPN have set themselves the target of ensuring the European edition is as big as its American equivalent within three years.