So the latest ski and snowboard news is no huge surprise. Aspen again hosts the Winter X Games in 2011!
For the tenth year, the US destination will be the epicentre of winter adventure sports action. The X Games! Ski and snowboard World champions will compete, stars of slope and freestyle will battle it out, and records will fall.
Aspen again hosts Winter X Games 2011
So what’s happening this year? Well, there’s a new event: Snowboard Best Practice, and a re-launched favourite: Snowmobile Speed and Style.
And the snowboard competition will be judged by the public! Yes, text messages and online votes will decide gold after a final-only ten-minute session.
The snowmobile event has evolved into an elimination competition, with riders judged on the time they take to complete the course awarded a freestyle bonus score.
Shaun White, previous winner of 15 X Games medals has confirmed he will be taking part. Can he continue to dominate the Slope Style and Superpipe events? Or is there a challenger to the throne waiting to shine this year?
Other Ski and snowboard news
Heavy snows have encouraged many European skiers and snowboarders to book winter holidays this year. If you are not sure you can afford to go skiing then check out the best cheap ski resorts in Europe.
Just be careful not to imitate the freestyle events you’ll see at the X Games. While they make for great TV, the stunts and spins are not to be tried at home (or in a ski resort) unless you are a pro!