Words by Jeff Schmuck

Photos by John Vandervalk (http://www.majestyphoto.com)

It's that time of year again. The biggest competition of the year, the Winter X Games, kicks off today in Aspen, Colorado. The NS crew is en route to the Superbowl of our sport (or are already there) as you read this, and will be providing you with the ever reliable and daily coverage you've come to expect from us and that we enjoy giving you. But before we get started, we figured we'd give you the lowdown on what's going down over the next five days in Aspen.

This year will be the 13th year of Winter X Games and all the on-hill festivities will be going down at Buttermilk Mountain. This year's event will include the always exciting and entertaining Men's and Women's Superpipe, Men's Slopestyle and Men's Big Air, along with a new addition this year in Women's Slopestyle.

Things will kick off with a bang later today as Men's Superpipe Eliminations take place this evening under the lights beginning at 5:30pm MST, and then Superpipe Finals go down right off the bat this year tomorrow night at 7:15pm MST.

For those of you already in Aspen or who will be making the trek to X, here's the full schedule of all the skiing that will be going down (all times are in MST)...

Wednesday, January 21

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Ski Superpipe Practice (Men)

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ski Superpipe Elimination (Men)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ski Big Air Practice

Thursday, January 22

12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Ski Slopestyle Practice (Men)

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ski Superpipe Practice (Women)

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Ski Superpipe Practice (Men)

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM Ski Superpipe Final (Men)

Friday, January 23

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Skiing Slopestyle Practice (Men & Women)

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ski Superpipe Practice (Women)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Ski Superpipe Final (Women)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ski Big Air Practice

Saturday, January 24

9:00 - 10:00 AM Skiing Slopestyle Practice (Men & Women)

10:30 - 11:00 AM Skiing Slopestyle Practice (Women)

11:00 - 11:45 AM Skiing Slopestyle Final (Women)

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM Skiing Big Air Practice

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Ski Big Air Final

Sunday, January 25

9:00 - 10:45 AM Ski Slopestyle Practice (Men)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Ski Slopestyle Practice (Men)

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Ski Slopestyle Elimination & Final (Men)

As we mentioned, we'll be providing you with daily updates (sometimes two or three a day) on everything that's going down, and in addition to our coverage of the actual event, be sure to glue yourself to the site at 7pm MST on Friday, January 23rd as we'll be broadcasting the Powder Awards live from the Jerome Hotel in downtown Aspen courtesy of our good friends at Powder Magazine.

Mark Abma, Luke Van Valin, Uncle E & Jon Olsson at last year's Powder Awards

And for those of you who can't make it to Aspen and love our beautiful words and pictures but want to watch it on TV as well, here's the schedule of when you can check out all the skiing on ESPN (all times are in EST)...

Thursday, January 22

9:00 - 11:00 PM - Skiing Superpipe Men's Final

Saturday, January 24

9:00 - 11:00 PM - Skiing Big Air Final

Sunday, January 25

2:00 - 6:00 PM - Skiing Slopestyle Elimination & Final

For the full spectator and television schedule of other events, log on to ESPN's X Games website.

And last but certainly not least, here's the current list of invited riders that are scheduled to compete...

Simon Dumont

Men's Ski Superpipe

Xavier Bertoni

Simon Dumont

Justin Dorey

Tanner Hall

Peter Olenick

AJ Kemppainen

Mike Riddle

Kalle Leinonen

Jossi Wells

Colby West

Dan Marion

Tucker Perkins

Taylor Seaton

Duncan Adams

Byron Wells

Jossi Wells

Matt Margetts

Matt Hayward

Taylor Seaton

Women's Ski Superpipe

Sarah Burke

Jess Cumming

Virginie Faivre

Jen Hudak

Mirjam Jaeger

Angeli VanLaanen

Grete Eliassen

Roz Groenewoud

Women's Ski Slopestyle

Sarah Burke

Keri Herman

Kristi Leskinen

Megan Olenick

Anna Segal

Grete Eliassen

Kim Lammare

Kaya Turski

Tucker Perkins

Ski Big Air

Simon Dumont

PK Hunder

Jon Olsson

Jacob Wester

Peter Olenick

Men's Ski Slopestyle

Anders Backe

Matt Walker

Charles Gagnier

Andreas Hatveit

Jon Olsson

Tanner Rainville

Jossi Wells

Colby West

JF Houle

Russ Henshaw

Phil Casabon

Peter Olenick

Sammy Carlson

Simon Dumont

Tanner Hall

Colby West

PK Hunder

JF Houle

*This list is subject to change and there are alternates for some of the events (including TJ Schiller, who is alternate #1 for slopestyle), and as soon as we can get our hands on the full alternate list we'll be sure to keep you in the loop.

That's all for now. Make your picks in the comments below and stay tuned to NS for the most bangin' coverage available online of Winter X Games 13 (including more episodes of NSTV!), beginning with our first update later tonight on Men's Superpipe Eliminations.

Justin Dorey


Event Coverage